Animal activists speak at Board of Commissioners meeting

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Animal activists and concerned citizens had their voices heard at the Nov. 14 Board of Commissioners meeting.

After a viral post on Facebook concerning two at-large German Shepherds ended in the dogs being falsely claimed at Fannin County Animal Control (FCAC), concerns over FCAC policy and procedure became a topic of discussion in the community.

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German Shepherds found at the Blue Ridge Post Office.

Commissioners were met with several residents ready to voice their concerns over animal control and over allegations made that Commission Chairman Stan Helton showed indifference to the situation.

First to speak in the Public Commentary portion of the meeting was Ralph Garner of Blue Ridge. Garner began by giving a list of items that he felt Helton had positively handled but quickly shifted into the issue of animal control stating, “His oversight of the ongoing problems with animal control is just not acceptable.”

Garner went on to defend Tri State Pet Rescue’s Founder Jan Eaton over allegations that Helton had made an insulting comment to her during a phone call.  Garner said that Helton’s insult “to our area’s premier companion dog rescuer cannot be overlooked. It needs to be called out and exposed.”

Jan Eaton herself spoke out about the indifference she felt she faced when trying to discuss issues regarding animal control. Eaton had asked to be put on the agenda to have more time allotted but had been turned down.

Eaton stated, “I’m researching to see if anybody has ever been put on the agenda that’s not a county employee, because if so, that is a definite first amendment violation, in my humble opinion.”

FetchYourNews reached out to Helton regarding the public commentary. Helton stated, “I have respect for all of the citizens of Fannin County. I still stand behind our employees at animal control, but I do take the time to look into each concern individually.”

Eaton also addressed the mistakes made in following policy at FCAC when it comes to owner reclaims. She stated that the current policy only requires that proof of rabies be brought for dogs to be released.

Jangling a set of rabies tags, Eaton stated, “They come in waving rabies tags and saying that is my dog. That doesn’t mean jack squat unless you call those rabies tags in and see if they match those dogs.”

A resident of McCaysville also spoke of policy at FCAC. He proposed that animal control make it standard to take a photocopy of the driver’s license of the person claiming a dog. He stated that it would be a way, if need arose, to track down the person who picked up the animal.

Fannin County Animal Control Department Head John Drullinger has looked into ways to improve the department’s current policy. A few of his suggested changes include:

Ask the person attempting to reclaim the pet if they can provide photographic evidence of ownership.

In cases where the pet is going to be reclaimed after ownership has been verified and the rabies tag has been verified to be current:

1. Make a copy of the driver’s license of the owner.
2. Photograph the vehicle the owner is picking up the pet in, regardless if it is the pet owner’s car or not, be sure to include an angle showing the license plate or include a separate photo of the license plate.

These revisions to the policy are not finalized and are still under review.

Also stepping up to try to provide a solution is the Humane Society of Blue Ridge (HSBR). A letter was sent out on behalf of HSBR describing their concern for recent events involving FCAC and the ongoing issue of stray and lost dogs in Fannin County.

The letter offered help stating, “After discussing the situation, our board came up with the suggestion that the FCAC officers microchip the dogs that are either reclaimed from, or adopted out of, the animal control facility. This would be a good way to decrease the number of unidentifiable lost dogs in Fannin County and would assist FCAC officers in returning pets to their owners.”

The letter went on to say, “Should the county and FCAC decide to initiate such a program, the HSBR would like to work with FCAC to help support a microchipping program for dogs adopted from, and those reclaimed from, the animal control facility.”

 

 

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Fannin County Schools recognized for their farm-to-school program

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County School System was recognized for outstanding achievement in its farm-to-school program.

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The Board of Education receives Golden Radish Award on behalf of all schools in our district.

Over 40 percent of school districts in Georgia participate in this program. Combined, these districts served more than 97 million school meals with local food items during the 2016-17 school year.

Georgia Organics founded the state’s first farm-to-school program in 2007. “It’s astounding that over 40 percent of our school districts are actively involved in The Golden Radish Awards after only four years of establishing the program,” Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls stated.

The farm-to-school program gives students an opportunity to learn the basics of gardening and helps support local economies through local food purchases for school meals.

Fannin County School Nutrition Director Candice Sisson was present to present the Board of Education with the Golden Radish Award received for our district.

