Board of Elections seeks poll workers!

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections is currently seeking poll workers to work the voting polls during the 2020 elections (and potentially beyond!)

In order to apply, reach out to the Board of Elections for an application! They are located on the third floor of the Fannin County Court House (Suite 301), 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday. The address is 400 West Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513.  Phone: 706-632-7740

Regarding the new voting machines, the public may still test these machines out during court house hours prior to the elections by visiting the Board of Elections Office.

All electrical lines have been inspected and labeled at all precincts throughout the county in preparation of the upcoming election year.

The old voting machines were picked up on December 4, 2019 for storage, and all new equipment has arrived as of Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

All new equipment is currently being stored securely within the Court House, as well as the Fannin County Senior Center until voting begins, as they could not be securely stored within each individual precinct.

At this time, the only things the county currently needs to conduct their 2020 elections are Ballot Catcher Bags for the new voting system and tables for the equipment to sit upon throughout the precincts.

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“Adulting 101” classes to be offered at FCHS

Board of Education, Community
Adulting

Fannin County High School students and Family Career and Community Leaders of America Officers, Alexis Hill and Bailey Pettit, are offering “Adulting 101” classes now through the end of January on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Fannin County High School. These sessions are designed to prepare students for life after high school and will include interactive sessions on topics like – budgeting, grocery shopping, filing taxes, how to sew a button/how to tie a tie, how to change a tire, and more! Many of these topics are not taught to teens anymore and it is the goal of FCCLA to prepare students for their future. Encourage your students, grades 9-12 to participate in these programs Tuesdays and Thursdays during Flex!

Adulting

Secretary of State to Clean Voter File by 4%

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office to clean voter file by 4% as required by law, plus the new voting machines are ready for the public to practice on according to the Fannin County Board of Elections.

The voter file cleanup will reduce the voter roll by 4%, a move that comes as a requirement by federal and state law to ensure that the state has the most up-to-date voter information.

“Election security is my top priority,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “Accurate and up-to-date voter rolls are vital to secure elections, but at the same time I want to ensure that anyone potentially affected by this routine process has notice and opportunity to update their information. That is why my office is releasing the full list to ensure that people who are still eligible voters can update their information.”

A personalized notice will be mailed to the last known address of people this change effects prior to being removed from the voter rolls due to change in address. However, the complete list may be viewed online here: https://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/2019_NGE_List.xlsx

This removal doesn’t just effect those who had a change of address, but also people who have been in “inactive” status for more than three years and had no contact with election officials during that time.

A registration is moved to “inactive” when the person fails to respond to a pre-addressed, postage paid confirmation card asking them to confirm or update their information. This confirmation card is required to be sent to people who have filed a National Change of Address Card with the U.S. Postal Service indicating that they have moved to a new address, had election mail returned as undeliverable, or did not have contact with election officials (including not voting) for three years prior.

If your name is on the above list, you may simply update your registration at https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov or by contacting your elections office.

You may also respond to the card mailed to you, but keep in mind that the card will only be sent to your last known address, so this information may not be accurate.

Any registered voter may check their registration information to confirm it is accurate at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

New Voting Machine for Georgia

Additionally, the Fannin County Board of Elections now has their new voting machine up and running for anyone who may want to come by and get practice with it ahead of the upcoming election year!

The Board of Elections may be found on the third floor of the Fannin County Court House (400 W Main St #301, Blue Ridge, GA 30513), Monday – Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM!

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Board of Elections Unveils New Voting Machine

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections unveiled the new voting machines during their meeting held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

The new voting machines, pictured to the right, will be utilized by the next presidential preference election, thus doing away completely with the old machines according to the Fannin County Board of Elections.

These new machines will create an instant paper trail with each vote cast according to Vice Chairman Mary Ann Conner, whereas the current machines create paper receipts of all votes cast only at the end of each election day.

Unlike previously believed, however, these machines will still utilize the same plastic yellow card system currently in place. The card will now be inserted into the bottom of the screen, where the yellow card reader sits.

Instead of hitting “Cast Ballot”, voters will select “Print Ballot”, at which time each voter may clearly view the candidates and measures voted upon during the touch screen process on a physical piece of paper.

If the printed ballot displays discrepancies, the voter may be re-issued a ballot, whereas before once “Cast Ballot” was selected, there was no turning back.

If the printer ballot displays correctly, then the voter will take the ballot to a scanner to have the ballot recorded before having it placed into a locked box.

