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Shooting the Breeze with Rachel Kaplus

Rachel Kaplus talks shaving her head for charity, losing weight and music

STB-rachelkaplusOn May 2 Kaplus is shaving her head to raise money for St. Baldrick’s for children’s cancer research. She is taking part in the St. Baldrick Foundation's Headshaving Event at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Make a donation in her name BY CLICKING HERE or drop off cash or checks at Natural Market Place

in Jasper through May 1st. The store is located at 69 North Main Street.

 Rachel Kaplus works at the Natural Market place in Jasper and is a musician and animal lover. She has a boyfriend named Jeremy and a 10-year-old half-schnauzer named Maggie.  

You are shaving your head to raise money for children's cancer foundation. What motivated you to do this?

The head shaving fundraiser seemed like a fun way to raise money for a really important cause - and it makes it easier to ask for donations, something I'm kind of awkward at doing.

Shooting the Breeze with Lois Bryant

STB-Lois-Bryant    Lois Bryant, nurse practioner and member of the Board of Directors at Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center, serves punch at a reception to thank clinic volunteers.   
    A former Pickens County Health Department Nurse Manager for 11 years, Bryant spends some of her retirement time volunteering at Good Sam. The center is a not-for-profit, volunteer-operated clinic that provides free or discounted health services to residents and workers of Pickens County who have no other access to health care. Bryant said her work at Good Sam is incredibly satisfying, especially when former clients come in and tell you they’ve been able to quit smoking or lose weight. She and her husband Richard live in Cherokee County.
    Tell me how you first got involved with Good Samaritan?
    I was the Nurse Manager at the Health Department and was asked to meet with the group from Holy Family to discuss the need for a clinic in the county.
    When I retired from the health department I became a volunteer.

Shooting the Breeze with Sharon Morgan

Morgan talks hunting treasures and chasing rainbows


Enjoying life as a mother and grandmother, “Treasure Hunter” Sharon Morgan says she loves spending time with those she loves, seeing smiles on her grandchildren’s faces, watching sunsets and, of course, ice cream.


How long have you been teaching? How long in 1st grade?

I have been teaching for 18 years.

I taught four years in Cherokee County and then began in Pickens County at Hill City Elementary the year it opened. My first class of students from Hill City are seniors this year! In Pickens, I taught kindergarten for years years, third grade for three years, and first grade for seven years. I am currently at Harmony Elementary continuing to teach my “Firsties”.  

Shooting the Breeze with Bay Cagle


    Cagle is a pianist, vocalist, actor and music teacher. She has been in several productions with the North Georgia Acting Company and the Tater Patch Players and has performed musically in a wide variety of events. She is married to Bill Cagle. They have two children, Katie and Nathan.

There's a perception that musicians or actors are born with natural talent. Do you feel this way, or do you think desire and practice are as, or more important than, natural ability?

There must be natural talent and generally that natural talent is evident in a person's early years.  However, it is the dedication to learn more about the talent, the willingness to ask or be taught by others with the same talent and the courage to be vulnerable, putting oneself out there before the people, that rounds out the picture of a performer.

Shooting the Breeze with Michael and Vicki White



After years in the local retail industry you two decided to open up a consignment furniture store downtown. How did you come up with the idea for this type of store?

Vickie: Over the last two years we have shopped in consignment stores and I fell in love!  To me, the fun is the hunt for all those treasures. We actually have several pieces in our house that came from consignment shops.