Dear FCSS Community:
This Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day. An important tradition of the Fannin County School
System is having an annual Veterans Day program at each school. I am thankful that our schools
pause at this time each year to salute those who have served, as well as those who continue to serve,
our nation as a part of the United States Armed Forces. These events mean so much to the men and
women who have worn the uniform and take part – either as a spectator or a participant – in our
ceremonies. I am proud of our schools for all of their hard work to honor our veterans.
You are invited to any/all of the upcoming Veterans Day programs. They are scheduled as follows:
Monday, November 12
9:00 a.m.: West Fannin Elementary School
1:00 p.m.: East Fannin Elementary School
Tuesday, November 13
1:00 p.m.: Blue Ridge Elementary School
Wednesday, November 14
9:00 a.m.: Fannin County High School
1:00 p.m.: Fannin County Middle School
Americans turn to our military as a source of national strength. Freedom is not free, and our military
covers the cost to preserve it. There is a great pride in our nation’s veterans; because of them, we are
free. Thanks to today’s military, we will remain free. My very best wishes go to each veteran and
active member of the military. May God Bless America!
Michael Gwatney, Ed.D.
Blue Ridge, Ga. – Volunteers and staff welcomed visitors to the Fannin County Animal Control (FCAC) facility on Saturday Oct. 27 to showcase the positive improvements being done and of course, the wonderful dogs being housed there.
It was a crowded house as residents and visitors got to peek inside the FCAC facility and speak with the staff and volunteers about ways they can contribute to this community service.
This year the facility has seen upgrades in the likes of outdoor runs attached to the indoor kennel areas. The Fannin County Board of Commissioners approved funding for this project after speaking with FCAC Department Head John Drullinger on the impact this addition would have not only on staff safety but also for the quality of life of the animals.
“It makes such a difference for the dog’s quality of life,” Drullinger said explaining the changes he has witnessed since the outdoor runs were added. “They get more fresh air and it gives us a better ability for cleaning and sterilizing the inside part.”
Beyond improvements to the building itself, the recent movement of community volunteers taking action to help out in anyway that they can has had major impacts.
Volunteers come on a daily basis to walk dogs, clean kennels, and offer services in their areas of expertise. Some choose to take photos to help spread the word via social media about the adoptable animals at FCAC and others have even proposed using their artistic skills by offering to create a mural at the facility.
“It’s a great help. It’s huge,” Drullinger spoke of the volunteers,”We’re getting a lot of volunteers. Our group keeps growing.”
Patrice Noble Epps is one of the volunteers that loves spending her time working with the animals and crew of FCAC.
“If the animals didn’t have this place, they would be out on the streets,” Noble Epps said speaking of what motivates her to volunteer, “and ultimately they would die.”
A self-professed cleaning fanatic, Noble Epps says that while she enjoys working one on one with the dogs, she also loves to help with cleaning at the facility: “If you want something done, do it yourself and maybe people will follow.”
Noble Epps spoke of the ease in which she has been able to work with Fannin County staff to bring about changes and to focus on more improvements in the future: “I think you always have to have a good relationship with the people that you are going into their house.”
The volunteers and staff have been working together to create more changes, both Drullinger and Noble Epps spoke of the recent addition of a sponsorship program.
This program accepts monetary donations from the public and these donations are being used to vet the dogs at the shelter. Vetting includes spay/neuter, heartworm testing, rabies vaccination, and microchipping.
During the open house several residents stepped up to donate to this program and sponsor the dogs.
Noble Epps would also like to see donations provide training for the shelter dogs being adopted.
“You could adopt the dog and then you go and you have a training class where you learn how to handle a shelter dog,” Noble Epps explained how the option of a training class would work and stressed that the dogs that have been there the longest would benefit the most.
Another improvement that seems to be on the horizon for the FCAC facility is the addition of an onsite outdoor play area for the shelter dogs. This area will be modeled similar to the dog park that is currently offered by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge, but be used by FCAC dogs only.
“It’s not guaranteed, but it’s in the works,” Drullinger spoke of the possible addition, “it’s on the drawing table and that’s the first step.”
Noble Epps summed up her feelings about volunteering with FCAC: “It’s what we have. Work with it. If you want to make it better, make it better.”
And making it better she has, as well as all the other volunteers who have donated their time and talents.
There is no denying the excitement and enthusiasm that is being brought to FCAC through the volunteers and the building upgrades. It is the hopes of all involved that this positive momentum will continue to increase well into the future.
