Nita Cagle speaks about life on the campaign trail

Election 2018

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Georgia’s current Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle continues to make his way across the state in his bid to become Georgia’s next governor. Recently, Cagle made stops through north Georgia as part of his campaign on a two-week venture dubbed the “Cagle Country Bus Tour.”

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Nita Cagle speaks to a group of youths in Blairsville, Georgia.

While supporters and undecided voters alike packed venues to hear the candidate speak in their hometown, many were surprised to see another Cagle family member emerge from the bus to give her take on why Casey Cagle, her husband, should be Georgia’s next governor.

Nita Cagle has been by Casey’s side for 32 years. In those 32 years, the Cagles have raised three sons and are currently enjoying the addition of three grandchildren to the family, but raising a family and having a life in politics has not always been easy.

Cagle holds the title of Second Lady of the State of Georgia, but she said what she is most proud of is her title as wife, mother and now grandmother of the Cagle household.

“I’m the inaugural member of team Cagle,” Georgia’s Second Lady joked as she spoke of the family’s early years in politics.

Casey Cagle first ran for Georgia Senate District 49 in 1994. At that time, both of the Cagles were in their late 20s and just beginning a family.

“Casey had helped a friend run a campaign,” Cagle spoke of how their life in public service began. “Over the next couple of years, I saw the spark start.”

Cagle admits that when she first noticed Casey was showing interest in this field, that she was “a little hesitant” to jump on board but says that her faith changed her attitude.

“I had many nights, many talks, and eventually a calmness just came over me, and I was okay with it. So when he came to me and said this is something that is on my heart, I already knew,” Cagle spoke candidly of her acceptance to stand by Casey as he joined the political arena.

When asked if she felt she had known of Casey’s intentions before he spoke openly of them, Cagle laughed and said, “Actually, he probably already knew. It was just ‘How am I going to tell Nita?'”

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Nita Cagle rallies the crowd for her husband at Glenda’s in Cleveland, Georgia.

This career move was not always smooth as Cagle had to adapt to managing her time: “The boys were young. You’re divided because you want to be with them both, be a mom and be a wife.”

Ultimately,, through family discussions, Cagle decided that she would become a strong foundation for her family at home.

“You only get one time at it,” Cagle explained of the decision and the importance of having an active role in a child’s life. “You don’t get a do-over.”

This decision did pose obstacles for the Cagles to overcome as the now Lt. Governor was often called away for his job and for campaigns, but Cagle explained these obstacles are no different than what many families face: “Whether it’s politics, any job is going to put stress. No marriage is going to be without stress.”

Cagle explained that she has been blessed in that despite the calling of Casey’s career, he has always put his family first: “He’s a homebody, and if it is humanly possible to come home, he is coming home.”

With their children grown, Cagle said being on the campaign trail this time has a much different feel: “It absolutely was harder as they were younger. It got a lot easier as they got older. I’m really energized. I’m really enjoying it.”

Having grown children poses a set of new and exciting challenges when it comes to time management, as Cagle announced that their youngest son recently proposed to his girlfriend and would like to wed in the fall shortly before the November General Election.

This announcement did not slow Cagle down as she smiled and enthusiastically explained, “What better thing to do in the middle of all this craziness, than to shut it all down and to celebrate family, remember why we do it to start with, and welcome a new daughter-in-law into our family.”

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Casey Cagle takes time to boast on his wife Nita via social media.

Cagle added that having been in a house of men for so long, and with her two older sons already married she is excited for the wedding and glad that the male to female ratio is evening out.

With the prospect of becoming Georgia’s First Lady, Cagle has given a lot of time to her platform and her mission if given this duty: “I have several things that I have thought about, and I may or may not narrow down.”

Having obtained a degree and having a background in early childhood education, Cagle taught preschool for a number of years.

“I specifically love the preschool age,” Cagle smiled as she discussed one of her goals if given the title of First Lady of Georgia.