The Fannin County School System was recognized at the Gold Level for their accomplishments during the 2016-17 school year. Some of the areas for which Fannin County was recognized include:

– Students incubated, hatched, raised chickens and harvested their eggs. The eggs are just one of the many locally produced items featured in taste tests;

-Every school in Fannin County has a school garden and two elementary schools have greenhouses; and

-Twenty farm-to-school standard-based lessons were taught throughout the school year, including Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) lessons on plant growth in the school garden.

Discussion among board members began about this type of curriculum having not always been taught in schools, except in specific agricultural classes or clubs.

Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney pointed out, “It was something that the children came to school knowing this. The way we (society) has changed through the years, it’s wonderful that school can respond to that need, and school can now provide these experiences for them to in turn take back home.”

Board Member Terry Bramlett agreed and added, “Not only does it increase their knowledge and appreciation of where food comes from, but agriculture remains the number one industry in the state of Georgia.”

 

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Dr. Gwatney Shares His Views About School Tax Exemption

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney presented his stance concerning school tax exemption for seniors in Fannin County.

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Dr. Gwatney presents his concerns about upcoming Town Hall discussion.

An upcoming Town Hall is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will take place in the Jury Assembly Room of the Fannin County Courthouse.

State Representative David Ralston and State Senator Steve Gooch will be present to hear arguments from both sides.

If representatives decide to move forward, the possible Senior Homestead Exemption would have to be approved by the 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly and then would be decided by Fannin County voters in the 2018 general election.

Dr. Gwatney addressed the board and residents present at the November 9 Board of Education meeting.

Gwatney cited statistics for Fannin County and for the Fannin County School System. According to these statistics, just under 30 percent of residents in Fannin County could benefit from this possible Homestead Exemption.

This large portion of the population, if passed, could account for schools in Fannin County losing up to $1.4 million annually.

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Board of Education members listen to Dr. Gwatney’s presentation.

Gwatney pointed out that, “The only generation that will benefit from the exemption is the one that will be exempt now; all other generations will pay more taxes.”

A similar exemption passed in Gilmer County. Dr. Gwatney showed that after the exemption was passed, it had a negative effect on the area. The millage rate increased to account for the loss, putting a heavier burden on those not exempt from the tax.

Gwatney also cited that Gilmer experienced furloughs and a closing of a school. He stated that the citizens of Gilmer County “paid more for less.”

According to the Georgia School Superintendents Association, the current average millage rate for schools in Georgia is 16.36. Fannin County’s school millage rate sits at 11.23.

Gwatney stated, “This board has shown consistent, conservative leadership in respect with people’s money.”

He showed that while Fannin County has a lower millage rate than the average for the state, Fannin County still is able to spend more per student than the average amount spent statewide.

Dr Gwatney concluded, “My opportunities here were possible due to the effort of the previous generation.”

He added that this is “my opportunity to stand up for our next generation of Fannin County.”

 

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News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
October 24,  2017
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OPEN HOUSE
Spec Facility Open House
Hosted by: Fannin County Development Authority

Friday, October 27th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You are invited to an Open House at the newly constructed commercial/industrial facility hosted by the Fannin County Development Authority. The Open House is an opportunity for the community to see the facility up close and learn more about the process and partners involved. The facility is available for lease to a business and an ideal candidate will create quality jobs in Fannin County. This could be an existing business that is expanding or a business looking to relocate. Please take a few minutes to drop by.

Location and Directions:

From Blue Ridge – Take Highway 5/Blue Ridge Dr. north approximately 8 miles and turn right at Kyle Rd. The entrance will be the first left after turning on Kyle Rd. If you pass Tri-State EMC on the left, you have gone too far.

From McCaysville – Take Highway 5/Blue Ridge Dr. south approximately 2.5 miles and turn left at Kyle Rd. You will pass Tri-State EMC on the right and the turn will be past the historic yellow house on the left. The entrance will be the first left after turning on Kyle Rd.

