News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Business, Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
May 2018
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Two Great Business After Hours In May!

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Member News and Events

Don’t Forget to Vote!
Early Voting has started. The primary election is May 22.
 
 
Welcome to the Georgia Rural Development Council
The Georgia Rural Development Council will come to Blue Ridge to meet regarding Equitable Use & Compensation of Right of Way Usage for
Emerging Communications Technologies on May 15 & 16. The meetings will be at Bear Claw Vineyards from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on May 15 and  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on May 16.

Fannin Regional Hospital presents 
“Dinner with the Doctor” 

Dinner with the Doctor will feature Dr. Kevin Bunn, Orthopedic Surgeon. The dinner is this afternoon at Willow Creek Falls at 5:30. Learn more about the doctor and there will also be a question and answer opportunity. Reservations are required. Contact Susan Kiker at (706) 964-2730.
Fannin County Host to Georgia Outdoor Writers Association
We were pleased to have Fannin County chosen as the host community for the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association’s Annual Conference. We had approximately 30 writers in the area for 4 days.  Thank you to all of our wonderful partners who worked with us and made this a successful event. They had a great time, experienced many of the wonderful things that our community has to offer and they are looking forward to a return visit.

Thank You Golf Tournament Sponsors!
The Spring Golf Tournament is happening May 22 at Old Toccoa Farm. Good luck golfers and thank you to all those who sponsored this event!
Title Sponsor – ETC Communications
Lunch Sponsor – Mountain Valley Community Bank
Putting Contest Sponsor – Mountain Gateway Appraisal
Teams – Ace Hardware, Appalachian Insurance & Financial Services, Blue Ridge Pharmacy, Copper Basin Federal Credit Union, Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals, Keel Properties, Kevin Panter Insurance, Lifeforce, Mountain Valley Motors, NGYOA, North Georgia Sports Zone, Summit Inspections, Temple Baptist Church, Trane Rental Services, UNG, United Community Bank

Welcome New Members!

Allstar Photo Service

McCaysville, GA, 30555
(706) 455-0912
Jerry Daves
Allstar Photo Services specializes in special events, team sports, custom portraits and posters.
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Daffodil Hill Romantic Carriage House Suite
(706) 851-4430
Barbara Noyes
Daffodil Hill Romantic Carriage House Suite is a custom built suite perfect for those wanting to spend their honeymoon in Blue Ridge, GA. Enjoy a heated Whirlpool Jacuzzi in bedroom with king size bed, a separate large bathroom/dressing room, marble heart sinks and a double shower in this 2,200 square foot custom designed suite for two. The large gourmet kitchen is equipped with all the essentials and guests will have a supply of farm fresh eggs, homemade bread, bacon and waffle mix. The bottom floor houses their beautiful horses and three replica 1800’s carriages available for rides or learning to drive while enjoying your stay. Please call owners for rental availability.
 
 
Delivery Dudes
(706) 760-6857
Louis Brian
Delivery Dudes is a full delivery company delivering food, groceries, etc. Whether you are in-town or out in a cabin Delivery Dudes will deliver to you! Riding the train? Delivery Dudes will have your picnic lunch waiting for you to enjoy when you arrive in McCaysville. Enjoy your lunch by the beautiful Toccoa River!
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Ed’s Supply Company
Rodney Hayes
Ed’s Supply Company offers HVAC/R wholesale.
Flying Trout Restaurant
Blairsville, GA, 30512
(706) 745-8000
Michelle Evans
Flying Trout Restaurant offers seasonal “soul satisfying” southern favorites featuring only the finest ingredients. Setting out to be the best food in the South, their culinary team rocks a menu of classics. Always fresh, always new, always comfort food with attitude made just for you. 
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Marketplace Ministries
Mineral Bluff, GA, 30559
(404)323-2074
Steve Brown
Marketplace Ministries is a non-profit faith based Georgia corporation formed to share Jesus with business leaders.
 
