Bulldogs Attack Rebels

FCHS Sports, Sports

Saturday, the Fannin Rebels traveled to North Carolina to take on the Murphy Bulldogs. Fannin was looking for a win for their last game of the regular season while Murphy was looking to remain undefeated.

Murphy decided to get an early lead in the first inning of the game while Fannin struggled to compete against their offense. Carson Beavers started off pitching for the Rebels where he walked two batters and struck out one over a total of two innings. The Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead over the Rebels at the end of the first inning. The Bulldogs kept extending their lead while the Rebels didn’t manage to get a run on the board until the fourth inning.

Not only did Fannin struggle on defense, but also offense. Murphy’s pitcher, Caleb Irwin, threw a great game over three innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Bulldogs, Joey Curry and Nathan Barolet, made an appearance in the game to come in and pitch. The two pitchers added more strikeouts to the board, putting the total number of strikeouts for the day at 13.

Chandler Kendall came in to pitch for Beavers in the fourth inning. Kendall pitched a total of two innings where he struck out three batters and walked only one. The Rebels started to make things happen on offense when Garrett Rogers stepped up to the plate. Rogers hit a bomb to right field that advanced him to third base. Blake Rogers went to the plate with the same determination, hitting a pop-fly to center field, and sacrificing himself as an out so that his teammate could score. Rogers run put the score at 4-1 with Murphy still in the lead. Not only did Garrett start off the inning on offense, he also closed it on defense with a great throw from left field where he threw a runner out at third base.

Fannin lost their fire in the fifth inning where they had no luck hitting the ball. In the bottom of the fifth, Dylan Walton came in to pitch for the Rebels. Walton pitched a total of 0.2 innings where he walked four batters and allowed two hits.

Rebel, Tyler Norton, came in the game to pitch at the bottom of the sixth inning. Norton pitched a total of 0.1 innings where he walked one batter and allowed only one hit. Just a few pitches later, Fannin relieved Norton on the mound with Bryson Pack. Pack only had time to throw one pitch that was hit and brought Murphy’s last run in to get the ten point lead they needed to end the game. The Bulldogs closed out the game with an 11-1 victory over Fannin.

Fannin’s loss puts their overall record at 17-11 while Murphy remains undefeated. Catch Fannin’s next game on Thursday, April 26, as they travel to Franklin County for the first round of the state playoffs!


Rebels Get Win On Senior Night


The Rebels play host to the Bobcats of Gilmer on Thursday as they honored the outgoing seniors of Rebel baseball. After taking the victory from the Bobcats, five young men who have been team leaders and worked hard to prepare themselves for life beyond high school were recognized and honored by friends, family, Coaches and teammates.

Grant Baker(Point University), Cody Jacobs, Jack Gobble, Drew Foresman and Garret Rogers were escorted on to the field by family and presented with memory collages of their high school careers and thanked for their dedication to Rebel Baseball.(See images below).

On the field, the visiting Bobcats started strong by putting two runs up in the first with the help of two errors.  The Rebels answered in the bottom half with three of their own and would never look back.  Two doubles(Chandler Kendall and Senior Jack Gobble) and a single by Gabe Buchannan sparked the three run first Fannin.  Neither team could plate runs for their teams over the next few innings as defense and pitching stole the thunder from the guys at the plate.  In the Bottom of the fifth, the Rebels opened up once again by putting a four spot on the board and taking a commanding 7-2 lead in to the sixth.  The non region game went to the Rebels with a final score of 7-2.

On the mound, Gabe Buchannan, Senior Garrett Rogers and Senior Grant Baker combined for eight strikeouts and three walks.  The Cats had two runs on three hits on the day.  This proves the old saying that good pitching is more important than good bats.

Next up for the Rebels of Fannin will be a trip to the home of the Murphy Bulldogs in North Carolina as they finish out the regular season and prepare to play in the GHSA State playoffs for the second consecutive year.


Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report 4/8/17 to 4/14/18

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632- 1958
Fax 706-632- 8003

April 8, 2018 thru April 14, 2018 Responses:

M1: 38
M3: 18
M4: 26
M11: 28
Total: 110
Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 389
Fire: 12
Rescue: 35
Total Emergency Calls: 509

Total Calls: 1432

Rebels Shut Down Indians

FCHS Sports, Sports

This past Thursday, The Lumpkin County Indians traveled to Fannin County to take on the Rebels for a double header. Fannin won the first game of the night 5-1 and they were looking to claim a victory once again.

Grant Baker started off pitching for the Rebels in the second game of the night where he walked four batters and struck out four. Garrett Rogers was the go to guy on defense for the Rebels with his perfect inning of three balls hit to him in left field and all three being caught. Chandler Kendall started the bottom of the first inning with a line drive to left field where he made it to first base. Gabe Buchanan stepped up to the plate and closed out the first inning after hitting Kendall home, putting the Rebels in the lead 1-0.

Fannin had a quick inning on defense in the top of the second where they allowed one runner to get on base, then got three outs in a row. The Rebels got their second wind on offense when they all started to put the ball into action and get an early lead over Lumpkin. The bases were loaded when Carson Beavers stepped up to bat. Beavers hit a ball deep center field, bringing in two runs, and advancing Drew Foresman to third base. Gabe Buchanan hit a fly ball to left field, sacrificing himself as an out so that Foresman could score. Miles Johnson also hit a bomb to left field where he advanced to first base and brought Beavers home. Jack Gobble followed the trend with his hit to left field as he advanced to second base and brought Johnson home. Matthew Shirah brought in the final run of the inning when he hit a ground ball to left field, allowing Gobble to reach home and put the score at 8-0.

In hopes of making a comeback, Lumpkin managed to load the bases in the third inning, but could only manage to score one run. Fannin stepped up to bat, looking to continue their hitting streak to find the Indians having a perfect inning of three outs in a row. Lumpkin put a run on the board and held the Rebels, making the score 8-1 at the end of the third inning.

The bases were loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning when Matthew Shirah went up to bat. Shirah got a double from hitting the ball deep center field, bringing Miles Johnson and Garrett Rogers home, and advancing Blake Rogers to third base. Drew Foresman stepped up to the plate and hit a line drive to right field, bringing Rogers home, and advancing Shrah to third base. Carson Beavers followed the trend by hitting a line drive to right field, bringing Shirah home, and advancing Foresman to second base. The Rebels runs put them with a 12-1 lead over the Indians at the end of the fourth inning.

Dylan Walton came in to relieve Baker from the mound in the fifth inning. Walton finished the top of the fifth by striking out two batters, and walking none. Fannin’s lead proved to be too great for the Indians to overcome, resulting in the game to come to an early end with the Rebels in the lead 12-2.

The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night;                                      Chandler Kendall-1, Miles Johnson-2, Jack Gobble-1, Garrett Rogers-2, Blake Rogers-2, Matthew Shirah-2, Drew Foresman-1, Carson Beavers-1.

Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 13-10. Catch the Rebels next game on Tuesday, April 10, as they take on Union County at home starting at 5:55!


Indians Trail the Rebels

FCHS Sports, Sports

This past Thursday, the Lumpkin County Indians traveled to Fannin to take on the Rebels in a double header. The Indians were looking to redeem themselves from the previous loss they endured from Fannin while the Rebels looked to continue their winning streak.

Matthew Shirah started off pitching on the mound for the Rebels. Over a total of 4.2 innings, Shirah struck out seven batters and walked one. Rebel, Carson Beavers, closed out the top half of the first inning with a great diving catch in center field. Jack Gobble started things off for the Rebels at the bottom of the first inning by hitting a ball to center field, making it to first base, and bringing a runner home. Gobble’s RBI put the Rebels ahead 1-0 over the Indians to close out the first inning.

The second inning had perfect three up and three down outs for both teams while the third inning was full of errors. The Rebels mistakes on defense led to Lumpkin putting a run on the board. Fannin fought back on defense in the fourth inning with a lot of diving catches, preventing Lumpkin from scoring. The Indians run tied the game 1-1 until the fifth inning.

