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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!