• Recreation department to start Pre-K program next fall

    Pre-K program

    FANNIN COUNTY, GA – Recreation Dept. (Rec. Dept.) Director Eddie O’Neal received approval from the board of commissioners to start a Pre-K program for the next school year, 2020-2021. O’Neal has extensively researched the issue and believes it will be of great benefit to the local community. It will be open to three- and four-year-old […]

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  • Fannin County Commissioners set 2020 qualifying fees

    qualifying fees

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga – The board of commissioners approved the qualifying fees for the 2020 election year during the Jan. meeting. The fees constitute three percent of the base annual salary for each office and qualifying will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 9 a.m. The time ends at 12 p.m. on Friday, March […]

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  • Man passes away at ExxonMobil station in his car


    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – On the morning of Jan. 4, 2020, a local Blue Ridge man unexpectedly passed in the ExxonMobil parking lot. Blue Ridge Police Chief Johnny Searce said the individual went into the convenience store to make a purchase, then left and got into their car. It is presumed that after he entered […]

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  • Two homes catch fire, one belonging to FCHS wrestling coach


    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Officials looking into how two homes in the county caught fire. The blazes occurred a little over a week apart, and one home belonged to first year Fannin County High School (FCHS) wrestling coach. No injuries reported in either fire. In the early morning hours of Monday, Dec. 23, Fannin County […]

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  • 2020 Budget Unanimously Approved by Commissioners

    2020 Budget

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – The $28,564,665 operating budget received full-approval from the commissioners after they tabled it in Nov. 26, 2019 meeting. In the last meeting, Post One Earl Johnson refused to approve the 2020 budget until Chief Financial Officer Robin Gazaway provided an approximated fund balance, to accurately determine the county’s financial standing. “I […]

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  • More Parking Coming to Downtown Blue Ridge


    BLUE RIDGE, GA – Hawthorne Ventures promised to bring 186 additional parking spots to downtown Blue Ridge as part of the developer’s retail project. The developer purchased the old United Methodist Church site approximately two years ago with plans to bring more retail and parking deck to the downtown area. The entire project is privately […]

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  • Johnson calls for accurate numbers, refuses to vote on 2020 Budget

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – In heated 2020 budget hearing and regular commissioners’ meetings, Post One Earl Johnson refused to vote on 2020 budget prepared by Chief Financial Officer Robin Gazaway and declared, “I don’t trust a single number on [the proposed budget].” The proposed 2020 budget featured several increases: Department – Increase Risk Management – […]

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