Shirah started off the fifth inning strong with two strikeouts in a row before Tyler Norton was put in to relieve him. Norton closed out the top of the fifth by throwing the perfect pitch for Lumpkin to hit and for Fannin to catch, to once again get three outs in a row. The Rebels started to pick up their energy and swing their bats at the bottom of the fifth. With runners on second and third, Carson Beavers hit a fly ball to center field and brought the runners home as he advanced to second base. Gabe Buchanan followed the trend by hitting a single, bringing Beavers home. Miles Johnson then closed out the inning by hitting a ball to left field, allowing Buchanan to score. Johnson’s RBI gave the Rebels a 5-1 lead over the Indians to finish the fifth inning.

The Rebels had great defense in the sixth inning that kept the Indians from scoring. A ground ball was hit to second basemen, Drew Foresman, who then threw to second base where Chandler Kendall was covering to tag the bag and then throw to Cody Jacobs at first to get the second out. Kendall closed out the top of the sixth inning with a line drive catch to get the third out.

Rebel, Blake Rogers, came in to pitch at the start of the seventh and final inning. Rogers closed out the inning by walking one batter, and striking out three. The Rebels finished the game with a 5-1 victory over the Indians after they got their third out.

The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night;                                      Chandler Kendall-1, Gabe Buchanan-1, Blake Rogers-1, Matthew Shirah-1, Carson Beavers-1

Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 13-10. Catch the Rebels next game on Tuesday, April 10, as they take on Union County at home starting at 5:55!


Ask the Doc! With Dr. Raymond Tidman


Today on Ask the Doc! we are welcoming Dr. Raymond Tidman, who will be filling in for Doctor William Whaley while he is on vacation. This Morning #BKP and Dr. Tidman discuss health concern and answer: 1. After my last regular exam, my doctor said the results showed cervical dysplasia. What does that mean? Is it cancer? 2. My allergies have caused my throat to feel inflamed and caused sinus drainage. I have seen a doctor but I am still dealing with a cough a week or so later. Is there anything I can do to help get rid of this cough? 3. Can too little sleep be a cause of weight gain? This segment is brought to you by Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital.

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Business, Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
April 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.

If you haven’t already …
Take a look at our new website!

Free TripAdvisor Workshop for Members
TripAdvisor Class
This is a free class for Chamber members and space is limited! To reserve your seat now,  


Be sure to provide attendee names, email addresses and specify morning or afternoon class.

Candidate Forum is Set for May 3
Join us on Thursday, May 3, at the Blue Ridge Community Theater for the Chamber’s pre-primary Candidate Forum.  There will be a meet and greet beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Forum from 6 to approximately 9 p.m. Included will be local candidates for Fannin County Board of Commissioners Post 2 and two seats for Board of Education.  Both Republican and Democratic candidates have been invited to participate.

Member News & Events
The Chamber is helping sponsor the annual meeting of the Georgia Outdoor Writer’s Association from April 26 to 29. Approximately 30 outdoor writers will be in Fannin County experiencing our outdoor attractions, including the Trout Fest and Outdoor Adventures Festival on Saturday, April 27 in downtown Blue Ridge City Park.
The Chamber will welcome members of the Georgia Rural Development Council to Blue Ridge on May 15 and 16 for a meeting being held at Bear Claw Vineyards event center. More information coming about the times and agenda.

Chamber Member Anniversaries!
Crossrock Cabin Rentals
Humane Society of Blue Ridge
Wilderness Creek Falls & Ridge Brook of Blue Ridge
A & S Clothing
A Step Above Stables
Aska Farms of Blue Ridge
Black Sheep Restaurant Bar and Patio
Blue Ridge Lodging Association
Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company
Blush 809
Cantaberry Restaurant
Cox Farmhouse
Gracious Me!
Mitzi’s On Main
Pink Pig
The Owl’s Nest of Blue Ridge
Wildside Custom Trailers

Chamber Spring Golf Tournament 
At Old Toccoa Farm – Sign Up Today!
(Only Afternoon Availability Remaining)


