McCaysville Mayor tests positive for Covid-19

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McCaysville, Ga. – The City of McCaysville released an official statement this morning, April 2, informing the public that Mayor Thomas Seabolt has tested positive for Covid-19.

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Mayor Thomas Seabolt

The statement said that Seabolt is self quarantining at home for the next 14 days and when last spoken to he sounded “healthy and was in good spirits”. Seabolt has notified everyone that he has been in contact with so that they can take appropriate steps.

Seabolt is reported to be doing well and is able to work from home.

Also of concern is McCaysville Chief of Police Michael Earley. Earley had been in the same room with Seabolt several times over the past week. Proper social distancing protocols were followed by Earley and Seabolt during these meetings.

At this time Earley has not been tested. He is self quarantining until he can be tested and cleared of any possible infection.

In the statement released by the city reassurance is given to citizens that “the Chief is continuing to do his duties from home, and the McCaysville Police Department’s chain of command remains intact”.

FYN will follow this developing story and bring you further details as they become available to the public.

The City of McCaysville Declared a Public Health Emergency on March 24, 2020. You can read about this declaration by clicking the link : McCaysville Declares Public Health Emergency 

As of April 1, 2020, The Georgia Department of Health was reporting 4,748 positive cases of Covid-19 in the state. Of these cases 1,013 remain hospitalized. Fannin County was reported to have six positive cases at this time.

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McCaysville declares Public Health Emergency

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McCaysville, Ga. – The McCaysville City Council held an emergency special called meeting to address concerns from the citizens regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The purpose of this meeting was to declare a Public Health Emergency within the city and to lay out how city businesses and functions would be handled moving forward.

“It’s only a matter of time before we get a positive case here in the county,” Dr. Dillon Miller of Blue Ridge Medical Group spoke with the council. “If I were a betting man, I would say that within the next week we’re going to have a positive test come back for the county.” 

Miller said that over the last week there have been testings for Covid-19 in the double digits run in Fannin County. He added that with the influx of people coming to our area from “hot zones” like Atlanta, that it could “create the perfect storm for spreading the disease”.

The council voted unanimously to pass the emergency ordinance after being informed that a small number of  businesses were not willing to voluntarily comply. 

The ordinance states that beginning March 25, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. all gatherings or events of 10 or more people, outside of private households, are prohibited.

  • All bars, restaurants, or establishments that sell food and beverages can offer take out only, and dining is prohibited on the property of these establishments.

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  • All gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, pools, arcades, parlors, nail salons, hair salons, private social clubs or any facility used for entertainment, social and grooming must be closed to in person events.

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  • Essential stores allowed to stay open, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, must post signage on their doors informing customers to stay at least 6 feet apart and cannot allow more than 10 people in the establishment at a time.

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The McCaysville Police Department has been tasked with enforcing the new ordinance. The ordinance will expire in 30 days of passing but does have the option for council to renew for an additional 30 days.

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McCaysville Police Department revises day to day procedures

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McCaysville, Ga. – Amidst the outbreak of Covid-19 many government services and departments are having to amend policies and procedures to adapt to an ever changing environment.

Small towns are not immune to the stress that Covid-19 is putting on public systems. Many areas are responding to guidelines being put in place in an attempt to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the very contagious virus.

McCaysville Chief of Police Michael Earley released a statement detailing the procedures that his department will implement immediately until further notice. Earley did stress that the procedures are for the safety of his staff and the public, and that all new policies would only be temporary.

Statement from McCaysville Chief of Police Michael Earley:

City of McCaysville Police Department
CEO: Chief of Police Michael O. Earley
Dear Citizens,
Our state and country have come under the the grips of the threat of Covid-19, better known as the corona virus. Our city, thus far, has been fortunate and has been relatively untouched by the illness. However, in the face of grave information from the CDC, federal officials, and the healthcare professionals regarding the spread and mortality rates in certain marginal groups, your police department will not stand idle. In order to maintain an operational and healthy police force, our department will be altering some of our day to day activities. These modifications are temporary and are intended to only last the duration of our current crisis.In citizen encounters, our officers have been instructed to avoid certain courtesies, such as shaking hands. They have also been instructed to limit casual interactions with the public. This is not to encourage rudeness, but to limit the mediums of contact most likely to spread the virus. In the performance of law enforcement duties, officers may come into contact with affected persons, and by limiting contact with the public we will reduce the chance of exposing our citizens to an undue risk.While we will be enduring these limitations, all of our employees will be at work and our will be carrying our their normal patrols. We will, however, be closing the lobby area at our physical location, and no longer offer fingerprints services for alcohol employment permits. You will still be able to reach us by phone at 706-492-4636. If you still need to file a report you can still be able to do so by contacting 911.

I will also be authorizing our officers to take certain non-emergency calls by phone. These calls will be those in which no crime is in progress and where no evidence ca.n be obtained. These include misdemeanor thefts, incidents of fraud, medical calls, custody disputes, civil disputes and “Are you OK?” checks.

