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STAR students & teachers announced

 

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STAR Students seated and their selected teacher standing behind them (l-r):

 

Kelsey Wise - Gail Culbreth

Mary Zuidema - Cheryl Carter

Laura Henke - Lisa Hardman

Sierra Stanfield - Seanna Thompson

Kyle Combs - Angela Quarles

Roman Tapia - Robbie Cheatham

Michael Jorgensen - Rodney Martin

Danielle O'Dell - Lynn Cantrell

Not pictured - Jackson Melton - Valerie Boehm

See earlier article on STAR student Jonathan Friedman and Teacher Wil Nix

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Forced u-turns a go at Antioch/515

 

 

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The planned raised island median will drastically change the traffic flow at the intersection of Highway 515 and Antioch Church Road in Talking Rock.

Despite vocal public opposition, construction of a raised island to change the traffic through the intersection of Antioch Church Road and Highway 515 is “not a question of if, but when,” according to Georgia Department of Transportation officials. 

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PHS bass teams to compete at national championship

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Daniel Parnes (L) and Hunter Parker (R) finished second in the Georgia High School State Championship.

 

On February 12, the Pickens High School Bass Fishing Team competed in the Georgia High School State Championships on West Point Lake in LaGrange, GA. Seventy-Nine teams of two anglers from all over the state attended the event put on by the Student Angler Federation, a national group developed to promote the sport of bass fishing at the high school level. The club from

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‘Is there a condom for your heart?’ asks teen sex speaker

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     Teens learned about stages of intimacy in an interactive demonstration at the The North Georgia Pregnancy Center’s annual Loving Well event last week. 

 

Speaker Denise Fountain asked teens in attendance at the Pickens High School auditorium if they thought she was there to tell them not to have sex. 

A few kids sheepishly raised their hands. 

“I’m not,” she said. “I’m  here to tell you how to have the best sex of your life.” 

For Fountain and other speakers at the North Georgia Pregnancy Center’s “Loving Well” event, held Thursday, Feb. 9 after school hours, the best sex in life comes after marriage with the partner God has chosen for you. Loving Well is designed to help middle and high school students learn about healthy, God-honoring relationships with sexual integrity, without judgement for past transgressions.

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Inside look: Online child sex investigations

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Dan Pool / Photo

Pickens sheriff detectives and command staff make the second arrest in one week of suspects who came here seeking sex with a minor Friday. Both men had been communicating online with what they thought were teen girls, but in reality was an account operated by a detective.

     While Russell Michael King was being handcuffed in front of the Waffle House Friday night, Detective Steven Holmes, a large man with close cut hair and dark stubble introduced himself as “I’m [a name that matches an online profile of a 14-year-old girl].”

King, a 43-year-old from Lavonia, Ga., had found a teen account operated by the sheriff detective; initiated contact, began sexual talk, sent a photo of his genitals and arranged to meet at Waffle House in south Jasper Friday night. He was charged with electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor and child molestation.

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