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Mr. Buffy Coleman was the Red Ribbon Week Speaker at Fannin County Middle School on Oct 24, 2018. Buffy “Mr. Magic” was discovered by and attended the 1993 Harlem Globetrotters training Camp. He still makes personal appearances with the World Famous Harlem Wizards.
Buffy has spoken to more than 5,000,000 adults and youth across North America while visiting over 3,000 schools. The show was entertainment as well as fun for the entire student body and school faculty, with comedy and amazing basketball skills. Most of all there was an inspirational message for our FCMS students which included making good choices for their lives.
By: Director Robert Graham
October 21, 2018 thru October 27, 2018 Responses
Mutual Aid: 1 (to Polk County)
Total Emergency Calls: 493
Total Calls: 1455
Fannin County High School REACH Scholars participated in a field trip to Dalton State College on October 2nd. They had a tour of the college campus guided by a DSC student, spoke with science professor Dr. Hays about class sizes and activities, visited a typical dorm room, and had a picnic lunch at the tennis court facility. The Fannin County High School REACH scholars in the picture are:
People in the Image above –
Front Row: Emma Payne, Mikayla Kendall, Chloe Collis, Joey Long, and Harley Cox
Back Row: Aaliyah Green, Aubree Beavers, Ricardo Arellanes, Kaigan Mull, Hunter DeMar, DSC College Tour Guide, Hailey Tucker, Miriam Flores, Chastity Seabolt, and Tasia Galloway
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 while students on the Honor Roll must have an overall
average of 90 or above.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll-6th Grade:
Rachel Marie Adams, Baylee Kimsey Allen, Allyson Janay Beavers, Cooper Ivison Born, Madelin
Joelliane Boyce, Cohutta Lee Brannon, Cohutta Clinton Brock Brown, Harrison Columbus Brown, Karson
Lewis Brown, Emma Grace Buchanan, Autumn Storm Burger, Joshua Addie James Burkett, Noah
Leander Burnette, Carson William Callihan, Devyn Anthony Caruthers, Valerie Grace Cash, Crews
Hunter Chastain, Jennifer Wayne Cheramie, Brady Michael Coleman, Hayleigh Alexis Cook, Tamra Faith
Couch, Barron Lee Davenport, Ruthie Mae Davenport, Gavin Lee Davis, Kaden Todd Davis, Ashton Blair
Deal, Trent Isaac Deal, Hunter Burton Dickey, Jamison Allen Dickey, Steven Micheal Dickey, Jade
Caroline Dlugokinski, Bryer Jackson Duvall, Jacob Daniel Dye, Karmah Shae Eaton, Callie Elizabeth
Ensley, Isabel Espinoza-Garcia, Brisa Maria Estrada Vasquez, Jacee Lynn Fain, Elijah Hunter Falls,
Ethan Richard Firestone, Alexandria Grace Foster, Caden Toccoa Gerald, Madilene Nevaeh Gibson,
Lukas Christopher Guay, James Landon Guinn, Cali Grace Hall, Gavin Lee Hampton, Samuel Cooper
Hilliard, Mikayla Marie Holloway, Sawyer Lee Holloway, Nicolas Ryan Honeycutt, Josselyn Cathleen
Hooper, Bristol Robert Hughes, Rodney Spencer Hyde, Soren Alexander Jolly, Ali Aislinn Jones, Landon
Scott Kaylor, Cole Boyd Kendall, Trinity Lorelai Kimbrough, Evan Lee Kincaid, Rylee Marie King, Emma
Grace Ledford, Irelind Elizabeth Ledford, Kaisen Taylor Lenz, Michael Thomas Lickey, Lilly Kathleen
Lovell, Alyssa Nevaeh Marshall, Krista Jade Matthews, Isabella Marie Mayer, Aiden Lee McBee, Aubree
Carol McClure, Mason Isaac McDaniel, Abigail Grace McFarland, Dakota Chase Medeiros, Autumn Lee
Miller, Malorie Cheri Paige Monkus, Daegan Raine Moore, Kari-Ahna Mareih Nicholas, Aron Patino
Mandujano, Madison Grace Pelfrey, Matthew David Ponton, Landon Walker Poole, Augusta Mae Queen,