Cagle would like to see preschool education expanded and offered throughout Georgia. She cited the importance of teaching children at a young age and how this early nurturing can carry over throughout their life.

Knowing that not every child is able to receive this kind of early start at home, Cagle would like to see this program offered in more areas, stating that the work put into a child at an early age will benefit society for generations to come.

Cagle would also like to put a focus on small businesses throughout Georgia. She and husband Casey got their start by establishing a small business, so she knows first-hand the struggles that entrepreneurs face.

“I would like to champion them, and spotlight them,” Cagle said, explaining her passion for this area. She noted that small businesses make up a large portion of the Georgia economy, and she would like to see “mom and pop shops” continue to set up and succeed in our state.

Finally, Cagle discussed an issue that has come up time and time again on the campaign trail and that is of the opioid epidemic that is not just facing the state of Georgia but affecting countless families nationwide.

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Nita Cagle is all smiles as she introduces her husband Casey Cagle to the crowd gathered in Habersham County.

From speaking with residents in Georgia, Cagle is left with one strong impression when it comes to the opioid epidemic: “It’s everywhere. It does not discriminate. We hear the same story over and over. It’s repeated everywhere.”

While Cagle admits that she is by no means an expert when it comes to this crisis, she says that she cannot deny the need to address the issue and “get the conversation going.” She stated that by hearing the heartbreaking stories from families affected by opioid addiction she understands the depth of the problem and that it will not be an easy one to combat.

Being a multifaceted issue with a number of areas that need to be addressed, Cagle said, “If we are blessed enough to be elected, the platform is going to put me in a position to do good and open doors for the people that know about it.”

Cagle would like to increase awareness of the opioid epidemic and at least on one front open the doors for mentoring programs where families struggling with this issue can speak with former addicts on how to help loved ones.

Cagle also acknowledged the successes being seen through Georgia’s Drug Courts and would like to study the impacts of possibly expanding these programs.

Nita Cagle beams a confidence and sincerity in all that she speaks of, but perhaps her biggest conviction is in that of her husband’s ability to make a great governor of Georgia.

“The best way to know the kind of leader or character a person is going to have is to look into the home, and that is what I bring to the table,” Cagle stated, smiling at her husband. “I’ve been married to a man that is consistent every single day.”

She spoke of his competitive drive and his ability to connect with people but said he is also a fair man and one she is proud to have spent the last 32 years by his side.

Cagle’s birthday is May 23, just one day after the General Primary, and she stated this year she doesn’t want any gifts from her husband but instead, “I just want a good clean win on the 22nd with no run-off.”

“He says it’s mathematically virtually impossible,” Cagle said, explaining her husband’s response to her wish, but she then added with her contagious smile, “I have seen him do the impossible before.”

 

 

 

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Tripp Ritchie to run for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner

Election, Election 2018

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – After Qualifying Week came to an end in March, Fannin County got to see its choices for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner.

Announcements circulated prior to official qualifying of candidate’s intentions to seek this position, but one qualifier chose to wait and announce his candidacy after all proper paperwork and requirements had been met.

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Republlican candidate, William Hoke “Tripp” Ritchie III, for Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner.

William Hoke “Tripp” Ritchie III spoke with Fannin County’s Republican Party at their March meeting about his plans if elected to the Fannin County Board of Commissioners.

Ritchie, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, spoke of his 25 years of service and, in particular, his two tours in combat: “This was always home. When you’re in a combat environment and you need a little break you think of where is your home and to me it was here.”

A sixth-generation Fannin County resident and co-owner of Ritchie Creek Farm, Inc., Ritchie spoke of the desire that led him back to Fannin County and how he was able to purchase back some of the land from his family’s original homestead.

“I’m actually living on land that my great-great-grandfather bought, and it’s back in the Ritchie family,” Ritchie beamed of his Fannin County roots as he added, “Real proud of that.”

Ritchie is not a stranger to public service having been a former facilities manager for the town of Hilton Head Island. Ritchie feels that having held this position he is better prepared to serve the citizens of Fannin County.

