• Cochran concerned over maps and aerials budget line item

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Chief Appraiser Dawn Cochran expressed concern to the Fannin County Board of Assessors over the maps and aerials line item of the assessors budget at the board’s June 7 meeting. Currently, the line item shows an over-budget amount of $7,524.11 due to an $8,000 payment to qPublic.net, the department’s public access […]

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  • Board of Education approves purchase of 750 Chromebooks

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education met in a special called meeting Wednesday, May 30, to approve the purchase of 750 Chromebooks to be used by students in the school system in grades eight through 12. Heather Finley, director of instructional technology, explained the HP G6 Education Edition Chromebooks would be […]

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  • Blue Ridge Alcohol Committee continues ordinance discussion

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The topics of possibility extending weekend drinking hours for restaurants and the future of employee permits headlined the discussion at the third Blue Ridge Alcohol Committee meeting Tuesday, May 29. The meeting consisted of an informal round-table discussion that included the committee, which consists of city council members Robbie Cornelius and […]

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  • Acccomplishments told, retirees honored at Fannin Schools end-of-year meeting

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Several school system accomplishments were mentioned and this school year’s retirees were honored at the end-of-the-year meeting of Fannin County Schools at the Performing Arts Center Wednesday, May 30. Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney kicked the meeting off by announcing 198 students recently graduated from Fannin County High School. “That’s reflective of […]

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  • Mayor Whitener announces winners of student essay contest

    [Featured image: Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener, second from left, visits with Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) student who participated in the annual “If I Were Mayor …” essay contest. Seen here are, from left, FCMS Assistant Principal Tony Tichler, Whitener, winner Abby Chambers, Josey Clemmons, Connor Smith, winner Hannah Sosebee, and FCMS Assistant Principal Connie […]

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  • Development Authority approves loan to LPD Trailers

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – At a special called meeting Monday, May 21, the Fannin County Development Authority (FCDA) approved a $40,000 loan to LPD Trailers, d/b/a Wildside Custom Trailers and Conversions, for the purchase of equipment. Regarding the loan, FCDA Executive Director Christie Arp explained, “The Development Authority has a Revolving Loan Fund available for businesses […]

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  • Library to host history event Monday, May 21

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – According to Branch Librarian Andrew Vickers, the Fannin County Public Library is hosting a History Night at the library on West First Street in downtown Blue Ridge Monday, May 21, at 4 p.m. Library patrons and history enthusiasts attending the event can bring small family heirlooms, family photographs and, of course, […]

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  • City boards restructuring draws criticism

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – An ordinance to restructure the city’s Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals was approved by the Blue Ridge City Council during its May 8 meeting Tuesday. Last month, a first reading of the ordinance was presented during the council meeting. As explained then by City Attorney James Balli, the ordinance […]

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