Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
March 4, 2018 thru March 10, 2018 Responses
Mutual Aid: 0
Total Emergency Calls: 457
Total Calls: 1336
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – This past weekend, students from the Fannin County High School (FCHS) Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter attended the State Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The group brought home several awards! Senior Victoria Keaton earned a medal for scoring third place in the state in the Online Proficiency Testing category. Freshman Sierra Reynolds earned a gold medal and scored in the top two in the state in Sports Nutrition. Cady Finley, a ninth grader, also earned a gold medal and scored in the top two in Interpersonal Communications. Sierra and Cady both advanced and will represent the state of Georgia as they compete at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference this summer.
Also at the conference, FCCLA adviser Lauren Owenby was recognized and awarded the Georgia FCCLA New Teacher of the Year.
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Lauren Owenby adviser award: Photo of FCCLA adviser Lauren Owenby with her Georgia FCCLA New Teacher of the Year Plaque.
State Winners with adviser: Pictured above are the three FCHS State Winners. From left: Adviser Lauren Owenby, Sierra Reynolds, Victoria Keaton, and Cady Finley
Group photo: Adviser Lauren Owenby, Sierra Reynolds, Hailee Mealer, Bobbi Pippin, Desiree Bell, Chloe Clemmons, Hayleigh Queen, Cady Finley, and Sydney Tarpley.
Stan Helton will be sworn in Friday at 2 P.M. He will then be officially the Chairman Commissioner of Fannin County. On Wednesday Helton and Post Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee requested Rita Davis Kirby resignation. Kirby holds two county positions, CFO and Clerk. Kirby was told that if she did not resign that they would terminate her in January. Fannin County is required to vote to dismiss department heads so Helton and Sosebee where showing Kirby they have the votes.
I spoke with Helton concerning his request for Kirby’s resignation. Helton did not give me any specific reason just that he was putting his administration’s team together and Kirby would not be a part of the team. I then asked about the County Attorney Lynn Doss. Would he address the conflict with her representing different offices in the county along with her itemizing her monthly bill. Doss receives $5,700 a month for her services as county attorney no questions asked. No one can even tell me who set the amount. Helton told me “We have a good county attorney and I am satisfied with her.”
Kirby’s husband is the newly re-elected Sheriff Dane Kirby. Just say’in! Listen to my full report for more details. #BKP
The 2015 Lady Rebels Softball banquet was held at the First Baptist Church Youth Community Building in Blue Ridge, GA. Fannin alumni and now University of North Georgia Nighthawks Softball members Alexis Collis and Candace German were in attendance with their 2015 Division II NCAA Softball National Championship Trophy. Coaches, family and friends were all in attendance as Coach Dyer and Coach Armstrong handed out the awards from the past season.
The 2015 Lady Rebel season has come and gone, but not before a great season. Coach Dyer started off the banquet awards with Asst. Director of Enrollment Services at the UNG Blue Ridge Campus, Lori Bramlett. Mrs. Bramlett recognized Alexis and Candace for there role in winning the 2015 NCAA National Championship. The two girls talked about getting ready for the night, keeping God first and surviving college life.
Coach Armstrong and Coach Dyer started off the 2015 Lady Rebels banquet by presenting awards to the JV Lady Rebels and finished with the varsity Lady Rebels and a special presentation to the eight seniors that will be leaving this year. Incase you missed the banquet, go here to watch it.
JV Rebel Award – Freshman Hannah Dickey
Coaches Award JV squad – Sophomore Brooklyn Bearden
7-AAA All-Region 1st Team – Ashley Rhodes and Allie Barfield
7-AAA All-Region 2nd Team – Kiersten Seagle and Haylee Bearden
The 2015 Scholar Athelete Award presented by Principal Eric Cioffi
Senior – Lacey Walden
Participation Awards – Sophomore Morgan Contardi and Freshman Amelia Sneed
First Year Letters
Freshman – Macy Galloway
Freshman – Aubree Pack
Freshman – Hannah Dickey
Freshman – Kyla Seabolt
Second Year Letters
Senior – Destiny Traylor
Sophomore – Brooklyn Bearden
Senior – Kakyra DeGrie
Third Year Letters
Senior – Lacy Walden
Senior – Haylee Bearden
Junior – Kaitlin Dickey
Senior – Whitney Campbell
Senior – Ashley Rhodes
Fourth Year Letters
Senior – Kiersten Seagle
Senior – Allie Barfield
Pitcher Award – Whitney Campbell
Most Improved– Ashley Rhodes
Defensive Award– Kiersten Seagle
Offensive Award– Allie Barfield
Lady Rebel award– Lacey Walden
Coach Dyer presented the Seniors with a plaque for there wall. He talked about how each of the eight senior ladies impacted both the team and him personally over the last four years.
