During Thursday’s school board meeting, Michael Land was recognized as this year’s valedictorian for Pickens High. Jessica Bell was recognized as the salutatorian.
Besides the valedictorian and salutatorian, students involved with reading bowls, academic teams, the high school band and Pickens Middle School basketball were recognized.
PHS Principal Chris Williams said involvement in extra-curricular activities leads to and helps build success in school.
“There is a direct correlation between extracurricular activities and academic performance,” Williams said in a follow-up interview. “Anything that is positive and challenges them after school correlates into success in the classroom.”
Above, Valedictorian Michael Land and Salutatorian Jessica Bell receive recognition plaques during Thursday’s school board meeting.
In our culture, death is something we rarely talk about. What we want at the end of our lives and what our culture provides for are vastly different.
Because of this imbalance a Wednesday morning series at the Pickens Senior Center, on Stegall Drive near Lee Newton Park, is focusing on educating the elderly and teaching their caregivers about how to provide for their loved ones' wishes during the final stages of life.
The series begins at 9 a.m. each and will continue through the end of March.
“I hope by the end of the workshop people will see “hope” in the word hospice,” said Margaret Ognen, facilitator of the four-week program that deals with end-of-life decisions and the quality of life you can and should expect during that time. “Hospice can give hope to so many,” she said.
Keep Pickens Beautiful has given out their first recycling award to the Pickens County Library. The library is a charter member of our program and has consistently high numbers of recycling every month. Between April 2010 and December 2010 the total numbers of bags of recycling (plastic bottles and aluminum cans) was over 258. The library also recycles paper, books and magazines.
In that same time period, almost 1,000 30-gallon bags of bottles and cans have been recycled by our partner businesses who participate in our program. For a break down of the business names and numbers visit our Web page at www.keeppickensbeautiful.org.
L-R: Debbie Robinson, Beth Baughman, Donna Harrington, Olivia Hattan-Edwards and Sharon Harp.
A scraggly tree on Main Street illustrates the concerns of tree board members well. - Photo Damon Howell
Mike Denson, member of Jasper Tree Board: “Mayor, we need to talk about the trees on Main Street.”
Mayor John Weaver: “What’s wrong with them?”
Denson: “They’re ugly. But they do look better with lights at night.”
Tree Board member Kirk Garner: “They look like Charlie Brown Christmas Trees.”
Weaver: “A few are stressed, but they aren’t that bad.”
Members of the city tree board engaged in a lengthy discussion of all things arboreal with City Hall staff Thursday, ultimately reaching a decision that some trees along Main Street should be replaced.
The Jasper Police Department launched a Facebook page this week because of the social network’s ability to both disperse and receive information.
Police Chief Greg Lovell said Facebook has proven to be a “valuable tool” for other police departments with investigation and a great avenue to provide information.
Lovell said he talked to other police chiefs who encouraged him to have an official page as other departments have seen important tips provided through the site and have used it to make regular updates on roads, weather and public safety information.