West First and Summit Street closed Monday and Tuesday for water main repairs.

Downtown Blue Ridge, Press Release

BLUE RIDGE, Ga.- Fannin County EMS has issued a notice stating the corner of West First Street and Summit Street will be closed for water water main repairs on Monday and Tuesday.

 

PRESS RELEASE

The intersection of West First and Summit Street will be closed Monday April 22 and Tuesday April 23. The city of Blue Ridge will have a contractor on site to make a water main repair.

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Spring Arts in the Park festival announced

Announcements, Community

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center is preparing for its 2019 Spring Arts in the Park festival.

PRESS RELEASE

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center is inviting everyone to attend its annual Spring Arts in the Park Festival. A few highlights of the event are:

·The festival will be held Memorial Day weekend specifically on Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th, 2019.

·Festival hours on both Saturday and Sunday will be from 10a.m. – 5pm rain or shine.

·The weekend admission is $5.00 per person, must keep the issued wristband in order to enter both days, children under the age of 12 are free.

·Dogs are allowed, must be kept on a leash and well behaved at all times.

·We will have approximately 200 vendors comprised of artist and food vendors. All areas of artistry will be represented such as paint, photography, pottery, fiber, leather, jewelry, handmade body products, garden art, sculptures and so much more.

·We will have an artist demonstrating tie dye.

·We have invited artist to participate in “Paint our Festival.” This is an opportunity for artists to showcase their work during the festival, paint their own rendition of the art festival and if their work is selected it could be used as the cornerstone for marketing our 2020 Arts in the Park festival. If selected we would consider using the artists’ rendition of the festival in future advertising such as in our newsletter, possibly our festival poster, featured in some of the local tourist magazines, rack cards, etc.

·On Saturday, May 25th at 8:50 a.m. to meet at the Art Center (420 West Main Street) and march along with the Boy Scouts and the North Georgia Honor Guard to the corner of West Main & Depot St. and proceed to Flag Pole. North Georgia Honor Guard will assist Boy Scout Troop 460 (Tom Orchanian- Troop Leader) in raising of US Flag, lead everyone in Pledge of Allegiance, and TAPS. This downtown ceremony will be in commemoration of Memorial Day. All Veterans and the general public are invited to attend.

For more information and details, please contact: Festival & Community Development Coordinator Cecilia Acevedo, at 706-632-2144, or www.BlueRidgeArts.net, or emal blueridgearts.community@gmail.com.

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Advisory: Tornado Watch until 02:00PM

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PRESS RELEASE

Advisory: Tornado Watch until 02:00PM

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 59 IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN GEORGIA WHICH INCLUDES 75 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA:

