Mountain Education February Student of the Month

Rebel's Corner

Mountain Education Charter High School congratulates Jefferson Jones as the February Student of the Month.  Jefferson is a senior who has really been fired – up to complete his graduation requirements and graduate this May. His teachers are so proud of his work ethic and happy to see his determination to finish. Jefferson wants to major in business administration and hopes to open his own business some day. We wish Jefferson well as he continues his academic pursuits.


Controlling Springtails


Over the past few weeks, many people have either called or come by the office with a
question about tiny, purplish-brown, hopping insects around or in their homes. These tiny
creatures are springtails.
Springtails are one of those insects that you may wonder why are they here on Earth. But
in reality, they serve a useful purpose by eating decaying plant material. They mostly live in the
soil, leaf mold, organic mulches or decaying logs. They are soft bodied so they are attracted to
moist areas to keep from drying out.
Usually springtails stay outside among the mulched areas of the yard. But on occasion
you will find them in the home around sources of moisture like sinks, bathtubs and toilets.
Keeping these areas as dry as possible is the first step in controlling springtails in the home. In a
dry environment, springtails will eventually dry out and die.
Chemical control is not necessary, but insecticides can be used. If you choose to use an
insecticide application make applications around windows and doors. Also spraying around
bathroom plumbing where the pipes come up from the basement or crawlspace will be effective.
When spraying outside of the house you have to apply insecticides with plenty of water in order
to get the chemical through the mulch and soil layers. Because it delivers a high volume of
water a hose-end spray is a good tool to do the job right. A pump-up sprayer will simply not
apply enough water with the chemical to penetrate through the mulch to the soil.
When applying an insecticide inside use an insecticide that is labeled for inside the home use.
Many of these come in a 1-gallon jug that is ready to use. For spraying outside, use an insectide,
which is labeled for scorpions, boxelder bugs or of course springtails. If you choose to use an
insecticide, remember to read and follow the labeled directions.
One other suggestion is to move any mulch away from the foundation of your home. Not
only will this help reduce the infestation of termites or scorpions by not allowing them a direct
pathway to get to the foundation, but also it will allow you to effectively spray in the soil layers.
Springtails are not going to cause major harm to your home, but they sure are annoying
and unsettling for most people. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by
phone at the office or send me an e-mail.

Fannin County Young Farmers Association News

Rebel's Corner


Eric Whitener was the winner of the Fannin County Young Farmers Association gun raffle. The drawing took place on Jan 15 at the association’s monthly business meeting. Chestnut Gap Farms donated the gun to the association for the raffle. The money raised will be used to promote agriculture in the community.

Pictured with Eric is FCYFA president Kenny Queen( on the left)

Rhonda Mathews

The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.   ­­

Senator David Perdue Comments On End Of Schumer Shutdown

State & National

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) made the following statement after Senate Democrats agreed to end the Schumer Shutdown and reopen the federal government:

“It is ridiculous that we were ever in the Schumer Shutdown in the first place. I’m glad to see that Senate Democrats came to their senses and stopped this nonsense. It is frustrating that this is the same proposal that was offered to them days ago before they decided to shut down the government over immigration. Senate Democrats took their political stunt a step too far since a majority of Americans support funding the federal government over continuing the DACA program. Clearly, Congress’ budget process is a complete failure. It has only worked four times in the past 43 years, and given the current political dynamics it will never work. Tying important policy decisions to the funding process is the reason we end up in these damaging situations. It’s time Congress gets serious about reworking the way we fund the federal government. That way we can start tackling other big ticket items such as fixing our immigration system and beginning to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure.”

Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.

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GBI Crime Lab Identifies Central Georgia Counterfeit Pills


Decatur, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab has identified counterfeit pills related to the reported overdoses in the Central Georgia area.

Analysis has confirmed that the pills contain a mixture of two synthetic opioids, cyclopropyl fentanyl and U-47700.  Cyclopropyl fentanyl is a fentanyl analogue that is chemically similar to fentanyl.  It is unknown how the human body will react to this drug since it is not intended for human or veterinary use.  Cyclopropyl fentanyl had not previously been seen in Georgia.

U-47700 is a synthetic opioid 7.5 times stronger than morphine.

Both of these drugs are HIGHLY DANGEROUS and should not be handled.  They can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and are extremely toxic in even the smallest quantities.

Legislation was introduced this year to outlaw both cyclopropyl fentanyl and U-47700 in Georgia.  The law banning the substances went into effect after passage by the Georgia General Assembly and the Governor’s signature on April 17, 2017.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Poison Center, hospitals, local, state, and federal partners are working jointly on this investigation.

GBI Issues Synthetic Opioids Alert




Decatur, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is issuing a public safety alert

regarding illegal synthetic opioids. In the last four months, 17 deaths have been caused by the

drugs U-47700 and/or furanyl fentanyl, equal to the number for all of 2016. U-47700 and

furanyl fentanyl are both Schedule I drugs and used in the same manner as heroin. Schedule I

drugs have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical treatment use in the

United States. The drugs are distributed in either powder or tablet form.

The GBI Crime Lab has received approximately 50 cases containing U-47700 and furanyl

fentanyl this year. Many of the cases contained three or four different additional opiates.

