Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 05/13 to 05/19

Arrest Reports

Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Fannin County. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

 

WFES Character Award May

West Fannin Elem

The Character Ed word for the month of May was Perseverance. The definition is “sticking with things until they are finished without giving up”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month. Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Isaac White, Willow Stiles, Lennon Lee, Harrison McDonald, Addy Martin, Mia Housley, Justin Leal, and Jonah Johnson. Middle row: Lilli Potzauf, Sophia Carroll, Israel Wood, Kaylee Dyer, Konnor Housley, Marshall McDaniel, and Leksi Wollschlager. Back row: Ella Oliver, Matthew Payne, Owen Mann, Reese Lewis, Ava Acker, Nevaeh Morgan, Danica Padrutt. Not pictured: Cole Burk and Delilah Naylor

Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 05/05 to 05/12

Arrest Reports

Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Fannin County. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Fannin is Family

FCHS Baseball, Team FYN Sports

This past Thursday, the Fannin County Rebels baseball team took on the Pike County Pirates to finish out the Elite Eight and determine who would be moving on to the Final Four. The night before, Fannin lost their first game 6-1 as they won the second 9-0. The Rebels had already made school history by making it to the Elite Eight and hoped to take it a step farther by earning a spot in the Final Four.

Each team wanted the win and you could tell by their performance on the field. Fannin started the game on offense where they had good hits, but were unable to score any runs. On defense, Matthew Shirah took the mound for the Rebels and struck out six batters overall.

It was a back and forth game where both teams played a solid defense. Gabe Buchanan had hustle at third base as he dove to stop balls while Jerritt Holloway had great throws behind the plate to get runners out on steals. Even though Fannin had great hits, Pike was just as determined to get outs. Shirah hit a hard line drive back to the pitcher for him to make a great first out.

Things began to turn around in the fifth inning. After being tied 0-0 for four innings, the Pirates finally made their mark on the scoreboard. They began to get hits down in the field as Pike made a hit to left field that advanced a runner on base home to put the score at 1-0.

Pike’s energy was high as they kept up their intensity on defense. They had a quick three up and three down outs to put them back on offense for another chance to score. As Fannin took the field in the sixth inning, Blake Rogers went in to pitch for Shirah. Pike took advantage of the change in speed as they got runners on base and closed out the inning by bringing in another run, extending their lead 2-0.

The tension was high as Fannin went up to bat in the seventh inning. It was their last chance to make something happen to be able to move on to the Final Four. Although they fought in the box, the Rebels were unable to get their hits down to score any runs. Pikes 2-0 victory put them competing in the Final Four the week to follow. As Pike earned their third out, they all rushed the mound in celebration while the Rebel fans in the stands shared tears and gave Fannin one last round of applause.

The Rebels have played a great season and have been the picture of a perfect team along the way. They have come so far by making it through the Sweet Sixteen to competing in the Elite Eight for the first time in Fannin Rebel baseball history. Through the tough losses on and off of the field, they were always there for eachother and persevered. Congratulations to the Rebels for an amazing baseball season!

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Fannin Competes in Elite Eight

FCHS Baseball, Team FYN Sports

This past Wednesday, the Fannin County Rebels took on the Pike County Pirates in a double header at home for the first round of the Elite Eight. It was a double elimination series that determined who would move on to compete in the Final Four.

Fannin took the field to start off the first inning. Carson Beavers was on the mound for Fannin where he struck out seven batters overall. Nerves were high starting off the game. The Rebels had defensive errors and allowed three runs to score just in the first inning. The Rebels attempted to respond on offense but found Pike’s defense to be solid as they did not let any runs score.

The Rebels started to clean up their defense in the second inning as they had three up and three down outs. On offense, Fannin began to put the ball into play but kept hitting it right to the Pirates defense and were unable to put any runs on the board. In the third inning, Pike hit a ball out of the park and put the score at 4-0 to end the inning.

Chandler Kendall got things started in the sixth inning as he hit the ball to left field and found himself standing on first base. Gabe Buchanan advanced Kendall to second as he was walked to first base. Hunter Gray stepped up to the plate and hit the ball to the outfield to bring Kendall home and put the score at 4-1. Miles Johnson continued the trend as he hit a bomb to the outfield but Pike made the out with a diving catch.

With a runner on second base, Pike hit another ball out of the park, bringing in two runs. The Rebels were able to get on base but were unable to score, leaving the Pike Pirates with a 6-1 victory.

After a short break, the teams were at it again. Fannin wanted a win so that they could stay in the series for a chance to compete the next day as Pike hoped to have another victory to move straight on the the Final Four.

Fannin had a new energy starting off the second game. They were the guest team and started off the game on offense. The Rebels wasted no time to put the ball into action. Senior, Chandler Kendall, had a great hit to center field that put him standing on second base. Gabe Buchanan continued the trend as he hit a double to left field and hit Chandler home. With bases loaded, Bryson Pack watched his fourth ball go by and was walked as another Rebel advanced to home plate. Miles Johnson closed out the inning with a bomb to right field that brought in three runs and left him on base. Pike was finally able to earn their third out as Fannin ended the top of the first with a 5-0 lead.

