Dixie Carter announces bid for Fannin County Post 2 Commission seat

Election, Election 2018, News, Politics

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Another name will appear on the May Primary Election ballot in a bid for the Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner seat that will be voted on in the General Election to be held on Nov. 6, 2018.

At the Feb. 5 Democratic Party meeting, current member Dixie Carter addressed the crowd, “I am Dixie Carter and I am announcing my candidacy for the Post 2 Commissioner seat.”

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Dixie Carter announced candidacy for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner seat at the Feb. Democratic Party meeting.

“I have decided to run to be a voice and advocate for the people of Fannin County,” Carter explained. “I want to be a public servant for the people of Fannin County. One who listens to all people.”

Carter has a history of service work both professionally and personally. Holding undergraduate degrees in psychology and social work, and a master’s degree in social work, Carter’s career has covered many areas of social welfare.

Carter served as a case manager and therapist in mental health facilities across north Georgia, worked as a child protective service investigator with the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services, and was a medical social worker in Home Healthcare and Hospice.

“I’ve volunteered a little here in the community,” Carter spoke of her charity work. “Feed Fannin, I’ve been involved with them over the years. Also, the Fannin CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) team. I’m a member of the National Association of Social Workers, also the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.”

“I’ve always had that passion as a social worker,” Carter spoke of her desire to help people. “It’s really a natural progression to want to help the community.”

Carter brought up a couple of the key issues she would like to address if elected. One of these issues was increased public access areas on Lake Blue Ridge.

Carter sited Morganton Point as being the only public access point of that nature and stated that the summer months bring more visitors, leading to the area being overcrowded.

Another area where Carter would like to see change is in the Fannin County Public Library. Carter would like to see the library increased in size and moved out of the courthouse.

“Public libraries are a very important public space in the community,” Carter stated, explaining the need for this change, “and can be a key hub to community activity in many ways.”

Carter concluded her announcement to the Fannin County Democratic Party by saying, “I look forward to being a voice for the people of Fannin County, and I would consider it a privilege to represent the community.”

Carter currently runs unopposed for the Democratic seat in the May Primary Election.

Glenn Patterson announced his bid for the Republican seat for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner at the January Fannin County Republican Party meeting. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee is expected to officially announce his intention to run for re-election later this month.

Qualification for the May Primary Election will begin March 5 at 9 a.m. and will close March 9 at noon. Those wishing to run in the May Primary Election for any open seats in the county must qualify during this time.

 

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WoodmenLife donates to Children’s Fund

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Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, Board of Education, GEMA, FEMA, Michael Ruple, EMA Director Robert Graham, Lt. Darvin Couch

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Richard York, of WoodmenLife, presented a check to Fannin County School Systems on Friday, Nov. 17, to help with the school system’s Children’s Fund.

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Dr. Michael Gwatney receives check from Richard York on behalf of the Children’s Fund.

WoodmenLife is a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society. While they are in the business of selling insurance, WoodmenLife also focuses on giving back to the community.

Former Fannin County educator Shannon York explained, “Every year they pick a particular community focus, and this year it was hunger.”

Having worked with Feed Fannin and Family Connection this year, Shannon York said that giving to the Children’s Fund was naturally a good fit for the theme and filling the needs of children in our community not only allows them a better education but also a sense of belonging.

The Children’s Fund is set up through the Fannin County School System. System Social Worker Tara Cantrell explained the workings of the program: “It is a fund that all of the schools have worked to develop because we just keep seeing needs arise. Any of the schools are able to use the funds.”

Established in early 2016, the Children’s Fund has already helped students of Fannin County with purchases of books, glasses, food and clothing.

The fund doesn’t just supply the basic needs of kids, it also gives children opportunities that might not be available to them only for lack of funds. The Children’s Fund has also been used to supply instruments and uniforms as well as help pay for college applications.

Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney pointed out that the Children’s Fund has been self-sustaining through fundraising and donations from the community.

Cantrell added, “We couldn’t do it without community support. It just goes to show how much the community values our children.”

 

 

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Feed Fannin Presents a Class on Beekeeping

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Feed Fannin Presents a Class on Beekeeping

Mark your calendar! Feed Fannin continues its educational program by presenting a class on Beekeeping Saturday, April 15th.  The Introduction to Hobby Beekeeping class will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Feed Fannin Farm located off Ada Street in Blue Ridge.

Interested in establishing a beehive and need to know where to start? Join Dr. Laurence Ransom, of Red Baron Apiary,  to learn how to start a hobby of beekeeping.  Dr. Laurence will share the cost involved in establishing a hive and provide safety tips to be comfortable around your beehives.  Dr. Ransom studied medicine at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He is Board Certified  in Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Neonatal Perinatal Medicine.  He is the former Medical Director of Neonatal Medicine at Women’s Hospital of Greensboro.   Dr. Ransom and his wife currently operate Red Baron Apiary located in McCaysville.

The class takes place on the Feed Fannin Farm at 762 Ada Street in Blue Ridge, GA

No registration is needed for the class but a donation of a $5 or the equivalent in non-perishable canned food will be  appreciated. Feed Fannin is a local non-profit all-volunteer organization working together to educate and encourage our community towards self-sufficiency while providing food for those in need. The donations will be used to help support the local Family Connection Food Pantry and Feed Fannin’s efforts to promote gardening and self-sufficiency. Feed Fannin is proud to have the support of the Master Gardeners and the Fannin County Extension Office.

