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Shooting the Breeze with Emma Ingle


    A lifelong love of books and history brought Ingle to her work with libraries. Ingle said her next read will be The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours.
    (Ingle is the Library Manager at the local library.)
     You are the Pickens County Librarian. Tell us a little of your background and what you did before coming here.

Shooting the Breeze with Jeff Samuel

Jeff Samuel talks signs, faith, and the Virgin Islands


Jeff Samuel is the owner of Destination Signs in Jasper.

You were born in the Virgin Islands. How did you end up in Pickens?
Well, to be honest, my mother sent me to this country for the opportunity for a better life. However, I ended up in Pickens County when I got out of the Blairsville Detention Center. I had no residence so my counselor got me a room at the Jasper Mission which is no longer here.

Shooting the Breeze with Carla Looney Jarrett


You've been co-owner of Get To The Pointe for five years now. Why did you decide to start your own dance facility here in Jasper?

    My business partner, Lauren Bail, and I both grew up here in Jasper. Our vision was to share our experience and passion for dance with the same community that supported us so many years growing up.

Has dancing always been a lifelong passion?

    I started dancing at the age of 3. I was also involved in baton, gymnastics and other activities growing up. By the time I was in middle school I decided that I wanted to focus mostly on dance. I began studying with the Atlanta Ballet and later joined the Atlanta Jazz Theatre Company. While in high school, I decided that one of my career aspirations was to dance at Disney. I was able to fulfill this dream at the age of 18 (just 2 days after graduating PHS) when I moved to Orlando for 8 years to work for Walt Disney World as a performer and eventually as a Show Quality Specialist. I still enjoy working for Disney on a seasonal basis.

What's your favorite style of dance?

    My favorite styles of dance are ballet and lyrical for two very different reasons. I love the discipline and structure of ballet, and the beautiful lines and creative freedom of lyrical.

You recently adopted a baby boy. What has been the absolute best part of having a newborn? The scariest?

    Our journey to becoming parents was a struggle to say the least. I believe that everything we went through to get our amazing son has made us appreciate and enjoy every moment of being parents that much more.  He is just always so happy and full of joy. As for the scariest part of having a newborn, in our situation, wasn’t anything having to do with caring for the child. But more knowing in the back of your mind for the first 3-4 months that until everything was 100% finalized, there was still that small chance that something could go terribly wrong and he wouldn’t be ours. Especially after hearing of other families struggles with adoption.  However, thanks to the thoughts and prayers of our church, community, and unbelievable family and friends, everything went extremely smoothly and there were no unexpected bumps in the road.

What brings you joy?

    Nothing brings me more joy than watching our dancers as they grow. To see them accomplish things in dance that initially seemed impossible and the resulting self-confidence when they do, is the greatest reward to me. As a new mother, I can’t wait to experience this with my own child.

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

    I was a performer in the 1996 Olympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies in Atlanta.  Although it was one of the WORST costumes I have ever had to wear, it was an awesome experience that I will never forget.

What is your earliest memory?

    My memory seems to work a little differently than most.  I don’t really have any early childhood memories.  However, I can tell you EXACTLY what outfit I wore on the first day of school every year from kindergarten through high school and can describe every costume I wore in every dance routine that I have performed since my first recital!

Shooting the Breeze with Amy Sanford

     Amy Sanford talks love of family dynamics & hating country cooking

              (Amy Sanford works with the Department of Family and Children’s Services and is an amazing cook.)

    You currently work with DFACS. How long have you been in that field?
    I have worked with DFCS for a total of 10 years.

Shooting the Breeze with Tom Lindsey


(Lindsey is a native Pickens resident who spent years in  real estate as a broker with Century 21 Lindsey and Pauley before retiring a few years back.)

You are an avid collector of A.C. Gilbert erector sets/toys and will attend a convention in Atlanta next month for other connoisseurs. How long have you been interested in these specific vintage toys? And why?