Doc is a Grammy ward-winning trumpeter known both for his time leading the famous Tonight Show with Johnny Carson band (and his notoriously flashy outfits) as well as his own prolific recording and touring. Joined by trumpeter virtuoso Byron Stripling and his quartet, Severinsen performs a tribute concert entitled Trumpet Kings, celebrating the greatest jazz trumpeters of the 20th century. Guests will enjoy hearing the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and of course, Doc.
Severinsen will perform on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Flint Hall at the Falany Performing Arts Center. Adult tickets are $50-$55, seniors $45-$50, and children $20-$25.
Pickens County Animal Control Officer Nicole Strickland pets a heeler named Kathy after it was rescued from a culvert in Tate.
Kathy, a heeler, got a Christmas miracle after she was rescued from a culvert at her owner’s residence on Rabbit Town Road in Tate.
Pickens Animal Shelter’s Animal Control Officer Nicole Strickland was sent out on the 911-call last Wednesday, Dec. 20.
Neighbor Diane Ingram said Kathy’s owner, who she called “a big animal person,” had noticed his dog went missing and started searching for her.
“In Tate, there are ditches that are in front of a lot of the houses, and he had his filled in and a culvert runs from mine into his yard,” she said. “He said she had gotten in before but was able to get out.”
Veterinarian Dr. Craig Chester talks at the meeting about the animal shelter.
At their December meeting, Veterinarian Dr. Craig Chester, owner of Animal Medical Clinic in Jasper, gave a presentation to county commissioners regarding his proposal to take over operations at the Pickens County Animal Shelter.
Pickens resident William Bell began the presentation. He said, “In the spirit of the American Humane Society that does such a good job in the country, we want to do something in that fashion for the citizens and animals of Pickens County.”
Bells’ daughter Jessica Bell, a former employee at Animal Medical Clinic, is 16 months away from completing veterinary school and would come on board as an employee of Dr. Craig’s at the shelter if a deal is hammered out between the two entities.
Rick Land at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Maine - Mount Katahdin. Land created a YouTube channel for his journey and posted a video everyday. Visit YouTube and search for “Greeter 2017 thru-hike” to follow his adventure.
Rick Land doesn’t let a challenge hold him back. The 59-year-old recently completed all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail on a solo trip. Before that, he spent decades as a school band director in Pickens and other Georgia counties and served on Jasper City Council. Land also learned to fly planes in his late 20s and worked for six years as a commercial airline pilot.
Both he and his wife Mary Land, a local band director as well, earned doctorates in their field. He still plays trombone locally in Big Band groups. They have two sons, one who is an Adjunct Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., the other is in his final year of residency to become a surgeon.
• Schools/grades re-aligned
• $3 million in renovations approved, including artificial turf at PHS
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Superintendent Carlton Wilson takes a question during a public presentation of the grade level/calendar choices last week.
In an action-packed called meeting December 21, the school board took a slew of decisive actions that will affect all 4,500 students in the system in the next academic year.
The biggest change will re-align grade configurations and campus designations. The change will affect all schools, except the high school.
See this week's print or online editions for full story, including new grade configurations and construction plans.