BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Smiles, both on the faces of children and law enforcement officers alike, were seen up and down the aisles Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Blue Ridge Wal-Mart during the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Shop with a Cop.
Originally scheduled for Dec. 9, the fourth annual Shop with a Cop was delayed a week after Winter Storm Benji treated kids, and kids at heart, to a weekend of snowman building and sledding. After a breakfast at Fannin County Middle School, the Christmas shopping tradition kicked off at Wal-Mart around 10:30 a.m. with a large number of children and officers from the department strolling up and down the aisles searching for holiday treats and gifts. On Saturday, 43 children were given a $100 spending allotment to purchase gifts of their choosing for themselves and others. As usual, the toy section of the store was a busy place to be during the event as children picked out a wide variety of cool looking toys and games.
Lt. Darvin Couch, of FCSO, serves as lead coordinator event each year. Couch described the annual event as “an honor and a privilege” to help provide a memorable Christmas for children across the county. Couch, the lead school resource officer at Fannin County Middle School, applauded the efforts and generous donations from the community members and organizations throughout the county.
“It’s a humbling experience to be able to do this,” Couch explained. “We have a community that is very gracious. We couldn’t do it without the community … (and) without the community’s help – volunteers that come to shop with (the children), which is law enforcement, fire and safety, EMS (Emergency Medical Services), first responders, firefighters.”
Also, Couch placed a great importance on seeing the smiles on the faces of the children each year as the most inspiring aspect of the event and spoke of “building a bridge” between the officers and the children at an early age.
One of the most remarkable lessons Couch said he sees every year is the charitable nature of the children using their allotment to buy gifts for their families as well.
“They come out of here with toys and clothes, but they actually come out of here with things for their parents that they’ve felt that their parents needed,” Lt. Couch stressed. “It’s just a blessing … Everybody in the community helps out 110 percent.”
Among the many businesses, organizations and individuals in the community that helped with this year’s Shop with a Cop were the Fannin County Fire Department. According to Fire and Rescue Chief Larry Thomas, FCFD collected nearly $1,900 from generous holiday shoppers Saturday, Nov. 25, during a “fill the boot” fundraising campaign held outside the Blue Ridge Wal-Mart.
In addition to this, the Rotary Club of Blue Ridge presented a $1,000 donation to Lt. Couch and Shop with a Cop during a luncheon held at the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Nov. 28.
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Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for November. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.
Students chosen for November are: Raven Porter, daughter of James & Sheila Porter of Epworth; Cater Johnson, son of Todd & Karyn Westcott of Blue Ridge and Brian Johnson; Rachel Bruce, daughter of Pamela Patterson and Howie Bruce of Blue Ridge; and James Squires, son of Shayne & Molly Squires of Morganton.
Pictured Left to Right: Cater Johnson, Raven Porter, Rachel Bruce, and James Squires
Fannin County Middle School eight-grade teams have announced Students of the Month for October. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers and a good academic standing.
Students chosen for October are: Ashlyn Burger, daughter of James & Alice Burger, of Blue Ridge; Ricardo Arellanes, son of Camilla Patino Alvarado, of McCaysville, and Jose Patino, of Blue Ridge; Kirsten Holloway, daughter of Robert & Alice Holloway, of Blue Ridge; and Christopher Gaitanoglou, son of Pete & Molly Gaitanoglou, of Blue Ridge.
Pictured Left to Right:
Christopher Gaitanoglou, Kirsten Holloway, Ashlyn Burger, and Ricardo Arellanes
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Fannin County Middle School
2017-2018 Principal’s List & Honor Roll
1st Nine Weeks
Keith Nuckolls, principal at Fannin County Middle School, is proud to announce students that are on the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the 1st nine weeks. STUDENTS ON THE PRINCIPAL’S LIST MUST HAVE ALL GRADES OF 93 OR ABOVE. Students on the Honor Roll must have an overall average of 90 or above.