The Rebels defense was solid as they stopped balls and kept the Pirates from scoring any runs. Chander Kendall pitched the second game for Fannin County where he struck out ten batters overall. When it was Fannin’s turn to hit again at the top of the second, Carson Beavers was on third base as Buchanan brought him home with a single to left field. Pike ended the inning with a double play as Fannin advanced their lead 6-0.

Tyler Norton was on fire up the middle where he made a double to play to start off the third inning. Fannin was on top of every aspect of the game and refused to give up their lead.

The Rebels picked things back up in the seventh inning when the Pirates put in a new pitcher. Fannin took advantage in the change of speed as Blake Rogers hit a double to left field and brought Hunter Gray home. Miles was the man to close out the inning once again with a big hit to third where they overthrew first base, bringing in two runs. Johnson had a great night on offense where he had five RBI’s. Rogers went in to pitch at the bottom of the seventh where he struck out three batters. Fannin held the Pirates on defense and closed out the game with a 9-0 victory, leaving them to play the next day to determine who would move on to the Final Four.

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State to utilize new voting machines by presidential preference election, plus Fannin voter numbers update

Election, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The state of Georgia will utilize new voting machines by the next presidential preference election, thus doing away completely with the old machines according to the Fannin County Board of Elections.

These new machines will create an instant paper trail with each vote cast according to Vice Chairman Mary Ann Conner, whereas the current machines create paper receipts of all votes cast only at the end of each election day.

Instead of a plastic yellow card, voters will receive a paper ballot that they will take to the new touch screen machine. Instead of hitting “Cast Ballot”, voters will select “Print Ballot”, at which time each voter may clearly view the candidates and measures voted upon during the touch screen process on a physical piece of paper.

If the printed ballot displays discrepancies, the voter may be re-issued a ballot, whereas before once “Cast Ballot” was selected, there was no turning back.

If the printer ballot displays correctly, then the voter will take the ballot to a scanner to have the ballot recorded before having it placed into a locked box.

Voters will not be allowed to carry their paper ballot out of the precinct, and according to Conner, Fannin will be allowing voters to practice with the machines prior to the election once they are obtained by the county.

All printed ballots will be kept in the Clerk’s office for a minimum of two years under law.

Fannin Board of Elections Members

The voting machines have always been placed at the 12 voting precincts the night before each election (as they are in Gilmer County) and have been chained together with a lock.

However, for the sake of security, Conner states there has been talk of having someone stay over night with the three machines that aren’t currently secured in locked rooms as is the case with counties such as Gilmer.

For Fannin County in particular, there were 369 new applicants for voting (there were none last month due to a hold from the Tuesday, March 19, 2019 election). There were 19,482 registered voters total as of Tuesday, April 30, 2019. There have been 105 deletions; 79 moved out of county, three moved out of state, and 23 were marked deceased.

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Fannin County to provide Pre-K program at every Elementary School next year

News, Rebel's Corner

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – According to Director of Student Services Shannon Miller, Fannin County will begin providing a Pre-K program at every Elementary School next year.

Gene Crawford presents photos of former Fannin County High Schools

Director of Planning, Policy, & Curriculum Darren Danner also spoke with the Board of Education during the meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019 regarding the purchase of a new security camera system for Fannin County Middle School. The quote is from Ellijay Telephone Company for the amount of $48,501.10. This amount from the vendor is considered a “turn-key” price for all equipment, installation and related services. $30,000 will be paid with Georgia Department of Education School Safety Grant with $18,501.10 paid for by SPLOST (special-purpose local-option sales tax).

Because of 36% of the lighting (32 of 88 lamps) at the Fannin County High School stadium is currently not working, Danner also requested that the lighting be replaced with LED lighting. The Board is currently seeking proposals to this issue, and an update is expected in the near future.

Lastly, Danner also requested approval to a renovate the Fannin County High School main parking lot. The quote is from Johnson Paving for the amount of $49,475.00. This amount from the vendor is considered a “turn-key” price for all demolition, paving and five foot sidewalk. The renovations are expected to be paid with SPLOST funds.

The Board also approved a single-bus field trip request by by Lynn Burch of the Mountain Education Charter High School to go to SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA for a Braves game on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The field trip departure time is 4 pm and the return time is 12 am. There are expected to be 25 students and five chaperones attending the trip.

Deputy Superintendent Betsy Hyde

According to Deputy Superintendent Betsy Hyde, East Fannin Elementary School will be using charter funding to cover a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teacher for the next school year.

Hyde goes on to state that Amy Beavers of Pruitt Health Hospice will hold a “Camp Cocoon” on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in which any student who has suffered any sort of loss may attend for counseling.

The Director of Facilities and Maintenance Danny Shinpaugh shared with the board pictures of the construction occurring on the new entrance of the agriculture barn. The road has been fully paved, but the striping isn’t set to occur until Friday, May 17, 2019.

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Giant Mars Map Awarded with Robot

Fannin Middle

Students in the Fannin County Middle School STEM class got to experience walking and observing on a giant Mars map accompanied by a robotic rover that was awarded through a grant submitted by Mrs. Pack, the STEM Teacher. The grant was sponsored by Buzz Aldrin and the ShareSpace Foundation. To purchase the giant map and robot, this would have costed the school $5,000.00. However, with the grant, the school was able to receive it for free. The grant included a 25’ x 25’ giant Mars map, a set of books about the mission to Mars co-authored by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne Dyson, a remote controlled robot, as well as the curriculum to accompany the map and robot.

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