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October Community Events Calendar
September 1 – October 31 – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards
October 7 – November 11 – SAAG National Juried Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
October 26-28 – Fright Nights at the Fairground, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 27 – Firefly Music Presents Howie Day, Blue Ridge
October 27 – November 5 – Live Theater: The Wizard of Oz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 27-28 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
October 27-29 – Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville
October 28 – 5k Halloween Trick or Trot, Blue Ridge City Park
October 28 – HalloWine Celebration, Paradise Hills Winery
October 28-29 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 28 – November 19 – Japanese Maples Colorfest, Gibbs Gardens
October 28 – Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 28 – Halloween Safety Zone, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
October 29 – Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
October 31 – Ducktown Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Ducktown
October 31 – Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Blue Ridge
October 31 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern

Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
Saturday and Sunday
*Upick Apples and/or Tractor Tours: Mercier Orchards, Mountain View Orchards, Hillcrest Orchards
*Corn Maze: Joshua Dream Ranch
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here
In This Issue
Open House at Spec Facility
Fall Festivals and Events
Community Events Calendar

Chamber Events
Calendar
October 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Ridge Chiropractic, 39 Lance St., Ste. 6, Blue Ridge
11:30 a.m.
October 26 – Ambassador Lunch, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, 8055 Aska Rd, Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
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SAAG National Juried Art ShowThe Wizard of Oz presented by Sunny D_s
5k Halloween Fun Run
Halloween Bon Voyage Party_ Boat Dock Bar and GrillFright Night a the Fairgrounds
Chicken BBQ Dinner
Safe Zone Blue Ridge
MEAC Open House Poster

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
October 17,  2017
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

TONIGHT – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
October 10 was the ribbon cutting for 6 Ponds Farm. 6 Ponds Farm offers vacation rentals homes. True to the name, there are 6 ponds on this 22 acre farm and two vacation rental properties, a garden, kayaks and more! Enjoy the rental by the pool or the tiny home rental by the pond. Visit their website for more information atwww.6pondsfarm.com.
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October 12 was the ribbon cutting for Melaleuca, The Wellness Company.  Melaleuca products feature biodegradable ingredients and range from cleaning supplies, to beauty products and more! Contact Elaine Fortier, Marketing Executive with Melaleuca, for more information at 727-236-0433.  www.Melaleuca.com

OPEN HOUSE

Spec Facility Open House
Hosted by: Fannin County Development Authority
Friday, October 27th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You are invited to an Open House at the newly constructed commercial/industrial facility hosted by the Fannin County Development Authority. The Open House is an opportunity for the community to see the facility up close and learn more about the process and partners involved. The facility is available for lease to a business and an ideal candidate will create quality jobs in Fannin County. This could be an existing business that is expanding or a business looking to relocate. Please take a few minutes to drop by.

Location and Directions:
From Blue Ridge – Take Highway 5/Blue Ridge Dr. north approximately 8 miles and turn right at Kyle Rd. The entrance will be the first left after turning on Kyle Rd. If you pass Tri-State EMC on the left, you have gone too far.

From McCaysville – Take Highway 5/Blue Ridge Dr. south approximately 2.5 miles and turn left at Kyle Rd. You will pass Tri-State EMC on the right and the turn will be past the historic yellow house on the left. The entrance will be the first left after turning on Kyle Rd.

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October Community Events Calendar
September 1 – October 31 – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards
September 28 – October 15 – Live Theater: Calendar Girls, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 7-22 – Fall Festival at Gibbs Gardens, Talking Rock
October 7 – November 11 – SAAG National Juried Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
October 13-21 – Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 17 – Firefly Music Presents Austin Winkler, Blue Ridge
October 19 – Haunts and Harvest, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 19-21 – Fright Nights at the Fairgrounds, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 21 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
October 21 – Harvest Wine Dinner, Paradise Hills
October 21 – Live Music is Better Presents Michelle Malone, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 21 – Vogel State Park Fall Hoedown, Vogel State Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park 5k and Mutt Mile, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21-22 – Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay
October 21 – Harvest Festival, Crane Creek Vineyards
October 21-22 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 21-22 – Sorghum Festival, Blairsville
October 21-22 – Gold Rush Days Festival, Dahlonega
October 21-22 – 23rd Annual Heritage Days Festival, Talking Rock
October 26-28 – Fright Nights at the Fairground, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 27 – Firefly Music Presents Howie Day, Blue Ridge
October 27 – November 5 – Live Theater: The Wizard of Oz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 27-28 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
October 27-29 – Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville
October 28 – 5k Halloween Trick or Trot, Blue Ridge City Park
October 28 – HalloWine Celebration, Paradise Hills Winery
October 28-29 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 28 – November 19 – Japanese Maples Colorfest, Gibbs Gardens
October 28 – Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 28 – Halloween Safety Zone, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
October 29 – Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
October 31 – Ducktown Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Ducktown
October 31 – Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Blue Ridge
October 31 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
Saturday
*Blue Ridge Motorsports Park Races, Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
Saturday and Sunday
*Upick Apples and Tractor Tours: Mercier Orchards, Mountain View Orchards, Hillcrest Orchards
*Corn Maze: Joshua Dream Ranch
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here
In This Issue
Business After Hours
Ribbon Cuttings
Open House at Spec Facility
Fall Festivals and Events
Community Events Calendar