Southern Comfort Cabin Downtown Blue Ridge Rentals
240 West Main St.
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 258-3737
CJ Stam

Southern Comfort Cabin Downtown Blue Ridge Rentals features vacation rentals and lodging options in downtown Blue Ridge, GA. Convenient to all the shopping, dining, galleries and the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
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The Martyn House

912 Flat Branch Rd.
Ellijay, GA, 30540
(706) 635-4759
https://themartynhouse.com/the-farm/

JoAnn Antonelli

The Martyn House Farm is a circa 1930’s Homestead located in Gilmer County on 18 beautiful acres and is home to Glamping.Their unique lodging consists of 3 Luxury Sleeping Tents, The Studio, The Cottage and The Millhouse. Guests can embrace the peace and quiet of nature, while still enjoying all the comforts of home. The Martyn House offers seasonal Farm to Table dinners, Second Saturday Workshops, Retreats and is an Artist Residency. 
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Ribbon Cuttings, Congratulations!
April 24 was the ribbon cutting for Viking Outdoor. Viking Outdoor proudly provides custom lighting, sound systems and water features for the mountain community. With over 20 years in the industry, the Viking can create the right system for you – call today! 404-952-3542
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April 25 was the ribbon cutting for High Country Pest Control. High Country Pest Control offers structural pest control; termite, carpenter bees, etc.
(706) 455-8672
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Chamber Member Anniversaries!
 

El Rio Mexican Restaurant

 
Aska Lodge B&B, LLC
Huck’s General Store
Noontootla Creek Farms
Walhala Ridge Furnishings
 

Appalachian Beverage
Blue Ridge Fry Shop
Blue Ridge iClinic
Blue Ridge Medical Group – Dr. Clifford Thompson, F.A.C.S., Dr. Jonathan Bloch, F.A.C.S. and Dr. Nathan Kincaid General Surgery
Blue Ridge Medical Group – Dr. Emily Sue Burnham, Internal Medicine
Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides at Hells Hollow
Copper Basin Federal Credit Union
Eagles Rest
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Goodspeed Architects, Inc.
Grumpy Old Men Brewing, LLC
King Heating & Air
MotoXAdventures
Papa’s Pizza To Go
Ray Gaines
Real Estate Around the Mountains
The Farnham Law Firm

May Community Events Calendar
 
April 27 – May 5 – The Art of Larry Smith, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
May 4 – Veterans Fishing Rodeo, Chattahoochee Fish Hatchery
May 4 – Stand-Up Comedy with the Geico Caveman John Lehr, Grumpy Old Men Brewing
May 5 – Meet the cast of the TV show “Quick Draw”, Firefly Music Private Cabin
May 5-6 – Georgia Apple Blossom Festival, Ellijay
May 5 – Awake the Grapes, Serenberry Vineyards
May 5– Kentucky Derby Party, Blue Ridge Lake Front Address
May 5 – Fred Johnson Jazz Musician, Blue Ridge Community Theater
May 10 –   SAAG Spring Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
May 12 – Georgia Mountain Classic Car Show, Downtown Blue Ridge
May 12 – Master Gardeners Plant Sale, United Community Bank Pavilion
May 17 – June 3 – Murder Room – Comedy, Blue Ridge Community Theater
May 17 – Jane the Move, The Swan Drive-In
May 18 – Endangered Species Scavenger Hunt, Downtown Blue Ridge
May 19-20 – Discovery Days, Project Chimps
May 25 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise In, Dairy Queen
May 26-27 – 43rd Annual Spring Arts in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge
May 26 – All Star Monster Trucks, Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
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Member News & Events
Golf Tournament Sponsors
Welcome New Members!
Ribbon Cuttings
Chamber Member Anniversaries
Community Events Calendar