To Sponsor a Hole for $100.00, email Kim Foster at kimfoster@tds.net

April Community Events Calendar
April 6-7 – 21st Annual Writers Conference, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
April 7 – Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers, Blue Ridge Community Theater
April 12-29 – The Boys Next Door, Blue Ridge Community Theater
April 21-22 – Bear on the Square Mountain Music & Folk Art Festival,Downtown Dahlonega Square
April 21 – Superhero 5k Run, Downtown Blue Ridge
April 21 – Taste of Blue Ridge, Willow Creek Falls and Vineyard
April 22 – Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Private Cabin
April 24 – Pops on the Plaza, Young Harris College
April 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
April 28 – Kid’s Adventure Race, Mercier Orchards
April 28 – 3rd Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures, Downtown Blue Ridge
Recurring Events
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot

* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing

Welcome 53 New Members!
2nd Story Entertainment
733 East Main St., Ste. C
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(678) 358-1032
Joey Roderick
Coming in April: 2nd Story Entertainment is a family entertainment center with mini-golf, games and more in Downtown Blue Ridge, GA! This unique indoor mini golf concept will feature a variety of themes throughout 9 rooms. In addition, there will be an arcade PLUS various games to through the play area and more!  
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American Heritage Home Inspections
108 Wilson Valley Dr.
Morganton, GA, 30560
(706) 400-8660
C.B. Moore
Home Inspections
Anchor & Arrow Apparel
632 East Main St., Ste. B
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 455-1584
Charlie Turner
Anchor & Arrow Apparel offers women’s casual wear. An endless summer apparel shop!
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Avalon Haircrafters
(706) 258-2182
Celeste Lance
Avalon Haircrafters is serving North Georgia and surrounding areas with beauty services from routine salon visits to weddings, formal and print.
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Black Bear Bier Garten
500 East Main St., Ste.  205
(706) 946-4440
Linda Ruud
The Black Bear Bier Garten offers 19 local craft and imported draft beers, 9 varieties of sausage including 6 wild game sausages. Enjoy delicious giant soft German pretzels and a variety of menu items.
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Blue Ridge Creative Co-Op
(770) 713-6917
Jerry Mucklow
Blue Ridge Creative Co-Op is a team of local artisans who specialize in a variety of mediums including photography, pottery, crafting, cooking and more. They offer locally made goods and services as well as an assortment of DIY workshops catering to individuals and small groups.
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Blue Ridge Medical Group – Erich Pearson, Internal Medicine
(706) 946-4272
Susan Kiker
Dr. Pearson is board certified in Internal Medicine. 