Calvin James Reece, Landon Christopher Rhoads, Brooklyn Faith Riccitiello, Abigail Kathleen Ridings,
Dakota Shawn Riendeau, Aaleyah Lynn Rogers, James Franklin Russell, Addison Grace Sanchez,
Braiden Lee Smith, Logan Bradley Sosebee, Rocco Shayne Squires, Bailee Nicole Stiles, Sabree Mariah-
Ann Stiles, Kairi Nichole Stites, Alexus Marie Tatum, Leyna Thi Tran, Jeffrey Morgan Tucker, Breanna
Nicole Twiggs, Clinton Baylor Twiggs, Nolen Alexander Urrutia, Anthony Scott Waldrep, Gracie Lynn
Watkins, Elijah Caleb Weaver, Claire Rebecca Wheeler, Cole Allen White, Brayden Nicole Whitener, and
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Principal’s List-6th Grade:
Chandler William Bond, Natalie Laraine Bottongino, Carsyn Kensley Cornelius, Jaclyn Rene Cracknell,
Kaylie Madison Davenport, Emily Faye Dickey, Julie Nicole Farmer, Cody Allen Fults, Caylee Brianne
Gaddis, Kayla Lynne Herendon, Natalie Brooke Herendon, Emma Nicole Holloway, Lindsey Maree
Holloway, John Aaron Holsonback, Luke Aaron Holsonback, Annelise Noel Hughes, Bryson Carter
Mitchell, Gracie Darling Oliver, Aidyn Kiley Patterson, Leighla Isabella Patton, Wyatt James Payne, Ryker
Kane Pigott, Shayla Brooke Pugh, Lawson Duke Sullivan, Sadie Alyssa Thomas, and Cali Jordyn Tuggle.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll-7th Grade:
Emily Lorell Ableman, William Dale Allen, Jonathan Francisco Amaro-Campuzano, Jayden Cheyann
Bailey, Lucas Cole Bain, Lexis Keira Barnes, Toby Dakota Bell, James J Bewley, Lilly Renee Bice,
Chloee Constantine Buchman, Bryce Lewis Burnette, Isis Nia Nicole Callahan, Sarah Grace Campbell,
Raymond Grant Thomas Carter, Abigail Rose Cash, Abigail Lee Chambers, Rachel Leanne Cheatham,
Kristen Shae Cipich, Josey Roselle Clemmons, Emmaline Grace Cochran, Jayden Mason Cole, Justin
Blake Colley, Bryanna Olivia Contardi, Morgan Emeleigh Craine, Haley Grace Davenport, Erica Grace
Dickey, Chandler Logan Dockery, Savanna Caroline Dyer, David Connor Fisher, Carter Thomas Fox,
Peyton Olivia Emiline Franklin, Kierah Lilliann Gibson, Jacob Dean Vernay Gonzales, Braxton Lee
Graves, Kelsey Elise Hawkins, Macy Ashlyn Hawkins, Brooklyn Paige Henderson, Marissa Leann
Holbert, Carlee Tamer Holloway, Case Matthew Holloway, Karis Onnie Isabella Hughes, William Robert
Hunter, James Robert Hyatt, Conner Allen Johnson, Shaylee Sybil Jones, Ana-Maree Kaylor, Maci Paige
Kendall, Kaylee Elizabeth Kinser, Caitlin Reese Lindstrom, Brisa Fabiola Lopez-Garcia, Dallas Trent
Lowery, Keira Marie Magallanes, Olivia Faith McAllister, Lexi Quinn McDaris, Samuel Hunter McGill,
Daniel Lee Meyer, Turner Andrew Michael, Ashlyn Renee Neathery, Kendra Michelle Newman, Andrew
Reagan Nuckolls, Bryson Dwight Odom, Kyila Spring Olson, Xander Evan Parks, Bradlee James Parris,
Jonah Dale Pierce, Zechariah William Prater, Jamison Caylor Pressley, Cameron Stacey Quinn, Leah
Grace Radabaugh, Charlotte Shianne Ramey, Chasity Cheyenne Reeder, Brandon Harold Rhodes, Ava
Kathleen Seastone, Emily Marie Sisson, Addison Jade Smith, Connor Lee Smith, James Grant Stables,
Eric Ridge Stevens, Coleman Ryan Stevenson, Faith Joyce Stiles, Blake Mikalan Summers, Katherine
Coleman Tamberino, Davis Blaine Tankersley, Jacqlyn Maree Tanner, Olivia Renee Temples, Chelsey
Annette Thomas, Elijah Ray Thurman, Katie Elizabeth Thurman, Kayla Anne Tipton, Wiley Joseph Tipton,
Amy Grace Truett, Hayden Christian Tucker, Brayden Grady Turner, Logan Daniel Turner, Madison