Chamber Calendar of Events
May 1 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Bird Seed Co., 611 East Main St., Blue Ridge
11:00 a.m.
May 2 – Lunch N Leads, Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory
12:00 p.m.
May 3 – Candidate Forum, Blue Ridge Community Theater, 2591 East 1st St., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
May 3 – Leadership Fannin, Economic Development, Fannin County Chamber
9:00 a.m.
May 4 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Motorsports Park, 2252 Sugar Creek Rd., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
May 4 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Adventure Gear, 342 East Main St., Blue Ridge
4:00 p.m.
May 11 – Leadership Fannin, Tourism, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
9:00 a.m.
May 15 – Business After Hours, Fannin Regional Hospital at Riverstone Medical Campus, 101 Riverstone Vista, Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 16 – Ribbon Cutting for Vacasa, 21 High Park Dr., Ste. 7, Blue Ridge
11:30 a.m.
May 16 – Golf Committee Meeting at the Chamber
12:00 p.m.
May 17 – Leadership Fannin Graduation
May 18 – Ribbon Cutting for State Farm Insurance/Charles Edmondson, 154 Orvin Lance Connector, Blue Ridge
2:00 p.m.
May 22 – 2nd Annual Spring Golf Tournament at Old Toccoa Farm
9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tee Off
May 23 – Ribbon Cutting for Downtown Accommodations by Mountain Top Cabin Rentals, 224 West Main St., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
May 23 – Board of Directors Meeting, Chamber Board Room, Executive Committee at 11:00 a.m, Board of Directors
12:00 p.m.
May 24 – Ambassador Lunch at Masseria, 67 Roberts Way, Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
May 29 – Business After Hours, Tri-State Model Railroad, 150 Railroad Ave., Mineral Bluff
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Member Renewals
 
Allen Construction
Appalachian Beverage
Appalachian Insurance & Financial Services
Aska Lodge B&B, LLC
Assist Homecare Services
Automated Creations, Inc.
B.R. Fitness
Best Western Mountain View Inn
Blue Ridge Adventure Wear
Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company
Blue Ridge Fry Shop
Blue Ridge Heights, LLC
Blue Ridge Lodging Association
Blue Ridge Medical Group – Dr. Dillon Miller, Family Practice
Blue Ridge Medical Group – Dr. Emily Sue Burnham, Internal Medicine
Blue Ridge Mountain Canopy Adventure at Hells Hollow
Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides at Hells Hollow
Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company
Boat Dock Bar and Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
Broken Bull
Brookstone Apartments
Chick-fil-A
Complete Home Services
Coosa Creek Marketing Products
Cucina Rustica
Duplicating Products, Inc.
Eagles Perch Lodge
Eagles Rest
Edwin C. Pound, III, MD, PC
El Rio Mexican Restaurant
Faith Presbyterian Church, USA
Fannin County Board of Education
Gene Rutkowski, Mountain Place Realty
Georgia Mountains Hospice
Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery
Green Leaf Lawn & Ornamental, LLC
Grumpy Old Men Brewing
Harry Norman, REALTORS
Heartwood Health, Art and Yoga
Hometown Foods IGA
Huck’s General Store
Humane Society of Blue Ridge
Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe
Jan Kantor
Janken Daniels – BHGRE Metro Brokers
John M. Hicks
John Soave Custom Home Builders
King Heating & Air
Lisa Affordable Websites
Maureen Roeland
MotoXAdventures
Mountain Education Charter High School
Mountain Emergency Animal Center (MEAC)
Mountain Gateway Appraisal
Noontootla Creek Farms
North Georgia Cabins & Land, LLC
North Georgia Spas
Ocoee Adventure Center
Old Toccoa Farm
Papa’s Pizza To Go
Pedego Electric Bikes
Perfect Word Data Services
Persimmon Creek Campground,Trout Pond & Gem Mine
Roper’s Heating and Air Service
Satterwhite Log Homes
Scott Nichols, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty
Stonehenge Senior Living
TANK TOWN USA
Teatrees Boutique Spa
Terry L. Wilson, LLC
The Cleaning Booth
The Diamond Center
The Last Stop Grill
The Toccoa Lodge
TRC Hauling & Paving, Inc.
Van Zandt’s Riverwalk Grill & Grocery
Vista Scapes
Wilderness Creek Falls & Ridge Brook of Blue Ridge
Willow Creek Falls and Vineyard
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West Fannin Elementary Character Ed winners for March

