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At Love, Sex and other Unmentionables, young people encouraged to keep boundaries

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Local students hear about Love, Sex and other Unmentionables.

By Laiken Owens
Intern Reporter

    The Love, Sex and other Unmentionables program sponsored by The North Georgia Pregnancy Center talked about why young people should wait for marriage and answered questions that teens may have about sex.

Governor's Circle Award presented to KPB


     Keep Pickens Beautiful Secretary/Treasurer Carol Opdehoff (l) and President Vered Kleinberger (r)  are pictured holding The Governor’s Circle Award.  This award was presented  to KPB by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Submitted by Al Rothe, KPB
    The award, dated Dec. 9, 2013, and signed by Gov. Deal,  reads as follows: “In recognition of your efforts to engage Georgians in taking greater responsibility for their community environments while maintaining the highest level of organizational standards.”
    We at KPB are proud to be recognized by the Governor for the work our volunteers do throughout the year to help maintain and beautify the environment here in our county.  A special thanks to all of you who support us in these efforts.
    Visit our website at and also join our group page on Facebookhttps://www.face Beautiful/

Hear great classical music in Jasper

Submitted by Suzanne Shull
Casual Classics

    When? February 24, 7 p.m.
    Who? Franklin Pond String Quartet and Atlanta Symphony Principal Flute, Christina Smith.
    Where? Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Drive.
    This is sponsored by Creative and Performing Arts Academy and Casual Classics contributors
Our concerts are always free - just come!

Whale freed from fishing gear off Ga. coast


More photos from Ga. Wildlife Resources division of the DNR.


BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Feb. 20, 2014) – A young North Atlantic right whale is swimming easier after wildlife biologists cut away most of the 100-plus yards of heavy fishing rope the animal was dragging [see video].

The disentanglement effort, much of which occurred 40 miles off Georgia’s Wolf Island Monday, was relatively quick for the 4-year-old male whale, one of only about 450 remaining North Atlantic right whales.

Directed to the whale by an aerial survey team and a satellite tracking buoy monitored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), authorized staff with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assessed the entanglement and threw a device called a cutting grapple across the trailing rope. Seconds later, the thick rope parted.


Pickens County, show us your Irish

SAA to host St. Patty's Day costume contest for kids
A portion of proceeds will go to Pickens Animal Shelter



Submitted by Linda Barnes
Sharptop Arts Publicity
    St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated Saturday, March 15, from 10-to noon at Sharptop Arts Association, 68 D.B. Carroll St., Jasper, just around the corner from Stearns Bank. This celebration promises to bring The Luck of the Irish to all who participate so get your O’fficial Participation Form in early and be ready to dance a jig on
 D.B. Carroll Street!