Chamber Events
Calendar
October 17 – Business After Hours at Bear Claw Vineyards, 2281 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 18 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
October 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Ridge Chiropractic, 39 Lance St., Ste. 6, Blue Ridge
11:30 a.m.
October 26 – Ambassador Lunch, Location tbd
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Members To Member Ads
SAAG Juried Show
 Haunts and Harvest Poster ETC Appreciation Luncheon

Paws in the Park 5k poster
Paws in the Park
Harvest Festival at Crane Creek Vineyards PosterWizard of Oz poster
Halloween 5k
Halloween Bon Voyage Party_ Boat Dock Bar and GrillFright Night a the Fairgrounds
Chicken BBQ Dinner

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
October 10,  2017
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

October 17 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

BOARD NOMINATIONS DUE ON OCTOBER 16!!
Chamber 2018 Board Nominations

Nominations for the Chamber’s Board of Directors are being taken now through Monday, October 16th. The Chamber will elect five new board members in November. If you would like to nominate someone, send the name and business name to jahackett@tds.net or FAX the form below to 706-632-2241. You may nominate up to three people.
2018 CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS
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Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
Ribbon Cutting for Modern Family Counseling
October 3 was the ribbon cutting for Modern Family Counseling. Modern Family Counseling offers counseling for families, individuals, adolescents, and couples for today’s world. Times have changed and so has family dynamics, expectations and pressures of society. Laurie Hicks uses a family centered, solution focused and a strength based therapeutic approach to create positive change and independence.
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Ribbon Cutting for Dr. Squires at Fannin Regional Hospital
October 5 was the ribbon cutting for Dr. Squires, Cardiologist, at Fannin Regional Hospital. Shayne Squires, MD, is a board-certified Cardiologist who can work with you to help prevent or manage heart conditions. He treats coronary artery disease, heart failure, and other cardiac conditions. He also treats high blood pressure and cholesterol and provides recommendations for general life style changes to improve your heart health. As a non-invasive cardiologist, Dr. Squires utilizes appropriate diagnostic testing to customize a treatment plan for your needs. His office is located in Suite 103 at Fannin Regional Hospital. (706) 632-4280
Ribbon Cutting for Dr. Bunn at Fannin Regional Hospital
October 5 was the ribbon cutting for Dr. Bunn, Orthopedic Surgeon, at Fannin Regional Hospital. Dr. Kevin Bunn studied at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine for his graduate education and had a fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital Adult Reconstructive Surgery.  His office is located in Suite 109 at Fannin Regional Hospital. (706) 632-4223