Rebel's Corner

The Character Ed word for the month of March was Optimism.  The definition is “hopeful; focusing on the good in all situations.”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month.  Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured are, from left to right, front row: Sophia Garcia, AbbyGail Grindle, Ella Norris, Ryann King, Scarlett Queen, Makayla Siler, Kaydee Parris, Brody Ingle;  middle row:  Archer Twiggs, Tucker Griggs, Karleigh Cruce, Colton Bradburn, Avery Collis, Yarely Vargas, Isaac Watkins; back row: Ava Acker, Jordan Kinman, Yamilet Lopez-Garcia, Kaden Davis, Callie Lewis, Michael Dunnivan, and Isabella Patton.  Not Pictured:  Jeremiah Wyrick and Natalee Reeves.

 

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Business, Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
April 2018
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

If you haven’t already …
Take a look at our new website!

Free TripAdvisor Workshop for Members
TripAdvisor Class
This is a free class for Chamber members and space is limited! To reserve your seat now,  

  

Be sure to provide attendee names, email addresses and specify morning or afternoon class.

PRIMARY ELECTION IS MAY 22
Candidate Forum is Set for May 3
Join us on Thursday, May 3, at the Blue Ridge Community Theater for the Chamber’s pre-primary Candidate Forum.  There will be a meet and greet beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Forum from 6 to approximately 9 p.m. Included will be local candidates for Fannin County Board of Commissioners Post 2 and two seats for Board of Education.  Both Republican and Democratic candidates have been invited to participate.

Member News & Events
 
WELCOME GEORGIA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
The Chamber is helping sponsor the annual meeting of the Georgia Outdoor Writer’s Association from April 26 to 29. Approximately 30 outdoor writers will be in Fannin County experiencing our outdoor attractions, including the Trout Fest and Outdoor Adventures Festival on Saturday, April 27 in downtown Blue Ridge City Park.
WELCOME TO THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
The Chamber will welcome members of the Georgia Rural Development Council to Blue Ridge on May 15 and 16 for a meeting being held at Bear Claw Vineyards event center. More information coming about the times and agenda.

Chamber Member Anniversaries!
Crossrock Cabin Rentals
Humane Society of Blue Ridge
Wilderness Creek Falls & Ridge Brook of Blue Ridge
 
A & S Clothing
A Step Above Stables
Aska Farms of Blue Ridge
Black Sheep Restaurant Bar and Patio
Blue Ridge Lodging Association
Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company
Blush 809
Cantaberry Restaurant
Cox Farmhouse
Gracious Me!
Mitzi’s On Main
Pink Pig
TANK TOWN USA
The Owl’s Nest of Blue Ridge
Wildside Custom Trailers

Chamber Spring Golf Tournament 
At Old Toccoa Farm – Sign Up Today!
(Only Afternoon Availability Remaining)

 

To Sponsor a Hole for $100.00, email Kim Foster at kimfoster@tds.net

April Community Events Calendar
April 6-7 – 21st Annual Writers Conference, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
April 7 – Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers, Blue Ridge Community Theater
April 12-29 – The Boys Next Door, Blue Ridge Community Theater
April 21-22 – Bear on the Square Mountain Music & Folk Art Festival,Downtown Dahlonega Square
April 21 – Superhero 5k Run, Downtown Blue Ridge
April 21 – Taste of Blue Ridge, Willow Creek Falls and Vineyard
April 22 – Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Private Cabin
April 24 – Pops on the Plaza, Young Harris College
April 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
April 28 – Kid’s Adventure Race, Mercier Orchards
April 28 – 3rd Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures, Downtown Blue Ridge
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

Welcome 53 New Members!
 
