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UPDATE: Charges made after explosive material found

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     Steve Burgess, 56, has been charged with possession of methamphetamines and intent to distribute following an investigation Monday afternoon that uncovered explosive materials in the man’s home.
     At approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, June, 3 during the execution of a court order at the Talking Rock Highway residence just north of Annie's Restaurant, suspicious items were located that indicated the presence of explosives.

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Flint River and its mussels center of state water withdrawal policy

 

 

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  Jason Wisniewski, aquatic zoologist, holds up a bag of mussels collected from the Flint River in the southern part of the state. Six species of mussels are on the federal endangered species list.

 

By Pam O’Dell

Capitol Reporter

 

 

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Aquatic Zoologist Jason Wisniewski spends his days reaching deep into the thick and slimy bottom of the Flint River’s tributaries hoping to bring up creatures whose astounding ecological resilience is finally giving out: mussels.  “I love my job,” Wisniewski says as he describes desperate efforts to save six species on the federal endangered species list before they disappear from the Flint - and the planet - forever. 

 

The Great Gatsby: Don’t let the new movie fool you, it’s still one of the greatest books

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By David R. Altman

Books & Writers Editor

If you’ve never read The Great Gatsby, or even if you read it back when you didn’t enjoy it, you owe it to yourself to read it again. And, I beg of you, please don’t go see the new movie until you have read the book. To experience F. Scott Fitzgerald, you must read his work. 

At seventeen, I was more interested in reading Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost than I was in understanding F. Scott Fitzgerald or T.S. Eliot. That wasn’t because I had a high school English teacher who pushed one author over another; Ms. McNair was extraordinary, encouraging us to read anything we loved, and each of us, as 11th graders, did just that, becoming odd among our classmates not because we liked certain authors but because we simply liked to read.  

Rittenberry to instruct at vocal camps

 

 

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Brian Rittenberry with CAPAA Instructor Bay Cagle, Sharptop Strings members Kim, Carly and Grant Hipps at PCMS Arts Rally with Mr. Louden.

 

 Summer camps are around the corner and the Creative and Performing Arts Academy is excited to announce that Brian Rittenberry will be instructing at our vocal camp on June 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  

The vocal camp begins earlier in June with CAPAA instructor Raquel Rae, Nashville singer and songwriter. Raquel will work with campers to learn patriotic songs and work on voice technique on June 12, 19 and 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Cost for the camp is $100 ($90 if you register before June 1!).  

At the first meeting, campers and parents will discuss the possibility of a July 4 performance if enough campers will be in town and available.

Visit www.CAPAAJasper.com to learn more about this camp, register online, or to discover our other great camp offerings this summer. Call 770-893-8185 with any questions.  CAPAA is located at 95 Whitfield Drive, Suite A, Jasper, next to the Bargain Barn.

 

 

 

 

4-H program to be seriously impacted by cuts

Rep. Jasperse calls BOE plans to cut funding “short sighted”

 

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If the school board cuts funding to the Pickens County 4-H as they have indicated at recent budget workshops, programs offered to students will be “seriously impacted,” according to the 4-H manager. 

“That’s what’s been proposed, cutting us,” said Pickens County 4-H Manager Clarcy Kirby. “Until we get the tax digest the school board can’t make the final decision, but the school is funding 50 percent of our program assistant position and benefits for that position, so if the cuts go through that will go down to a part-time position.”  

 

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