BIBB BLECKLEY BUTTS CRAWFORD CRISP DOOLY HOUSTON JASPER JONES MONROE PEACH PULASKI PUTNAM TWIGGS WILCOX IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA BARROW CHEROKEE CLAYTON COBB DAWSON DEKALB DOUGLAS FANNIN FAYETTE FORSYTH FULTON GILMER GWINNETT HALL HENRY LUMPKIN MORGAN NEWTON PICKENS ROCKDALE UNION WALTON IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA BANKS CLARKE JACKSON OCONEE TOWNS WHITE IN NORTHWEST G EORGIA BARTOW CARROLL CATOOSA CHATTOOGA DADE FLOYD GORDON HARALSON MURRAY PAULDING POLK WALKER WHITFIELD IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA CHATTAHOOCHEE COWETA HARRIS HEARD LAMAR MACON MARION MERIWETHER MUSCOGEE PIKE SCHLEY SPALDING STEWART SUMTER TALBOT TAYLOR TROUP UPSON WEBSTER THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ABBEVILLE, AMERICUS, ATLANTA, BARNESVILLE, BLAIRSVILLE, BLUE RIDGE, BREMEN, BUENA VISTA, BUTLER, CALHOUN, CARROLLTON, CARTERSVILLE, CEDARTOWN, CHATSWORTH, CLEVELAND, COCHRAN, COHUTTA WILDERNESS, COLUMBUS, COLWELL, COMMERCE, CONYERS, CORDELE, COVINGTON, CUMMING, DAHLONEGA, DALLAS, DALTON, DAWSONVILLE, DECATUR, DIAL, DOUGLASVILLE, EATONTON, ELLAVILLE, ELLIJAY, EPWORTH, FORSYTH, FORT BENNING, FORT OGLETH ORPE, FORT VALLEY, FRANKLIN, GAINESVILLE, GRAY, GRIFFIN, HAWKINSVILLE, HEMP, HIAWASSEE, HIGDON, HOMER, JACKSON, JASPER, JEFFERSONVILLE, LAFAYETTE, LAWRENCEVILLE, MACON, MADISON, MANCHESTER, MARIETTA, MONROE, MONTEZUMA, MONTICELLO, NEWNAN, PEACHTREE CITY, PINE MOUNTAIN, PRESTON, RICHLAND, RIVERDALE, ROBERTA, ROME, STOCKBRIDGE, SUMMERVILLE, TALBOTTON, THOMASTON, TRENTON, VIENNA, WARNER ROBINS, WATKINSVILLE, WEST POINT, WINDER, WINTERVILLE, WOODSTOCK, AND ZEBULON.

* AFFECTED AREAS: STEWART, GA … SUMTER, GA … JASPER, GA … LAMAR, GA … BLECKLEY, GA … UPSON, GA … GWINNETT, GA … GILMER, GA … CRISP, GA … PICKENS, GA … CRAWFORD, GA … WEBSTER, GA … CARROLL, GA … MERIWETHER, GA … CHEROKEE, GA … OCONEE, GA … BARTOW, GA … BANKS, GA … TOWNS, GA … WILCOX, GA … MUSCOGEE, GA … ROCKDALE, GA … PULASKI, GA … MORGAN, GA … DAWSON, GA … HEARD, GA … WHITFIELD, GA … FLOYD, GA … GORDON, GA … TALBOT, GA … HARRI S, GA … SPALDING, GA … FORSYTH, GA … COBB, GA … DOUGLAS, GA … PIKE, GA … HOUSTON, GA … FANNIN, GA … DOOLY, GA … PAULDING, GA … LUMPKIN, GA … HENRY, GA … JONES, GA … CLAYTON, GA … WALKER, GA … DEKALB, GA … BIBB, GA … CHATTOOGA, GA … NEWTON, GA … MACON, GA … JACKSON, GA … COWETA, GA … CATOOSA, GA … BARROW, GA … UNION, GA … MARION, GA … CLARKE, GA … BUTTS, GA … HALL, GA … TWIGGS, GA … FULTON, GA … PUTNAM, GA … WALTON, GA … MURRAY, GA … CHATTAHOOCHEE, GA … FAYETTE, GA … WHITE, GA … POLK, GA … SCHLEY, GA … PEACH, GA … MONROE, GA … TAYLOR, GA … DADE, GA … TROUP, GA … HARALSON, GA

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Mountain Street will be closed to thru traffic

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Mountain Street in downtown Blue Ridge will be closed Wednesday and Thursday starting at 8:30 a.m. due to the city completing repairs in the area which were begun last week.

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Mountain Street will be closed to thru traffic

The City of Blue Ridge will be finishing repair on the Mountain St sewer line Wednesday April 10 and Thursday April 11.

A portion of Mountain St. from the intersection at East Main to the intersection of West Main will be closed starting at 8:30 am on Wednesday. While we understand this is has been inconvenient, the repair work is a necessity.

The same traffic control plan as last week will allow access to all businesses and Roberts’s way should remain open during this process. Please communicate with your staff, customers and delivery people.

Safety of the crew and people on the road is the first priority. We encourage travelers using Mountain St to cut across town to take an alternate route during this time.