October Community Events Calendar
September 1 – October 31 – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards
September 28 – October 15 – Live Theater: Calendar Girls, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 7-22 – Fall Festival at Gibbs Gardens, Talking Rock
October 7 – November 11 – SAAG National Juried Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
October 13-21 – Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 13 – Downtown Drum Circle – Downtown Blue Ridge
October 14-15 – Sorghum Festival, Blairsville
October 14 – Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival, Fannin County High School PAC
October 14-15 – Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay
October 14-15 – Fall Arts in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park ‘
October 14 – Free Time Hobbies Fall Festival & Open House, Free Time Hobbies
October 17 – Firefly Music Presents Austin Winkler, Blue Ridge
October 19 – Haunts and Harvest, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 19-21 – Fright Nights at the Fairgrounds, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 21 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
October 21 – Harvest Wine Dinner, Paradise Hills
October 21 – Live Music is Better Presents Michelle Malone, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 21 – Vogel State Park Fall Hoedown, Vogel State Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park 5k and Mutt Mile, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21-22 – Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay
October 21 – Harvest Festival, Crane Creek Vineyards
October 21-22 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 21-22 – Sorghum Festival, Blairsville
October 21-22 – Gold Rush Days Festival, Dahlonega
October 21-22 – 23rd Annual Heritage Days Festival, Talking Rock
October 26-28 – Fright Nights at the Fairground, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 27 – Firefly Music Presents Howie Day, Blue Ridge
October 27 – November 5 – Live Theater: The Wizard of Oz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 27-28 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
October 27-29 – Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville
October 28 – 5k Halloween Trick or Trot, Blue Ridge City Park
October 28 – HalloWine Celebration, Paradise Hills Winery
October 28-29 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 28 – November 19 – Japanese Maples Colorfest, Gibbs Gardens
October 28 – Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 28 – Halloween Safety Zone, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
October 29 – Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
October 31 – Ducktown Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Ducktown
October 31 – Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Blue Ridge
October 31 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
Saturday
*Blue Ridge Motorsports Park Races, Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
Saturday and Sunday
*Upick Apples and Tractor Tours: Mercier Orchards, Mountain View Orchards, Hillcrest Orchards
*Corn Maze: Joshua Dream Ranch
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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October 10 – Ribbon Cutting for 6 Ponds Farm, 3155 Squirrel Hunting Rd., Morganton
11:00 a.m.
October 12 – Ribbon Cutting for Melaleuca at the Chamber
11:00 a.m.
October 17 – Business After Hours at Bear Claw Vineyards, 2281 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 18 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
October 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Ridge Chiropractic, 39 Lance St., Ste. 6, Blue Ridge
11:30 a.m.
October 26 – Ambassador Lunch, Location tbd
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Members To Member Ads
Calendar Girls Poster SAAG Juried Show
 Second Saturday PosterHaunts and Harvest Poster ETC Appreciation Luncheon

Paws in the Park 5k poster
Harvest Festival at Crane Creek Vineyards PosterWizard of Oz poster
Halloween 5k
Chicken BBQ Dinner

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Community
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
October,  2017

Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

October 17 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WINE & DINE CONCERT IS OCTOBER 7
Bear Claw Vineyards & Tasting Room Opens
 
BEAR CLAW RIBBON CUTTING

BEAR CLAW BUILDING WITH LOGO

BLUE RIDGE TREEHOUSE _ BEARCLAW VINEYARDS
 
BEAR CLAW LABEL
 
Bear Claw Vineyards opened to the public in late September after three years of planning and hard work, and the result is something for owners Kevin and Michelle Swim to be proud of. Bear Claw is celebrating with a Wine & Dine Concert on Saturday, October 7th, featuring entertainer Kris Jones;  and they will host the Chamber’s October Business After Hours on October 17. The Vineyard also includes The Club at Bear Claw, formerly Blue Ridge Swim Tennis Club, which is a venue for events and weddings; and the Blue Ridge Treehouse, built by HGTV’s Treehouse Masters. Find out more about Bear Claw and their dinner concert October 7 on www.bearclawvineyards.com, and don’t miss your chance to experience the vineyard at Business After Hours.

ETC Provides Fiber Internet to Chamber and More

 
Pic of ETC at Caboose
The Caboose has some speedy public internet, thanks to ETC.  Pictured are Chamber Board Chairman Paul Gribble, President Jan Hackett, Frankie Rigdon, ETC Vice President of Operations, John Moreland, Installation and Repair and Jason Smith, Vice President of Business Development. 
ETC is providing public fiber internet to visitors at the Chamber’s  Welcome Centers at the main office on Orvin Lance Drive, the Caboose in Downtown Blue Ridge and the new McCaysville Welcome Center.  In addition, ETC will be providing fiber to Fannin County in general. Named “IGNITE Fiber”, internet speeds will range from 50/50Mb to 1/1Gb (1000/1000Mb) “We continue to deliver the fastest speeds to the most homes so our customers can have a terrific online experience,” states Jason Smith, Vice President of Business Development.

