Luva (Lu) Marie Stoll Whetstone: Obituary


It is with sadness that the family of Luva (Lu) Marie Stoll Whetstone of Mineral Bluff, Georgia announces her death on Friday, August 16, 2019. Lu Whetstone was born in Geauga County, Ohio on November 13, 1928, to Derlin Stoll and Pearl Kightlinger Stoll. She is preceded in death by her husband, John H. Whetstone, her sister, Arlene Gotham, and brother Rowland Stoll.

In early adulthood, Lu Whetstone worked as a bank teller and later was trained in cosmetology, operating a salon out of her home in Parkman, Ohio. After the family moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1963, she was a homemaker.

Lu Whetstone is survived by four children, William John Whetstone (and wife Jan) of Dawsonville, Georgia; Gary Lee Whetstone (and wife Diane) of Athens, Georgia; Mona Lynn Johnson (and husband Scott) of Blytheville, Arkansas; and Pamela Gailey (and husband Mike) of Mineral Bluff, Georgia; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; members of her loving, extended family (Joe Whetstone, Fannie Detweiler, Anna Whetstone, Marvin Whetstone, Mary Weaver); nieces and nephews.

Lu Whetstone was a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church in McCaysville, Georgia. A service of celebration will be held there on Monday, August 19, 2019, at 11:00 am with the Rev. Beth Starling officiating. Memorials can be sent to Williamstown United Methodist Church, 37 Williamstown Rd., Mineral Bluff, Georgia 30559.


Clair “Scotty” Maddox: Obituary



AUG 19. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

Finch-Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory

1478 Blue Ridge Dr. Funeral Home is in McCaysville But Has Blue Ridge GPS address

McCaysville, GA, 30555


Luther “Ed” Edward DeFoor, Jr.: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces Funeral Services for Mr. Luther “Ed” Edward DeFoor, Jr., age 81 of Hiawassee who passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Chatuge Regional Nursing Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Byers officiating. Special music will be presented by Wayne Hundley and the Cheerful Sounds. Interment will follow the service at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until the service begins.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.


Sheila Ophelia Jones: Obituary


Mrs. Sheila Ophelia Jones, age 69, of Farner, TN, passed away on August 16, 2019, in the Hospice of Chattanooga. Born in Gastonia, NC, she was the daughter of the late James Arthur and Hazel Juanita Lawless Moody. She was of the Christian Faith, loved spending time with her grandchildren and dogs, and working crossword puzzles. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, James Stephen Moody, Shirley Thackerson, Bobbie Depree; and one grandson, Daniel Eugene Teague.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Charles Jones of Farner, TN; children, Wanda Ogden of Dallas, NC, Ronnie Eugene Dunn of Farner, TN, Harry Daniel Cordell, Jr. of Dallas, NC and Sandra Juanita (Robert) Teague of Coker Creek, TN; grandchildren, Jessica Conner, Tony Conner, Kayla Buff, Josh Dunn, Erica Jordan, McKayla Brady McCurry, Marissa Dunn, Lacey Cordell, Kacy Cordell, Brandon Teague and Donna Teague; and several great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mitchell Allen officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, August 25, 2019 prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. until the Funeral hour of 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill, TN is in charge of the arrangements.


Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 8/12 – 8/18

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Fannin County. Those arrests are posted on for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.


Kiwanis Club Holds Special Olympics Rodeo Event!

Community, Special Olympics

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club held a Special Olympics Rodeo event on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Kiwanis Club fair grounds in Blue Ridge.

Because of the number of pictures taken during the event, all pictures will be posted into an album on the official Fetch Your News Facebook page, which may be found in our Album here.
The video may be viewed below!

If you would still like to attend this years rodeo, the final day will be Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8 pm with the gates opening at 6 pm. The address is 124 Jones St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Tickets are $15 at the gate, $12 if bought in advanced and children 8 and under get in free with a paying adult! More information can be found on the official Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Rodeo website here!


Edna Hedden: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville announces the death of Mrs. Edna Hedden age 64 of Blairsville who passed away on Wednesday evening, August 14, 2019 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville.


City Council Approves New Speed Limits

City Council, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Blue Ridge City Council approved new speed limits during their meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

They are as follows:

Street Name / Current Speed Limit / New Speed Limit

Ada Street from Mountain to City Limit sign / 30 / 20

Board Town Road / 25 / 20

Church Street / 25 / 20

Cook Street / 25 / 20

Davis Street / 25 / 20

Depot Street / 25 / 20

Old 76 from City Limit to Green Street. School Zone add flashing light 20mph. / 45 / 35

Old 76 from Green Street to Orvin Lance Connector / 35 / 30

East Main Street from Old 76 (Lynn Kemp) to McKinney Street / 35 / 25

East Main Street from McKinney Street to Church Street / 20 / 10

East Main Street from Church Street to Mountain Street / 5 / 5

East Main Street from Mountain Street to Old 76 / 30 / 20

East Second Street from East First Street to Church Street / 30 / 25

Industrial Blvd. from East First Street to Ouida Street (City Limit) / 35 / 30

East Highland Street / 25 / 20

Haight Street / 25 / 20

Jones Street / 25 / 20

Josh Hall Road / 25 / 20

Orvin Lance Drive / 25 / 20

McKinney Street / 25 / 20

Messer Street / 25 / 20

Milam Street / 25 / 20

Mountain Hideway Trail / 25 / 20

Mountain Street / 25 / 20

Mountain Tops Street / 25 / 20

Mountain Tops Circle / 25 / 20

Mountain Tops Road / 25 / 20

Old 76 from Orvin Lane, Connector to Marina / 25 / 30

Orchard Blvd. / 25 / 20

Orvin Lance Connector / 25 / 20

Ouida Street / 25 / 20

Porter Road / 25 / 20

Ridge Street / 25 / 20

River Street / 25 / 20

Roberts Way / 25 / 15

Scenic Drive / 25 / 20

Sierra Lane / 25 / 20

State Street / 25 / 20

Summit Street / 25 / 20

Trackside Lane / 25 / 20

Waldroup Lane / 25 / 20

West First Street from McKinney Street to Depot Street / 35 / 25

West First Street from Depot Street to Highway 515 / 35 / 30

West Second Street / – / 20

West Fain Street / – / 20

West Highland Street / 25 / 20

West Main Street from McKinney Street to Mountain Street / 30 / 20

Willa Street / 25 / 20

Wilson Street / 25 / 20

Windy Ridge Road / 25 / 20

Highway 515, US 76 from Bridge to Bridge (City Limit to City Limit) / 55 / 45
Board member Rhonda Haight made the motion to pass, Board member Nathan Fitts seconded, with the Board voting unanimously.

No changes were made to the proposed limits since the initial draft and first reading.
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