Fannin County Schools to receive additional state funding

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County School System will see a boost in funding as state lawmakers have voted to fully fund Georgia’s Quality Basic Education Act (QBE).

QBE was adopted unanimously by both houses of the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Joe Frank Harris in 1985. The purpose of the QBE earnings are to provide an equal and adequate education for all public schools in the state of Georgia.

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Ralston spoke with BKP about the now fully funded QBE in Georgia.

QBE works by providing additional funding to public schools in counties that do not have the a large income from property taxes.

State Funding Made Simple describes the process as “Because all counties are not created equal in terms of property tax wealth, they cannot raise the same amounts of money from local property taxes. The state provides additional funding to these counties according to a formula that compares the relative property tax wealth of all counties in the state. Systems at or below the 75% level can receive equalization funding in proportion to the amount of mills they levy beyond 5 mills.”

Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston spoke with BKP (Brian K. Pritchard) on his morning show Anything Goes about the accomplishments made in the past legislative session.

“For the first time in 16 years at least, we have fully funded QBE,” Ralston explained, “Which means that all of the austerity cuts to local school systems that started back in the middle of the Perdue administration and have continued forward because of the economy and other reasons, they’re now over.”

Economy did play a major part in the original cuts, and Georgia’s strengthening economy is reason for this full funding.

According to Governor Nathan Deal next year’s projected state revenue has increased by $194 million. This increase brings the FY 2019 state revenue estimate to $26.2 billion.

Because of this increase Deal is allocating an additional $167 million to K-12 education.

“Georgia’s strong economic growth in recent years has allowed us to invest heavily in education, transportation, public safety and healthcare,” says Deal.

“It’s going to mean about $375,000 right off the bat to Gilmer County,” Ralston said explaining the benefits to our area. “It’s going to mean about $285,000 right off the bat to Fannin County schools.”

School systems are allowed to use this funding in a number of areas to help maintain a basic standard of education for all Georgia public school students.

 

 

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UNG gets state funds for new campus

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – In a recent interview on FYNTV, Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston made an announcement regarding the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Blue Ridge campus.

Ralston confirmed in the interview that the state has set $5.5 million into a line item to establish a new standalone “brick and mortar” building for the university. The budgeted funds are set for construction only, meaning that the university will be responsible for locating and acquiring a spot suitable for the new campus. Once the college purchases the location, they can utilize the state funds for their new building to expand into that new home in Fannin County.

As such, the location of this facility is yet to be determined. According to Campus Director of Blue Ridge for UNG, Sandy Ott, she hopes to begin construction as soon as possible. Ott spoke with FetchYourNews (FYN) about the fund allocation saying, “We are thrilled with the opportunity to expand the Blue Ridge campus. We are so excited for the opportunities for the students in our region. This is going to have an impact, truly.”

Ott noted some of the major capabilities that a standalone campus will allow including expanded course offerings, lab spaces for sciences and core classes, as well as development space to cater to the region’s specific needs. While college officials are still searching for the best location at this time, Ott confirmed that they are still very early in the process and uncertain if the new standalone campus will see them completely leaving their current location just off of 515 at 83 Dunbarton Farm Road.

UNG has been at that location since 2015, offering opportunities such as dual-enrollment courses for high school students, a full-time program for first-time freshmen, courses for adult learners getting started or returning to college, and continued education programs.

With the passing of the state’s budget, this is now set for UNG to utilize when available. Ott assures FYN they are moving quickly to take advantage of the funds to increase their services as soon as possible for students. See more by checking out the announcement at 14 minutes into FYNTV’s video below.

 

 

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Candidates qualify for 2018 Election

Election 2018

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Qualifying week has officially closed in the state of Georgia. Candidates made their intentions known as they filed in to get their names on the May General Primary ballot.

Statewide, Georgia has many seats up for grabs in the November General Election, including that of governor, which is currently held by Nathan Deal. Also being watched closely is the House of Representatives District 7 seat, which is currently held by Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston.

Locally, in Fannin County, three races are taking shape as candidates qualified to run for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner and two of the five seats with the Fannin County Board of Education.

FANNIN COUNTY POST 2 COMMISSIONER

The seat of Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner has been held by Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee since 2011. Sosebee will be seeking a third term in office.

Dixie Carter qualified to run on the Democratic ballot for the seat of Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner. Carter will run unopposed as a Democrat and will automatically advance forward to the General Election taking place Nov. 6, 2018.

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Dixie Carter (D) for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner.

Qualifiers on the Republican ballot for the seat of Post 2 Commissioner include incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee, and challengers Glenn Patterson and William “Tripp” Ritchie.

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Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee (R) for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner.

