East Ellijay Police Officer Arrested. Theft by Taking

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The GBI arrested East Ellijay Police Office Michael McClure at approximately noon today February 14th 2018.  A copy of Booking report and warrant below.  FYN has requested a statement from the GBI and East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan.

Below is a Press Release Statement from East Ellijay Chief of Police, Larry Callahan.

‘Hoops’ They Did it Again

FCHS Sports, Sports

The Fannin Rebels traveled to Gilmer County this past Friday in hopes of redeeming themselves from their first game against the Bobcats where they endured a heartbreaking loss by only four points. The Rebels came to play on Friday and were hoping to get their fifth win of the season.

Gilmer underestimated Fannin in the first quarter of the game. The Rebels have gotten better since the first time they played the Bobcats and they were ready to show them on the court. Rebel, Payton Holt, led Fannin in scoring with eighteen points due to his never ending hustle. Bobcat, Kell Weaver, was unstoppable on the block and led Gilmer in scoring with fifteen points. Fannin had the lead over Gilmer at the end of the first quarter with a score of 10-8.

With the Bobcats double teaming the Rebels in the corner, Fannin started to take outside shots. Rebel, Chandler Kendall, was right behind Holt in scoring with seventeen points due to his ability to make three point shots. Joe Satchell followed the trend of three point shots and added seven points to to Fannin’s score. After a quarter of back and forth, the Rebels went into halftime with a 24-21 lead over the Bobcats.

Fannin started to look inside and found their wide open posts who added more points on the board. Nathaniel Garrison got aggressive and drew fouls downlow, resulting in two points for Fannin. Another Rebel post, Joel Kinser, got rebounds on the block and added two more points to the Rebels score. Gilmer found that Fannin had a wide open lane on defense and took advantage of it by driving through and scoring points. The Bobcats took the lead at the end of the third quarter with a score of 35-34.

The tension was high at the start of the fourth quarter. Both teams wanted to win and you could tell by their performance on the court. There was steal after steal and shot after shot. The game was tied 45-45 with 25 seconds left. Fannin was coming down the court with the ball when Gilmer fouled. The Rebels made the first foul shot to put them ahead 46-45. With just a few second on the clock left, everyone got ready to rebound the second shot. The free throw hit the rim and bounced right into Bobcat, Tyler Sims hands. Sims ran the ball all the way back to Gilmer’s goal and made a layup that put them in the lead 47-46. By the time the Rebels inbounded the ball, there was no time left to try to make a comeback. The Rebels endured a heartbreaking loss to the Bobcats for the second time, this time only being one point away.

The Rebels loss puts their overall record at 4-17 while the Bobcats stand at 8-13. Catch Fannin’s next game February 2 as they travel to take on East Hall at 8:30!


Shot through the Heart, Lady Bobcats to Blame

FCHS Sports, Sports

Last Friday, the Lady Rebels traveled to Gilmer County to take on the Lady Bobcats. Both teams were coming from wins and looking to continue their streak.

It was an intense game from tipoff. The rival teams played a game that had everyone on the edge of their seats for every second of each quarter. Lady Rebel, Hope Franklin, led her team in scoring with twelve points due to her aggressive playing on the block. Lady Bobcat, Katie Kiker, also led her team in scoring with twelve points. The Lady Bobcats wrapped up the first quarter of the game with a one point lead over the Lady Rebels with a sore of 11-10.

It looked like everyone in the stadium was going to get whiplash from the back and forth of the game. Gilmer started to apply heavy defensive pressure while the Rebels started to double team the Lady Cats. The Lady Rebels picked up their game above the key and started to make outside shots. Morgan Patton added four points onto Fannin’s score with her ability to make shots above the key. Maddie Johnson followed the trend and added five more points on the board for the Rebels with her outside shooting. Hope Franklin for the Rebels drew a foul and made one of her shots, tying up the game 20-20.