Feed Fannin will be offering additional classes on sustainability, and winter gardens for the 2017 season.  Watch for more information about upcoming classes on the Feed Fannin website, Facebook and in local newspapers. For more information go to www.feedfannin.com, follow us on Facebook, or contact Anna Speessen at 706-502-0940 or at aspeessen@gmail.com.

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A class “Starting Plants from Seeds” will be offered at the Fannin County Library

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A class “Starting Plants from Seeds” will be offered at the Fannin
County Library at 5 pm on Thursday,  March 23.  Charlotte Dickinson from
the North Georgia Master Gardeners and Sue Campbell from Feed Fannin
will teach the class.  It will feature starting seeds indoors as well as
starting seeds in the ground outdoors.  The class will be informal with
lots of time for questions or comments from the audience. This marks the
beginning of the 2017 planting season. Seeds that were donated at the
end of the growing season last year have been packaged by Feed Fannin
and Master Gardener members and are now ready for “check out” at your
public library! There are many different varieties of vegetable seeds
available, as well as some herbs and flowers, for free!


Clare Barton, Librarian
Fannin County Public Library
bartonc@mountainregionallibrary.org
phone 706-632-5263 fax 706-632-7719
400 W. Main St. Suite 104
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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Feed Fannin Presents a Class on Herbs

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That weed you see may be a plant or herb valued for its healing qualities. You can learn more about native and garden plants and their medicinal qualities by attending Feed Fannin’s class on herbs on August 6th at 10:00 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church located at 823 Forge Mill Road in Morganton, GA 30560.

Feed Fannin has partnered with the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, Georgia’s Premier School of Herbal Studies for 22 years, to offer the class. The class will be taught by the schools’ director, Patricia Kyritsi Howell. Howell will teach participants how to identify healing plants and herbs and how to incorporate them into their gardens and medicine chests.

Feed Fannin asks participants to bring a donation of a $5 or the equivalent in non-perishable canned food will be appreciated. Feed Fannin is a local non-profit all-volunteer organization working together to educate and encourage our community towards self-sufficiency while providing food for those in need. The donations will be used to help support the local Family Connection Food Pantry and Feed Fannin’s efforts to promote gardening and self-sufficiency. Feed Fannin is proud to have the support of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies for its educational series.

Feed Fannin request Registration for this class as space is limited.  Feed Fannin will be providing a light lunch so call early! RSVP to Anna Speessen at 706-502-0940 or 706-946-5460 email your RSVP to: aspeessen@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Bowls of Hope Feeding Fannin

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Willow Creek Falls and Vineyard

Willow Creek Falls and Vineyard

Feed Fannin held its largest fundraiser of the year, Bowls of Hope, on Saturday March 19 at Willow Creek Falls and Vineyards.

 

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Bill Fleming and Jacquelyn Howard

 

Bill Fleming and his wife Jacquelyn Howard support Feed Fannin because, as Mr. Fleming states, “What are the two most important things in life – food and people.  No organization embodies this than Feed Fannin.  Every community needs a Feed Fannin.”

Indeed Feed Fannin’s contribution to the community is more than the 6,000 tons of produce it grew and donated to families in 2015.  Feed Fannin helped build the community gardens at each of the three Fannin County Elementary Schools.  It also holds community classes on productivity and canning.  Feed Fannin volunteers also staff the food bank.  The garden space develops community too.  Feed Fannin offers garden bed rental for $10 a season.  In the garden, people can keep each other company by celebrating the pride of growing your own food even while doing the relentless task of pulling up weed shoots before they crowd out the vegetables.

Feed Fannin volunteers John Autry, Jim Yacavone and Jim Stewart

Feed Fannin volunteers John Autry, Jim Yacavone and Jim Stewart

The gift is mutual.  Feed Fannin has tremendous support throughout the area in all sorts of ways.  Feed Fannin needed some earth moved for the garden, a company donated its time.  Feed Fannin needed soups, breads and dessert for Bowls of Hope and Fannin restaurants and stores provided and volunteered at the tables.

North Georgia's answer to Eric Clapton, Jim Richter, provided music.

North Georgia’s answer to Eric Clapton, Jim Richter provided music.

Feed Fannin needed bowls for the Bowls of Hope and 15 artists created over 500 bowls for the event.  Some potters like Cooper Creek Pottery, John Archer and Mountain Oak Pottery have been contributing bowls over the last few year.  They and potters from Turning Point Clay Studios, Foxglove Pottery and John Campbell Folk School, all from Cherokee County North Carolina donated the bulk of the bowls.  500 bowls at an average price of $20 to $25 a piece represent $11,250.

According to Jim Stewart, the Fannin community contributed over 18,000 at Bowls of Hope last year which is a tremendous amount of money for a community this size.

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Feed Fannin Hosts Bowls of Hope Event

Community, Featured Stories, Non Profit

Feed Fannin held Bowls of Hope event at Willow Creek Falls on March 21st 2015. (more…)

BRES Gathers Food

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