Blue Ridge Medical Group – Raymond E. Tidman, Family Practice
(706) 632-4400
Susan Kiker
Dr. Tidman is board certified in Family Medicine and holds professional memberships including the American Academy of Family Physicians (Fellow), Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and the Medical Association of Georgia.
Blue Ridge Medical Group – Shannon Pitman, Family Practice
(706) 632-3670
Susan Kiker
Dr. Shannon Pitman is a graduate of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. Dr. Pitman completed two residency programs: Wright State University General Surgery, Dayton, OH and Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Orlando, FL. He is board certified in Family Medicine. He is accepting new patients.
Blue Ridge Medical Group – Stan Trigg, Internal Medicine
(706) 632-8787
Susan Kiker
Dr. Trigg is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and holds professional memberships including Medical Association of Georgia, Southern Medical Association of Georgia, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Academy of Internal Medicine.
Blue Smoke World Famous BBQ
Michelle Moran
Coming Soon! Blue Smoke Barbecue. From the creator of Lucille’s BBQ and so much more…stay tuned!
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Burra Burra Seafood Co.
(706) 400-6660
Tim Richter
Coming Soon! Dig into a variety of fresh seafood including; oysters, clams, crawfish, shrimp and more. Offering fresth burgers, wings and tacos while staying connected with multiple media outlets at your family table. Dine in or on the deck while enjoying Conrad’s low country boil, New England clam bake and other seafood platters. Enjoy deep discounts during; burgerMonday, taco Tuesday, wing Wednesday and oyster Thursday, every week (dine in only). Serving lunch and dinner in McCaysville, GA.
Buttram & Seymore Garage Doors
(706) 889-4464
Evan Seymore
Buttram and Seymore Garage Doors offers sales, service, installation and repair on residential and commercial garage doors and openers. Special service plans available. FREE estimates!
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Cabins at Blue Ridge by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Blue Ridge, GA
(855) 704-2658
Chris Wilkins
Cabins at Blue Ridge by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is a vacation rental company, helping travelers feel at home in beautiful Georgia. They offer unique, home-like experiences backed by on of the most trusted brands in hospitality.
Carroll’s Barbeque
(706) 946-1126
Tom Carroll
Carroll’s Barbeque serves soups and salads, sandwiches and plates, and ribs. Fill the family with a family styled meal of classic BBQ or Ribs and more!
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Clay to Custom Construction
Mineral Bluff, GA
(706) 964-6656
Lucy D’Amico
Clay to Custom Construction is a design-build firm.
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Concetta’s Riverside Bakery & Cafe
(706) 400-6677
Tim Richter
Coming Soon! Concetta’s Riverside Bakery and Cafe is an Italian bakery and cafe with the largest selection of desserts in North Georgia. Relax and enjoy a fresh roasted coffee, cappuccino, espresso or a smoothie with a delectable pastry or dessert. Specializing in Italian street food, featuring Piadas (flatbreads) stuffed with Italian meats, cheeses, vegetables, eggs and sauces. Enjoy their homemade ice cream, shakes, floats and Piada sticks. Open all day including breakfast in Downtown McCaysville.
Confident Carry Firearms Instruction
Christa Forrester
Confident Carry Firearms Instruction offer firearms safety and responsibility classes, situational awareness, etc. Confidence through education.
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Cowanee Restaurant
(706) 400-6675
Tim Richter
coming Soon! Cowanee Restaurant is upscale riverside dining in downtown McCaysville, GA, on the banks of the Toccoa River. Offering slow roasted prime rib, seasonal fresh fish, specialty pasta, noodle bowls and small plates. Home of the areas most extensive wine list and craft beers. Featuring a plated Sunday brunch. Located in the shops of McCaysville. Serving lunch and dinner.
CreekStone Environmental and Geological Services
(828) 200-4585
Ronnie Dilbeck
CreekStone Environmental and Geological Services include; slope stabilization, site plans, soil compaction testing, stream restoration and Phase 1 & 2 Environmental Assessments.
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Cross Country Mortgage
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(404) 338-0717
Randi Krasnoff
Cross Country Mortgage is a mortgage lending company. To learn more about Cross Country Mortgage Cross Country Mortgage is a mortgage lending company. 
Deep South Carpet Cleaners
Blairsville, GA, 30512
(706) 745-8455
Elicia Wheeer
Deep South Carpet Cleaners is a professional cleaning company serving both commercial and residential clients in the North Georgia, and Tri-State areas.
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Downtown Accommodations by Mountain Top Cabin Rentals
(706) 258-6220
Tabetha Whitaker
Mountain Top Cabin Rentals offers Downtown Blue Ridge accommodations for visitors who desire to be close or within walking distance of eateries, shopping, and seasonal festivals. 
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Ellijay Coffeehouse and Intown Lodging 
(706) 635-5565
JoAnn Antonelli
The Ellijay Coffeehouse is located in a meticulously restored 1940’s building in Historic Downtown Ellijay, GA. They are a local living room where they encourage you to EAT, DRINK and GATHER! The décor is eclectic with chalkboard menus, and quotes along with the many daily offerings. Our Espresso bar offers specialty drinks, panini’s, and pastries.
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Escape the Line Ocoee’s #1 Escape Room
(423) 436-1520
Gary Redd
Coming soon – an escape room adventure located in Copperhill Tennessee.
Expedition: Big Foot! Adventure Outpost
721 East Main St.
(706) 946-2601
David Bakara
Expedition: Bigfoot! Outpost Adventure is a museum and gift shop of mysteries and legends of America.
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Glamping Under the Big Sky
(706) 333-5363
Gino Zalunardo
Glamping Under the Big Sky offers glamorous tent camping. With queen sized beds, bunk beds, outdoor kitchenette and shower/toilet. Enjoy a fire pit, horseshoes, corn hole, badminton and star gazing! 
High Country Pest Control
Blue Riddge, GA, 30513
(706) 455-8672
Darren Ledford
High Country Pest Control offers structural pest control; termite, carpenter bees, etc.
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Impact Design and Creations
(706) 400-5674
LuAnn Head
Impact Design and Creations offers custom apparel, promotional products, photo gifts and custom gifts.
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Jerry Mucklow Photography and Video
(770) 713-6917
Jerry Mucklow
Jerry Mucklow is a professional photographer and videographer with a fine art background. He specializes in lifestyle, portraiture, events, family and friend gatherings, architecture and more. Jerry also has a large portfolio of fine art photographs from around the world as well as some local scenic images ideal for decorating a home or cabin.
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Lakeside Serenity
(888) 875-5669
Mary Spencer
Lakeside Serenity is a 3 bedroom 2 bath vacation home located on Lake Buckhorne in Ellijay, GA.
McClure Home Inspections
Robby McClure
McClure Home Inspections offers comprehensive property and home inspections. Their services include; electronic radon testing, mold testing, lead paint testing on older homes, drone roof pictures and infrared thermal imaging cameras.
Miller Lake Lodge
Blue Ridge, GA
(561) 596-2550
Alexandra Miller
Retreat Renew Repeat at Miller Lake Lodge. A luxury, private retreat, Miller Lake Lodge is located on the lake close to the Appalachian Trail and offers a quaint little blue chapel on the property. Close to all activities beautiful Blue Ridge has to offer!
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MooBears Ice Cream & Hotdogs
596 East Main St.
(706) 946-2622
Carrie Durden
Coming mid-April is MooBears Ice Cream & Hotdogs. MooBears features hand-dipped ice cream and Angus Beef hotdogs in beautiful historic downtown Blue Ridge. They serve 20 flavors of premium Ice Cream from Ashby’s which is a creamery located in Shelby Township, Michigan. But before having dessert you need to try one of their delicious hotdogs. They have over 10 different dogs.
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Mystic Mountain Pizza
(706) 946-0378
Brannan Mathis
Mystic Mountain Pizza is a family owned and operated pizza joint with fantastic food and a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Come in as friends, leave as family.
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Nicholson Home Builders
(706) 851-4412
Rachel NIcholson
Nicholson Home Builders is a general contractor.
Pic N Vine
104 South Grande Ave.
(770) 371-9083
Melissa Winstead Barnett
Pic N Vine offers unique and one-of-a-kind handcrafted baskets and decor using kudzu vine. You can also learn how to weave your very own basket. Pic N Vine also offers black and white vintage photographs.
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Raymond’s Copper Curve
(706) 851-8781

