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Love is in the air for some teachers, counselors

"Love is practical, not just emotional," Apprentice Director Earl Carr said. Mr. Carr and his wife, Pat, who also works at THS, have been married for 40 years.

They met at a restaurant and Mr. Carr said that it wasn't love at first sight.

"I feel that love grows stronger over the years as each partner supports each other in daily activities," Mr. Carr said.

Mr. Carr was working here at Thomson High first teaching Apprenticeship, then Mrs. Carr came later to teach business education.

Now you can find both of the Carrs in the guidance office.

Kay Anthony also works in the guidance office. Her husband, Bobby, teaches DCT, government and psychology just down the hall.

They have been married for 24 years. The Anthonys met at a high school football game. Mr. Anthony began working at THS 16 years ago.

Mrs. Anthony was a legal assistant for 30 years before she joined her husband.

Another couple that believes in working together are the Ansleys. Jimmy and Libby Ansley have been married for 17 years.

Mrs. Ansley said she had a crush on Mr. Ansley in high school. They met at the now-closed Sophie's Restaurant on Augusta Highway in Thomson.

"It was so romantic," she said.

Mr. Ansley came to work at THS first 29 years ago, then Mrs. Ansley joined him on the worksite six years ago.

Josh and Erica Veal have been married less than two years and when they met were only good friends.

"We will only have been married two years in April," Mrs. Veal said of she and her husband, Josh.

"In fact, at first I was trying to set him up with one of my friends at college," she added.

Coach Veal joined the faculty first and teaches math and coaches football and track.

"I came this year because it was a better opportunity," Mrs. Veal said. "I really didn't come here to work with him."

The Barnetts have been married for 11 years and met here at THS.

Coach John Barnett has been on the faculty for 22 years teaching history and Kim Barnett has been working here for 14 years teaching math.

"It wasn't love at first sight," Mrs. Barnett said.

Another couple commonly seen together at THS are Dale and Jeannie Ricks, who have been married for 41 years.

"We met down on the bank of a river in Statesboro," Coach Dale Ricks said jokingly. "It was love at first sight for me. I told my friend that I was going to marry her!"

Tracey and Mike Madden have been married for more than eight years. They met in class while attending Maxwell Elementary.

Web posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004

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