By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
The Glenda Gooch House has announced that University of Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt will speak at the First Baptist Church of Blairsville on February 18.
The Glenda Gooch House is a fully accommodated home located on Wallings Road, across from Union General Hospital. The house is designed for those who are hospitalized and their families that prefer to be near them as well. According to the organization’s web page, the Glenda Gooch House had accommodated 124 families as of November 28.
Known for his inspirational speaking, Coach Richt is scheduled to begin speaking at First Baptist Church of Blairsville at 12:35 p.m.
Tickets to the event will be sold to adults for the price of $20. Students and youth who are the age of 6-17 will receive a discount putting the ticket cost at $10. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Glenda Gooch House
One requirement for persons under the age of 16 is that he or she must be accompanied by a parent or adult to and from the event. Event tickets can be purchased at United Community Bank locations in Blairsville and Hiawassee.
According to event staff, parking is limited. Because of this, it is encouraged that those who can carpool do so. The doors of the event will open at 11 a.m.
It is asked that those who attend do not cameras or cell phones into the event. Also, no photo or autograph sessions will be held following the event.
According to the Glenda Gooch committee, the maximum number of ticket purchases has been set at 10 per individual.
Those who purchase tickets to the event will also have the opportunity to receive discounts at participating local restaurants on the day of the event. If your ticket is on hand, check local restaurants for a 10 percent Bulldog discount in order to receive these benefits. Restaurants offering the 10 percent Bulldog discount will have a red or black balloon displayed outside of the establishment and an announcement posted at the entrance of the restaurant.
By Brittney Bennett, Staff Writer
The 2009 Georgia Motor Fatality Report as presented by the University of Georgia’s Department of Health and Behavior concluded that the months of August until January are when the majority of Georgia’s fatal car crashes occurred, especially at the commencement of schools, major holidays and school breaks. Almost half of these accidents occurred on rural highways, similar to the main routes leaving Young Harris College.
As winter break inches closer, the need for increased defensive driving is imperative. Of course, this is implied for drivers everywhere, but especially for drivers who have to make the trek out of the basin that is the Enchanted Valley.
For any driver leaving campus there are three main routes according to the 2010 Rand McNally road map and Google Maps. To get through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the outlying parts of Georgia and bordering states a student can take one of three highways.
Highway 515, also known as Zell Miller Parkway, runs west from Young Harris to Pickens county and interchanges to I-575. Another route is US-129, also known as Blood Mountain, which spans 582 miles towards Knoxville. The highway then winds its way through 25 miles of the steepest portions of the Blue Ridge mountains, continuing to Chiefland, FL. The third route, which is Georgia State route 17 alternate, or banner route of GA-17, also winds south through the Blue Ridge mountains.
Luckily for the drivers traveling westbound on highway 515, the route is a fairly new, still well-maintained and offers beautiful scenery rather than ominous hairpin turns and limited sight distance that mountain by-ways are usually known for.
For drivers who need to travel southeast from campus, the mountain bypasses are often chosen to cut travel time; unfortunately with these roads, blind spots and narrow horseshoe turns up and down hill can often cause anxiety.
For residents and frequent travelers of US-129, the road is often referred to as Blood Mountain bypass, since the road narrowly winds its way up and through Blood Mountain, the tallest peak in the Georgian portion of the Appalachian Trail. Though the origin of the name is disputed between a bloody tribal war involving the Cherokee and Creek American Native Indians or for the lush crimson lichens and rhododendrons that grow atop the peak, the mountain road continues to uphold its repertoire with numerous annual car-crash-related fatalities.
The Georgia state route 17 alternate intersects with highway 515 just east of campus and continues southeast through Helen into Cleveland. Though the grade of the mountain-way’s steepness is around a six to seven percent compared to Blood Mountain’s 10 percent, there are numerous sling-shot curves and tight, winding areas that have often left motorists to side swipe guard rails, run-off embankments and often times collide with oncoming vehicles, as White County and surrounding counties’ road data show.
The Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles suggests preparing vehicles for the season’s change. One should check the engine oil, tire pressure and to allow the car’s motor to adequately warm up before heading out on the road. Next, incorporate the traffic flow of the area and anticipate weather factors in your drive time. When driving down the mountain, maintain a constant-slower speed, as notified by road signs. If driving in icy conditions, where loss of control is eminent, remember to take your foot of the gas, do not slam on brakes, but rather, try to maintain stern grip of the wheel in strait direction to help regain control. Make sure to keep a mobile device charged and out of the way to avoid distraction in case of emergencies, have a small first aid kit and even road flares if traveling in desolate extreme weather conditions.