2nd Story Entertainment
733 East Main St., Ste. C
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(678) 358-1032
Joey Roderick
Coming in April: 2nd Story Entertainment is a family entertainment center with mini-golf, games and more in Downtown Blue Ridge, GA! This unique indoor mini golf concept will feature a variety of themes throughout 9 rooms. In addition, there will be an arcade PLUS various games to through the play area and more!  
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American Heritage Home Inspections
108 Wilson Valley Dr.
Morganton, GA, 30560
(706) 400-8660
C.B. Moore
Home Inspections
Anchor & Arrow Apparel
632 East Main St., Ste. B
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 455-1584
Charlie Turner
Anchor & Arrow Apparel offers women’s casual wear. An endless summer apparel shop!
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Avalon Haircrafters
(706) 258-2182
Celeste Lance
Avalon Haircrafters is serving North Georgia and surrounding areas with beauty services from routine salon visits to weddings, formal and print.
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Black Bear Bier Garten
500 East Main St., Ste.  205
(706) 946-4440
Linda Ruud
The Black Bear Bier Garten offers 19 local craft and imported draft beers, 9 varieties of sausage including 6 wild game sausages. Enjoy delicious giant soft German pretzels and a variety of menu items.
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Blue Ridge Creative Co-Op
(770) 713-6917
Jerry Mucklow
Blue Ridge Creative Co-Op is a team of local artisans who specialize in a variety of mediums including photography, pottery, crafting, cooking and more. They offer locally made goods and services as well as an assortment of DIY workshops catering to individuals and small groups.
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Blue Ridge Medical Group – Erich Pearson, Internal Medicine
(706) 946-4272
Susan Kiker
Dr. Pearson is board certified in Internal Medicine. 

Blue Ridge Medical Group – Raymond E. Tidman, Family Practice
(706) 632-4400
Susan Kiker
Dr. Tidman is board certified in Family Medicine and holds professional memberships including the American Academy of Family Physicians (Fellow), Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and the Medical Association of Georgia.
Blue Ridge Medical Group – Shannon Pitman, Family Practice
(706) 632-3670
Susan Kiker
Dr. Shannon Pitman is a graduate of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. Dr. Pitman completed two residency programs: Wright State University General Surgery, Dayton, OH and Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Orlando, FL. He is board certified in Family Medicine. He is accepting new patients.
 
Blue Ridge Medical Group – Stan Trigg, Internal Medicine
(706) 632-8787
Susan Kiker
Dr. Trigg is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and holds professional memberships including Medical Association of Georgia, Southern Medical Association of Georgia, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Academy of Internal Medicine.
 
