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Jasper man convicted of involuntary manslaughter for shot which killed tourist in Helen

 

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By Linda Erbele

White County News

Reprinted with permission from White County News

 

A Pickens County man was convicted in White County Superior Court Jan. 17 of two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a Helen tourist that occurred August 2014.

The shooting ended the life of 68-year-old May Araim, of Houston, Texas. Araim, who was visiting Helen with her nephew, Mohammed Araim, and his family. An Iraqi native, Araim had passed the citizenship test in Houston and was 11 days from taking the oath to become a U.S. citizen.

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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

‘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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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. 

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