• Acccomplishments told, retirees honored at Fannin Schools end-of-year meeting

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Several school system accomplishments were mentioned and this school year’s retirees were honored at the end-of-the-year meeting of Fannin County Schools at the Performing Arts Center Wednesday, May 30. Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney kicked the meeting off by announcing 198 students recently graduated from Fannin County High School. “That’s reflective of […]

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  • Doss offers legal opinions at Board of Assessors meeting

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – County Attorney Lynn Doss presented the Fannin County Board of Assessors with two opinions at the assessors’ May 4 meeting. First, Doss stated, according to state law, recreational vehicles, pull-behind trailers or similar vehicles, which have a license plate, do not qualify as a permanent residence and therefore cannot receive a […]

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  • Blue Ridge Alcohol Committee continues ordinance discussion

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The topics of possibility extending weekend drinking hours for restaurants and the future of employee permits headlined the discussion at the third Blue Ridge Alcohol Committee meeting Tuesday, May 29. The meeting consisted of an informal round-table discussion that included the committee, which consists of city council members Robbie Cornelius and […]

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  • Library to host history event Monday, May 21

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – According to Branch Librarian Andrew Vickers, the Fannin County Public Library is hosting a History Night at the library on West First Street in downtown Blue Ridge Monday, May 21, at 4 p.m. Library patrons and history enthusiasts attending the event can bring small family heirlooms, family photographs and, of course, […]

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  • Fannin Fire Department recognized by Copperhill/McCaysville First Baptist

    [Featured image: First Baptist Church of Copperhill/McCaysville presented a memento of appreciation to Fire Chief Larry Thomas, far right, and the Fannin County Fire Department during the church’s Sunday morning service May 6. Seen here with Thomas are, from left, Ryan Norton, FBC minister of worship, and Rev. Matthew McDaniel, FBC pastor.] McCAYSVILLE, Ga. – […]

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  • Cochran concerned over maps and aerials budget line item

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Chief Appraiser Dawn Cochran expressed concern to the Fannin County Board of Assessors over the maps and aerials line item of the assessors budget at the board’s June 7 meeting. Currently, the line item shows an over-budget amount of $7,524.11 due to an $8,000 payment to qPublic.net, the department’s public access […]

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  • Development Authority reports progress of Ed’s Supply

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – In its quarterly meeting Monday, May 7, the Fannin County Development Authority (FCDA) approved an application for for Georgia Cities Foundation Loan for a local property owner to acquire an additional 50 percent interest of a downtown building, according to Christie Arp, FCDA executive director. “Georgia Cities Foundation funds downtown projects,” […]

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  • Board of Education approves purchase of 750 Chromebooks

    Board and Superintendent Gwatney

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education met in a special called meeting Wednesday, May 30, to approve the purchase of 750 Chromebooks to be used by students in the school system in grades eight through 12. Heather Finley, director of instructional technology, explained the HP G6 Education Edition Chromebooks would be […]

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  • City boards restructuring draws criticism

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – An ordinance to restructure the city’s Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals was approved by the Blue Ridge City Council during its May 8 meeting Tuesday. Last month, a first reading of the ordinance was presented during the council meeting. As explained then by City Attorney James Balli, the ordinance […]

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  • City alcohol committee still working with ordinance

    Blue Ridge

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The newly formed Blue Ridge Alcohol Committee met for the second time in less than a month Wednesday, May 2. Originally, the committee had hoped to use this meeting to finalize proposed changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance and present those changes to the city council at its May 8 meeting. […]

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  • Mayor Whitener announces winners of student essay contest

    [Featured image: Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener, second from left, visits with Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) student who participated in the annual “If I Were Mayor …” essay contest. Seen here are, from left, FCMS Assistant Principal Tony Tichler, Whitener, winner Abby Chambers, Josey Clemmons, Connor Smith, winner Hannah Sosebee, and FCMS Assistant Principal Connie […]

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  • Food Allergy Awareness Week in Blue Ridge, Fannin County May 13-19

    [Featured image: Mayor Donna Whitener, seated, signs a proclamation declaring May 13 through 19 to be Food Allergy Awareness Week in Blue Ridge. Seen here at the proclamation signing are, from left to right, Abigail Baliles, Jennifer Addington, Whitener, and City Clerk Kelsey Ledford.] BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener and Fannin […]

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  • Development Authority approves loan to LPD Trailers

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – At a special called meeting Monday, May 21, the Fannin County Development Authority (FCDA) approved a $40,000 loan to LPD Trailers, d/b/a Wildside Custom Trailers and Conversions, for the purchase of equipment. Regarding the loan, FCDA Executive Director Christie Arp explained, “The Development Authority has a Revolving Loan Fund available for businesses […]

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  • ‘Misinformation,’ tiny homes addressed by commissioners

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – During the Tuesday, April 24, Fannin County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board discussed what was described as “misinformation” circulating throughout the county and put a six-month moratorium on tiny homes in the county. Immediately following public commentary, Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee took a moment to address recent comments […]

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  • Letter to the Editor for Georgia Cities Week

    Blue Ridge

    To the Editor: During the week of April 22-28 the City of Blue Ridge will join other cities across Georgia in celebrating Georgia Cities Week. This week has been set aside to recognize the many services city governments provide and their contribution to a better quality of life in Georgia. Our theme, “Cities in the […]

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