Shop with a Cop – November 28th!

Blue Ridge Masonic lodge #67 and shop with cop will be teaming up for a fund raiser on Saturday November the 28th. Blue Ridge lodge will be selling home made chili starting at 4:00 pm at the lodge in downtown Blue. Ridge. Shop with a cop will be holding a boot drive to raise money for Christmas. Shop with a cop is a organization that helps public safety employees provide Christmas presents for children in need.Dine in or carrying out a portion of the chili sales will be donated to shop with a cop. So come out for some chili and help out a worthy cause.      

McCaysville lights up the twin cities Christmas Tree


McCAYSVILLE, Ga. – There was no denying the Christmas spirit this past weekend in Fannin County and surrounding areas.

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The lighting of the McCaysville Christmas Tree.

With Thanksgiving officially past, it is acceptable etiquette to move forward with the Christmas season, and McCaysville did just that on Friday, Nov. 24, with the annual lighting of the city Christmas tree.

Residents and tourists alike gathered near the post office to partake in the evening’s events. Live music was provided with many in the crowd singing and dancing to their favorite yule time tunes.

Hot chocolate was served, and Santa was present to have pictures made with children, adults and four-legged family members.

The mood was set for the lighting of the city Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. As the music fell silent, McCaysville Mayor Thomas Seabolt and Copperhill, Tennessee Mayor Kathy Stewart had the honor of lighting the 2017 twin cities Christmas Tree.

Cheers came from the crowd below as the tree was lit, and dancing continued into the evening.

The cities of McCaysville and Copperhill will host the 96th Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.

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Gingerbread Village Press Release
It is time to get your entry in for Light Up Blue Ridge’s 3rd annual Gingerbread House Contest!


  • Professional – Baker, Restaurant, Culinary School, Caterer
  • Business & Organization – Any Business or Organization within tri-state area
  • Adult Individual – 18 years & over
  • Youth Individual – 17-13 ages
  • Kids – 12 & under group or individual
  • Fine Artist (New this year)
Entries must be set up at the Hampton Square by 4 pm Tuesday November 22nd.  
For general information, construction guidelines and entry forms please visit: and click on the “Gingerbread Village” link.

Donations! Where Does Your Money Go?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  It is also one of the most giving times as well.  People open their hearts and their wallets to help worthy causes and most are legit.   When making a decision on which charity to donate to, most people consider the “efficiency” of the organization.  What percentage of the monies received by the charity goes to funding its mission verses other costs such as fundraising activities, salaries, and other overhead.   When giving to a non-profit you can always check its financials, which are required by law to be available, see below:

Tax-exempt organizations must make annual returns and exemption applications filed with the IRS available for public inspection and copying upon request. In addition, the IRS makes these documents available. The questions below relate to the public disclosure and availability of documents filed by tax-exempt organizations with the IRS.

There are several ways you can check out the charity but the most direct way is to ask for a copy of its financials so you can determine if your money is actually being used in the way you believe when you give.  There are sites like Charity Navigator and GuideStar which are very helpful in showing you what percentage of your giving goes to support the mission, as opposed to administrative expenses. Some nonprofits have a large overhead, but according to the charity ratings site, if they are spending more than 33.3% of their total budget on overhead, the organization is not meeting its mission.  However if your “cause” or “local charity” is not listed we suggest you request the disclosure from your choice of giving and make sure your money is helping the cause you desire.

FYN will be taking a look at some of our local charities and letting you know what we find.  Giving is great but it is always a good idea to make sure of how the money is actually being used.

Light Up Blue Ridge


Light up Blue Ridge,  Downtown City Park  November 28, 2015
Beginning at 10:30 at the Downtown City Park, there will be music on the Main Stage, The Parade line up begins in front of the Baptist Church at 11:00 am, Santa arrives on the train at 11:30 am and the parade starts at 12:00 ! Through the afternoon and evening there will be new music on the Main Stage for your enjoyment until the lighting of the tree around 7:00 pm. You won’t want to miss the live reindeer pulling Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
For information email: or Entertainment:   706-889-7415
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Friday’s events:  BLUE FRIDAY
10:00-11:00 Judging of the Gingerbread Village Houses
11:00-6:00 Elves and Christmas Characters throughout downtown to help visitors and shoppers, give direction, answer questions
11:30 Grand Opening of the Gingerbread Village
1:30 Fannin High Elves Perform a Flash Mob – Robert’s Way
11:00-6:00 Various performances throughout downtown – lots of surprises!!!!
12:00-3:30 Horse and Carriage Rides in downtown
12:00-6:00 Downtown Food Vendors & Children’s Activities in the park
4:00 Fannin High Elves perform flash mob at Depot Street
6:00 Town wide Caroling:  candles and song books will be handed out, line up in front of the Baptist Church and join us as we walk through downtown singing.  Store owners, please come to your doors and join in as we walk through the downtown.
Saturday’s events:   LIGHT UP BLUE RIDGE
10:30-11:15 Tuba Christmas performs on Main Stage
11:00 Parade line up begins in front of Baptist Church towards Grumpy Old Men
11:30 Santa Arrives on the Train
12:00 Parade Starts
1:15-1:45 Keyera Grant – UGA Voice Major
2:00-2:30 Rusty Thomas – Highland Tabernacle Church
2:45-3:15 Lindsay Harper – Local Vocalist
3:30-4:00 Christian Mims-Wolfe – Local Vocalist
4:15-4:45 Quinn Leach – Local Guitarist
5:00-5:30 L.A. Sound – Lowe Family – Local Family Band
5:45-6:45 Emily Carey – Local Vocalist, UGA Voice Major
6:45 Blessing of Downtown Blue Ridge and our Community
7:00 Emily Carey & Lighting of our Great Tree “Oh Holy Night”
7:00-? Emily Carey & All Performers



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