Grace Twitty, Jordyn Marie Valla, Danielle Elisabeth Walden, Lily Rose Waldrep, Kaleighann Elizabeth
Ware, Levy Dartagnan Warren, MaKain Levi Watson, Anneliese Saleen Watts, Destiny Michelle Weeks,
Riley O’Dale Wheaton, Katie Jo Woods, and Austin Dakota Wooten.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Principal’s List-7th Grade:
Benjamin Solomon Bloch, Collin Howell Bruce, Silas Nathanael Thomas Campbell, Sydney Angel
Chancey, Mylee Jordan Clement, Ella Alexandria Collins, Courtney Elizabeth Davis, Charles Cass
Deaver, Alayna Rochelle Dockery, Frances Cabrini Fay, Emily Rose Fields, William Lindley Jones, Ava
Erica Lackey, Anna Elizabeth Minear, Peyton Grace Nelson, Emma Brooke Pittman, Madison Ashley
Saldana, and Haven Lane Stiles.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll-8th Grade:
Tia Nicole Adcox, Gretchen Marie Alewel, Emalee Luv Anderson, Riley Douglas Angel, Abigail Nicole
Baliles, Aaron Walker Belyeu, Kara Brynn Blake, Nickalus Glenn Boles, Konner Nathaniel Brown,
Madison Grace Buchanan, Brysen Lee Callihan, Isabella Grace Carr, Jon Lucas Carroll, Ivie Briana
Chapman, Carson Michael Collis, Taylor Alan Collis, Monica Dianne Cosentino, Katelyn Leanne
Cracknell, Ryan Matthew Crowder, Brooke Alexandra Davis, Halle Brooke Dilbeck, Sabrina Marie
Dilbeck, Ella Victoria Dockery, Tyler Charles Ensley, Randell Slade Epperson, Marcella Skye Castillo
Fears, Dadrian Leann Flowers, Alexandra Rose Frabotta, Chelsey Breanne Frye, Brianna Leigh Fults,
Daniel Lee Gibson, Harlee Cheyanne Gilliam, Lena Jillene Gilreath, Thomas Landais Golden, Gracey
Angel Greene, Lucus Matthew Hanson, Brenna Jillian Harper, Khia Gwen Hatcher, Makena Reese Hill,
Quyen Ngoc Do Hoang, Veronica Devin Hogsed, Adam Troy Hollis, Bryson Edward Holloway, Carly
Brooke Holloway, Cabella Marie Hughes, Brianna Kaylee Hulsey, Ivy Marcina Hyde, Corbin Reed
Kendall, Aaron Catherine Kimsey, James Dawson Kyle, Genia Ann LaBean, Morgan Isabelle Lariscy,
Ryan Mackenzie Larson, Jefferson David Lewis, Amber Rose Locke, Nathaniel Lee Maloof, Owen William
Mathis, Arwen Lynnae McFarland, Matthew Loaiza Mills, Cooper Chandler Moreland, Joseph Blake
Nicholson, Peyton McKinnley O’Neal, Reigan Marie O’Neal, Lily Anne Oliver, Dev J Patel, Clara Hope
Payne, Luke Ryan Pelfrey, Hannah Elizabeth Perry, Emma Elizabeth Petrillo, Bohn Eric Postell, Rachel
Beth Prater, Zoe Jade Putnam, Ava Lynn Queen, Bearon Zander Ray, Anna Grace Rhodes, Corey Nathaniel Riendeau, Emily Arellano Salas, Katelyn Elizabeth Sanders, Joseph Caden Sands, Tristan
James Siler, Nathan Michael Smith, Hallie Marie Sosebee, Clifton Bryan Douglas Stiles, Emilee Dawn
Thomas, Kadie Grace Thomason, Michael Hayden Treon, Ainsley Elizabeth Turner, Abigail Grace Vest,
Andrew Parker Waldrep, Conner Bryce Ware, Lucas Gavin Whitaker, Matthew Kelly Wilbanks, Craig
Austin Wilcher, Cadan Otis Williams, Bryson Lee Wright, and Courtney Jade Wyant.
2018 – 2019 1st Nine Weeks Principal’s List-8th Grade:
Angela Alvarez, Bella Mea Fawlen Bondie, McKenzie Kathryn Chastain, Hayden Lane Danner, Kennedy
Grace Davis, Madison Emilie Denton, Samuel Christopher Jabaley, Erin Elise Jones, Brock Connor
Mitchell Martin, Logan Alexander Martin, Zoe Grace Mathis, Kaitlyn Elisabeth Nelson, Joni Simone
O’Neal, Savannah Grace Patton, Aislinn Grace Peel, Cole Ryan Pittman, Madison Elizabeth Ponton, and
Caroline Grace Stewart.
By: Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
October 14, 2018 thru October 20, 2018 Responses
Mutual Aid: 0
Total Emergency Calls: 459
Total Calls: 1345