6th Grade Honor Roll: Chet Douglas Akins , William Dale Allen, Grant Nathaniel Aring, Jayden Cheyann Bailey, Lexis Keira Barnes, Christian Brant Beavers, Gatlin Patrick Beckham, Toby Dakota Bell, James J Bewley, Lilly Renee Bice, Collin Howell Bruce, Bryce Lewis Burnette, Isis Nia Nicole Callahan, Abby Grace Campbell, Sarah Grace Campbell, Silas Nathanael Thomas Campbell, Avery Dillion Carroll, Abigail Rose Cash, Abigail Lee Chambers, Sydney Angel Chancey, Rachel Leanne Cheatham, Mylee Jordan Clement, Josey Roselle Clemmons, Emmaline Grace Cochran, Jayden Mason Cole, Justin Blake Colley, Ella Alexandria Collins, Ethan Henry Conner, Bryanna Olivia Contardi, Avery Brackett Crowder, Haley Grace Davenport, Luke Benjamin Davenport, Blake William Davis, Aaron Michael Dean, Charles Cass Deaver, Erica Grace Dickey, Savanna Caroline Dyer, Frances Cabrini Fay, Emily Rose Fields, Carter Thomas Fox, Christa Annette Garmon, Kierah Lilliann Gibson, Jacob Dean Vernay Gonzales, Kaylee Elaine Green, Macy Ashlyn Hawkins, Brooklyn Paige Henderson, Carlee Tamer Holloway, Case Matthew Holloway, Laura Belle Hornbuckle, William Robert Hunter, James Robert Hyatt, Kaitlin Rose Jarrett, Olivia Faith Jones, Shaylee Sybil Jones, Ana-Maree Kaylor, Kylie Nicole Kennedy, Lucas Cole Kennedy, Kaylee Elizabeth Kinser, Ava Erica Lackey, Jahir Leal-Garcia, Kylee Isabella Grace Linderman, Caitlin Reese Lindstrom, Brisa Fabiola Lopez-Garcia, Dallas Trent Lowery, Turner Andrew Michael, Anna Elizabeth Minear, Madison Elizabeth Mull, Ashlyn Renee Neathery, Kendra Michelle Newman, William Garrison Nicholson, Bryson Dwight Odom, Xander Evan Parks, Bradlee James Parris, Emma Brooke Pittman, Jamison Caylor Pressley, Charlotte Shianne Ramey, Brandon Harold Rhodes, Estefania Rosas-Leal, Summer Annmarie Runions, Hunter Anthony Satterfield, Hannah Lee Shoffner, Emily Marie Sisson, Connor Lee Smith, Eric Ridge Stevens, Coleman Ryan Stevenson, Haven Lane Stiles, Blake Mikalan Summers, Jacqlyn Maree Tanner, Olivia Renee Temples, Abrahm Bernard Teplitzky, Chelsey Annette Thomas, Emma Love Thomas, Elijah Ray Thurman, Katie Elizabeth Thurman, Wiley Joseph Tipton, Amy Grace Truett, Brayden Grady Turner, Logan Daniel Turner, Noah McCager Turner, Jordyn Marie Valla, Danielle Elisabeth Walden, Shawn Jathan Ray Waldman, MaKain Levi Watson, Anneliese Saleen Watts, Destiny Michelle Weeks, Riley O’Dale Wheaton, Emily McKenzie Williams, Evelyne Vanity Williams, Thomas James Winders.
6th Grade Principal’s List: Benjamin Solomon Bloch, Kristen Shae Cipich, Morgan Emeleigh Craine, Courtney Elizabeth Davis, Alayna Rochelle Dockery, David Connor Fisher, Conner Allen Johnson, William Lindley Jones, Maci Paige Kendall, Zoe Quinn Miller, Peyton Grace Nelson, Kyila Spring Olson, Zechariah William Prater, Leah Grace Radabaugh, Chasity Cheyenne Reeder, Madison Ashley Saldana, Katherine Coleman Tamberino, Kaleighann Elizabeth Ware, Katie Jo Woods.
