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Shooting the Breeze with Jackson Leake


Leake talks writing, the arts and late night snacking



PHS junior Jackson Leake feels at home in the arts. Leake has recently completed writing Room 22, a fantastical mystery centering around a teenage boy named Dylan, who has survived in the mental hospital Creedmoore for longer than any of the other residents. As more people disappear, others come to take their place, which leads to the introduction of characters Hunter and Scarlett. Information about where you can purchase his book is located at the end of the article. 


Jackson Leake is a 16-year-old Pickens High School student whose book Room 22, the first in a three-part series called the Enspirit Trilogy, will be available in paperback on January 23 through Amazon. Leake is also heavily involved in arts programs at the high school, including theatre and chorus. His parents are Amy and Chris Leake. 


Shooting the Breeze with Tony Greiner

Greiner talks volunteering, Tony Stark and Taekwondo
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For six years Greiner has worked at the Burnt Mountain Center, which offers services to developmentally disabled adults in Pickens. He is an active member of the Jasper Lions Club and a Taekwondo student who competes regularly. He is also a volunteer firefighter at the Bethany-Salem Fire Department in Pickens.

Shooting the Breeze with Anne Bridges


(Bridges has lived in Pickens County for 10 years. She began playing the violin in 5th grade and ultimately made her career as a strings teacher in Tampa, Florida.)

You are a violinist and founder of Sharptop Strings, a community orchestra consisting solely of a string section. Tell me about the group.

    I was teaching private students for the Creative and Performing Arts Academy and a lady came in looking for a youth orchestra for her children. We decided we didn’t have enough people for a youth orchestra but we did for a multi-generational group. And we’ve collected people for the group ever since.

Shooting the Breeze with Larry Starr

Larry Starr on CARES, God and joining the “70s club”


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Larry Starr is executive director at the CARES Food Pantry.

Why are you moving to a part-time executive director position at CARES?

For several years I have been praying and contemplating what to do about retirement. I want to do God’s will as long as I live but I dont want to work for a living as long as I live. Now that I’ve joined the “70 Club” I’ve decided to cut back on working for a living after December. 

Shooting the Breeze with Anna Walker


    PHS graduate Anna Walker recently took first place in “Teach and Train” competition at the National Conference for FCCLA in Washington, D.C. Walker also competed at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. To earn a spot at this competition she had to compete and place first at both a region competition in January and state competition in March.