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?
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.
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.
Rachel Kaplus talks shaving her head for charity, losing weight and music
On 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.
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.
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.
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”.