Voters will not be allowed to carry their paper ballot out of the precinct, and all printed ballots will be kept in the Clerk’s office for a minimum of two years under law.

The county currently only has one machine, but 10 are expected to be received within the next shipment, followed by 70 more, making a total of 80 machines for the county to utilize during elections.

Conner states that the public will soon be able to practice with these machines ahead of the elections, and Fetch Your News will be sure to notify you of when this process begins, so be sure to stay tuned!

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BOE approved $112K in equipment purchases

Board of Education, Community
Fannin County Schools COVID-19

BLUE RIDGE, GA – Elementary school teachers, staff, and students in Fannin County are getting some new equipment after the board of education approved two purchase requests at their Oct. 10 meeting.

Approved purchases by BOE

The Fannin County Board of Education recently approved equipment purchases for more than $112,000.

The first approval was to purchase 14 View Sonic ViewBoard Interactive Flat Panels for classroom use at the cost of $52,556 from CDW-G. The request was presented by Heather Finley, the board’s director of instructional technology.

Finley said four the flat panels would have stands for kindergarten students that allow the boards to move down.

The board of education approved the purchase unanimously.

The purchase of 112 Chromebook laptops for teachers, administrators, and support personnel at the county’s three elementary schools was also approved unanimously.

The laptops cost $30,548 together, with 40 going to West Fannin, 39 going to Blue Ridge, and 33 going to East Fannin.

Both of Finley’s requested purchases will be made using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds, she said.

The board also approved the purchase of a Kubota 4X4 Diesel Tractor, a Kubota Front Loader with a 72-inch bucket, Dirt Dog Pallet Forks, and a Land Pride Bale Spear for the various agriculture programs in the county.

The request was presented by Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations Darren Danner, who said the state department of education had already approved the purchase using Fannin County’s Fiscal Year 2020 Construction-Related Equipment Grant.

The county board approved the purchase in the amount of $29,680 from Mason Tractor Company.

Before the purchase requests, the board got an update on the current state of the school system’s finances.

Dr. Michael Gwatney

Fannin County Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney

Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney gave a SPLOST update to report the current collections status.

According to Gwatney, the school system took in $518,884.88 in SPLOST funds for the month of August.

He said that was the “highest collection in the history of the month of August,” since the SPLOST was enacted.

Director of Finance Susan Wynn presented the financial report through August 31. Wynn said the board of education is currently two months into the fiscal year.

Through those two months, the school system has seen a little more than $3.7 million in revenue, which accounts for 10.38 percent of the yearly budget. Expenditures through the first two months are at nearly $5.8 million, which is 15.63 percent of the annual budget.

The system currently has $16.2 million in cash balance assets, according to Wynn.

Six counties to use new voting machines before the rest of the state, plus county voter numbers update.

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections shared that six counties within the state will utilize the new voting machines before the rest of the state during their meeting held on Monday, September 1, 2019.

These counties will be Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Decatur, Paulding, and Lowndes.

Cobb county will be using a paper ballot system by volunteer decision.

Gilmer county will be using the old machines for their special election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 due to the last-minute nature of the election.

It is still expected that all precincts will utilize the new machines by the president preference election, but no further information has been provided at this time.

As of Saturday, August 31, 2019, there are 19,957 total voters registered for Fannin county, both active and inactive. There were 181 new applications and 65 deletions (45 moved out of county, 4 moved out of state and 16 deceased).

As of Sunday, September 8, 2019, there are 19,992 total registered voters in Fannin County.

A list of 2020 state elections and the voter registration calendar may be found here!

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Fannin County Schools Start Back This Wednesday!

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County Schools start back Wednesday, August 7, 2019!

The official calendar 2019 – 2020 calendar is as follows!

Note: Days for Spring Break and holidays can be used to make up days missed due to inclement weather or other reasons.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, August 6, 2019: Preplanning

 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019: First day of school.