With Gilmer driving through the lane making layups, Fannin started sneaking inside for points. Lady Rebel, Maleah Stepp, snuck through the back door of Gilmer’s weak offside defense and contributed six points for her team. Makenzie McClure got rebounds downlow and also put six points on the board for the Rebels. Savada Collins had grit and drove right through the defense, adding four points to Fannin’s score. The Lady Bobcats took back the lead that they had at the beginning of the game and ended the third quarter with a score of 32-29.

Everyone who stepped on the court played with hustle and heart. Both teams wanted to win just as badly as the other did. Fannin had a one point lead over Gilmer with 53 seconds left. With the Lady Rebels being so close to victory, the Lady Bobcats snatched it away from them in just a matter of seconds and got their lead back. The rival teams played their hearts out until the buzzer sounded to end the game with Gilmer in the lead 45-44 over Fannin.

The Lady Rebels loss puts their overall record at 9-12 while the Lady Bobcats stand at 12-9. Catch the Lady Rebels next game February 2 as they travel to take on East Hall at 7:00!


Live Coverage: Gilmer Parks & Rec Basketball


Join us as TeamFYNSports, FYNTV, FetchYourNews proudly present the LIVE coverage of the entire Gilmer Parks & Recreation annual basketball tournament. Coverage begins Saturday morning and all games will be streamed LIVE on FYNTV.com and our YouTube Channel and we will be posting updates via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.


Snow Sprawl: Burnt Mountain Classic turnout better than expected

PHS Wrestling, Sports

The Burnt Mountain Classic took place on Friday night and Saturday at Pickens Co. High School.  The Classic comes with high expectations by the teams attending – and  although inclement weather forced school cancellations throughout the week – the tournament still lived up to the bill.

Although the weather was rough all week, 15 of 19 Varsity teams that were scheduled came off the buses ready to strap on their head gear and hit the mat.  Fannin County was one of 22 varsity teams scheduled to attend but like a handful of the teams who cancelled, they followed the school cancellation schedule due to potential hazardous road conditions.

The acclaimed Gilmer Bobcats varsity squad, who have been living up to their legacy of absolute domination all season long, was originally scheduled to attend as well.  After speaking with head coach Josh Ghobadpor about his decision to give his varsity the weekend off, he stated that with the weather being what it was during the week, they hadn’t been able to practice.  Rather than put his varsity in a high-pressure situation so close to area and sectionals, Ghobadpor focused instead on taking his junior varsity team to compete in the JV Scramble.

“We tried to get to the gym to train but with ice on the roads we didn’t want to take any chances.  This weekend we decided to bring our JV and let them get the extra work in, though.  After all the JV is the future of Bobcat wrestling,” Ghobadpor told TeamFYNSports.

    As the wrestlers laced up and shook hands, match-by-match the competition began to heat up right away.  Pickens, Lumpkin, Creekview, Etowah, Cherokee High, Calhoun, Alcoa, Milton, Sequoyah, Chestatee, Towns, SE Whitfield, Walker, West Hall and River Ridge all came in pursuit of conquest.


     With each win or loss, the cream began to rise to the top.  While all in attendance had much to be proud of, two standout teams battled for the heralded prize of tournament champions. As the dust (and sweat) settled, congratulations went to the Creekview High School Grizzlies for capturing the crown in the team scoring with 219 points.  Narrowly taking the runner up award in the team points was the host: the Pickens County High School Dragons.

On Saturday, the action heated up with the JV Scramble.  The young freshmen and sophomore athletes showed up and showed out on the mats with Calhoun Yellow Jackets taking the JV trophy.  Individual award winners from Pickens County included:  Zach Meadows(113 lbs) 2nd Place, C.J. Murphy(120 lbs) 2nd Place, Joseph Ferguson(152 lbs) 2nd Place Michael Burrell(160 lbs) 1st Place, Tyler Vreeland(170 lbs), Kellie Dover(182 lbs) 3rd Place and Dalton Bruhner(195 lbs) 4th Place.

Other results were not available at the event.  Congratulations to all athletes and best of luck in Area Competition and State!


Margaret Williamson to challenge David Ralston in Republican Primary

Featured, Politics


Margaret Williamson announces run for Georgia House of Representatives, District 7.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The 2018 election is already starting to take shape as challengers emerge announcing bids for candidacy against well-known incumbents. The most recent of these announcements comes from Margaret Williamson who intends to face off against Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston.

