Fannin County Young Farmers Association members traveled to Moultrie, Georgia to attend the Sunbelt Agriculture Expo on October 16-17. The Sunbelt Ag Expo 2018 celebrated its 41st year and had over 1200 exhibitors that encompassed 100 acres of exhibit space with over 4000 different product lines. The group also toured the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association in Macon, Carroll’s Sausage in Ashburn, The Museum of Georgia Agriculture, The Georgia Peanut Commission and Rutledge Farms all in Tifton. This trip is an annual event.
*Pictured front row left to right: Rhonda Mathews, Sandy Dungy Gilda Lyons, Jeff Queen, Eli Queen
Back row left to right: Mark Wollschlager, Nick Wollschlager, Darrel Davis, Kenny Holland, Bill Bragg, Kenny Queen,
Jasper, Ga – The Pickens County Board of Education hosted a no-threat lockdown today on the campus of Pickens High School.
Parents and citizens saw the Pickens County Sheriff respond to concerns saying:
We currently have a team of deputies and K-9 units participating in a controlled sweep of the Pickens High School campus. While the school is being checked, students are being placed in a non-emergency lockdown status. Students are safe and no threat exists at the school.
When questioned about the lockdown, Pickens County Schools Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson said the K-9 sweep was scheduled for a few weeks ago, but had to be pushed back due to scheduling conflicts with Cherokee County who supplies the K-9 units. As the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has retired its last K-9 unit for medical reasons, Wilson stated it is a part of the agreement with Cherokee County to utilize theirs.
With the lockdown and sweep completed, Wilson informed FYN that no drugs were located during the sweep today. Though he noted it was not directly related to the rising use of vape devices, Wilson did respond to questions about the trend saying that it is a concern in the school system.
Sweeps like this is a part of the school’s enforcement of its code of conduct as well as state and federal law. Though Wilson said there is more going on behind the scenes in the system’s response to the rising vape concerns and to school security in general, he declined to release details saying, “There is a number of things that we are doing and things that we are working with the Sheriff’s Office, some of that we just can’t publicize at the moment.”
More information on these steps like the K-9 sweeps and other programs the school already has in place over its years in operation can be found at the upcoming Monday, September 24, day of events involving the Office of the Sheriff, the District Attorney, and Pickens School district as they hold a meeting for parents for information and the ‘Chat with the Superintendent’ at Pickens High School at 6 p.m.
Wilson went on to note that the school system is being forced to change the way it views vaping devices. While he notes that it is against the law for underage kids to possess cigarettes and vaping devices and they have enforced the law, he did state that the school system may have, at times, not utilized the most extreme forms of discipline available in every situation involving the use of nicotine. He went on to say, “Now that this added ability of being able to vape just about anything, that brings it to a whole different level.”
As part of the school’s efforts to inform parents and students about the dangers that vapes present with not knowing what is in them, the board is working with the District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Office. Wilson said, “We may have looked at vaping in the past as more of a replacement for a cigarette, and not as a delivery device for drugs… Going forward, we probably would.”
He added later, “We’re going to have to really start disciplining to the fullest extent that we can, given to us by our Code of Conduct or either by the Law to keep our children safe.”
Albert E. Harrison Scholarship recipients from Gilmer and Fannin Counties (l-r) Filipe Arreaga, Christopher Byrd, Bryson Darnell, Madison Davenport, Phebee Garrett, Mallory Grimes, Lindsay Irons, Makenzi Ledford, Katelyn Roberts, Dakota Skiles, Pennie Tuck, Lexus Walden, and Jadie Weaver, also pictured Mr. Jason Smith and Mr. Doug Harrison of Ellijay Telephone Company.
Fannin student Lexus Raven Walden was invited to the Governor’s Mansion as the valedictorian of the entire Mountain Education Charter (MEC) High School system. Lexus had the highest grade point average (GPA) of 16 MEC sites located in the north Georgia mountains. Lexus plans on attending the University of North Georgia this fall and pursuing a career in nursing.
Twenty-one Mountain Education Charter High School students visited the Georgia Aquarium last week. Students visited the exhibits and were entertained by the dolphin show. Lunch was at Johnny Rocket’s restaurant across the street. For many, it was their first visit to the aquarium and they were impressed by the size and activities that go on there.
Mountain Education Charter High School consists of sixteen sites throughout the North Georgia Mountains. We are proud to announce that Lexus Walden from the Fannin site earned the highest GPA of any gaduating senior from all the sites. She thus earns the distinction of being the Valedictorian of Mountain Education Charter High School for 2018. We are so proud to have her represent us at graduation.
Austin Wooten is Mountain Education Charter High School’s May Student of the Month. Austin is a freshman and his work ethic has really paid off this year. He has completed three classes and is on his way to completing three more before the year is out. Austin has found that he enjoys learning about history, and good note-taking has become a newfound skill for him. He hopes to continue on with his education and pursue psychology as a major. Austin likes the independence MEC affords. Congratulations to Austin!
Mountain Education would like to thank all our Student of the Month sponsors this year: Dairy Queen, Papa’s Pizza, ETC, Blue Ridge Adventure Wear, Taco Bell and Subway. Your support of our MEC students is truly appreciated!
DALTON, Ga. – The Dalton Police Department is on scene at Dalton High School where shots have been fired.
Dalton Police report that no student was injured by the shooting and all students are out of harm’s way. They also report the subject, a teacher, has been taken into custody.
The subject had barricaded themselves into a classroom earlier today before firing a weapon. Local police and Georgia State Patrol responded to the initial call. Concerning those reports that have come about a student injured during the evacuation, the Dalton Police were adamant that no student was injured by the shooting.
Police are also asking parents to NOT go to Dalton High School as they say, “The area inside the school has been evacuated and there are no students believed to be in the school at this time.”
The evacuated students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Trade Center where police report parents should go for their children.