7th Grade Honor Roll: Tia Nicole Adcox, Angela Alvarez, Riley Douglas Angel, Joseph Dylan Annis, Abigail Nicole Baliles, Aaron Walker Belyeu, Nickalus Glenn Boles, Bella Mea Fawlen Bondie, Konner Nathaniel Brown, Madison Grace Buchanan, Brysen Lee Callihan, Haley Jade Caraway, Isabella Grace Carr, Jon Lucas Carroll, Ivie Briana Chapman, Matthew Levi Cochran, Carson Michael Collis, Taylor Alan Collis, Kaelin Jaime Cornelius, Monica Dianne Cosentino, Wyatt Joshua Riley Crawford, Christian Grady Crews, Kennedy Grace Davis, Madison Emilie Denton, Halle Brooke Dilbeck, Sabrina Marie Dilbeck, Ella Victoria Dockery, Tyler Charles Ensley, Randell Slade Epperson, Jorge Alberto Estrada-Vasquez, Marcella Skye Castillo Fears, Dadrian Leeann Flowers, Alexandra Rose Frabotta, Rainin Antoinette Gibbs, Daniel Lee Gibson, Harlee Cheyanne Gilliam, Lena Jillene Gilreath, Thomas Landais Golden, Gracey Angel Greene, Lucus Matthew Hanson, Brenna Jillian Harper, Alexander Benjamin Higgins, Makena Reese Hill, Adam Troy Hollis, Bryson Edward Holloway, Carly Brooke Holloway, Joseph Daniel Hughes, Brianna Kaylee Hulsey, Kylee Marie Hunnicutt, Denise Marie Hunter, Ivy Marcina Hyde, Erin Elise Jones, Corbin Reed Kendall, Aaron Catherine Kimsey, James Dawson Kyle, Morgan Isabelle Lariscy, Ryan Mackenzie Larson, Amber Rose Locke, Nathaniel Lee Maloof, Brock Connor Mitchell Martin, Logan Alexander Martin, Christopher David Mashburn, Owen William Mathis, Zoe Grace Mathis, Arwen Lynnae McFarland, Jackson Robert Mercer, Cooper Chandler Moreland, Lydia Josilynn Sue Newton, Joseph Blake Nicholson, Andrew Reagan Nuckolls, Lily Anne Oliver, Peyton McKinnley O’Neal, Cutter Jude Oyster, Dev J Patel, Clara Hope Payne, Aislinn Grace Peel, Luke Ryan Pelfrey, Hannah Elizabeth Perry, Cole Ryan Pittman, Ella Nicole Pittman, Madison Elizabeth Ponton, Bohn Eric Postell, Rachel Beth Prater, Zoe’ Jade Putnam, Ava Lynn Queen, Calli Elizabeth Reas, Riley Kaylin Reeves, Anna Grace Rhodes, Corey Nathaniel Riendeau, Emily Arellano Salas, Katelyn Elizabeth Sanders, Joseph Caden Sands, Madison Faith Sargent, Colby Allen Shaw, Skyla Dream Shealy, Tristan James Siler, Dylan Allen Smith, Nathan Michael Smith, Tyler James Stevenson, Clifton Bryan Douglas Stiles, Seth William Stritmatter, Emilee Dawn Thomas, Kadie Grace Thomason, Anastasia Nicole Tipton, Abigail Grace Vest, Andrew Parker Waldrep, Mia Irene Watley, Lucas Gavin Whitaker, Matthew Kelly Wilbanks, Cadan Otis Williams, Hailey Elaina Williams, Hayleigh Dream Willingham, Courtney Jade Wyant.
7th Grade Principal’s List: Gretchen Marie Alewel, McKenzie Kathryn Chastain, Hayden Lane Danner, Samuel Christopher Jabaley, Matthew Loaiza Mills, Kaitlyn Elisabeth Nelson, Joni Simone O’Neal, Reigan Marie O’Neal, Savannah Grace Patton, Emma Elizabeth Petrillo, Gracie Faith Slay, Caroline Grace Stewart, Conner Bryce Ware.
