Upcoming Programs plus Area Apple, Corn and Vegetable Production Meetings

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Upcoming Programs plus Area Apple, Corn and Vegetable Production Meetings
Pesticide License Recertification Credits Offered

By: Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

The Gilmer County UGA Extension office is sponsoring the North Georgia Apple Production Meeting in Ellijay for the 2019 growing season. It will be held on Thursday, February 14th in the Community Room of the United Community Bank, 558 Industrial Boulevard, in Ellijay from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The meeting will feature three specialists from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension along with two specialists from North Carolina State University. The topics that will be discussed are insect and weed control, crop thinning, disease management, and food safety.

In addition to the educational meetings, two hours of private and five hours of category 21 commercial pesticide license recertification credits will be given to those that attend. This meeting is open to the public and the recertification credits will be issued to people that already have a pesticide license. There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not required for the apple production meeting.

The Gilmer County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) have partnered with the Gilmer County Library to conduct a series of programs at no charge, once a month, on Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for four months. They are: Sustainable Gardening February 7th, Nuisance Plants and Invasive Species March 7th, Grow Veggies Anywhere April 4th and Ornamental Grasses May 2nd. For more information, contact the library at 706-635-4528 or visit the Gilmer County MGEVs website at https://gcmgvolunteers.wordpress.com/.

The Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center is holding a Water Resource Management & Irrigation Seminar on Friday, February 22nd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Blairsville. Lunch is provided but pre-registration by February 15th is required so call the center today at 706 745-2655 to reserve a seat.

The Cherokee County UGA Extension office is offering three horticulture workshops, one a month, beginning Friday, February 22nd with a Fruit Tree Field Day, then a Green Industry Update on Friday, March 1st and finally an Apple Grafting Workshop on Thursday, April 4th. Times and fees vary and pre-registration is required so stop by their office at 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Suite G49, in Canton or call them at 770-721-7803 to pre-register, or email them at uge1057@uga.edu for more information.

The Union County UGA Extension office will host two meetings next month at the Union County Schools Agriscience Center on Highway 129 South in Blairsville. The first one is a Commercial Corn Production Meeting on Friday, March 15th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm and the second one is a Commercial Vegetable Production Meeting on Monday, March 18th from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Pesticide license recertification credits will be offered at both of these meeting at the rate of one hour of private and two hours of category 21 commercial. Pre-registration is required for both of these meetings so call at 706-439-6030 to pre-register, or email Jacob Williams at jacob.williams@uga.edu for more information.

If you have any questions about any of these meetings or recertification credits or the status of your pesticide license, contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office.

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Three Fannin Wrestlers headed to state tournament

FCHS Wrestling

Since taking the reigns of the wrestling program at Fannin County High School, head coach David Henson has been working to create a winning culture.  Each year he begins the season with a team meeting, where he discusses team and individual goals and expectations.  While he expects his athletes to have fun, he also pushes them to toe-the-line, hoping to see them standing on the podium at the end of the season.

This year, three of Fannin’s varsity boys have fought their way to the big finale – the GHSA Traditional State Championships.  The tournament will be held in Macon later this week.

To get to the state event, wrestlers first had to place within the top four of their class at Area competition.  In doing so, they then qualified to compete at the Sectional tournament this past weekend at Greater Atlanta Christian School.  The Area 6-AAA meet was held last weekend (Jan 17) at Morgan County High School in Madison.  113 lbs sophomore Landon Galloway (2nd Place),  126 lbs freshman McCay Turner (4th Place) and  heavyweight senior Bradley Flowers each qualified to advance to the Sectional meet.  Flowers was the Area Champion, going undefeated in the event.

“It felt great to win,” Flowers told TeamFYNSports after winning the Area tournament.  “Coach Henson and Coach Hutsell have been telling me to keep working hard in practice and this is something I’ve trained hard for.”

At the Sectional meet, the top eight finishers qualify to advance to the state tournament in Macon.  Flowers finished 3rd, Turner finished 4th and Galloway once again came away with a 2nd place finish to advance all three teammates to state.

At the state tournament, Flowers (31-6) will face Dalton senior Walter Richards (54-5) in his first match to kick off the bracket.  Turner (41-10) will face senior Blake Rice (3-0 in the 126-lb class) of Hall County; and Galloway (30-7) will lock horns with Calhoun freshman Blake Bailey (27-10).  Weigh-ins are at 10am on Thursday morning and TeamFYNSports will be on location, posting updates on twitter and facebook throughout the tournament.

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Three Rebels Ride Through Sectionals to State

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The Fannin County High School Rebels wrestling team traveled to Morgan County to take part in the Sectionals Tournament. The top eight wrestlers from each weight class who place at Sectionals move on to the State Tournament. The Rebels had three out four possible place in the top eight and qualify for State. (more…)

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Callihan Claims Spot at State

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The Fannin County High School Rebels wrestling team traveled to Ringgold to take part in the AAA sectional tournament. Three wrestlers participated: Kayleb Chancey (106); Sean Callihan (182) and Blake Callihan (195). All three placed top sixth or higher. Blake Callihan, who placed fourth, will move on to the state tournament in Macon. (more…)

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