Rebels Take Sting Out of Yellow Jackets

Fannin County High, FCHS Football, Team FYN Sports

Last night, the Fannin County Rebel Football team traveled to Hayesville to take on the Yellow Jackets in their second and final scrimmage. The Rebels had just come from a 55-6 win the past Friday as they played one of their biggest rivals, Copper Basin, and looked to continue the trend. 

Fannin started off hot and heavy as it took them no time to score a touchdown. Luke Holloway was at the position of quarterback and put the ball into action. Carson Beavers, recent baseball commit to Winthrop University, was the one to score the first Rebel touchdown of the night. Junior, Caleb Postell, was handed the ball where he ran it for another Fannin touchdown to end the first quarter with a 14-0 lead. 

Sara Sosebee kicked Fannin’s field goals for the night where she made every single one. Fannin had no problem making their way straight through the Yellow Jacket defense to score more touchdowns. Cohutta Hyde showed off his speed as he ran past the defense, right into the Rebel end zone. Hyde even had a great night on defense where he made big plays to stop Hayesville offense. Senior, JoJo Goodwin, caught a pass and followed the trend by scoring Fannin’s fourth touchdown of the night and ending the first half with a 28-0 lead. 

To start the third quarter, freshman David Mashburn went in as quarterback. Mashbrun even ran the ball to gain more yards. On his way down the field, sophomore Sawyer Moreland caught a long pass for a Fannin touchdown. Instead of kicking a field goal, the Rebels went for a two point conversion but failed at the attempt. While the Rebels had a good passing game, Hayesville seemed to struggle with theirs. No matter what the Yellow Jackets did, Fannin’s defense was there to shut it down. With the Rebel’s defense refusing to let their opponent score, they closed out the third quarter with a 34-0 lead. 

Postell was the go to guy for the night where he was given a hand off by Mashburn to run it for another Rebel touchdown. This time when Fannin went for two instead of kicking a field goal, it was successful, putting the score at 42-0. With six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Hayesville made a long pass to score their first touchdown. As the clock ran out, Fannin found themselves with a 42-7 victory over Hayesville. 

Catch Fannin’s first official game next Friday at 7:30 as they take on the Gilmer Bobcats at home!


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!


County names John D McDaniel Bridge


BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County is honoring its past this weekend as residents and local officials met over the weekend for a special celebration and honoring of a major figure from their past.

The Highway 515 Bridge in Fannin County that passes over Ada Street now has an official name, the “John D McDaniel Bridge.” The celebration saw family and friends with new signs for the bridge to formalize the naming.

McDaniel was not only a member of the clergy and a spiritual guide to citizens, but he previously served as a Commissioner of Education and served in the Georgia General Assembly from 1893 to 1897.

The event was also attended by current Fannin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney and Georgia Speaker of the House of Representatives David Ralston.

Ralston spoke about the event saying, “This past weekend, I was honored to be joined by the descendants of the Reverend John D. McDaniel as we dedicated the bridge on Highway 515 over Ada Street in Blue Ridge in his memory.”

With the signs up, Fannin memorializes a citizen from the past and honored his family who remain in the county he served so diligently.


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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Louise Hitch Knight: Obituary


Louise Hitch Knight, 87, of Blue Ridge, Georgia, died peacefully in her home on Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, on November 1, 1931, to Frank Hitch and Agnes Martin Hitch. She graduated from North Georgia College in 1951. Lou married Gordon E Knight in 1956. For many years she lived in Atlanta and worked for General Services Administration of the Federal Government until her retirement in 1993. She then worked for The Arthritis Foundation. In 2001, she moved to Blue Ridge. Lou loved cats, the color blue, reading books, working crossword puzzles, and her church. She had a great sense of humor and could light up a room with her smile. Lou is survived by her daughter, Marilou Knight (Rebecca Williams) and her daughters in love, Pam Garrett and Denise Ellwanger. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on September 7, 2019, at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church at 10:00 AM. To honor Lou, please wear blue and cat items. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of your choice and to Georgia Mountain Hospice.


Howard William Lynn: Obituary


Mr. Howard William Lynn, age 84, of Turtletown, TN, passed away on August 13, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Cherokee County, NC, he was the son of the late William McKinley “Horace” Lynn and Dora Jane Hayes Lynn. Mr. Lynn was a minister and long time member of the Turtletown Church of God of Prophecy. He loved living for the Lord, preaching and witnessing to people. Howard was a talented musician who loved picking his guitar. He retired after twenty plus years for Tri-State Electric Membership Cooperative maintaining right-of-way as a foreman.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Aaron Kirkland; and two grandsons, Adam Barnett and Todd Kirkland; siblings, Elsie Cole, Mary Smith, Alma Cochran and Harold Lynn.

Survivors include his loving wife, Clara Simonds Lynn of the home; daughters, Patricia Graham of Lyons, GA, Melissa Green of Turtletown, TN and Karen (Barron) Renee Deal also of Turtletown, TN; one sister, Novella Lynn of Turtletown, TN; thirteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ruth Ivester of Blairsville, GA, Nell Hampton of Andrews, NC and John Simonds of Gastonia, NC.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from the Turtletown Church of God of Prophecy with Pastor Sam Morrow officiating. Music will be provided by Ryan Crowder. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Wesley Cearley, Adam Greer, Tyler Ramsey, Ryan Crowder, Chris Crowder and Barron Deal. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6-9 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family online at <>. Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill, TN is in charge of the arrangements.


Edith Mae Foster: Obituary


Edith Mae Foster, age 95 of Morganton, GA, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019, at her home.
Mrs. Foster was born November 5, 1923 in Medicine Lodge, KS to the late Jonathan Adams and the late Francis Mathias Adams. Mrs. Foster grew up in Arthur NB and met and married Glen in 1942 in Long Beach California. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen E. Foster and sons Billy Joe Foster and Robert Foster.
Survivors include sons: John Foster, Glen Foster, and James Foster; daughters, Fran Payne, Nancy Mote, and Lisa Mallari, nineteen grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Foster loved spending time with her grandchildren, working crossword puzzles and doing arts and crafts. She will be greatly missed by her family.
A Graveside service will be held at Liberty Hill UMC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Liberty Hill United Methodists Church Cemetery Fund: P O Box 64 Morganton, GA 30560
Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at

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