BOARD NOMINATIONS DUE ON OCTOBER 16!!
Chamber 2018 Board Nominations

Nominations for the Chamber’s Board of Directors are being taken now through Monday, October 16th. The Chamber will elect five new board members in November. If you would like to nominate someone, send the name and business name to jahackett@tds.net or FAX the form below to 706-632-2241. You may nominate up to three people.
2016 CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS
Name _________________________________________
Business _______________________________________
Name __________________________________________
Business ________________________________________
Name ___________________________________________
Business _________________________________________

Last Chance to
Enter our Fall Decorating Contest!
Deadline extended to October 9

Good Luck to those who have entered:
Blue Ridge Adventure Wear, Blue Ridge Bath & Body Company, Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Century 21 in the Mountains, Cohutta Animal Clinic, Design Re-Find, E. Quinn Booksellers, ETC, Georgia Mountains Health, Huck’s General Store, Humble Pie Boutique, Julie Fitts Queen & Co – RE/MAX Town & Country, Mercier Orchards, Serenity Garden Cafe, Studio Trimble, United Community Bank and Williams Tire.

And the Winners Are:

1st Place 1st Flight – Appalachian Insurance & Financial Services
2nd Place 1st Flight – TDS #2
1st Place 2nd Flight – Trane Rental Services
2nd Place 2nd Flight – Bank of the Ozarks
1st Place 3rd Flight – Southern Financial Consultants
2nd Place 3rd Flight – Dickey McCay Insurance
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Thank you to all of the committee members that helped make the 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament such a success:
Paul Gribble, Chairman, Jason Farmer, Greg Norton, Richard York, Reid Dyer, Cynthia Panter and David Goodspeed.

Thank you to the Government Affairs Committee for organizing the City of Blue Ridge City Council Candidate Forum on September 28! And thanks to the candidates who participated, including
Jane Whaley, Rhonda Thomas, Angelena Foster Powell, Angie Arp, Kenneth Gaddis, Robbie Cornelius, Nathan Fitts, Donna Whitener and Brendan Doyle.
 
Our moderators, Mandy Gwatney and Steven Miracle, did an outstanding job.  Other committee members are Teresa Bidez, C.J. Green, Steven Miracle and Tommy Vannoy.  A videotape of the Forum can be viewed on Fetch Your News Facebook page. Thanks to them and to ETC for videotaping and airing the forum.

FANNIN CHAMBER MEMBER ALERT!!
Please be aware that a company named Extreme Art Work is NOT selling a map for the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce! We have had calls from multiple members who questioned the validity of the calls they received and let us know. 
Please call the Fannin County Chamber if you have any questions; 706-632-5680.

Happy Anniversary Chamber Members!
 
Angela Stewart DeLorme
High Country Art & Antiques
Lendmark Financial Services
The Lilly Pad Village
Gilita Carter
Blue Ridge Glass & Mirror
Rock Solid Custom Homes

Welcome New Members!

Alliant Health Plans 
Michelle Skelly
Alliant Health Plans is a leading provider of health care insurance in Northwest Georgia for 20 years. They offer high quality and affordable individual and group health plans to Georgia businesses and consumers.
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Appalachian Physicians Group – Dr. Shayne Squires 
2855 Old Hwy 5
Blue Ridge GA 30513
Susan Kiker
Shayne Squires, MD, is a board-certified Cardiologist who can work with you to help prevent or manage heart conditions. He treats coronary artery disease, heart failure, and other cardiac conditions. He also treats high blood pressure and cholesterol and provides recommendations for general life style changes to improve your heart health. As a non-invasive cardiologist, Dr. Squires utilizes appropriate diagnostic testing to customize a treatment plan for your needs.
 
Appalachian Plysicians Group, Dr. Kevin Bunn
Susan Kiker
Kevin Bunn, M.D. is an Orthopedic Surgeon at Fannin Regional Hospital.
 
Appalachian Trail Rides
P.O. Box 2884
Blair Redlhammer
Appalachian Trial Rides offers guided horseback trail riding from beginner to advanced through the Blue Ridge mountains on 250 acres. Appalachian Trial Rides is located minutes from Blue Ridge and offers beautiful views, wildlife, creek crossings and family-oriented, experienced guides. Enjoy your family or corporate outing, private ride, proposal ride or custom ride today! Rides daily are by reservation only. Call today to book yours!
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Rainbow Cabins of Blue Ridge, LLC
P.O. Box 54
Epworth GA 30541
Kim Wood
Offering several listings available for your vacation rental needs! Visit vrbo.com and view listings #733044, #914508, #716390 and #1167312.
 