 

Monday, September 2, 2019: Labor Day Holiday, Emergency Make Up Day

 

Thursday, October 17, 2019: Early Release, Parent Teacher Conference

 

Friday, October 18, 2019: Professional Learning Day, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Monday, October 21, 2019: Holiday, Emergency Make Up Day

 

Monday, November 25, 2019 – Friday, November 29, 2019: Thanksgiving Holidays, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Monday, December 23, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019: Christmas Holidays, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – Friday, January 3, 2020: New Years Break, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Monday, January 6, 2020 – Tuesday, January 7, 2020: Professional Learning Day, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020: Students Return from Break

 

Monday, January 20, 2019: Martin Luther King Holiday, Emergency Make Up Day

 

Monday, February 17, 2020: Holiday, Emergency Make Up Day

 

Friday, March 13, 2020: Early Release, Parent Teacher Conference

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Kindergarten Registration – BRES, EFES, & WFES

 

Friday, April 10, 2020 – Friday, April 17, 2020: Spring Break, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Friday, May 22, 2020: Last Day of School, Graduation

 

Monday, May 25, 2020: Memorial Day

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 – Thursday, May 28, 2020: Post Planning

 

Friday, May 29, 2020: Emergency Make Up Day
 

Testing Dates:
Sem/Final Exams: MS/FH Thursday, December 19, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019 & Thursday, May 21, 2020 – Friday, May 22, 2020.
 

Milestones test windows:
Winter 2019 EOC (FCHS only)
Monday, December 2, 2019 – Friday, December 13, 2019
Spring 2020 EOC (HS courses)
Monday, April 27, 2020 – Friday, May 15, 2020
Spring 2020 EOG (3rd-8th grades)
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Friday, May 15, 2020

 

Fannin County High School Daily Schedule: 

7:30 – 8:00 Students report to the cafeteria with breakfast being served starting at 7:40 am.

8:05 – 9:30 Block 1 Class

9:36 – 11:01 Block 2 Class

11:07 – 1:04 Block 3 Class and Lunch

1:10 – 2:35 Block 4 Class

2:40 – 3:10 FLEX Time/Block

 
West Fannin Elementary School Daily Schedule:

Pre-K
8:15 – 8:40
Breakfast
8:40 – 10:50
Academic Time
10:50 – 11:45
Lunch/Recess
11:45 – 1:30
Academic Time
1:30 – 2:00
Gross Motor Skills
2:00 – 2:45
Academic Time

Kindergarten
8:15 – 9:50
Academic Time
9:50 – 10:40
NBI/Intervention
10:40 – 11:20
Academic Time
11:20 – 12:20
Lunch/Recess
12:20 – 1:15
Activity
1:15 – 2:45
Academic Time

1st Grade
8:10 – 8:55
Academic Time
8:55 – 9:50
Activity
9:50 – 10:40
Academic Time
10:40 – 11:30
NBI/Intervention
11:30 – 12:25
Academic Time
12:25 – 1:25
Lunch/Recess
1:25 – 2:45
Academic Time

2nd Grade
8:05 – 8:55
Academic Time
8:55 – 9:50
NBI/Intervention
9:50 – 10:45
Activity
10:45 – 11:40
Academic Time
11:40 – 12:40
Lunch/Recess
12:40 – 2:45
Academic Time

3rd Grade
8:00 – 8:55
Activity
8:55 – 11:00
1st Block
11:00 – 12:00
Lunch/Recess
12:00 – 12:55
NBI/Intervention
12:55 – 3:00
2nd Block

4th Grade
8:00 – 8:50
NBI/Intervention
8:50 – 10:55
1st Block/1st and 2nd Period
10:55 – 11:50
Activity
11:50 – 12:50
Lunch/Recess
12:50 – 3:00
2nd Block/3rd and 4th Period

5th Grade
8:00 – 9:55
1st Block/1st and 2nd Period
9:55 – 11:50
2nd Block/3rd and 4th Period
11:50 – 12:35
ELA Block
12:35 – 1:25
Lunch/Recess
1:25 – 2:10
NBI/Intervention
2:10 – 3:00
Activity

 

Last-minute supply list:

 

Fannin County High School (9th – 12th grade):
#2 Pencils, Black or Blue Pens, Binder, College-ruled Notebook Paper, Colored Pencils, Highlighters (two colors), Calculator.

 

Fannin County Middle School (6th-8th grade):
2″ Binder with Divider, Notebook Paper, Composition Books, Pencils, Pens, Highlighters, Colored Pencils.

 

Blue Ridge Elementary, East Fannin Elementary, West Fannin Elementary:
Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade: Crayons, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Scissors, Paper, Pencil Box or Pouch
3rd-5th grade: Colored pecils, Pencils, Loose Leaf Paper, Spiral Composition Notebooks, Pencil Pouch
 
 
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Board of Education Approves New Personnel

Board of Education, News

2020 Teacher of the Year Candidates

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education approved new personnel and resignations during their meeting on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

The board voted unanimously on all recommendations.

