BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) was the site for the 2018 Special Olympics on Wednesday, May 16, as athletes young and old competed in a full-court dash, a tennis ball throw, and the long jump. The event, originally scheduled to take place on the high school football field, was moved to the FCMS gym less than 24 hours before the scheduled start time. Heavy rain and thunderstorms were forecasted but thankfully for the athletes never happened.
Without the hard work and dedication of four individuals, the last-minute move would not have gone so effortlessly. Gini Bell, director of Special Olympics -Fannin, and Fannin Middle School administrators Principal Keith Nuckolls and Assistant Principals Dr. Connie Huff and Tony Tichler made the transition from outside to inside allowing everyone to focus on the athletes. The remainder of the FCMS teachers and staff deserve a huge pat on the back as well. The normal school day was reworked, including bringing each grade in at different times to cheer on the stars of the day. The cafeteria staff fed the everyday students on time while the athletes were fed by Chick-fil-A.
Now to the really important part of the day … the ATHLETES! From all over Fannin and Gilmer counties these athletes ranged from elementary students to senior citizens. There were smiles all around from the faces of the students, volunteers and, of course, the athletes. There were also tears. Tears from those that did not receive medals or compete to the level that their hearts told them they could. At the end of the day, every athlete was full of excitement in knowing that they gave their all and most importantly … they had fun! The only real truth to take away from this event and in life is to know that no matter what happens, you are still a WINNER.
All are welcome to a drop-in open house meeting at Blue Ridge City Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday May 18, hosted by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.
Come by and see what stakeholders, managers, and elected officials have accomplished so far, including planned projects in all areas of government and maps of future development. An opportunity to comment will be provided.
Information Please Coming on May 24 The Chamber’s annual Business Directory will be published in the May 24thedition of The News Observer Information Please. Pick one up at the Chamber if you don’t have a subscription.
Swinging Bridge Closed During the Week
The Forest Service will be conducting maintenance on the Swinging Bridge road for the next two to three weeks, from May 8 to May 26. Signs have been placed on Highway 60 and Rock Creek. Hikers will still be able to use the bridge if needed, but they may be asked to wait a few minutes until the contractor determines it is safe to cross. Work will be Monday – Friday of those weeks and the bridge will be accessible on Saturdays and Sundays.
May 2 was the ribbon cutting for Marnie Mashburn, agent, with Mountain Place Realty. Marnie chose a career in real estate because it satisfied her passion to grow and to help others. She is interested in clients, both their histories and their futures and wants to understand their dreams to help find buyers find their ideal homes.
May 10 – Ribbon Cutting for Treo Blue Ridge, 588 East Main St., Blue Ridge
May 11 – Ribbon Cutting for Morganton Point Bed and Breakfast Inn, 77 Lakeshore Cir., Morganton
May 15 – Tourism Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
May 16– Business After Hours at Riverstone hosted by Fannin Regional Hospital
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 17 – Ribbon Cutting for Cloud Hopper Aerial, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
May 18– Leadership Fannin, Wrap up & Graduation, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
May 18 – Ribbon Cutting for ServiceMaster, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
May 24 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Committee Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
May 25– Ambassador Lunch, Location TBD
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The mission of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce is to provide services to members, support existing business and promote economic development and tourism, while preserving and enhancing our community’s character, natural resources and quality of life.
Fannin County High School announces the following events for the month of May:
May 18 Scholarship Ceremony 7 p.m. PAC
May 23 Awards Ceremony 7 p.m. PAC
May 26 Graduation 8 p.m. Stadium—Outside
May 26 Graduation 8 p.m. New Gym–Inside (IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER)
The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.
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