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Shooting the Breeze with Ally Carlton

STB-Ally-Carlton    Carlton has completed four marathons, six or seven half marathons, a 50K race, a six-hour race and a 12-hour race where she logged over 63 miles.


You recently completed a 12 hour timed race in Canton where you logged in over 63 miles. Is that the longest distance you've run?
    Yes - so far. That was my first 12-hour race, so I was pretty nervous in the days leading up to it. There were even several times when I thought to myself, “What am I doing?” I was afraid I’d totally crash and burn. I think it’s good for the spirit to try something every now and then that could really knock you on your butt; it helps you grow. So I’m glad I went for it.             Running through the night and into the morning, getting to watch the sun come up, was just an awesome experience, and it’s always great to meet other runners, people who share that joy for long distance. But I think one of the most rewarding things about this race was that it showed me what I can do—six months ago I never would have thought I could run over 60 miles. Now I feel like this is just the beginning.
    My next major goals are to run a 100-mile race and to transition into trail ultras.

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 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 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.