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Shooting the Breeze with Gail Culbreth

You are a long time math educator. What is the biggest change you've seen in your students over the years? 
They’ve gotten younger! I have spent my career with 14-18 year olds and find that each group I have is very similar to one another. Students typically fall into one of several categories. Some are very self-motivated and hardly need any assistance from me as their teacher. Others work hard simply to please their parents. The

Shooting the Breeze with Nathan Dickens

New contemporary pastor talks God’s unconditional Grace

 Dickens is the preacher for Jasper United Methodist Church’s new contemporary service which starts this Sunday, Dec. 21 at 9:45 a.m.)




You are getting ready to start a new type of worship service at JUMC - a contemporary service. How did the idea for this service come about?


The members of JUMC have been discussing a contemporary service for over a year now. They have been prayerfully considering the option and formed a committee to discuss further matters of the service. One thing lead to another and they felt the timing was right to offer a

Shooting the Breeze with Jacque Elwarner


What is your current position and how long have you been with Pickens Family Connection?  

I am the Coordinator and I have only been employed with the program for a few months.  I have been a member of the Pickens County Family Connection Collaborative for more than 15 years.

Shooting the Breeze with Tommy Gartrell


Sports columnist and farmer, what else do you do in your spare time?


I work 50+ hours a week on my job in the transportation and logistics industry and at least that many more hours on our family farm which includes cattle, hay, grain, and seasonal garden vegetables, so I have very little spare time. When I have a chance to relax, I love spending time with my family and friends and traveling. The beach is my favorite spot. Occasionally, I still hunt and fish too.

Shooting the Breeze with Darryl Payne


 You and your wife, Eileen, are local entrepreneurs. You run Hometown Home Health and have recently started up a new venture, Polar Vortex - a frozen yogurt shop, here in town. What's it's like running your own businesses?

    Eileen and I both have an entrepreneurial drive.  We enjoy hard work and serving others.  Hometown Home Health is in it's 15th year of business and has given us an opportunity to serve the north Georgia area with