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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Mary Elizabeth Priest announced her recent qualification for and intent to run for the Superior Court bench in the May 2018 non-partisan General Election. Ellijay has been her home for 30 years.
The Superior Courts handle civil matters, including family and domestic litigation, criminal cases, ranging from traffic violations to felonies, as well as transfers and appeals from Magistrate Court and Probate Court. In our Appalachian Circuit, Superior Court judges are responsible for dockets and jury trials in Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens counties.
Mary Beth is a graduate of Gilmer High School and North Georgia College and State University. Before
attending law school, she served as a case manager and investigator for the Pickens County Department
of Family and Children Services. She later received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Georgia State
University. She began her legal career as an associate attorney at Downey & Cleveland, in Marietta, in
2006. In 2010, she joined the law firm Clark & Clark, in Ellijay, where she practiced complex civil litigation.
Priest said, “It has been a great honor to serve on the bench for the past two years. One of my goals has
been to build a bridge between our community and our court system. I am proud of the progress we have
made in that regard. Being a judge is an enormous responsibility that I take very seriously. I ask the
people of the Appalachian Circuit to trust me with their vote. If they do, I will continue to work hard for
our community with the same commitment to efficiency, impartiality, fairness, and responsibility that I
have had since my first day on the bench.”
Judge Priest was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in 2016 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Roger Bradley. In addition to being involved with and frequently speaking at local civil organizations, she initiated and helped coach the Gilmer High School Mock Trial team’s inaugural season this year. As an adopted child born into foster care, she has also done outreach for adoption agencies as a strong advocate for foster and adopted children.
Her husband, Jeremy, owns and operates a scrap metal recycling company as well as a plumbing company, and they live in Ellijay with their two children. Her father, Mike Williams, and mother, Lorie Stanley Williams, originally of Stanley Creek in Fannin County, also live in Ellijay.
COLLINS BILL TO HONOR FALLEN CLERMONT MARINE SENT TO PRESIDENT’S DESK
WASHINGTON—The Senate last night voted unanimously to pass H.R. 3821, legislation to rename Georgia’s Clermont Post Office in honor of Zack T. Addington. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced the bill this September, and it passed the House in November.
“Lance Corporal Zack Addington represents the selfless courage that’s cultivated in northeast Georgia, and I’m excited to see this bill leave Congress and head to the president’s desk for his signature,” said Collins.
Collins also honored Addington when he spoke about the bill on the House floor.
Known to his neighbors as Zack, Addington joined the United States Marine Corps in 1967. A native of Clermont, he became a rifleman in the 3rd Marine Division of the Fleet Marine Force and deployed to Vietnam that year. Addington was promoted to Lance Corporal and served his country honorably until he was killed in action in May 1968.
That June, Addington received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon in recognition of his service there.
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.
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!
For Immediate Release
January 8, 2018
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.
This past Saturday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the Pickens County Lady Dragons traveled to take on the Fannin County Lady Rebels for the third and final day of the tournament. Both teams were coming from wins the games prior to the matchup and ready to battle it out in the championship game.
The intensity came alive at the very start of the game. The Lady Rebels relied on plays to get open shots while the Lady Dragons did most of their damage driving the lane. Savada Collins led fannin in scoring with fifteen points due to her never ending hustle. Lady Dragon, Mykenzie Weaver, led Pickens in scoring with twenty-three points. At the end of the first quarter, Pickens had a one point lead over Fannin with the score at 9-8.
Fannin’s outside shooting came alive in the second quarter. Lady Rebels Maleah Stepp and Morgan Patton each scored three points to add onto Fannin’s score. The Lady Rebels had good looks inside which resulted in Hope Franklin’s twelve points. Makenzie McClure also had a good game on the block by putting five more points on the board for Fannin. Lady Rebel, Bailey Whitener, got after it and contributed four points for her team. The Lady Dragons kept their lead over the Lady Rebels at the end of the second quarter with a score of 23-19.
The Lady Rebels ran into foul trouble in the third quarter. The Lady Dragons fouled Rebel Mackenzie Johnson who scored an overall two points for Fannin. With the tension being high, Maddie Johnson stood up for sister and gave a foul right back to the Lady Dragon. Both players received a technical foul and were benched for the rest of the game. The Lady Rebels received a second technical foul on assistant coach, Joe Breeden. Even with all of the fouls in the quarter, the Lady Dragons had a 37-30 lead at the end of the third.
The fourth quarter was filled with even more fouls. With the Lady Rebels just seven points away from the Lady Dragons, they picked up their hustle. Even though the Lady Rebels left their all on the court, the Lady Dragons flew away with a 49-44 championship victory.
When asking Lady Rebel head coach Suzianne Pass her thoughts of her teams overall performance in the tournament she stated, “I am very proud of how hard all of the girls played. They played with a little bit of spunk. They didn’t quit, they didn’t give up, they did not shy away, and that is what I expect from them every single game. I am very proud of our performance tonight and how much we have improved from the first time we played Pickens when they beat us 53-29. Pickens is a very good team who I respect a lot and I don’t think they were expecting us to play as hard as we did.”
Coach Pass also shared which of her players stood out the most to her with the FYN sports team. “Every kid I put out on the floor stood out to me. I wish i could’ve given them all an All Tournament medal because they all deserved it. Maleah Stepp played amazing and Maddie Johnson played hard. Reagan Henderson and Bailey Whitener came off the bench and did exactly what they were supposed to do by giving us good minutes and saving us. Makenzie McClure played hard and is getting better and better each game. Savada Collins stepped up and played better than she has ever played. Mackenzie Johnson just being a freshman has not been playing like a freshman. She has just been getting better and better. It was Morgan Patton’s first game back tonight with her ankle still killing her but she stepped up and played hard. We have had several players coming back from sickness who have shaken it off and gotten after it.”
Before the Lady Dragons claimed their first place trophy, Fannin received their medals for All Tournament Players. The three Lady Rebels selected for this award were Maleah Stepp, Hope Franklin, and Maddie Johnson. Savada Collins was chosen for the MVP award.
The Lady Rebels loss puts their overall record at 7-7 while the Lady Dragons stand at 11-2. Catch Fannins next game on January 5 at 7:00 at home as they take on GAC!