• Old Timers’ Parade kicks off Fourth of July celebrations

    Old Timers’ Parade

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Old Timers’ Parade made its way down Main Street at 10 a.m. on July 4, 2022. The event, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association, was the beginning of Independence Day celebrations.   The Fannin County Chamber of Commerce notes that the parade has been a part of holiday celebrations […]

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  • Fourth of July celebrations in Fannin County

    Fourth of July

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Fourth of July Celebrations in Fannin County are happening throughout the holiday weekend and on Monday, July 4. Blue Ridge: The City of Blue Ridge is celebrating Independence Day with its annual Old Timers’ Parade through downtown. The Fannin County Chamber of Commerce notes that the parade has been part of […]

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  • Commissioners approve FY21 Financial Report

    BOC approve Financial report

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Fannin County Board of Commissioners approved the 2021 fiscal year audit and budget adjustments and the final draft of Fannin County’s Annual Financial Report during their latest meeting. Chairman Jamie Hensley briefly explained the financial report and audit, emphasizing notable portions. He first explained that the budget adjustments were mostly […]

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  • Fannin County May 2022 Primary Results

    Primary results

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Georgia’s May 24, 2022 primary has received nationwide attention over its U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. For Fannin County voters, the ballots also included two seats on the Fannin County Board of Education and the Post 2 seat on the Fannin County Board of Commissioners. The primary results came in late […]

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  • An interview with Post 2 Commissioner candidate Larry Sosebee

    Sosebee

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Larry Sosebee is a candidate for the Post 2 seat on the Fannin County Board of Commissioners. He joins Anita Weaver and Greg Staffins in a primary challenge against the incumbent Post 2 Commissioner, Glenn Patterson. Sosebee has served as a Fannin County commissioner before, and told FYN “The knowledge that […]

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  • Council approves rezoning request for proposed workforce housing

    Searles Foundation President speaks to council about workforce housing

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Blue Ridge City Council voted on May 17, 2022 to approve the Blue Ridge Planning Commission’s recommendation for a rezoning request. The property, located at the intersection of Trackside Lane and Boardtown Road, is owned by the Searles Foundation. President Philip Searles was in attendance and spoke to the council […]

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  • An interview with Post 2 Commissioner candidate Greg Staffins

    Greg Staffins

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Greg Staffins is a Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner candidate. He joins Anita Weaver and Larry Sosebee in a primary challenge against the incumbent Post 2 Commissioner, Glenn Patterson. During an interview, Staffins discussed his candidacy and goals for the county. “If I come elected, then I’ll sure fight everyday for […]

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  • An interview with Post 2 Commissioner candidate Larry Syputa

    Larry Syputa

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Larry Syputa is the only Democrat running for the Post 2 Commissioner seat on the Fannin County Board of Commissioners. The Republican primary has four candidates, and the winner will run against Syputa during the November 2022 election. Syputa spoke with FYN about his candidacy, which he says will “offer a […]

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  • An interview with Post 2 Commissioner candidate Glenn Patterson

    Glenn Patterson

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Glenn Patterson is the incumbent Post 2 Commissioner for Fannin County. He is seeking re-election for a second term, and told FYN that he wants voters to remember “the things that I have done for them that are positive results in my three and a half years, and that I want […]

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  • An interview with Board of Education candidate Mike Cole

    Mike Cole

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Mike Cole is the current Vice Chair of the Fannin County Board of Education. His seat is uncontested, but he spoke with FYN to discuss his time on the board and goals for the future. Mike Cole said his experiences as a member of the community initially led him to run […]

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  • An interview with Board of Education candidate Clarence Farmer

    Farmer

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Clarence “Junior” Farmer is one of two candidates hoping to succeed the incumbent, Bobby Bearden, on the Fannin County Board of Education this year. Farmer, who has served on the board previously, was absent from a recent candidates forum due to a spinal surgery. Although he is still recovering, Farmer briefly […]

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  • An interview with Board of Education candidate Bobby Bearden

    Bobby Bearden

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Bobby Bearden has served on the Fannin County Board of Education for almost twenty years. “There’s two priorities that I have. Number one is the students. I want a quality education. Number two is the taxpayers and the citizens of Fannin County,” he told FYN during an interview discussing his re-election […]

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  • An interview with Board of Education candidate Debi Holcomb

    Board of Education candidate Debi Holcomb

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — Debi Holcomb is one of two candidates challenging the incumbent, Bobby Bearden, for a seat on the Fannin County Board of Education this year. Holcomb, who is legally blind, spoke with FYN about her election bid, saying “it doesn’t take eye sight to have a vision, and I have a vision […]

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  • Commissioners proclaim Mental Health Awareness Month

    Mental Health Awareness Month

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Fannin County Board of Commissioners proclaimed the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, with representatives from Fannin County Family Connection in attendance. The board also received an update on the city park agreement recently signed by the board and the Blue Ridge City Council. Recreation Director Eddie O’Neal […]

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  • Council and commissioners enter city park agreement

    City park

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — In a joint meeting, The Blue Ridge City Council and Fannin County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement that aims to improve the Blue Ridge City Park. Among several notable provisions, the agreement includes a new swimming pool facility that will open in April of 2024. The city council and […]

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