Kayla Hipp places in Area 1 proficiency

Community, Rebel's Corner

Kayla Hipp placed fourth in the Area 1 Entrepreneurship proficiency in Equine Science. Kayla is a sophomore at Fannin County High School. Two years ago, Kayla started her own business, “Breaking Bad Horsemanship.” Kayla takes in problem horses or non-broke horses and corrects their issues.

Kayla is the sole trainer of her business and works hard every day after high school with her horses.  Client horses usually stay between 30 and 60 days or until she has fixed the problem at hand. Kayla has also created, patented, and uses a bridle that she created for training purposes. This bridle helps the horse work more off nose pressure than mouth pressure.

Kayla grew up riding horses at the age of 5. By the time she was 10, she was winning the national saddle-bred competitions. She was a back-to-back champion in the area of saddle-bred pleasure in both 2015 and 2016.  Kayla resides in Epworth, Georgia, and is still taking in new clients. Kayla is active in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and also a member of the FFA horse judging team. If you would like to reach Kayla regarding her business, please email her at breakinbadhorsemanship@gmail.com.

The FFA proficiency application is a 20-page online application that shows Kayla’s assets, liabilities, objectives, and inventory of her business. She also had to demonstrate good record keeping skills and client communication. Even though Kayla did not advance to the state level this year, she has the opportunity to advance the next two years with the same proficiency. Kayla has been working closely with her advisor Cherie White in hopes that she will be a state winner next year. There are three other main types of FFA proficiencies: Exploratory, Placement, and Research.

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
February 27, 2018
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

February/March Community Events Calendar
January 13 – February 24 – Art Exhibit: Pamela Beagle-Daresta,
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
March 2-4 – Tasting Room and Beer Garden Event, Fannin Brewing Company
March 3 – Cork and Canvas, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
Recurring Events
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot


* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing

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Publications Deadline
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Community Events Calendar

February 27 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Mountain Music, 5850 Appalachian Hwy., Ste. 8, Blue Ridge
10:30 a.m.
March 1 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Attitude Designs, 115 Ocoee St., Ste. 100, Copperhill, TN, 37317
3:00 p.m.
March 1 – Leadership Fannin Social Services, Family Connection
9:00 a.m.
March 7 – Lunch N Leads, Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory
12:00 p.m.
March 7 – Golf Committee Meeting at the Chamber
12:00 p.m.
Member Events

 Yoga and Wellness Teacher Training

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.

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Students and staff celebrate Family Career Community Leaders of America week

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Students and staff at Fannin County High School celebrated FCCLA during the week of Feb. 12 through 16, 2018. Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a student-led Career Technical and Student Organization that has over 164,000 members nationally and is the only CTSO with the family as its central focus. Involvement opportunities for FCCLA members include expanding their leadership potential and developing skills for life that are necessary in the home and workplace. During FCCLA week, students offered activities and trivia in the commons area during lunch to promote knowledge of family and consumer sciences, they gave a small gift to all faculty and staff, and they prepared and distributed muffins to the faculty and staff at FCHS. Pictured above are FCCLA members and officers, from left, Bobbi Pippin, vice president, Desiree Bell, hospitality coordinator, and Kristen Lopez, secretary. FCCLA is advised by Family and Consumer Sciences teachers, Amy Adams, Lynn Burch, and Lauren Owenby.

Fannin County Young Farmers Association News Release

Rebel's Corner

Fannin County Young Farmers members traveled to the State Capital in Atlanta on Tuesday, February 13 for the Georgia Young Farmers Legislative breakfast. While at the capital the group visited with Senator Steve Gooch and Speaker of the House David Ralston and thanked them for their support of Agriculture and the Georgia Young Farmers Program.

Featured picture: Kenny Queen, Teri Long, Tom Hamby, Speaker Ralston, Aaron Walden, Tayelor Long Rhonda Mathews

Picture below  left to right:  Kenny Queen, Tayelor Long, Senator Gooch, Teri Long, Aaron Walden, Tom Hamby

Auditions for Boys Next Door at Blue Ridge Community Theater


No previous experience necessary!

The Boys Next Door

by Tom Griffin


Tuesday, February 13
6 pm


Directed by Karrie Jones

The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly “burned out” young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.

7 Men
2 Women

Rehearsals begin February 14 (dependant on casting)
Generally Mon. – Thurs. 6 pm – 9 pm
Occasional Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays possible.

Show dates: April 12 – 29, 2018 (ThursdaySunday)

Director Info:
Karrie Jones

Sides from the play will be read for auditions.



2591 East First Street

Blue Ridge, GA  30513

Call the box office at 706-632-9223 for more information

or buy online at

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FCHS PAC February Schedule of Events

Rebel's Corner

Future Farmers of America is taking pre-orders for fresh strawberries

Rebel's Corner

FFA is taking pre-orders for strawberries.

Full flat with 8 (1 quart containers)- $30

½ flat with 4 (1 quart containers) – $ 15

1 quart container- $4

Checks will need to be made out to FCHS FFA

Orders are due by Feb. 15 with payment.

Send to Cherie White or Rhonda Mathews at Fannin County High School

360 Rebel Circle, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.

Young Farmers Association, Trout Unlimited event to be held

Rebel's Corner




How to Conserve, Protect and Restore North America’s Coldwater Fisheries Talk and Monthly Meeting

Feb. 19, 2018, at 8 a.m.

BumbleBee’s Cafe

5850 Appalachian Hwy, Blue Ridge

Program will be presented by Mr. Carl Riggs representative from Trout Unlimited and will be followed by a FCYFA Business Meeting

Meal is Sponsored by Mountain Valley Motors

Anyone interested is welcome to attend

FCYFA members attend free of charge

Non-FCYFA members we ask you pay $5.00

Questions or For Additional Information rmathews@fannin.k12.ga.us  

or 706-455-2545




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