Blue Smoke World Famous BBQ
Michelle Moran
Coming Soon! Blue Smoke Barbecue. From the creator of Lucille’s BBQ and so much more…stay tuned!
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Burra Burra Seafood Co.
(706) 400-6660
Tim Richter
Coming Soon! Dig into a variety of fresh seafood including; oysters, clams, crawfish, shrimp and more. Offering fresth burgers, wings and tacos while staying connected with multiple media outlets at your family table. Dine in or on the deck while enjoying Conrad’s low country boil, New England clam bake and other seafood platters. Enjoy deep discounts during; burgerMonday, taco Tuesday, wing Wednesday and oyster Thursday, every week (dine in only). Serving lunch and dinner in McCaysville, GA.
Buttram & Seymore Garage Doors
(706) 889-4464
Evan Seymore
Buttram and Seymore Garage Doors offers sales, service, installation and repair on residential and commercial garage doors and openers. Special service plans available. FREE estimates!
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Cabins at Blue Ridge by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Blue Ridge, GA
(855) 704-2658
Chris Wilkins
Cabins at Blue Ridge by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is a vacation rental company, helping travelers feel at home in beautiful Georgia. They offer unique, home-like experiences backed by on of the most trusted brands in hospitality.
Carroll’s Barbeque
(706) 946-1126
Tom Carroll
Carroll’s Barbeque serves soups and salads, sandwiches and plates, and ribs. Fill the family with a family styled meal of classic BBQ or Ribs and more!
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Clay to Custom Construction
Mineral Bluff, GA
(706) 964-6656
Lucy D’Amico
Clay to Custom Construction is a design-build firm.
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Concetta’s Riverside Bakery & Cafe
(706) 400-6677
Tim Richter
Coming Soon! Concetta’s Riverside Bakery and Cafe is an Italian bakery and cafe with the largest selection of desserts in North Georgia. Relax and enjoy a fresh roasted coffee, cappuccino, espresso or a smoothie with a delectable pastry or dessert. Specializing in Italian street food, featuring Piadas (flatbreads) stuffed with Italian meats, cheeses, vegetables, eggs and sauces. Enjoy their homemade ice cream, shakes, floats and Piada sticks. Open all day including breakfast in Downtown McCaysville.
Confident Carry Firearms Instruction
Christa Forrester
Confident Carry Firearms Instruction offer firearms safety and responsibility classes, situational awareness, etc. Confidence through education.
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Cowanee Restaurant
(706) 400-6675
Tim Richter
coming Soon! Cowanee Restaurant is upscale riverside dining in downtown McCaysville, GA, on the banks of the Toccoa River. Offering slow roasted prime rib, seasonal fresh fish, specialty pasta, noodle bowls and small plates. Home of the areas most extensive wine list and craft beers. Featuring a plated Sunday brunch. Located in the shops of McCaysville. Serving lunch and dinner.
CreekStone Environmental and Geological Services
(828) 200-4585
Ronnie Dilbeck
CreekStone Environmental and Geological Services include; slope stabilization, site plans, soil compaction testing, stream restoration and Phase 1 & 2 Environmental Assessments.
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Cross Country Mortgage
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(404) 338-0717
Randi Krasnoff
Cross Country Mortgage is a mortgage lending company. To learn more about Cross Country Mortgage Cross Country Mortgage is a mortgage lending company. 
Deep South Carpet Cleaners
Blairsville, GA, 30512
(706) 745-8455
Elicia Wheeer
Deep South Carpet Cleaners is a professional cleaning company serving both commercial and residential clients in the North Georgia, and Tri-State areas.
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Downtown Accommodations by Mountain Top Cabin Rentals
(706) 258-6220
Tabetha Whitaker
Mountain Top Cabin Rentals offers Downtown Blue Ridge accommodations for visitors who desire to be close or within walking distance of eateries, shopping, and seasonal festivals. 
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Ellijay Coffeehouse and Intown Lodging 
(706) 635-5565
JoAnn Antonelli
The Ellijay Coffeehouse is located in a meticulously restored 1940’s building in Historic Downtown Ellijay, GA. They are a local living room where they encourage you to EAT, DRINK and GATHER! The décor is eclectic with chalkboard menus, and quotes along with the many daily offerings. Our Espresso bar offers specialty drinks, panini’s, and pastries.
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Escape the Line Ocoee’s #1 Escape Room
(423) 436-1520
Gary Redd
Coming soon – an escape room adventure located in Copperhill Tennessee.
Expedition: Big Foot! Adventure Outpost
721 East Main St.
(706) 946-2601
David Bakara
Expedition: Bigfoot! Outpost Adventure is a museum and gift shop of mysteries and legends of America.
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Glamping Under the Big Sky
(706) 333-5363
Gino Zalunardo
Glamping Under the Big Sky offers glamorous tent camping. With queen sized beds, bunk beds, outdoor kitchenette and shower/toilet. Enjoy a fire pit, horseshoes, corn hole, badminton and star gazing! 
High Country Pest Control
Blue Riddge, GA, 30513
(706) 455-8672
Darren Ledford
High Country Pest Control offers structural pest control; termite, carpenter bees, etc.
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Impact Design and Creations
(706) 400-5674
LuAnn Head
Impact Design and Creations offers custom apparel, promotional products, photo gifts and custom gifts.
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Jerry Mucklow Photography and Video
(770) 713-6917
Jerry Mucklow
Jerry Mucklow is a professional photographer and videographer with a fine art background. He specializes in lifestyle, portraiture, events, family and friend gatherings, architecture and more. Jerry also has a large portfolio of fine art photographs from around the world as well as some local scenic images ideal for decorating a home or cabin.
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Lakeside Serenity
(888) 875-5669
Mary Spencer
Lakeside Serenity is a 3 bedroom 2 bath vacation home located on Lake Buckhorne in Ellijay, GA.
McClure Home Inspections
Robby McClure
McClure Home Inspections offers comprehensive property and home inspections. Their services include; electronic radon testing, mold testing, lead paint testing on older homes, drone roof pictures and infrared thermal imaging cameras.
Miller Lake Lodge
Blue Ridge, GA
(561) 596-2550
Alexandra Miller
Retreat Renew Repeat at Miller Lake Lodge. A luxury, private retreat, Miller Lake Lodge is located on the lake close to the Appalachian Trail and offers a quaint little blue chapel on the property. Close to all activities beautiful Blue Ridge has to offer!
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MooBears Ice Cream & Hotdogs
596 East Main St.
(706) 946-2622
Carrie Durden
Coming mid-April is MooBears Ice Cream & Hotdogs. MooBears features hand-dipped ice cream and Angus Beef hotdogs in beautiful historic downtown Blue Ridge. They serve 20 flavors of premium Ice Cream from Ashby’s which is a creamery located in Shelby Township, Michigan. But before having dessert you need to try one of their delicious hotdogs. They have over 10 different dogs.
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Mystic Mountain Pizza
(706) 946-0378
Brannan Mathis
Mystic Mountain Pizza is a family owned and operated pizza joint with fantastic food and a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Come in as friends, leave as family.
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Nicholson Home Builders
(706) 851-4412
Rachel NIcholson
Nicholson Home Builders is a general contractor.
Pic N Vine
104 South Grande Ave.
(770) 371-9083
Melissa Winstead Barnett
Pic N Vine offers unique and one-of-a-kind handcrafted baskets and decor using kudzu vine. You can also learn how to weave your very own basket. Pic N Vine also offers black and white vintage photographs.
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Raymond’s Copper Curve
(706) 851-8781