8th Grade Honor Roll: Lizbeth Giselle Acevedo Montoya, Trinity Nicole Allen, Luke Alexander Baggett, Payton Lane Bearden, Lonnie Alexander Beaver, Aubree Jade Beavers, Jordan Douglas Bennett, Cooper Pharis Brooks, Tiana Marie Campbell, Breanna Sue Carroll, Carly Jane Cox, Cassidy Faith Culpepper, Brooke Alexandria Davis, Connor Blake Davis, Jackson Windell Davis, Lillian Elise Davis, Katilyn Winnieford DeYoung, Jack Christian Dlugokinski, Haylee Jade Dye, Haley Michelle Ensley, Kenneth Logan Floyd, Christopher Ignatios Gaitanoglou, Audrey Nicole Gillis, Aaliyah Mariam Green, Jaylen Alexis Green, David Tanner Hamby, Halie Lavonne Hamby, Ava Elizabeth Hasson, Corbin Dallas Head, Noah Avery Hess, Robert Hart Hill, Austin Troy Hollis, Rachael Brice Jessen, Derrick Matthew Jones, Devon Marcus Jones, Ethan Richard Jones, Makayla Ralynn Jones, Kaylie Raye Kendall, Giovanni Leal Garcia, Blake Garrison Ledford, Riley Cameron Lindstrom, Alexis Grace Long, Hayden Thomas Lynch, Carter Michael Mann, Hannah Grace Mashburn, Hannah Marie Mashburn, Megan Elizabeth McDaniel, Cameron Thatcher McDaris, Aerial Cheyanne McKinney, Emily Savannah Mealer, Graycee Diane Mintz, Alicia Danielle Nix, Levi Dalton Pierce, Taylor Nicole Poland, Katy Alison Prince, Scott Edward Pulliam, Jacob Randall Queen, Amber Elizabeth Quinton, Caitlin Adaline Raper, Adaelyn Grace Ray, Heidi Rose Ray, Hannah Victoria Redfern, Seth Thomas Reece, Mary Alexa Rice, Christalee Rios-Espinoza, Max Dylan Roberson, Robert Douglas Russell, Anthony Robert Sabia, Samantha Morgan Sadler, Austin Bryce Smith, Chance Malin Stacy, Kalliee Denise Stanley, Tadin Jane Strickland, Kinsley Ellington Sullivan, Hailee Jo Turner, Jackson Rives Vaughn, Erin Kennedi Walker, William Charles Watkins, Jake Nolan Wehunt, Ethan Jimmy Williams, Reagan McKenzie York.
8th Grade Principal’s List: Ricardo Arellanes Alvarado, Jolie Danielle Breeden, Rachel Reagan Bruce, Ashlyn Skye Burger, Chloe Alayna-Erin Carter, Alyson Renea Chastain, Anthony James Covey, Hunter Scott DeMar, Erin Julianna Gonzales, Kirsten Summer Holloway, Cater Andrew Johnson, Jacob Daniel Kuna, Annabel Lee Lillard, Sydney Grace McGill, Sawyer Aaron Moreland, Ryanne Jay Newman, Daisy Elizabeth Oliver, Leah McKenzie Pope, Raven Lynn Porter, Jacob Avery Raines, Hallie Elizabeth Shuler, James Squires, Emily Noel Turner, Drake Benton Usry, Kaitlyn Dawn White, Jenna Rae Young, Kathryn Grace Young.
Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for September. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.
Students chosen for September are: Sydney McGill, daughter of Randall & Kristy McGill of Blue Ridge; Trey Riccitiello, son of Jerry & Tina Townson of Mineral Bluff; Cassidy Culpepper, daughter of Shan & Kathy Culpepper of Blue Ridge; and Sawyer Moreland, son of Tara Moreland of Blue Ridge and John Moreland of Morganton.
Pictured L to R:
Trey Riccitiello, Sydney McGill, Cassidy Culpepper, Sawyer Moreland