Ralston was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002 and represents House District 7, which includes Fannin County, Gilmer County and a portion of Dawson County. Ralston is the 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2010.

Williamson, who resides in Ellijay, made a statement discussing her decision to run:

“For many years I have been involved in political campaigns, on local, state, and national levels. I have actively participated in legislative issues, in support of or in opposition to, learning all the way. Now I intend to use this experience and acquired knowledge to enter into the process as a candidate.”

Already having begun the process of running for the House District 7 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, Williamson acknowledged in her statement that she has mailed the “Declaration to Accept Campaign Contributions” form to the Georgia State Transparency & Campaign Finance Committee.

After approval of this form, Williamson’s next step will be to complete the qualifying process held in March of this year. The qualifying will officially make Williamson a candidate in the Republican Primary for Georgia State House Representative, District 7.

Williamson concluded her statement by announcing that she is in the process of creating a Facebook page which will contain her position on various issues.

“This decision is the culmination of months of debate and prayer. Please continue praying for both John and me,” Williamson said. “This is an exciting time for me.”

A General Primary Election for both Republicans and Democrats will take place on May 22, 2018. Voter registration deadline for the Primary Election is April 23.

Winners of the primaries will face off in the General Election to held on Nov. 6, 2018.



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North Georgians Urged to Take Extra Precautions as Viral Illnesses Increase


North Georgians Urged to take Extra Precautions as Viral Illnesses Increase

North Georgia – North Georgia Health District officials report that there has been an increase in the number of stomach virus and influenza outbreaks in north Georgia and warn that the results could be severe, possibly requiring hospitalization.

“It is not too late to vaccinate against the flu,” said Sherry Gregory, RN, North Georgia Health District Infectious Disease Supervisor. “Flu activity is increasing throughout our area. We expect the flu season to reach its peak early this year, within the next few weeks, so it is important to get vaccinated now. Flu vaccination not only protects the person who receives the vaccine but it also keeps them from spreading the flu virus to others.”

Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu. Flu vaccination is especially important for people who are at greater risk for complications from flu and those who live with or care for these individuals. Groups of people that are at high risk for flu complications include children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and pregnant women. Medical conditions such as asthma, chronic lung or heart disease and diabetes can also increase the risk for flu complications.

“Flu vaccine is available at all our health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties,” said Gregory. For health department contact information, click on the LOCATIONS tab on the North Georgia Health District website at www.nghd.org.

Flu symptoms may include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and/or, possibly, vomiting and diarrhea.

People at higher risk for complications from the flu should seek medical care as soon as they begin to feel ill, even if they have been vaccinated. They could benefit from antiviral drugs, that can reduce the risk of experiencing complications and reduce the severity and duration of illness. Antiviral drugs are most effective when given early in the onset of illness.

Stomach viruses, such as Norovirus, are very contagious and can infect anyone. These viruses can be spread to others by an infected person, through contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. These viruses can cause the stomach and/or intestines to become inflamed, which leads to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. These symptoms can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults.

To reduce the spread of influenza and stomach viruses, take everyday preventive actions(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits/index.htm) to stop spreading the viruses.

  • Get a flu shot – this will protect you against the flu virus, which will be especially critical if you are infected with some other virus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them, especially avoiding healthcare facilities and long-term care homes.
  • Avoid having children inside healthcare facilities and long-term care homes to protect them from catching viruses and to prevent them from spreading viruses to the people who are there.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

For more information about influenza and its prevention, log onto to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html. Learn more about preventing the spread of stomach viruses at https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html.

Public health delayed openings in North Georgia Health District


For Immediate Release
January 8, 2018

Contact: Jennifer King, (706) 529-5757 / jennifer.King@dph.ga.gov

LATEST UPDATE: Public Health Delayed Openings in North Georgia Health District for Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

North Ga. – ALL our health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will now delay opening until noon today due to icy road conditions. Now, only the North Georgia Health District office in Dalton will open at 10 a.m. Updates are posted to nghd.org.

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