By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer
Last Tues. on Oct. 26, Richard Knepp, instructor of music at Young Harris College, gave a recital in the Susan B. Harris Chapel for the YHC community.
Students, faculty, staff and members from the community were in attendance for the recital. Most of the students that were present were from the music department; however, other majors attended the performance also. The same was true for the faculty and staff present.
The recital consisted of 6 pieces from Knepps’ repertoire. The pieces were, Suite del Recuerdo by Jose Luis Merlin, Grand Overture, Op. 61I by Mauro Giuliani, Violin Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1001 by Bach/Barrueco, Sonata No. 3 by Manuel Ponce, Aquarelle by Sergio Assad and Wild Mountain Thyme which is a traditional Scottish song/tennant.
“He played very well; however most of his pieces were boring. I did like the last song, Mountain Thyme, though,” said Bennett Yarborough, who is an engineering freshman from Atlanta.
Currently, Knepp is working on getting his doctorate of music from the University of Georgia. This performance was a preview of the pieces he will be playing for his studio class as part of the doctoral program at UGA later on this year.
“I was told to pick pieces from certain composers that each represent specific time periods,” said Knepp.
The six pieces that he picked were chosen because they were pieces that he had always heard and were interested in. The pieces we heard are not the only pieces he will be performing for the program. Knepp chose to condense the program because some of the pieces were “too boring” according to Knepp.
Knepp’s recital lasted about 45 minutes, and the majority of the students and faculty in attendance seemed to enjoy the overall performance.
By Brand Driver,Staff Writer
This year, college football in the state of Georgia has lacked success for the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. These two teams should be quite a matchup for this year’s major rivalry between the two Georgia rivals.
While UGA has looked to the passing game for the majority of their offense this season, sophomore Aaron Murray has had a lot of responsibility on his back as a team leader.
Georgia Tech has an offence consisting of a strong running game ranked third in the nation in rushing yards. Freshman running back Mustafa Greene has rushed for four touchdowns on the season to keep head coach Paul Johnson’s rushing attack strong.
At the beginning of the season, UGA head coach Mark Richt thought highly of the Dawgs football team.
In an interview about his thoughts on the upcoming season Richt said, “I think a lot of the ingredients are there for a tremendous season.”
So far, it looks like Mark Richt has not been rewarded with the results that he had hoped for.
Both teams have not lived up to their potential yet in 2010, but the season is still far from over. The Georgia Tech offense should be picking up soon as senior quarterback Josh Nesbit has the ability to provide leadership and playmaking for his team.
The annual rivalry game between UGA and Georgia Tech is scheduled for November 27, and has all the makings of a competitive match-up.
Georgia Tech has a winning record of 3-2, with UGA falling behind the Jackets with a record of 1-4. While Tech will plan to run all over the Dawgs, UGA and junior wide receiver A.J. Green will look to attack the Jackets through the air.
This should be a game to watch for as both in-state teams look to continue the rivalry on November 27, as they battle it out between the hedges at Sanford Stadium in Athens.
By Christine Durniat, Campus Life Editor
On Saturday, September 18, the Arkansas Razorbacks rolled into Athens to take on the Bulldogs of the University of Georgia in a week 3 SEC match-up.
The Razorbacks, led by head Coach Bobby Petrino, would win this contest by a score of 34-27.
Arkansas went into the game ranked 12th and Georgia with no rank after a week two loss at the hands of Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina in week 2.
It was an evenly matched game, but it was the end that made it truly spectacular.
It almost seemed like Arkansas had the game at the end of the third quarter with 24-10. But the Hogs just were in fighting form to have their first on the road win with head lead by quarterback Ryan Mallett.
With less than eight minutes on the clock, Georgia’s red-shirt freshman quarter back Aaron Murray slid in a ten yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Tavarres King to bring the score to 24-17.
Georgia kept trudging even when fans had already filed out of Sanford Stadium earlier in the game’s first half.
The Dawgs were able to tie the game up at 24-24 on a three yard rushing touchdown by sophomore tailback Washaun Ealey. At this point, the fans at home and those who had chosen to stay at Sanford Stadium were on the edges of their seats as Georgia was looking at a potential overtime contest.
Arkansas took control of the game with 47 seconds left and Arkansas junior quarterback Ryan Mallett took three plays to begin the first game winning drive of his career.
With 15 seconds left on the clock, Arkansas junior wide receiver Greg Childs scored the game-winning touchdown on a 40 yard pass from quarterback Ryan Mallett.
After the go-ahead drive by Arkansas, UGA tried a Hail Mary pass with five seconds left on the clock, but it would bring no positive result.
This game was Georgia’s second consecutive loss to an SEC team this season. The Dawgs will face in-conference rivals Tennessee, Florida and Auburn in the coming weeks.