UNG gets state funds for new campus


BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – In a recent interview on FYNTV, Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston made an announcement regarding the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Blue Ridge campus.

Ralston confirmed in the interview that the state has set $5.5 million into a line item to establish a new standalone “brick and mortar” building for the university. The budgeted funds are set for construction only, meaning that the university will be responsible for locating and acquiring a spot suitable for the new campus. Once the college purchases the location, they can utilize the state funds for their new building to expand into that new home in Fannin County.

As such, the location of this facility is yet to be determined. According to Campus Director of Blue Ridge for UNG, Sandy Ott, she hopes to begin construction as soon as possible. Ott spoke with FetchYourNews (FYN) about the fund allocation saying, “We are thrilled with the opportunity to expand the Blue Ridge campus. We are so excited for the opportunities for the students in our region. This is going to have an impact, truly.”

Ott noted some of the major capabilities that a standalone campus will allow including expanded course offerings, lab spaces for sciences and core classes, as well as development space to cater to the region’s specific needs. While college officials are still searching for the best location at this time, Ott confirmed that they are still very early in the process and uncertain if the new standalone campus will see them completely leaving their current location just off of 515 at 83 Dunbarton Farm Road.

UNG has been at that location since 2015, offering opportunities such as dual-enrollment courses for high school students, a full-time program for first-time freshmen, courses for adult learners getting started or returning to college, and continued education programs.

With the passing of the state’s budget, this is now set for UNG to utilize when available. Ott assures FYN they are moving quickly to take advantage of the funds to increase their services as soon as possible for students. See more by checking out the announcement at 14 minutes into FYNTV’s video below.




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