Andrew Seitz FFA Proficiency Winner

Rebel's Corner

Andrew Seitz Wins Area Proficiency Award

 

Andrew Seitz, of the Fannin County FFA, recently won the Area 1 FFA Proficiency Award in the area of Agricultural sales for his work on tying fly fishing flies.  Andrew Seitz is the son of Stephen and Connie Seitz of Suches, Georgia and a sophomore at Fannin County High School.

For the past two years, Andrew has taught himself how to make fly fishing flies to use when trout fishing.   He has recently started his own business of selling the fly fishing flies to local customers. He currently makes all types of flies but specializes in nymphs creating many varieties with elk and buffalo hair.  In order to receive the proficiency award, Andrew had to fill out paperwork regarding his inventory, record keeping skills, profit or loss sheet, objectives and outcomes, and resume.

Not only did Andrew win the area 1 but he was also a state finalist.  He will now advance to the state competition held in Macon, Georgia on April 27, 3018.  Here, he will be interviewed by a panel of judges regarding his proficiency application.  He will finish in the top three among the state and will walk across the stage at the state convention and be recognized for his accomplishments.   A first place win at the state level would advance him to the national competition held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.

FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Cherie White is the Fannin County FFA advisor.  The Proficiency awards are sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority as a special project of the Georgia FFA Foundation.

Pictured above are some of the fly’s that Andrew has made.

A nymph made by Andrew Seitz.

Andrew Seitz working with his vise to make flys.

