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Optimists present STAR profiles

See two page spread in this week's Progress for a profile of all the STAR students for 2015.

 

The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, March 5. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper.   

Ms. Cathy Cox, president of Young Harris College, will be the guest speaker for the 2015 Banquet. This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR finalists.  Each student and teacher was given a questionnaire and below you will find responses from each of this year’s STARs.

The STAR Student for 2015 is Andrew Haygood and he chose Mr. Michael Oubre as his STAR Teacher.

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Kaila’s Birthday Wish Fundraiser Saturday

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Kaila is hoping people will turn this Saturday so she can reach a goal of raising $10,000 for St Jude’s Hospital.

Submitted by Brandi Strawn 

This Saturday is Kaila's fundraiser. Kaila is the Pickens girl turning 13 who wanted to donate money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for her birthday. [See original story]

Everyone is invited to the event on February 28th at the Pickens Rec Dept. from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. There will be a drive thru set up for those who want to donate but not leave the comforts of their warm cars.

Kaila’s mother, Brandi reported this week she is currently at $3,400. 

“We have a ways to go to meet her goal of $10,000,” the mother wrote. “We will have hot dogs, chips and drink donated by Williamson's BBQ. I am looking for deserts and finger foods if any of our local home chefs or bakers would like to donate.” There will be a $10 or higher donation fee to enter this event. There will be raffles for various gift certificates along with other fun items. These tickets will be sold at the event and raffles will take place at the event.

Execution date set for Georgia inmate

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Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Brian Keith Terrell, who is currently scheduled to be executed on March 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of seventy-year-old John Watson at his Covington home.

Scheduled Execution

 

On Feb. 27, 2015, the Superior Court of Walton County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Brian Keith Terrell may occur to begin at noon, March 10, 2015, and ending seven days later at noon on March 17, 2015. Terrell has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.

Terrell’s Crime (June 22, 1992)

The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:

The evidence at Terrell’s last trial suggested the following facts. Terrell’s mother was a close friend of the victim, John Watson, and Watson had also been friendly with Terrell.

Foster parent classes to begin in March

By Angela Reinhardt

Staff writer

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Following a recent Progress article about the dire need for foster parents in Pickens, a handful of families have stepped forward with plans to attend upcoming orientation and training classes – but there’s still room for more.

“We’ve had five or six families call since that article,” said Pickens DFCS employee Carla Poole who works strictly with foster parents. “But it’s a long process so they haven’t been approved yet. They’ve got to attend orientation, IMPACT classes, which are once a week for eight weeks, then they need background checks and home evaluations.”

If all of those potentials are  given the stamp of approval by DFCS, it will double the number of foster homes in Pickens, which currently stands at six.

American Pickers coming to area

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Mike Wolfe doesn’t just believe “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” No. Wolfe embodies dumpster diving. For him, garbage gleaning is an art; one he continues to perfect each week on HBO’s hit show “American Pickers,” which airs on the History Channel. And pretty soon, Wolfe and buddy Frank Fritz could be gracing the back roads and barns of rural Cherokee County, if we’ve got enough “rusty gold” to get them here!