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What is your favorite love song?

FYN’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

FYN & local businesses have put together a basket to make your Valentine’s Day Special.

Thank you to:

Ellijay’s Hometown Florist- $50 Gift Card & Valentine’s Vase

River Street Tavern- $25 Gift Card

Tea Tree’s Boutique Spa- Aroma Therapy Massage

GTC Mountain Cinemas- 2 Movie Tickets

Carrington Coffee-.$20 Gift Card

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1.  Leave a reply the Facebook post CLICK HERE and answer “What is your favorite love song?”

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Entries must be in by 2/11/19

The winner will be announced by BKP on GMFTO

On Wed  2/13/19 @ 8:30AM

Weather Summary for 2018

Community, Outdoors

Weather Summary for 2018

By: Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Back in December and already this year there’s been a lot of talk about how wet it’s been in the last year and while I agree with the comments I’ve been getting, I thought I’d do a little investigating and use facts to report on the weather of 2018. My data is coming from the UGA AEMN area weather stations.

The Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (AEMN) in Georgia was established in 1991 by the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The objective of the AEMN is to collect reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications. Each station monitors air temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, solar radiation, wind speed, wind direction, soil temperature at 2, 4, and 8 inch depths, atmospheric pressure, and soil moisture every 1 second. Data are summarized at 15 minute intervals and at midnight a daily summary is calculated. A microcomputer at the Georgia Experiment Station initiates telephone calls to each station periodically and downloads the recorded data. The data are processed immediately and disseminated via the internet at www.weather.uga.edu.

We are fortunate to have three reporting stations in our area. They are Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay, Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge and the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville. For the purpose of this article, data has been averaged, but you can visit the web site and get more details and up to the minute weather.

Since rain has been the topic of conversation lately, let’s look at that first. In Blairsville, the total rainfall for 2018 was 76.01 inches and there were 164 rainy days. In Blue Ridge, the rainfall was 74.89 inches and 185 rainy days. In Ellijay there was 79.12 inches of rain and 168 rainy days. The average for our area is around 62 inches, but the statistic that stands out is the number of rainy days. During rainy days the plants did not receive good sunlight and that affects plant growth.

In looking at the month of December in 2018 Blairsville received 10.96 inches of rain and 17 rainy days. Blue Ridge received 11.21 inches of rain and 17 rainy days. Ellijay received 10.92 inches of rain and 17 rainy days. This may seem like a lot of rain, but back in 2015 Blairsville got 13.35 inches of rain with 13 rainy days. Blue Ridge got 16.57 inches of rain with 16 rainy days. Ellijay got 16.04 inches of rain with 17 rainy days. 2015 was not that long ago, but it seems we have gotten more rain lately. It might be the number of rainy days that is making us think we are getting more rain that we actually are getting.

As for temperatures the average maximum temperature in Blairsville was 68.53 and the minimum was 47.26. The overall average was 57.23 which is about normal, but the number of days below 32 was 761 which is up from before, but below 2015. In Blue Ridge the average maximum temperature was 68.12 and the minimum was 48.46 and the overall average was 57.59, which is also about normal. The number of days below 32 was 699 which is up from before, but also below 2015. In Ellijay the average maximum temperature was 69.17 and the minimum was 48.81 with an overall average of 58.48 which is about normal. The number of days below 32 was 625 which is above earlier years except for 2015.

In conclusion the UGA weather stations are a great resource for information that provide facts about our weather conditions and now when people ask if it’s ever been this wet, you have the facts to say yes. If you need more information or different facts, visit the website and explore, or contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office.

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North Georgia Senior Living Presented by Cameron Hall: Proper Nutrition


Jessi and BKP have another special guest on to discuss the importance of proper nutrition.

Justin Wayne McKinney: Obituary


Justin Wayne McKinney

November 30, 1985 – December 4, 2018

Justin Wayne McKinney age 33 of Morganton, GA died Tuesday December 4, 2018

Mr. McKinney was born November 30, 1985 in Marietta, GA. He worked in the Construction Business and is preceded in death by his father, Randy McKinney.

Survivors Include: mother and step-father, Russell and Debra McKinney Bignardi; mother, Helen Cantrell; girlfriend, Anna Franklin; sister, Catherine Greenway; brothers, Jason Cantrell, Jacob Cantrell, Joshua Cantrell, Phillip Dean and Jeremiah Wright.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

GMFTO: Pet of the Week!


You don’t want to miss this week’s Pet of the Week! Watch below.