Miss Fannin County Middle School Pageant

Rebel's Corner

March 16 was the Junior Miss Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) and Miss FCMS Pageant.  We had 39 participants.  Attached are images of  our winners.  The first image is of Monica Cosentino, first runner-up for Jr. Miss FCMS, Middle is Jr. Miss FCMS Reese Lindstrom, second runner-up Jr Miss FCMS Madison Denton.  The second image is Miss FCMS Kinsley Sullivan and second runner-up Miss FCMS Leah Pope.  Not pictured is first runner-up Miss FCMS Brekailyn Arp.  The last picture is of Kinsley Sullivan, Miss Photogenic, Taylor Poland, Miss Sponsorship,  Adealyn Ray, Miss Congeniality.  Not pictured is Emily Mealer, People’s Choice winner.

 

The upcoming Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Epworth Community Club (125 Schoolhouse Road, Epworth, GA) is Wednesday March 21st

Community
SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER
The upcoming Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Epworth Community Club (125 Schoolhouse Road, Epworth, GA) is NEXT Wednesday March 21st (One week from today) from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  Spaghetti, Bread, Salad & Dessert – $6.Dine-In – Italian atmosphere, checkered table cloths, candles, Italian music, Italy slide-show, Epworth neighbors and more.
Carry-Out
 – To Go Orders can be picked up at the door.

CLICK to see a 50 second Promo video with local talent about the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner at Epworth.


CLICK to see the Epworth version of Veni, Vidi, Vici.

FREE Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening for Women 40-64 at Fannin County Health Department

Announcements, Health, Lifestyle

FREE Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening for Women 40-64 at Fannin County Health Dept!

Blue Ridge (GA) – FREE Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and is provided to eligible women ages 40 to 64 at the Fannin County Health Department.

“Early detection is critical,” said Catherine Knight, RN, Fannin County Nurse Manager.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States and in Georgia, but when found earlier, it is more likely to be treated successfully and women are surviving longer with breast cancer. Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S. However, in the past 40 years, the number of cervical cancer cases and deaths from cervical cancer have decreased significantly. This decline is largely due to many women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical pre-cancer before it turns into cancer.

These free Breast and Cervical Cancer screening services are available at the Fannin County Health Department for women who are Georgia residents ages 40 to 64 with limited income and limited or no health insurance:

  • Clinical Breast Examination
  • Mammogram
  • Pap test
  • Referrals to treatment through the Women’s Health Medicaid Program

All women who qualify are urged to call the Fannin County Health Department to make an appointment for Free Breast and Cervical Cancer screening at (706) 632-3023 right away! The health department is located at 95 Ouida Street in Blue Ridge.

Candidate Nathan Fitts – Why Infrastructure needs to be a Priority in the City of Blue Ridge

Politics

I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when Irma came through Blue Ridge doing relatively little damage. But, what if it had lived up to all the dire predictions? Would the city have been ready?

We know that our emergency management team works hard to ensure readiness when needed. You may have seen them performing practice drills that encompass a variety of possible disaster situations. It is comforting to know we have a fine group of men and women at the ready when we need them.

But, is our city infrastructure ready for the next disaster? We have seen the flooding on Ada Street and on W. Main Street after it rains. One can only imagine the damage that would be done to property in the event of a major weather event. And how difficult would it be for our emergency responders to get to people in need if the roads are impassable?

If elected, one of my first priorities will be to address our outdated infrastructure. We need to know what, where, and why we are having these issues.

Once we have answered those questions, we move on to how we are going to remedy the situation. These are hard questions that will require hard answers, and elected officials that are willing to tackle these issues.

Our city is beautiful, indeed. We have lovely public spaces, a fine playground, a renovated train depot. Our newly completed downtown streetscape makes our city even more tourist friendly. All these are reasons that Blue Ridge is included in so many “best of” articles.

 

 

 

 

 

But, it won’t matter how beautiful our city looks if it is not built on a sound infrastructure. We must address this issue now, or pay the consequences later.

 

Your vote for me will be a vote for someone not afraid to tackle the tough issues!

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