Recommendations:
*Pending completion of paperwork and background check

Hanna Bryant – Teacher
Christy Brogden – Teacher
Robert Wood – Transportation Department
Amy Buchanan – Finance and HR Coordinator
Leigh Wood – Payroll and Benefits Coordinator

Annual General Session meeting Introductions

Recommendations – Substitute Teacher:
*Pending completion of paperwork and background check

Lisa Barkas
Leslie Dean
Pamela Foster
Jodi L. Graves
Ginnie McNally
Brandy Owenby
Patricia Partin
*Josh Patterson

 

 

Recommendations – Substitute Bus Driver:
*Pending completion of paperwork and background check
James Adams

Annual General Session meeting in the Performing Arts Center.

Recommendation – Substitute Custodian:
*Pending completion of paperwork and background check
Kenneth Dougherty

Recommendation – Substitute Clerical:
Pamela M. Huff

Resignations:
Wesley Chastain (effective Friday, August 23, 2019)
Nathan Daugherty (effective Friday, July 26, 2019)

The video below covers this meeting, as well as the annual General Session meeting that took place in the Fannin County High School’s Performing Arts Center following the meeting.

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Board of Education Introduces Newer, Safer School Bus

Board of Education, News

Extended stop arm for increased visibility.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education introduced a newer, safer School Bus during their meeting on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Personnel from the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Ridge City Police Department, McCaysville Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol were all invited to attend the event showcasing the bus on Friday, August 2, 2019.

The new bus model features an extended six foot stop arm for increase visibility.

The new model will also be surrounded by external cameras that will easily record passing offenders.

In addition to the extra lighting the bus’ have had in the past, this model also includes a license plate reader to obtain information of those who pass a stopped bus going forward.

Bus side camera.

The new model was paid for by special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST), and though not every bus will be immediately replaced, transportation director Denver Foster says that he expects to see alot more of them in the future.

Also according to Foster (quoting a national association that monitors school bus activity), it was reported that in a single day in 2018 there were 84,000 bus-passing violations nation-wide.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 is the first day of school in Fannin County, so if you haven’t seen the new bus’ yet, be sure to keep an eye out!

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BoE Approves West Fannin Elementary Paving Project

Board of Education, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education approved a West Fannin Elementary School paving project during their called meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

West Fannin Elementary Paving Project. (Click to enlarge)

There was only one bid for this project which came from local vendor Johnson Paving, LLC. in the amount of $197,383.00 for the replacement 10,650 square yards of overlay and 4,314 square yards of mill and replace. The plan does include striping.

The board discussed how these repairs have been much needed for quite some time now, and none of the board members were opposed.

The project is said to be paid for with special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) funding.

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Fannin County Schools Registration and Open House Schedule 2019-2020

Board of Education, News
Approved purchases by BOE

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education released their 2019-2020 Registration and Open House schedule during their meeting held on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

New Student Registration day is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2019 from 8 am until 4 pm.
Currently enrolled students, as well as other new students, including upcoming Kindergartners, who have already registered for SY 19-20 do not need to attend.

Open House at Elementary Schools and Middle School will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 1 pm until 5 pm.

Fannin High Schools Open House for 9th grade students will be on Monday, August 5, 2019 from 5 pm until 7 pm.

Open House for Upperclassmen students will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 1 pm until 5 pm.

Any Fannin County High School student needing a parking permit needs to be at the PAC by 2 pm on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

If you are planning to enroll your child in any Fannin County School for the 2019-2020 school year, the following documentation is needed:
Birth certificate, Current Immunization Record (Must be on a Georgia form), Eye/ear/dental examination record, Proof of custody (as noted in a divorce decree), Georgia Department of Public Health Form 3300, Social security card, and proof of residency (two documents, i.e., utility bill, paperwork, etc. verifying your 911 address; P.O. boxes are not proof of residency).

Also helpful in making your child’s transition smooth are copies of your child’s last report card and the withdrawal from the previous school.

To enroll a child in school, you must be the parent or legal guardian of the child.

For bus information, please call 706-632-7802.

Blue Ridge Elementary – 224 East Highland Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706-632-5772

East Fannin Elementary – 1 Elementary Circle, Morganton, GA 30560. 706-374-6418

West Fannin Elementary – 5060 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706-492-3644

Fannin Middle School – 4560 Old Highway 76, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706-632-6100

Fannin High School – 360 Rebel Circle, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. 706-632-2081

www.fannin.k12.ga.us

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2020 State Elections and Voter Registration Calendar

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections released the 2020 State Elections and Voter Registration Calendar during their meeting held on Monday, July 1, 2019.

