Employment benefits of Georgia film industry
Kathryn Ingall, The Cherokee Tribune / Photo Pickens residents Jeff and Rhonda Stancil, right, as extras in “Hidden Figures,” which was filmed in part in Canton. Being an extra or crew member gives employment opportunities in Georgia’s film industry.
Beyond the $2.2 billion in direct retail spending generated by Georgia’s new film industry, locals can get involved – and get paid – to be extras and work as crew members on the nearly 250 films produced in the state each year.
Pickens resident Jeff Stancil, who retired as site manager from the Chief Vann House in 2013, jumped on the extras bandwagon and in just under two years has participated in 40 some odd productions.
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The four purple dots indicate stream sites being monitored for Pickens County.
On a scale of one to 10 Catherine Fox, the senior scientist with an environmental firm that monitors water quality at sites across Georgia, rates streams in Pickens County as top notch.
“I’d give them a nine,” said Fox, whose company has monitored four stream sites for Pickens County government since last year. “They’re among the best.”
Fox also gave Pickens leaders kudos for going above and beyond what they are required to do for water quality monitoring and reporting.
STAR Students seated and their selected teacher standing behind them (l-r):
Kelsey Wise - Gail Culbreth
Mary Zuidema - Cheryl Carter
Laura Henke - Lisa Hardman
Sierra Stanfield - Seanna Thompson
Kyle Combs - Angela Quarles
Roman Tapia - Robbie Cheatham
Michael Jorgensen - Rodney Martin
Danielle O'Dell - Lynn Cantrell
Not pictured - Jackson Melton - Valerie Boehm
Daniel Parnes (L) and Hunter Parker (R) finished second in the Georgia High School State Championship.
On February 12, the Pickens High School Bass Fishing Team competed in the Georgia High School State Championships on West Point Lake in LaGrange, GA. Seventy-Nine teams of two anglers from all over the state attended the event put on by the Student Angler Federation, a national group developed to promote the sport of bass fishing at the high school level. The club from
Teens learned about stages of intimacy in an interactive demonstration at the The North Georgia Pregnancy Center’s annual Loving Well event last week.
Speaker Denise Fountain asked teens in attendance at the Pickens High School auditorium if they thought she was there to tell them not to have sex.
A few kids sheepishly raised their hands.
“I’m not,” she said. “I’m here to tell you how to have the best sex of your life.”
For Fountain and other speakers at the North Georgia Pregnancy Center’s “Loving Well” event, held Thursday, Feb. 9 after school hours, the best sex in life comes after marriage with the partner God has chosen for you. Loving Well is designed to help middle and high school students learn about healthy, God-honoring relationships with sexual integrity, without judgement for past transgressions.
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