 

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Glenn Patterson (R) for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner.

 

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William “Tripp” Ritchie (R) for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner.

FANNIN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Fannin County Board of Education (BOE) has two seats currently up for election in 2018.

The first of the two seats is held by incumbent Bobby Bearden. Bearden has been a member of the BOE for 16 years and is seeking another four-year term.

The second of the two seats being sought after on the BOE is currently held by incumbent Steve Stanley. Stanley has held a seat on the BOE for eight years.

Jeff DePaola has qualified on the Democratic ballot to run for the BOE seat currently held by Bearden. DePaola faces no other Democratic challengers and will automatically advance to the November General Election.

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Jeff DePaola (D) for Fannin County Board of Education.

Incumbent Bearden will face a challenger, Marvin Allen, for the Republican nomination in the May General Primary.

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Incumbent Bobby Bearden (R) for Fannin County Board of Education.

 

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Marvin Allen (R) for Fannin County Board of Education.

Susan DeMoura qualified on the Democratic ballot to run for the BOE seat currently held by Stanley. With no other Democratic challengers in this race, DeMoura will automatically advance to the November General Election.

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Susan DeMoura (D) for Fannin County Board of Education.

Incumbent Stanley will face three challengers for the Republican nomination on the May General Primary ballot. These Republican challengers are Mike Cole, Mike Sullivan and Ron Bolin.

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Incumbent Steve Stanley (R) for Fannin County Board of Education.

 

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Mike Sullivan (R) for Fannin County Board of Education.

 

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Mike Cole (R) for Fannin County Board of Education.

 

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Ron Bolin (R) for Fannin County Board of Education.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 7

The House of Representatives District 7 seat has caused much discussion since Margaret Williamson announced her intentions to run against Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston.

Ralston was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002 and represents House District 7, which includes Fannin County, Gilmer County and a portion of Dawson County. Ralston is the 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2010.

Both incumbent Ralston and challenger Williamson have qualified to run for the Republican nomination on the May General Primary.

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Incumbent David Ralston (R) for Georgia House of Representatives District 7.

 

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Margaret Williamson (R) for Georgia House of Representatives District 7.

Democrat Rick Day has qualified and is running unopposed. Day will advance to the November General Primary and face off against either Williamson or Ralston for the seat of Georgia House of Representatives District 7.

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Rick Day (D) for Georgia House of Representatives District 7.

GEORGIA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Georgia’s lieutenant governor is currently held by Casey Cagle. Cagle will not be seeking re-election for this seat as he has announced his intent to run in the Georgia governor race.

On the Democratic ballot in the May General Primary, voters will see Sarah Amico and Triana James run for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in the November General Primary.

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Sarah Amico (D) for Georgia Lt. Governor.

 

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Triana James (D) for Georgia Lt. Governor.

David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, and Rick Jaffares will face each other for the Republican nomination in the race for Georgia’s lieutenant governor.

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

David Shafer (R) for Georgia Lt. Governor.

 

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Geoff Duncan (R) for Georgia Lt. Governor.

 

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Rick Jaffares (R) for Georgia Lt. Governor.

GEORGIA GOVERNOR

The Georgia governor seat, currently held by Governor Nathan Deal, will be open without an incumbent.

Deal was first elected in 2010 and has served two consecutive four-year terms. According to Georgia state law, this seat is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Governor Deal has met the term limit criteria and will be ineligible to seek a third term in 2018.

The Democratic Party will have two candidates to choose from in the May General Primary.  Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans both qualified this week in hopes of seeking the Democratic nomination.

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Stacey Abrams (D) for Georgia Governor.

 

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Stacey Evans (D) for Georgia Governor.

Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, and Michael Williams will seek the Republican nomination in the May General Primary.

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Brian Kemp (R) for Georgia Governor.

 

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Clay Tippins (R) for Georgia Governor.

 

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Eddie Hayes (R) for Georgia Governor.

 

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Hunter Hill (R) for Georgia Governor.

 

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, May Primary Election 2018, General Election 2018, Qualifying Week, Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, Fannin County Board of Education, Georgia House of Representatives District 7, United States Representative District 9, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Dixie Carter, Larry Joe Sosebee, William Tripp Ritchie, Glenn Patterson, Bobby Bearden, Jeff Depaola, Marvin Allen, Stave Stanley, Susan DeMoura, Mike Sullivan, Mike Cole, Ron Bolin, David Ralston, Margaret Williamson, Rick Day, Sarah Amico, Triana James, David Shafer, Geoff Duncan, Rick Jaffares, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Casey Cagle, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams, Doug Collins, Dave Cooper, Josh McCall, Democrat, Republican

Casey Cagle (R) for Georgia Governor.

