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Dr. Lula Mae Perry hired as superintendent

 

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     The Pickens school board announced Tuesday afternoon they had hired a superintendent on a six-month contract to replace Dr. Ben Desper who announced his retirement last week. 

     The board hired Dr. Lula Mae Perry, who served as superintendent of the Jeff Davis County schools from 2000 through 2012. Perry will work on a consulting basis for the month of June while Desper completes his final month and will begin full time in July.

     Perry retired in 2012. School board attorney Phil Landrum said she came with an excellent statewide reputation and is familiar with the work of a superintendent in a system the size of Pickens.

     Landrum said the board feels she will be effective from day one.

     See complete story in today's print or e-editions.

 

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.

See our print or online edition for the rest of this story, which includes comments from Pickens County Sheriff's Office Leiutenant Kris Stancil.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.