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Shooting the Breeze with Valerie Boehm


You have recently been named the director of the Choral and Theatre Departments at PHS. Tell me a little about your background.

    In 2004, I graduated PHS and began studying at New York University as a music education major. There were a few experiences that were particularly influential. Traveling with Dean Mary Brabeck and classmates to Mexico to do research was momentous for me. As was interning at the Professional Performing Arts School where I helped the school counselor run a morning meeting for a small My student teaching experiences at the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music and the Yung Wing School (K-5) in Chinatown had a meaningful impact as well. I graduated from NYU in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music degree. 

Shooting the Breeze with Will Roland


    Competing in some 20 races in his Crate late model race car, Will Roland recently took his first ever 1st place win racing against adults at Rome Speedway’s half mile dirt track. Roland has been going to the tracks since he was three-years-old. He started racing at the age of five in quarter midgets and still holds track records throughout the south with multiple regional championships and two back-to-back wins at the Brick Yard.

(Will is a 13-year-old racer who recently won first place racing adults at the Rome Speedway, the south’s fastest half mile dirt track. He is the son of Mark and Salena Roland of Jasper. He attends North Georgia Christian Academy in Ellijay where he will enter 7th grade this fall.)

Shooting the Breeze with Ashley Evans

Ashley Evans talks animals, commercial cleaning and shopping
STB-Maggie-and-Ash    Ashley Evans is on the board of Partners of Pickens Pets and she owns her own cleaning business, Evans Cleaning Service. For this wife and mother of two, “rescued” is her favorite kind of pet.
What is Partners of Pickens Pets?

Partners of Pickens Pets, aka POPP, is a local non-profit organization formed to financially supplement the Pickens County Animal Shelter. POPP was formed in August 2014 and is committed to educating and providing public awareness within our community on the importance of pet ownership. Visit for more information.

Shooting the Breeze with Steve Biles

Steve Biles talks soccer, team Barcelona and ice cream
STB-Steve-Biles    Steve Biles is the owner of the new indoor soccer facility Off the Wall Soccer on Airport Business Court in Jasper. He is married to Sharon and has three sons - Ian, 6; Dash, 4; and one-year-old Thomas


When and why did you come up with the idea to build an indoor soccer facility?

    I've coached in Pickens County for 10 years now and believe it or not, one of the biggest challenges that I've faced in teaching soccer is the ground! It may sound simple, but unlike other sports such as football, basketball, and baseball, in soccer the ball is in contact with the ground most of the time.  This means that the field condition and environment plays a major part in player development. The indoor facility afforded me the ability to control the environment and maximize player development.

Shooting the Breeze with Beth Coberly


A country girl at heart, Beth Coberly found her way to Pickens County from the city in 1988. Since that time she has made many contributions to the area through her volunteer work with Professional Women of Pickens County, among other groups. Thanks to her big heart, Coberly has also helped countless stray and abandoned animals throughtout the years, taking them into her home for rehabilitation and working to find them homes.

(Beth Coberly works with Kevin Painter Insurance and is involved with the Professional Women of Pickens County group. she is an avid animal lover.)


Where are you originally from? 

Ft. Pierce, FL 


When did you move to Pickens? 

October 1988


What brought you here? 

Al & I were living in a really neat apartment in Roswell when there was a fire in an adjoining building. We are basically country folks and decided it was time to get out of the city. We came to an Indian Festival at the Tate House, wandered up 515, picked up a real estate brochure, called a realtor, made an appointment to see houses, fell in love with the area, the neighborhood and the house. 


How long have you worked for Kevin Painter Insurance? 

5 years. One of my better decisions in life. 


What do you enjoy most about your job? 

My clients and prospective clients. Helping them to recognize their exposures and then giving them options to protect themselves from losses.


I know you are involved with Professional Women of Pickens County. Tell me how you first got involved with PWPC.  


I have been a member of the chamber for 20 years and when I became an independent agent in 2009, I knew  chamber members were the type of clients I wanted. I heard about PWPC and felt it offered me an opportunity to meet other professional women and share experiences. 


What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting involved with PWPC. 

It is a great networking opportunity and offers programs to help women  succeed in business. 


I know you love dogs. You've rescued quite a few throughout the years. What compels you to help animals? 

I feel that animals are so special with their love and devotion that when one is mistreated or abandoned, they need all the help they can get.  Last year a sweet terrier/corgi mix came by a couple of times then stayed. Before I could find her owner, she birthed eight pups and I still have four. I  would love/hate for them to find a forever home. Check out my FB page.


What do you do for fun? 

Get together with friends for conversation, food and trips to special places.


Do you binge watch any shows on Netflix? 

Nope I have the antenna that came with the house but still get 20+ channels. Tried Dish but went back to the antenna. 


What's your most prized possession? 

Gosh I am not much on material things - I guess I would have to say my "critters".


How about greatest accomplishment?

The Holiday Market & Expo. What started out as a Business Woman's Expo in 2011 became a Holiday Market & Expo in 2013. With an awesome team,  we were able, in four years,  to go  from 30 + vendors, less than 100 attendees to 100+ vendors, 1,000 + attendees. In 2014 the proceeds of $3,000 went to local charities!  

We have enjoyed watching it transform and grow into an event that supports our community and brings in tourism. 


Tell us something most people don't know about you. 

Nothing printable.... 


If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you want with you? 

I started to say "friends" but did not want to do that to them. So I guess tools and books. Food would be nice.