Christian novelist brings mystery and romance to a place once called home
In Carolyn Koontz DeArteaga’s world the line between reality and fiction is like a blurry watercolor, where characters cherry pick from real-life people, and imaginary streets and landscapes dovetail with places in three-dimensional time and space.
In DeArteaga’s new novel, Wake the Sleeping Lady, she transports us to a Pickens County that exists one step removed from our own plane of reality. Many elements are left in tact, such as The Woodbridge Inn, Oglethorpe Mountain and the charms of Appalachian culture, but she spends plenty of time flexing her creative muscles, replacing Jasper with the small mountain town of Windy Ridge and substituting other well-known landmarks with ones that dip their toes into the imaginary.
At right, Stan Barnett
The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce crowned Stan Barnett the 2011 Pickens County Citizen of the Year on at the Tate House during Chamber’s annual winter ball event.
Barnett, who was in attendance at the event, expressed his appreciation to a packed house of curious spectators. Barnett, 76, has served many local organizations over his 15 years as a resident of Pickens County. He managed the Pickens County Thrift Store for five years and remains an active member of several charitable and non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, and Keep Pickens Beautiful. Stan currently serves as an Auxiliary courtesy golf cart driver at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
By Casey Parker
The regular basketball season may be over, but look out for the All-Stars from the Pickens Rec. Dept.
Rec. Dept. Director Melinda Logan said, "The season went great, with the exception of all the snow causing cancellations.”
Games for the All-Star teams start next Thursday Feb. 17, lasting until Saturday Feb. 19.
Submitted by Reeder Burch,
Former Pickens High School STAR Student, Dr. John Chastain, will be the guest speaker for the banquet. Chastain, a 1994 graduate of PHS, was the STAR Student of his class and chose his mother, Kaye Chastain as his STAR Teacher. Chastain is a physician in Atlanta.
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 this year is Michael Land and the STAR Teacher is Mrs. Gail Culbreth.
The Star finalists who are all profiled in this week's print edition Pages 10A-11A are:
Jessica Bell - Susan Anderson
Jessica Bradley - Martha Kinney
Lauren Fann - Danny McCormick
Taylor Goble - Lynn Cantrell
Sara Rooker - Shea Byers
Emily Talley - Kevin Jacobs
Alberto Torres - Patrick Gallagher
Jamie Waterman - Carissa Parker
Carly Wood - Mary Land
The school board has a hired an outside company to “assist” with their search for a new superintendent of Pickens County schools, following a called meeting last week.
School Board chairperson Wendy Lowe announced at the close of their regular meeting Thursday that they would use King and Cooper, a company that has worked on 27 superintendent searches in Georgia, to help find a replacement for Mike Ballew, who retired at the end of last year.
The board decided to use the outside company to help notify other school systems in Georgia and surrounding states of the vacancy as well as complete background checks of potential candidates at the called meeting.
Board Member John Trammell made clear at the regular meeting that the board is using this firm to "assist" not lead in the hiring process.
Lowe discussed how King and Cooper will be used in a followup interview. The board has also prepared a document "Superintendent of Schools Job Qualifications."
See a complete story on the superintendent search in tomorrow's print edition.