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Fannin County Future Farmers of America celebrates 2018 National FFA Week, Feb. 17-24

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Fannin County Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter in Blue Ridge, Georgia, will celebrate National FFA Week Feb. 17 through 24, 2018. National FFA Week embraces more than 90 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than 653,000 members with a passion for agriculture will participate in activities at local, state and national levels.

Designated a national week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday, National FFA Week runs from Saturday to Saturday and gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their schools and communities learn about FFA and agricultural education. Fannin County FFA will celebrate National FFA Week by participating in the following activities: proclamation with Mayor Donna Whitener, helping Tractor Supply in Grants for Growing, FFA education of teachers and school board members, “Are You Smarter Than an FFA Member” teacher challenge, FFA members cookie day, crowning of FFA King and Queen, “Find the FFA symbol,” and basic agriculture education throughout the community, a service project, and finally the FFA livestock team will head to Perry, Georgia, for the state livestock competition on Friday.

Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, they are preparing for 255 unique career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company.

The National FFA organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the United States.

Fannin Future Farmers of America Horse Judging Team places in state event

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FORT VALLEY, Ga. – The Fannin Future Farmers of America (FFA) Horse Judging Team recently placed second in the state FFA Horse Judging Career Development Event.  The event was held at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia, Feb. 10, 2018.

The Horse Judging Career Development Event advances the knowledge of agricultural education students about the selection and management of horses.  Participants in the event judge classes of horses, give oral reasons for class placings and take a written examination.  Team members include Brooke Crowder, Kayla Hipp, Shelby Postell, and Alexis Ware. Shelby Postell was the overall high individual, and Alexis Ware was the third-highest individual of the entire contest.

FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Cherie White is the Fannin FFA advisor.  The Horse Judging Career Development Event is sponsored by Flint River Mills (FRM) as a special project of the Georgia FFA Foundation.

Mountain Education February Student of the Month

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Mountain Education Charter High School congratulates Jefferson Jones as the February Student of the Month.  Jefferson is a senior who has really been fired – up to complete his graduation requirements and graduate this May. His teachers are so proud of his work ethic and happy to see his determination to finish. Jefferson wants to major in business administration and hopes to open his own business some day. We wish Jefferson well as he continues his academic pursuits.

Congratulations!

FBI investigating Fannin County Man exposed to lethal substance Ricin

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Fannin County sheriff Dane Kirby has confirmed a Fannin County resident, William Christopher Gibbs, drove himself to the local hospital claiming he  had come in contact with the lethal substance Ricin.

Sheriff Kirby said a field test of the car driven by Gibbs did test positive for Ricin.   Ricin is a highly toxic, naturally occurring lectin (a carbohydrate-binding protein) produced in the seeds of the castor oil plant.   A dose of purified ricin powder the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human.

Gibbs,  who is 27 years old and lives in Morganton, GA, was arrested on February 2nd on reckless conduct and probation violation charges.  He is currently incarcerated at Fannin County.

Multiple agencies were at the man’s resident last Friday, February 3rd , including the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team of the Army National Guard and the Cherokee County Fire Department.  The mass response was to ensure the safety of the area.

Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated there is no evidence any toxic substances have been released and there is no belief the public is at risk.  The  FBI will be continuing its investigation.  FYN will update should be information become available.

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