(All dates marked with “***” at the beginning are important dates for those not planning to run for a position in the 2020 elections).
 
 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020: Earliest day to file and publish a notice of intention to be a write-in candidate in the General Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-133

Saturday, February 1, 2020: Last day to fix and publish qualifying fees for offices to be filled during the 2020 Election Cycle. O.C.G.A. 21-2-131

*** Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the Presidential Preference Primary, Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-384

*** Monday, February 24, 2020: Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary, Special Election and Special Election Runoff. O.C.G.A. 21-2-224

Monday, March 2, 2020 at 9 am: Earliest day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his or her name places on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-153
Earliest day for a Nonpartisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his or her name placed on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-172; 21-2-187
Earliest day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-187

*** Monday, March 2, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12 pm: Last day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-153
Last day for a Nonpartisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-172; 21-2-187
Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A 21-2-132; 21-2-187

Friday, March 13, 2020: Last day to file the notice of intention to be a Nonpartisan Write-In Candidate and have notice published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-133

*** Saturday, March 14, 2020: Mandatory Saturday Voting for the Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

Wednesday, March 18, 2020: Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Write-In Candidate has been published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-133

*** Tuesday, March 24, 2020: Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election.

*** Tuesday, March 31, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election. O.C.G.A 21-2-384

*** Monday, April 20, 2020: Last day for a person to register and to be eligible to vote in the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election and Runoff Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-224

*** Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Special Election Runoff

*** Monday, April 27, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Saturday, May 9, 2020: Mandatory Saturday Voting for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Tuesday, May 19, 2020: General Primary Election, Nonpartisan General Election, and Special Election.

*** Monday, June 22, 2020 at 9 am: Voter Registration Deadline for the General Primary Runoff Election for Federal Offices.
Earliest day for an Independent and a Political Body Candidate for President and Vice President to file a Notice of Candidacy and a Nomination petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-187
Earliest day for an Independent and a Political Body Candidate to file their Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132

*** Monday, June 29, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begin for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election Runoffs. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 12 pm: Last day for an Independent and a Political Body Candidate for President and Vice President to file a Notice of Candidacy and Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A 21-2-132; 21-2-187
Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file their Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132

*** Tuesday, July 21, 2020: General Primary Runoff, Nonpartisan General Runoff, and Special Runoff Election for Local and State Offices, plus General Primary Runoff Election for Federal Offices.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Last day to file the notice of Intention to be a write-in candidate and have notice published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-133.

Monday, September 14, 2020: Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Write-In Candidate has been published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-132

*** Tuesday, September 15, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the November General Election and Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-384

*** Monday, October 5, 2020: Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Special Election Runoff for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A 21-2-224

*** Monday, October 12, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the November General Election and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Saturday, October 24, 2020: Mandatory Saturday Voting for the November General Election and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

As soon as possible: Absentee ballots shall be mailed out as soon as possible prior to the General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A 21-2-384
Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Tuesday, November 3, 2020: General Election and Special Election.

*** Wednesday, November 18, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Election Runoff for Federal Offices. O.C.G.A. 21-2-384

*** Tuesday, December 1, 2020: General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices.

*** Monday, December 7, 2020: Last day to register for General Election Runoff for Federal Offices.

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O.C.G.A. 21-2-14. When the last day for the exercise of any privilege or discharge of any duty prescribed or required by this chapter shall fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the next succeeding business day shall be the last day for the exercise of such privilege or the discharge of such duty.
 
 
The board also reported their latest numbers as follows:

160 new applications, making a total of 19,697 by the end of June 2019, and 19,709 by Monday, July 1, 2019.
There were 63 deletions (35 moved out of county, eight moved out of state and 20 deceased) since the meeting held on Monday, June 3, 2019.
 
There has been no new information on the new state voting machines, but this information is anticipated to come soon, so be sure to stay tuned for future updates!
 
 

 
 
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Board of Elections to inspect voting precincts

Election, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections will be inspecting four precincts on Friday, June 21, 2019 starting at 1 p.m.

The purpose of this inspection will simply be to ensure that the precincts are ready to go for upcoming voting sessions, from general maintenance, to parking conditions and even to see whether or not certain precincts will be needed to be moved to other buildings due to space constraints.

