Diamonds in the Rough: Trail Blazers search for gemstones beneath Douglas Falls in Pisgah National Forest, N.C. Photo: Nicole HinebaughKentavius can see the Blue Ridge Mountains from his apartment beside the interstate in downtown Asheville. But the nine-year-old had never hiked in them until last month.Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has helped create the Trail Blazers Youth Adventure Club. Children from inner city communities are learning outdoor skills on a series of adventures throughout the summer.Last month, I accompanied Kentavius and twelve other Trail Blazers on a hike to Douglas Falls, a 70-foot waterfall surrounded by an old-growth forest. The kids, who ranged in age from 8 to 14, were awestruck. None of them had ever been hiking in a national forest; most had never left the city.They marveled at yellow-striped millipedes and the towering trees, including an overturned hemlock with its intricate root system exposed. “This was all underground? Daaang!” said ten-year-old Tahtiona.More than once, I was asked if cobras and anacondas lived in this forest. But by the time the kids reached the waterfall, they had completely forgotten about snakes. They quickly splashed across the creek to stand beneath the falls.As the frigid water pounded down on them, Alexus screamed with wild, shrill delight; Diontae flexed his muscles; Kentavius simply extended his arms and looked skyward, smiling.Afterward, the kids climbed into an old rock cave, scampered up a steep dirt trail, searched for gemstones in the creek, and even shimmied across an old log suspended between two boulders. They were adventurers exploring a brave new world, far away from the barren concrete of their public housing block.Nearly every day of their childhood has been filled with the sounds of the interstate. But for a few hours, they heard the wind in the trees and water cascading over rock. And on the hike back to the trailhead, they stopped walking, stopped talking, and for a few moments, just listened to the silence of the forest.The Asheville-based Trail Blazers are organized by the heroic Nicole Hinebaugh and volunteers from the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation. We plan on expanding the Trail Blazers Club into other towns across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Let us know if you’d like to lead a hike or lend a hand. Upcoming hikes, photo galleries, and additional information can be found at trailblazersclub.org.We hope that the Trail Blazers experience will inspire more kids like Kentavius, who discovered that those distant summits are within his reach. 1 2
MORE: Following National Signing Day’s biggest movesPickens was committed to Auburn for more than 500 days, so naturally Auburn fans and players were upset by the news. But a couple of players went a little further, seemingly suggesting Georgia paid Pickens in order to make the flip happen.In screenshots captured by Saturday Down South’s Connor O’Gara, we see defensive lineman Coynis Miller hint that Auburn needs to start writing checks or keep losing out on top talent. (Twitter) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/69/1b/auburn-player-screenshot-ftr_1ssoy3anv7yxl1xh3bqyi69c46.png?t=-1010757024&w=500&quality=80 In a somewhat surprising move, five-star 2019 recruit George Pickens — the No. 24 prospect in the country, No. 4 receiver and No. 1 player in the state of Alabama by the 247Sports Composite — announced he was flipping his commitment from Auburn to Georgia on National Signing Day.“Every year, we usually know what’s going to happen, but this is one came a little bit out of left field,” 247Sports.com writer Barton Simmons said about the move. “High-profile kid commits to a team that we weren’t necessarily monitoring significantly as a program that was going to steal him. What a pick up for Georgia.” Receiver Anthony Schwartz simply tweeted an emoji of a money bag after the announcement was made. Both players have since deleted their tweets.But Schwartz did leave this tweet up, which seems to be a subtweet regarding Pickens’ decision. Just know we know— Anthony Schwartz OLY (@anthony_flash10) February 6, 2019A Twitter user — and Georgia fan — responded with a crying baby GIF, to which Schwartz responded, “Y’all when (Justin) Fields left…” The follow-up tweet seemingly confirms Schwartz’s other tweet was regarding Pickens, even though he didn’t specifically mention him.As for Pickens, this is a pretty big pick up for Georgia. He is the second five-star prospect from the state of Alabama to commit to the Bulldogs this recruiting season.“I just felt like it was the right place for me, plus coaching-wise knowing that Kirby Smart is always going to be up for a national championship,” Pickens told reporters about his decision. “Georgia has always been the No. 2 school behind Auburn. It wasn’t an easy decision. Probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life.”
The Fort St. John RCMP are also reporting that on Wednesday February 17th, 2010 two men accused of trafficking drugs appeared in a Fort St. John Court.Advertisement By Energeticcity.ca StaffThe Fort St. John RCMP have picked up two males who have allegedy been trafficking cocaine.On Tuesday February 16th, the RCMP Drug Section arrested two males Daniel Tardif of Surrey, BC and Scott Wesner of Abbostford, BC. The RCMP stopped their vehicle without incident and seized bear spray, knives, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and cash.- Advertisement -Daniel Tardif was charged with three counts of possessing a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of marijuana. Scott Wesner, who was already on a probation order, was charged with two counts of breaching a probation order.A Justice of the Peace released the two men with several conditions including a condition that they not be found in Fort St. John except for court. Their next court appearance is scheduled for March 3rd, 2010 at the Fort St. John Court House. Dean Carson Panrucker is facing seventeen separate charges relating to firearms and drugs. Panrucker was denied bail and remains in custody until his next court appearance on March 1st, 2010.Jordan Anthony Ramos is facing charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and a number of breach of bail charges. Ramos will appear in court again on February 24th, 2010.