By Kyle D. Rasco
PHS Athletic Director
I am excited to announce that PHS is starting an organization that is long overdue in Pickens County: the Pickens High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The PHS Athletics Hall of Fame has been organized as a way of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletic programs at Pickens High School. In addition, it will serve as a means of recognizing and honoring the athletes, coaches and individuals who made significant contributions to the athletic programs at Pickens High.
The PHS Athletics Hall of Fame is meant to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of individuals who are worthy of recognition and who have stood as examples for others to emulate. Click here for a nomination form
Hunter Calvert, with working dog, Bow, at Canine Partners for Life in Pennsylvania, to see about getting a seizure alert dog for the 11-year-old. Hunter suffers from seizures and needs such a dog to warn him when a seizure is about to happen.
If you shop at Jasper's Piggly Wiggly, you probably know store manager, Wade Calvert. Two events scheduled soon for Calhoun, where Calvert lives, are set to benefit Calvert's son Hunter, who suffers from a brain condition.
Pinwheels for Prevention marks 374 reports in 2011
A single pinwheel can spin many times in seven minutes. Seven minutes is the length of time that passes before another child in Georgia is abused or neglected.
Please observe the Pinwheels on the Annex West lawn to represent the 374 reports of child abuse or neglect made last year to the Pickens Department of Family and Children’s Services. The goal of Pinwheels for Prevention is to show the community the alarming number of children who are harmed daily in their own backyard. Pickens Family Partners encourages all citizens concerned about the well-being of our children to support Pinwheels for Prevention by purchasing pinwheels at various locations on April 28.
We hope this visual reminder of the incidents of child abuse and neglect will show everyone how important it is to make preventing child abuse before it starts a priority for everyone in Pickens County. These pinwheels will remind us that healthy children and healthy families are a shared responsibility. It takes all of us working together to stop child abuse before it starts.
The pinwheel has become a symbol of Prevent Child Abuse nationwide not only in April but all year long. To volunteer or for information please call 706-253-6488 or visit www.pickensfamilypartners.org
At left, Prevent Child Abuse members with some of the pinwheels.
Country musicians, sign up now for your chance to get on the road to stardom
Think about it like Star Search, only for country music.
Similar to Ed McMahon’s classic TV talent show, The Texaco Country Showdown has helped launch the careers of household names like Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Billy Ray Cyrus and Brad Paisley.
According to preliminary results, Department of Natural Resources aerial surveys in January and March documented 158 occupied nesting territories, 116 successful nests and 190 young fledged.
The totals are up from last year’s 142 nesting territories, 111 successful nests and 175 eaglets.
The number of bald eagle nests in Georgia is steadily climbing, underscoring the rebound of our national bird from near-extinction through much of its range 40 years ago. Nests numbered in the single digits in Georgia when survey leader Jim Ozier started searching for them more than two decades ago.
This comeback was powered in part by Georgians who support the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund through their state income tax returns. As this year’s tax deadline nears, those who haven’t filed are encouraged to contribute $2 or more to the Wildlife Conservation Fund - line 26 on Form 500 or line 10 on Form 500EZ.
Giving 2 wildlife benefits more than 1,000 Georgia plant and animal species listed as species of conservation concern, including bald eagles, which are continuing to nest in new areas across the state.
Photos courtesy of Georgia DNR