 

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Marc Urbach (R) for Georgia Governor.

 

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Michael Williams (R) for Georgia Governor.

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 9

The United States Representative District 9 seat is currently held by Doug Collins. Collins has served as a U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 9th Congressional District since 2013.

Collins will run on the Republican ballot unopposed and advance straight to the Nov. General Primary.

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Doug Collins (R) for United States Representative District 9.

Dave Cooper and Josh McCall will be seen on the May General Primary in hopes of winning the Democratic nomination. The winner of this primary election will face Collins in the General Election.

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David Cooper (D) for United States Representative District 9.

 

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Josh McCall (D) for United States Representative District 9.

 

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Williamson qualifies to run against Ralston in May Primary

Election 2018

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – As Qualifying Week begins in the state of Georgia, candidates have lined up to officially get their names on the ballot for the May General Primary to be held May 22, 2018, with a voter registration deadline of April 23.

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Williamson qualifies for May General Primary.

One race in particular is being closely watched and it comes from Georgia’s 7th District. The seat currently held by Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston is being challenged by Ellijay resident Margaret Williamson.

Williamson made her intentions clear when she announced earlier this year that she would be seeking the Republican nomination for the General Election to be held Nov. 6, 2018.

Williamson acknowledged in a statement previously released to FetchYourNews that she had mailed the “Declaration to Accept Campaign Contributions” form to the Georgia State Transparency & Campaign Finance Committee.

A 37 year resident of Gilmer County, Williamson says, “I consider it my home. My husband John and I raised our 4 children here and now enjoy our reward, the 11 of our 15 grandchildren who live in the county.”

Having studied Engineering, Marketing and Business, worked as a Healthcare professional, and owned a small business, Williamson says that her involvement in politics spans over 2 decades when she worked on her first campaign in 1994.

“As a regular visitor to the Georgia Capitol I keep informed on current legislation, especially those that affect the taxpayers of the Georgia State District 7,” Williamson said explaining that since 1994 she has remained active and aware in politics.

Williamson added, “It is distressing to see bills passed that fail to meet our needs but only help our big business and special interests groups, bills that increase our taxes, and bills that burden us with unfunded mandates, regulations, and growing number of fees that hurt our economy.”

Williamson discussed the economy of our area, citing that while leadership in Georgia likes to dote Georgia as the number 1 place to do business, that statistics of this claim does not add up.

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Williamson makes her candidacy official by qualifying on March 5.

In Georgia State District 7 the average annual income per household is below that of the national and state averages according to Williamson. She attributes this assessment to high property taxes, increasing school taxes, fees, penalties, regulations, and fuel taxes which all decrease a family’s spendable income.

Williamson says there is no one fix and added, “Without growing our tax digest, bringing in more revenue from sales tax, improving our economy, we would be left with raising our millage rate and who wants that?”

“We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the U.S.,” Williamson spoke of the growing tourism to our area. “This industry now is the biggest contributor to our economy.”

“We need to work together to make our counties even more attractive,” Williamson added, “without compromising our Conservative North Georgia values.”

“I have said from the very beginning of my campaign that I am not running against,” Williamson spoke of her intentions in the upcoming year,”I am running for the people in District 7. I will work diligently to meet their needs and not those of a minority of special interests groups.”

Upon completing the qualifying process yesterday, Williamson will continue campaigning in hopes of overcoming incumbent Ralston in the May General Primary.

 

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Fire and Ice a success in Blue Ridge

Community, Downtown Blue Ridge

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Once a year in the dead of winter, things get spicy in downtown Blue Ridge as residents and tourists alike experience a “chili” weekend in February.

The eighth annual Fire and Ice Chili Cook Off Festival, brought to you by the Blue Ridge Business Association partnering with the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, kicked off Saturday, Feb. 17, and brought in crowds despite the weather.

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Crowds enjoyed the live ice sculpting demonstration provided by Rock On Ice.

Visitors to the festival were welcomed to take part in the judging of the chili cook off where the contestant with the highest number of votes takes home the coveted People’s Choice award.

The Fire and Ice Festival also now holds the honor of being the largest ice sculpting display in the Southeast. Award-winning National Ice Carving Champion Rock On Ice created many unique sculptures sponsored by several area businesses and demonstrated their difficult art form firsthand with live ice sculpting demonstrations in the park.

Official Chili Cook Off judges were also on hand to judge this years 16 contestants and to award first, second, and third place in four different categories.

Among the guest judges were Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston, Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee, former celebrity chef Bob Evans, developer Doug David, and former chef and restaurant owner Kay Kendall.

“This is really one of the bigger events put on by the business association,” Blue Ridge Business Association President Cesar Martinez spoke about the festival.