Ritchie has dedicated much of his life to the service of others. Being a decorated combat veteran and serving as lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps, he went on to be a panelist and presenter in the World Wide Anti-Terrorism Conference of 1999.

Professionally, Ritchie has served as director of Family Support Services and Development and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina and director of the Autism Center and Navicent Health at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Ritchie went on to co-found and serve as executive director of Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Inc., and received the Jefferson Award for public service by the United States Supreme Court in 1995.

“Service to me is when you give more than you have,” Ritchie said, explaining his dedication to our area.

Ritchie plans on running a self-funding campaign and will not be accepting donations. He also spoke of his salary if elected: “I’m donating 100 percent of that to the charities in our community that do service.”

These charities include Snack in a Backpack, Toys for Tots, American Cancer Society, and the Special Olympics.

When it comes to his feelings about his opponents in this election, Ritchie explained, “Anybody that runs for office and holds an office is doing a fantastic service for their community. It really takes a lot of courage to take on that challenge.”

Ritchie will face Republican challenger Glenn Patterson and incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee in the May General Primary. The winner of this race will go on to face Democratic nominee Dixie Carter in the November General Election.

The May General Primary is scheduled to take place May 22, 2018. Voter registration deadline for the General Primary Election is April 23.

 

 

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Candidates qualify for local seats in upcoming 2018 election

Election 2018

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – ***UPDATED : WED. MARCH 7, 2018***  Qualifying week has officially begun in Fannin County. Many statewide seats are up for election in 2018, including the Georgia gubernatorial seat, which will have no incumbent, and the Georgia House of Representatives for the 7th District seat, which is currently held by Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston.

Locally, we will see candidates face off for the seat of Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner, currently held by Larry Joe Sosebee, and two Fannin County Board of Education seats, currently held by Bobby Bearden and Steve Stanley.

The Fannin County Board of Elections and Registration have a busy week of officially qualifying candidates for these elections. Currently, the following contenders have qualified and will be seen on the May primary ballot:

For Post 2 Commissioner, Dixie Carter has qualified to run on the Democratic ballot. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee and challenger Glenn Patterson have each completed the qualifying process to run for Post 2 Commissioner on the Republican ballot.

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Dixie Carter has qualified for the Democratic ballot in the Post 2 Commissioner race.

 

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Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee, left,  will face challenger Glenn Patterson, right, on the Republican ballot for the seat of Post 2 Commissioner.

One of the two Fannin County Board of Education seats that will be voted on in the November General Election will be sought by Bobby Bearden as incumbent and challenger Marvin Allen on the Republican ballot.

Incumbent Steve Stanley will seek the second of the two Fannin County Board of Educations seats and will be challenged by Mike Sullivan. Both will be on the Republican ballot in the May General Primary.

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Incumbent Bobby Bearden, left, will face Challenger Marvin Allen, right, on the Republican ballot for a seat on the Board of Education.

 

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Incumbent Steve Stanley, left, will face challenger Mike Sullivan, right, on the Republican ballot for a seat on the Board of Education.

The May General Primary will be held May 22, 2018, with a voter registration deadline of April 23.

Qualifying will continue through this week, ending March 9 at noon. All persons wishing to participate as a candidate in the 2018 election will need to qualify by this time.

 

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Fannin Middle Students of the Month – November

Fannin Middle

Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for November. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.

Students chosen for November are: Raven Porter, daughter of James & Sheila Porter of Epworth; Cater Johnson, son of Todd & Karyn Westcott of Blue Ridge and Brian Johnson; Rachel Bruce, daughter of Pamela Patterson and Howie Bruce of Blue Ridge; and James Squires, son of Shayne & Molly Squires of Morganton.