GMFTO: Pet of the Week!


This week’s Pet of the Week is super playful and looking for his furever home!

Juanita Parris: Obituary


Juanita Parris, age 83 of Ellijay passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018. Mrs. Parris was born on November 19, 1934 in Blue Ridge, GA to the late Van Buren Sowers and Hester Burchfield Sowers. She was a member of New Liberty Methodist Church in Clarkesville, GA. Mrs. Parris worked at Clarkesville Knitting as a machine operator. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Parris; sons, Gary Hopper and Leroy Hopper and sister, Carolyn McVey.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Gale (John) Dover of Clarkesville, GA, Judy (Maborn) Worley of Cornelia, GA, Joan Burch of Clarkesville, GA, Melodie Colbert (Isaac Elrod) of Blue Ridge, GA, Teresa (Norman) Norwood of Blairsville, GA and Glynda (Danny) Crooke of Ellijay, GA; sister, Edwina Haren of Cumming, GA; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren also survive.

A celebration of her life was conducted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Chapel with Rev. Bennett Clough officiating. Eulogy was by Gale Dover. Music was by Amber Shelton.  Interment followed in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Buck Dover, Blake Dover, Adam Dover, Joseph Hopper, Larry Hopper, Shane Davis, David English and Gary Chris Hopper served as pallbearers.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.

David Ralston shares his opinion on the 2018 Election

Election 2018

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston spoke to Fannin County residents at the monthly Republican Party meeting. Ralston gave citizens an update on happenings at the Georgia capital and didn’t shy away from sharing his opinion of the upcoming Republican runoff and the Nov. General Election.

“Ain’t nobody going to know who I voted for,” Ralston said expanding on his opinion over recent endorsements of the two Georgia gubernatorial Republican candidates, “because I want to help bring about…we’re going to need some healing as a party.”

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Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston updated residents of Fannin County about happenings in the state capital.

Ralston spoke of the the tough campaign that many in his party have faced and are still facing. He spoke specifically of the gubernatorial race between Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp: “It’s been kind of…actually kind of nasty.”

Georgia Republicans have a good message according to Ralston and need to refocus on getting out and sharing that message. He would like to see his party “stand together and stand united”.

“It is well funded. It is organized. It is energized. It is unified,” Ralston said of the Democratic Party that is being faced this year, adding, “It’s also more liberal than it was when it was in power last time.”

With redistricting expected to come after 2020, Ralston stressed the importance of coming together as a party in all upcoming elections.

Ralston spoke of his recent trip to Washington D.C. where he was invited to take part in President Donald J. Trump’s Infrastructure Advisory Council. The small group of state representatives spent time talking about issues in their state and met with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson.

“This is a welcome relief that we now have an administration that really does want to hear from us,” Ralston said of his time in our nation’s capital, “and that believes that power comes from the bottom up. Rather than from the top down.”

As far as the work of the last General Assembly in Georgia, Ralston said, “I think that we have had a great session. It is one that I am very, very proud of.”

Among the accomplishments listed by Ralston, the general session achieved fully funding the QBE (Quality Basic Education) which will bring an additional $273,000 to Fannin County Public Schools. The Fannin County School System will also receive $44,000 to put towards added security of school campuses.

Taxes were cut from 6 percent to 5.75 percent with a trigger to drop to 5.5 percent in 2019. Ralston stated that this was the first time income taxes were cut since its institution in Georgia.

“We managed to do that while keeping our budget balanced and maintaining a AAA bond rating,” Ralston added of the recent financial amendments in the state.

Fannin County will also soon see a stand alone campus for the University of North Georgia (UNG). This comes with the state pledging $5.5 million for its construction.

Ralston notes this as a “game changer” for Fannin County. According to Ralston not only will this strengthen ties with UNG in our area but also provide educational opportunities including dual enrollment for local high school students.

Finally Ralston spoke of legislation passed that will allow for “micro hospitals”. These small-scale hospitals will offer acute-care and emergency services as well as short term inpatient care. Facilities such as these typically only house 8 – 15 beds and because of lower overhead are less expensive to operate.

“The first such facility in the state is located just down the road in Ellijay,” Ralston spoke of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Outpatient Center.
“I have to say, to receive 75 percent of the vote in the district was humbling and beyond our expectations,” Ralston acknowledged his own campaign and the outcome of the May Republican Primary. “It is a real honor to represent this county in the House of Representatives. More than that though I am blessed to call this place home.”


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