The board will begin with the Noontootla precinct first, then move to Mineral Bluff precinct, followed by Calwell and Sugar Creek.

With the Noontootla precinct being a manned fire station, it’s anticipated that the precinct may need to be moved to another building for the sake of space.

For the month of May, there were 187 new voting applications with 82 deletions. 42 moved out of county, there was one non-citizen who attempted to register, and 33 were marked deceased.

At this time, there has been no new information released on the new voting machines.

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BoE hosts ceremony to honor retiring personnel

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education held a ceremony on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 to honor retiring personnel of the school system.

From Blue Ridge Elementary, the board recognized Susan Carnahan, Patty Falls, Karen George and Lynn Reist.

From East Fannin Elemntary, Celeaste Baugh and Linda Greenleaf.

From West Fannin Elementary, Melenda Dillars and Debbie Patterson.

From Fannin County Middle School, Troyia Collis and Diane Ritchie.

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From the Nutrition department, Forrestine Hawkins, Anna Lou Postelle and Vickie Taylor are retiring from Blue Ridge Elementary, and Sandy Wehage is retiring from East Fannin Elementary.

From the Transportation department, Benny Long and Deborah Gail Thomas.

From the Maintenance department, Danny Shinpaugh.

Thank you to all involved in the education of the youth in the area!

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Fannin County to provide Pre-K program at every Elementary School next year

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – According to Director of Student Services Shannon Miller, Fannin County will begin providing a Pre-K program at every Elementary School next year.

Gene Crawford presents photos of former Fannin County High Schools

Director of Planning, Policy, & Curriculum Darren Danner also spoke with the Board of Education during the meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019 regarding the purchase of a new security camera system for Fannin County Middle School. The quote is from Ellijay Telephone Company for the amount of $48,501.10. This amount from the vendor is considered a “turn-key” price for all equipment, installation and related services. $30,000 will be paid with Georgia Department of Education School Safety Grant with $18,501.10 paid for by SPLOST (special-purpose local-option sales tax).

Because of 36% of the lighting (32 of 88 lamps) at the Fannin County High School stadium is currently not working, Danner also requested that the lighting be replaced with LED lighting. The Board is currently seeking proposals to this issue, and an update is expected in the near future.

Lastly, Danner also requested approval to a renovate the Fannin County High School main parking lot. The quote is from Johnson Paving for the amount of $49,475.00. This amount from the vendor is considered a “turn-key” price for all demolition, paving and five foot sidewalk. The renovations are expected to be paid with SPLOST funds.

The Board also approved a single-bus field trip request by by Lynn Burch of the Mountain Education Charter High School to go to SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA for a Braves game on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The field trip departure time is 4 pm and the return time is 12 am. There are expected to be 25 students and five chaperones attending the trip.

Deputy Superintendent Betsy Hyde

According to Deputy Superintendent Betsy Hyde, East Fannin Elementary School will be using charter funding to cover a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teacher for the next school year.

Hyde goes on to state that Amy Beavers of Pruitt Health Hospice will hold a “Camp Cocoon” on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in which any student who has suffered any sort of loss may attend for counseling.

The Director of Facilities and Maintenance Danny Shinpaugh shared with the board pictures of the construction occurring on the new entrance of the agriculture barn. The road has been fully paved, but the striping isn’t set to occur until Friday, May 17, 2019.

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Gordon Chris Boe: Obituary

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Gordon Chris Boe

June 20, 1932 – January 1, 2019

Gordon Chris Boe, 86, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 5 in Blue Ridge, Georgia at 11:00 am, Damascus Baptist Church.
Born June 20, 1932, in Bagley, Minnesota, Gordon was a son of the late Christian Boe and Julia Rindal Boe. He was retired from the US Army, serving from June 1949 – May 1970. He served during the Vietnam War and the Korean War and earned a Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. Gordon will be remembered as a kind-hearted giving man, with a heart of gold.
Gordon is survived by his daughters, Katherine Jane Boe, Karen Boe Shadden and husband Jeff, sister Lorraine Boe, grandchildren, Jennifer Williams, Amy Toney, Travis Boe, Hayley Boe, Bryana Sutton, and Brittney Sutton, and great-grandchildren, Jackson and Brooks Toney. In addition to his parents, Gordon was preceded in death by his wife Willa Nell Nicholson Boe and son Gerald Chris Boe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, stjude.org.
Arrangements entrusted to the Henry Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge.

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