Because furanyl fentanyl and U-47700 are lethal at very low doses, law enforcement and the

public should use caution when handling these drugs. They can be inhaled or absorbed through

the skin and are extremely toxic in the smallest quantities.

U-47700 or furanyl fentanyl may cause symptoms such as shallow breathing, pinpoint pupils,

nausea or vomiting, dizziness, lethargy, cold or clammy skin, loss of consciousness, and/or heart

failure. Should someone come in contact with the drugs and an overdose is suspected,

administer Naloxone immediately and call 911. Multiple doses of Naloxone may be required.

One Metro-Atlanta law enforcement agency recently seized approximately 8 kilograms of the

furanyl fentanyl GBI Crime Lab and U-47700 mixture. A field test of the drugs was initially negative before

GBI Crime Lab testing identified the substance. The danger and complexity of the opioids led to

the GBI issuing a statewide officer safety alert. Law enforcement has been warned to use

extreme caution and utilize personal protective equipment when handling or packaging any

synthetic opioid.

Due to the diligence of the Georgia General Assembly, legislation was introduced this year to

ban both U-47700 and furanyl fentanyl. The Governor signed this law and it went into effect on

4/17/2017 upon his signature.

The Fannin County Technology Student Association (TSA) middle and high school teams traveled to Athens, GA

Rebel's Corner

The Fannin County Technology Student Association (TSA) middle and high school teams traveled to Athens, GA to compete at the 2017 State Conference.  Students competed in events ranging from electric go carts to robotics to extemporaneous speech to video production.  More information on TSA can be found at


Some highlights include racing in the Georgia Electrathon competition which is an all electric vehicle race where students design, build, and drive their own cars.  Students are given one hour to complete as many laps as possible.  Vanya DeCesare and Hunter Alexander both made good showings with their electric cars completing over 70 laps each.


Ben Collins built a rubber band powered airplane that flew for 37 seconds which placed him in the top 10 finalists in the flight endurance competition.


Freshmen Isaiah Cargle and Joshua Truelove competed in VEX Robotics at the high school level, and Max Mathis, Patrick Conner, and Brayden Foster finished in the top 10 for middle school in VEX robotics.  The middle school students competed against high school teams.


The Lego Mindstorms middle school team of Jordan Ensley, Patrick Conner, Abby Vest, Ivie Chapman, Bryce Ware, Lucas Barnstead, Kiaya Jones, James Kyle, Kaelin Cornelius, and Luke Pelfrey finished in the top ten with their robot.


Patrick Conner, Jordan Ensley, and Kaelin Cornelius earned a top ten finish in the middle school Technology Bowl competition, and Patrick Conner scored a top ten overall finish for his Technology Bowl written score.


The middle school Chapter Team of Jordan Ensley, Abby Vest, Kiaya Jones, Bradyen Foster, Kaelin Cornelus, Patrick Conner, Ivie Chapman, and James Kyle finished in the top ten.


Brayden Foster and James Kyle competed in CO2 car design placing 9th and 12th overall and Brayden won best of show with his car.


Patrick Conner finished in the top 10 in the outstanding student competition.


Jordan Ensley finished in the top 10 in prepared speech.


In addition to competing, students also had the opportunity to attend a UGA baseball game and get their picture made with Hairy Dawg!  The overall experience of attending a State competition with over 2600 high school students is priceless.  Students get to compete against the best and brightest students in STEM related activities.  STEM careers offer students great opportunities to succeed in the future, and these students are well on their way to successful futures!  Students left the conference excited about TSA and looking forward to competing next year.


If you would like any additional information, please contact Bubba Gibbs at 706-258-7732.



Vanya DeCesare driving his electric car

Hunter Alexander driving his electric car

Brayden Foster, Joshua Truelove, Gavin Gibbs, Ramtin Doroodchi, and Max Mathis work on VEX Robotics

Isaiah Cargle and Joshua Truelove display their VEX robots

Lucas Barnstead is hard at work on his junior solar sprint car

Ben Collins shows off his top 10 finishing airplane

Luke Pelfrey, Max Mathis, Vanya DeCesare, Justin Wheat, Hunter Alexander, Nelson Soriero, Jordan Ensley, Hairy Dawg, Joshua Truelove, Eli Young, Grant Shepherd, Patrick Conner, Brayden Foster, and Taylor Gibbs attended a UGA baseball game and got their picture with Hairy Dawg!

Brayden Foster shows off his “Best in Show” and top ten placing CO2 dragster

FCHS TSA Members

Front – Joshua Truelove, Taylor Gibbs, Hunter Alexander (President), Justin Wheat (Vice-president)

Middle – Isaiah Cargle, Vanya DeCesare (Secretary), Will Garland, Ramtin Doroodchi, Nelson Soriero,

Back – Ben Collins, Gavin Gibbs, Eli Young, Tanner Carrier, Rowan Shewmake, Waylon Arrowood, Grant Shepherd

FCMS TSA Members

Front – James Kyle, Bryce Ware, Kaelin Cornelius, Abby Vest (Sergeant at Arms),Kaiya J ones (Reporter)

Middle – Luke Pelfrey, Lucas Barnstead, Ivie Chapman (Secretary), Brayden Foster (Treasurer)

Back – Jordan Ensley (Vice President), Max Mathis, Patrick Conner (President)



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The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.   ­­

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