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Red Cross urges preparedness as winter weather rebounds

RESIDENTS URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS; SHELTER IN PLACE AND STAY OFF ICY ROADS

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The kids love it, but taking precautions is serious business, say emergency workers.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — While most power outages are repaired following last week's winter storm, a new round of icy weather threatens to hamper travel and make local highways impassable. Weather experts predict that a combination of snow, ice or freezing rain could impact a large swath of North Georgia. For that reason, the Red Cross urges everyone to shelter in place and to be extra cautious if caught on icy Georgia roads. 

American Pickers coming to area

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Mike Wolfe doesn’t just believe “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” No. Wolfe embodies dumpster diving. For him, garbage gleaning is an art; one he continues to perfect each week on HBO’s hit show “American Pickers,” which airs on the History Channel. And pretty soon, Wolfe and buddy Frank Fritz could be gracing the back roads and barns of rural Cherokee County, if we’ve got enough “rusty gold” to get them here!

Foster parent classes to begin in March

By Angela Reinhardt

Staff writer

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Following a recent Progress article about the dire need for foster parents in Pickens, a handful of families have stepped forward with plans to attend upcoming orientation and training classes – but there’s still room for more.

“We’ve had five or six families call since that article,” said Pickens DFCS employee Carla Poole who works strictly with foster parents. “But it’s a long process so they haven’t been approved yet. They’ve got to attend orientation, IMPACT classes, which are once a week for eight weeks, then they need background checks and home evaluations.”

If all of those potentials are  given the stamp of approval by DFCS, it will double the number of foster homes in Pickens, which currently stands at six.

Optimists present STAR profiles

See two page spread in this week's Progress for a profile of all the STAR students for 2015.

 

The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, March 5. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper.   

Ms. Cathy Cox, president of Young Harris College, will be the guest speaker for the 2015 Banquet. This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR finalists.  Each student and teacher was given a questionnaire and below you will find responses from each of this year’s STARs.

The STAR Student for 2015 is Andrew Haygood and he chose Mr. Michael Oubre as his STAR Teacher.

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