Martinez explained that despite the unpredictable weather, this year’s festival saw a large turn out: “Better than last year. Last year, it rained actually more than this.”

Guest announcer Cindy Trimble took the stage at 3 p.m. for the moment that everyone had been waiting for, the announcement of 2018 Fire and Ice Chili Cook Off winners.

Trimble explained that judges were given five categories in which they had to rate each chili. These categories were aroma, color, taste, texture, and after-taste. Each category was rated on a scale of 1-to-10 and points from all judges were then added together to determine a winner.

The maximum number of points possible for a contestant to receive was 250.

The winners for each category were:

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Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar and Grill took home the People’s Choice Award for a second year in a row.

Adult Individual
1. Grilling Gangsters with 176 points
2. Kelly Barton with 174 points
3. Pitstop Chili with 153 points

Team Adult
1. Boars Nesters with 175 points
2. Mercier Orchards with 162 points
3. Chuck’s Moonshine Chili with 155 points

Civic Team
1. Project Chimps with 178 points
2. Habitat for Humanity with 164 points
3. Hot House Missionary Church with 129 points

Restaurant
1. Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar and Grill with 168 points
2. Blue Jeans Pizza with 166 points
3. Blue Ridge Brewery with 165 points

Project Chimps, a sanctuary for chimpanzees, received the highest rating by the judges, and Trimble pointed out a uniqueness to their recipe: “This was a really unusually chili and you guys loved it.”

The recipe used by Project Chimps was “chimp friendly,” meaning that all the ingredients used were ingredients that the chimps could also eat and often do for their meals.

Finally, the coveted People’s Choice award was given. Out of 934 ballots turned in by visitors to the festival, Chester Brunnenmeyer’s received 185 of those votes, giving them the people’s choice chili award for a second year in a row.

 

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SPEAKER DAVID RALSTON QUALIFIES FOR RE-ELECTION IN HOUSE DISTRICT 7

Election 2018
Monday, March 5, 2018(Blue Ridge, GA) – Today, House Speaker David Ralston qualified to run for re-election in House District 7. The Republican Primary is May 22, 2018.

“Serving as House District 7’s voice in the Georgia General Assembly is an honor and responsibility I hold dear,” said Ralston. “Representing the best interests of North Georgia remains my number one priority.

“In the State House, we passed comprehensive tax reform that will empower job creators, spur economic growth, and keep more money in the pockets of Georgia taxpayers. Thanks to President Trump and the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, we delivered the largest tax cut in modern, Georgia history.

“To keep District 7 – and our entire state growing – I created the House Rural Development Council to identify the problems facing communities outside of Metro Atlanta and prescribe legislative solutions for growth and prosperity. We have already passed several of the Committee’s recommendations and have a long-term commitment to the success and vitality of rural Georgia.

“While I am proud of what we have accomplished at the State Capitol and throughout District 7, I am seeking re-election to continue fighting for Gilmer, Fannin, and Dawson County families. With the continued support of local voters, we can keep our community strong and our future bright.”

David Ralston is the 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2010.  He was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002, and represents House District 7, which includes Fannin and Gilmer counties and a portion of Dawson County.

BKP Interviews Georgia House Speaker David Ralston

State & National

On FYN TV, BKP interviews Georgia’s Speaker of the House for District-7 Representative David Ralston, as they discuss Georgia’s aggressive plan for a large infrastructure investment that was presented and highlighted at a meeting for Republican leaders including Ralston, over the weekend at The White House. Speaker David Ralston comments on what that means for Georgia.

Pictured below: Speaker of the House for Georgia District 7 David Ralston at this past weekends Infrastructure Meeting at the White House with Republican leaders and President Donald Trump.

Speaker Ralston attends Trump’s infrastructure announcement

News, Politics

ATLANTA – Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) attended President Donald Trump’s infrastructure announcement at The White House this morning.  Speaker Ralston was one of several local and state elected officials invited to participate in a series of discussions with the president as well as members of his cabinet and senior staff about the plan and the infrastructure needs facing our nation.

I appreciate President Trump’s emphasis on public-private partnerships, as well as rural areas of America, as we look to address the nation’s infrastructure needs,” said Speaker Ralston.  “Much like his Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, this measure will make a real difference in projects of profound economic importance like the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project or long-overdue efforts like expanding broadband infrastructure into rural areas.  This is another example of President Trump focusing on creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity across our country.  I am honored to represent the state of Georgia at this important announcement.”

President Trump’s infrastructure plan looks to leverage the power of public-private partnerships to improve the nation’s infrastructure including transportation, water/sewer and other critical needs like broadband internet access.  More details on the president’s plan are available on The White House website at http://www.whitehouse.gov.

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