Randy Wilbur
Randy Wilbur
 
Ridge Chiropractic
Dr. Richard Grostic
A Chiropractic legacy since 1933, Ridge Chiropractic specializes in family care, personal injury, sports injury, wellness and pediatric care using low force protocols, with no twisting or popping of your neck.
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Riverstone Pharmacy
Robert Atkinson
At RiverStone Pharmacy, you receive the best in hometown service. Their policy is to provide great products and great service to all of their customers and patients all of the time.
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Tree City Nursery & Landscaping
Pam Mark
Tree City Nursery & Landscaping is a garden center/nursery specializing in a wide variety of shrubs, trees and perennials with native and mature sizes also available. They also offer landscape design and installation services including retaining walls and boulder placement.
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Vacasa
Roswell GA 30075
Greg Brown
Vacasa is a full-service comprehensive vacation rental management company.
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Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
Appalachian Trail Rides Ribbon Cutting
September 26 was the ribbon cutting for Appalachian Trail Rides. Appalachian Trail Rides offers guided horseback trail riding from beginner to advanced through the Blue Ridge mountains on 250 acres. Appalachian Trial Rides is located minutes from Blue Ridge and offers beautiful views, wildlife, creek crossings and family-oriented, experienced guides. Enjoy your family or corporate outing, private ride, proposal ride or custom ride today! Rides daily are by reservation only. 

October Community Events Calendar
September 1 – October 31 – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards
September 28 – October 15 – Live Theater: Calendar Girls, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 6-7 – 2017 Fall Fest, Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat
October 7 – Bear Claw Vineyards Wine & Dine Concert, Bear Claw Vineyards
October 7-22 – Fall Festival at Gibbs Gardens, Talking Rock
October 7 – Blue Ridge Home Builders Showcase 2017, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 7 – Choral Music of Superlative Artistry, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
October 7-8 – Indian Summer Festival, Woody Gap School
October 7-8 – John C. Campbell Fall Festival, Brasstown, N.C.
October 7-8 – Marble Festival, Jasper
October 7 – November 1 – SAAG National Juried Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
October 13-21 – Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 13 – Downtown Drum Circle – Downtown Blue Ridge
October 14-15 – Sorghum Festival, Blairsville
October 14 – Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival, Fannin County High School PAC
October 14-15 – Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay
October 14-15 – Fall Arts in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park ‘
October 14 – Free Time Hobbies Fall Festival & Open House, Free Time Hobbies
October 17 – Firefly Music Presents Austin Winkler, Blue Ridge
October 19 – Haunts and Harvest, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 19-21 – Fright Nights at the Fairgrounds, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 21 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
October 21 – Harvest Wine Dinner, Paradise Hills
October 21 – Live Music is Better Presents Michelle Malone, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 21 – Vogel State Park Fall Hoedown, Vogel State Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park 5k and Mutt Mile, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21-22 – Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay
October 21 – Harvest Festival, Crane Creek Vineyards
October 21-22 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 21-22 – Sorghum Festival, Blairsville
October 21-22 – Gold Rush Days Festival, Dahlonega
October 21-22 – 23rd Annual Heritage Days Festival, Talking Rock
October 26-28 – Fright Nights at the Fairground, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 27 – Firefly Music Presents Howie Day, Blue Ridge
October 27 – November 5 – Live Theater: The Wizard of Oz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 27-28 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
October 27-29 – Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville
October 28 – 5k Halloween Trick or Trot, Blue Ridge City Park
October 28 – HalloWine Celebration, Paradise Hills Winery
October 28-29 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 28 – November 19 – Japanese Maples Colorfest, Gibbs Gardens
October 28 – Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 29 – Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
October 31 – Ducktown Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Ducktown
October 31 – Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Blue Ridge
October 31 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
October 31 – Halloween Safety Zone, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
Saturday
*Blue Ridge Farmers Market, Downtown Blue Ridge
*Blue Ridge Motorsports Park Races, Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
Saturday and Sunday
*Upick Apples and Tractor Tours: Mercier Orchards, Mountain View Orchards, Hillcrest Orchards
*Corn Maze: Joshua Dream Ranch
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –

Fannin County Chamber September News Letter

Fannin County Chamber

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