Pictured Left to Right: Cater Johnson, Raven Porter, Rachel Bruce, and James Squires

WFES Character Ed November

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The Character Ed word for the month of November was Thankfulness.  The definition is “feeling or expressing gratitude – appreciative.”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month.  Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Zoe Lundquist, Bella Smith, Natalie Jones, Aiden Eshleman, John Waddell, Stephen Weaver, Austin Rogers, and Connor Dixon.  Middle row:  Sierra Howard, Aeryauna Deal, Keats Miller, Cayden Reece, Peyton Grindstaff, Logan Long, Benjamin Holsonback, and Evan Smith.   Back row: Magdalena Garcia-Leal, Nevaeh Morgan, Lilly Garland, John Holsonback, Emma Ledford, and Sadie Thomas.   Not Pictured:  Castle Barnett and Chase Graham.

November Public Health Inspection Scores

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America’s Best Value Inn ( Tourist Accomodation Inspections)
4970 APPALACHIAN HWY BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 2, 2017 Score: 92, Grade: A (2014)

Aska Lodge ( Tourist Accomodation Inspections)
178 CALEN DR BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 29, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A (2014)

Black Bear Bier Garten (Food Service Inspections)
500 EAST MAIN ST STE 205 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 20, 2017 Score: 91, Grade: A

Blue Ridge Brewery & Patio (Food Service Inspections)
187 DEPOT ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 29, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Blue Ridge Mountain Bar-B-Q (Food Service Inspections)
3870 EAST FIRST ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 29, 2017 Score: 98, Grade: A

English Manor House Bed and Breakfast ( Tourist Accomodation Inspections)
300 FOREST DR MORGANTON, GA 30560
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November 28, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A (2014)

Firefly Fishing Lodge & Retreat ( Tourist Accomodation Inspections)
1414 ROBERT MILLER LN MINERAL BLUFF, GA 30559
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November 16, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A (2014)

Great Eats Deli & Bakery (Food Service Inspections)
611 EAST MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 13, 2017 Score: 91, Grade: A

Harvest on Main (Food Service Inspections)
576 EAST MAIN ST STE 1 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 20, 2017 Score: 94, Grade: A

HI-5 (Food Service Inspections)
2909 BLUE RIDGE DR BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 6, 2017 Score: 83, Grade: B

Mesquite Grill, Inc. (Food Service Inspections)
4860 APPALACHIAN HWY BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 20, 2017 Score: 95, Grade: A

Mike’s Trackside BBQ (Food Service Inspections)
3950 EAST FIRST ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 14, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Papa’s Pizza to Go of North GA (Food Service Inspections)
305 BLUE RIDGE DR MC CAYSVILLE, GA 30555
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November 28, 2017 Score: 95, Grade: A

Pete’s Place Family Restaurant (Food Service Inspections)
2460 EAST FIRST ST STE B-1 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 27, 2017 Score: 99, Grade: A

Polar Ice Frozen Yogurt (Food Service Inspections)
531 EAST MAIN ST STE 106 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 13, 2017 Score: 96, Grade: A

Royal Waffle King Blue Ridge (Food Service Inspections)
4960 APPALACHIAN HWY BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 13, 2017 Score: 85, Grade: B

Southern Charm (Food Service Inspections)
224 WEST MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 27, 2017 Score: 97, Grade: A

The Boro Inn (Food Service Inspections)
150 WEST MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 20, 2017 Score: 96, Grade: A

The Vine of Blue Ridge, LLC (Food Service Inspections)
632 EAST MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 6, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Waffle House #995 (Food Service Inspections)
52059 HWY 5 & HWY 515 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
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November 27, 2017 Score: 82, Grade: B

FREE Rapid HIV Testing @ Fannin County Health Department

Community, Health

Free Rapid HIV Testing at Fannin County Health Department on November 20th

Blue Ridge (GA) – Free and confidential Rapid HIV Testing will be available at the Fannin County Health Department on Monday, November 20th! Hours for the free testing are from 9 to 11 AM and no appointment is needed. The CDC recommends that everyone between ages 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, and those at increased risk – such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, or persons with multiple sexual partners – should be tested at least annually. For more information, call the Fannin County Health Department at (706) 632-3023.

Breakfast & Lunch Menus for November

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