Mountain Street – Downtown Blue Ridge Ga.

Traffic Control Plan:
Traffic will be allowed to enter Roberts Way from the West side as long as it does not interfere with the safety of the crew or travelers.

The one way portion of East Main St will be turned up Mountain St to East First. Travelers on East Main between Davis St and Mountain St will be allowed access to those businesses but through traffic will be routed around to the City parking lot to exit on Mountain St and must turn toward West First St.

The Spa store and Tru Fitness will be accessible from the west side where public parking is located via the detour off of East Main into the parking area and must exit via Mountain St toward West First.

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Fannin County Libary introduces new Historic Digitization Project

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Fannin County Library Branch Manager Ginia Wood introduces FCPL’s Historic Photographic Digitization Project. She encourages everyone to submit photographs of Fannin County pre-1970’s.

PRESS RELEASE

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County Public Library is excited to announce the Fannin County Historic Photographic Digitization Project. FCPL is collaborating with Georgia HomePLACE and The Virtual Library of Georgia to create a digital archive of Fannin County photographs.

All of the photographs must pertain to Fannin County History in some fashion such as historic events, locations, citizens and pre-1970 (if possible).

Patrons will fill out forms allowing the display of their photographs.

Photographic sessions are by appointment only. Patrons will be interviewed during the photographic sessions and answer questions such as: who, what, when, where and why and the context of the photo. After the interview the photos will be digitized and the owner of the photograph will keep their photos.

FCPL has the right to refuse any photo. When FCPL has collected 100 to 200 photographs the collection will be sent to GAHomePlace and they will upload the photos into a public database to be used for research and informational purposes.

We anticipate lots of public interest in this project!

Fannin County Public library located in the FC Courthouse building

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Eddie Ayers retires from many years of service

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga.- Having served over 22 years as Fannin and Gilmer County Extension Agent, Eddie Ayers is a beloved member of the community.

Friends and co-workers filled Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center on Friday, March 29, 2019, to honor his years of service and celebrate his retirement.

Eddie Ayers and Julie Dermer

“The community has accepted me,” Ayers began, “Been here for 22 years and trying to help people. Seeing them coming, I am just overwhelmed with people coming out.”

He continued, “It’s been a pleasure watching kids grow up and helping people. That’s really been fun.”

Former resident of Taylor County, Georgia, Ayers made his home here in the North Georgia Mountains years ago. Stating the reason for his move was the excellent Fannin County school system.

Peggy Rich, member of Master Gardeners, commented to FYN, “He knows everybody in town. He has made many friends over the years. He has helped so many people in a lot of different ways. A very personable guy. A man of his word.”

A beautiful cake commemorating Ayers years of service

FYN wishes Ayers much joy and happiness in his retirement!

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Blue Ridge celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with parade

Community, Lifestyle

Downtown Blue Ridge, GA was the scene for many Irish to come out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today, March 17, 2019. Although the day was cold with a brisk wind, folks lined the streets.

The Irish green could be seen along the parade route!

Casey Gutwein and Kristen Dawes from Florida visiting

The parade started at 11 o’clock Irish Time!

Blue Ridge City Police led the procession of two-leggeds, four-leggeds, pedestrians, and vehicles. Humane Society of Blue Ridge volunteers walked many adoptable pets along the route.

Suzanne Ponton with Humane Society of Blue Ridge volunteers

Even the new Soap Box Derby car driven by Mike Sullivan made an appearance.

Soap Box Derby’s Mike Sullivan takes the car for a drive down Main Street

Young and old alike filled the streets for the 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The Richardsons- Meg, Murphy, Charlie, and Bobby

Candy and beads were thrown to a crowd of waiting bystanders.

The parade began by St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on East Street. It then turned left onto Mountain Street, left on West Main Street, and another left onto Church Street ending the route where it began: St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Mark and Kay Lowery

 

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