Heather Collis was also recognized for all the years of hard work and dedication she has put into the program. She was presented a gift certificate for an evening out. Coach Dyer thanked her and the entire Softball Booster Club for the thankless and tireless job they have done throughout his five years at Fannin. He also said that of all his years coaching that this was the most active and hardest working Booster Club he has had the pleasure of working with.
Now that the regular season has come and gone, post-season GHSA changes start. The 2016-17 football scene could change for several teams. The realignment comes after a vote to make a new region “Super 44” which puts the top schools with 2,000+ kids in one super region. Now this changes everything from 6A to 1A. For every team that moves up or down another team has to do the same. Schools like Buford whom have more than 3% of there kids outside the county are forced to move up with the new rules. Fannin and Banks Counties are looking like they will move down to AA, while East Hall, Lumpkin, Franklin and West Hall are moving to AAAA. Dawson County will remain the only 7-AAA team if all this plays out like suggested. It is unclear just yet as to what region Fannin will move to, but when we find out after the GHSA makes the changes later this year TeamFYNSports will keep you updated.
Here is a look at what things could look like next football season. Click Here
The Fannin Rebels Player of the Week goes to senior running back #5 Dakota Archie. He is a huge part of this year’s team and puts in work each game. This week against West Hall he ran 162 yards on 38 carries and 2 touchdowns.
Congratulations Dakota on earning this week’s Player of the Week.
The Fannin Rebels (2-2,4-4) hosted the West Hall Spartans (1-3,3-5) in what ended up being a fight to the finish. With .46 seconds left in the game Fannin was up 27-24 and with the game all but won, West Hall kicker #22 Cesar Villa kicks a 49 yd. field goal to tie things up and force overtime. The Spartans found the end zone in double overtime to get their first region win, 40-37.
Fannin came out strong as they usually do. Jack Roper was the first to find then end zone at 4:06 in the first quarter. It was a 30 yard run off the left-side. West Hall answered a few short plays later with a 64 yard touchdown to tie things up at, 7-7 to end the first quarter.
The Rebels were able to score some points in the second quarter, but West Hall’s defense was able to contain. Fannin found the uprights with a 20 yards field goal, 13-14 at 10:23 in the second. The Spartans had a huge return of 74 yards setting them up with a short yardage touchdown, bringing the total to, 14-10 and then again with a 62 yard touchdown pass. at the end of the half West Hall was leading, 21-13.
Dakota Archie was first to strike in the third quarter from 13 yards out, closing the Spartans lead to one, 20-21. West Hall was not able to score in the third which is typically the Rebels worst quarter, but was able to hit a field goal increasing the lead, 24-21.
Again, Archie was a huge factor in Fannin’s run game. After driving the ball 80 yards Brad Davis was able to get in from 1 yard out on a keeper to the left-side with 9:20 left in the game. West Hall could not find the end zone against a tough and relentless Fannin defense. As time ran down it seemed as Fannin was righting a wrong after last years loss at West Hall. With 43.1 seconds left in the game, Spartans kicker Cesar Villa nails a 49 yard field goal to tie things up at, 27-27 forcing overtime.
West Hall had first strike at the end zone and quickly found it. #10 Darius Coleman ran a 20 yd. sprint to the right side finding the end zone. Fannin then had a chance to tie things up with a fresh set of downs. #3 Dakota Archie got the call and he answered. After a few short gains Archie was able to drag the entire Spartans team 5 yds into the end zone. Now with things tied, 34-34 they went into double overtime.
Fannin was first to get the ball and was stopped after a few short gains, but B. Caranza was able to get a field goal from about 20 yds. out. This gave the Spartans some breathing room. West Hall ran the same play to the right-side easily finding the end zone and getting the win in double overtime, 40-37.
Fannin will travel to Hall County to face-off against tough region opponent East Hall at 7:30 pm next week.
Players of Week
Off – Hunter Davis
Def – Jack Roper
Spec Teams – Andrew Pavao