I cannot emphasize enough that these modifications in our operations are both temporary and essential to keeping the City of McCaysville safe. Please pray for the leaders of this nation, state, and local government. Pray that God will heal our people and we find a cure to prevent the spread of the virus.

God bless you all,
Michael O. Earley
Chief of Police

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Transparency obstructed at McCaysville City Council meeting

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McCaysville, Ga. – Mayor Thomas Seabolt tried to bring to an end the reading of the monthly bills, as new councilmember Gilita Carter had done at previous meetings since taking office.

Carter had stated in a previous meeting: “I’ve been coming to a lot of meetings and it always comes up, about paying the bills. Well, I often sit there and wonder, what bills? Whose bills?”

Click Here to read about previous meeting concerning McCaysville finances.

Since taking office Carter has read each line item of the monthly bills aloud to the public, but Seabolt put a stop to this by asking for a motion before Carter could address the public.

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Council-member Gilita Carter and Mayor Thomas Seabolt exchange words over the city’s transparency.

“I just don’t want to take the time to read everything because they’ve already been approved through payment in a sense,” Seabolt spoke to Carter of his reasoning behind not continuing to read the individual bills submitted by city departments.

After asking for a motion to pay the bills with no further explanation, council-member Sue Beaver gave that motion, with fellow council-member Larry Collis gave a second. When asked all in favor Carter abstained along with council-member Susan Kiker.

“In the basis of transparency and in the fact that I stated before, that no one ever knew what the bills were, I will at least give the total for each department,” Carter said before reading each department’s total bills.

Mayor Seabolt responded to Carter’s reading of the totals by saying, “If they want a copy they can ask for public records.” 

This sparked a short exchange between Carter and Seabolt, with Carter ending, “I won’t read them individually any more, but for transparency purposes people need to know what the city bills are. Transparency is what I’m going to stand for.”

Council-member Jason Woody proposed having a print out of detailed monthly bills available for citizens at the regular monthly meetings.

Ultimately, Carter voted no to paying the bills to show opposition in how the City Council is handling getting the information to the public.

The department totals for bills in the month of Feb. are as follows:

  • Administration – $3,828.24
  • Police Department – $2,439.42
  • Court – $519.60
  • Street Department – $3,693.45
  • City Park – $295.39
  • Water and sewer – $29,889.85

Later in the meeting Carter proposed that the City put in place a system for filing expenditure reports and receiving reimbursement. Her proposal includes basing the City’s millage rate reimbursement on Federal standards and having clear cut forms so that reimbursement would be organized and uniform.

Another topic of financial discussion came about when City Attorney Cortney Stuart pointed out during the meeting that no resolution actually exists that requires spending over $500 to come before the council for approval.

This topic and the topic of expenditure reports are expected to be discussed by council in a workshop meeting.

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Feb. 2020 McCaysville Police Department Activity Report

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The City of McCaysville Police Department

Activity Report for Feb. 2020

  • 297 calls directly to the police station
  •  19 citations written
  •  45 walk-in reports
  •  84 warnings issued
  •  74 traffic stops
  •  86 dispatches to calls
  •  9 arrests
  •  11 CID (Criminal Investigation Department) Calls
  •  2 DUIs

 

Click Here to see McCaysville Police Department Activity Report Jan. 2020

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Carlton Harold Bailey: Obituary

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The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces Funeral Services for Carlton Harold Bailey, age 91 of Jackson, Michigan (formerly Hiawassee, Georgia) who passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020 at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Taylor and Rev. Danny Byers officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 am until 2:30 pm on Monday at Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee. Military Honors will be presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Graveside Services and Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Conyers, Georgia. Firefighter Honors will be presented by DeKalb County Fire Department.

Earl “Skip” Lynn Peters: Obituary

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Earl “Skip” Lynn Peters from Young Harris, GA went Home suddenly to be with the Lord on February 21, 2020 while working in Hiawassee, GA. Skip was born on May 13, 1951 in Aberdeen, MD and was 68 years old.
Skip served in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta Force from 1969-1992. Among many awards bestowed upon Skip during his career, for his valor, he received the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th highest awards of a soldier: Distinguished Service Cross in 1989, Distinguished Service Medal in 1982, Silver Star in 1970. In addition, Skip received two Purple Heart medals, one in 1970 and 1990 for wounds received in action. He received The Humanitarian Service Medal in 1980, two Soldier’s Medals in 1980 and one Soldier’s Medal in 1982.

In addition to his military career, Skip was a professional home builder and owned his own construction company for 25 years building conventional and log homes and home improvement projects in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia until he retired in 2008. He then relocated from North East, MD to Orlando Florida with his wife to care for his two widowed stepsisters. In 2011, Skip and his wife found their final home together in Young Harris, GA. The couple worked together in partnership with the Shaklee Corporation achieving many awards since 1980. Skip recently began working as a Project Manager for T.L. Thompson Construction, Inc. in Hiawassee, GA, returning to his love for the construction industry.

Skip grew up on Alliance St. in Havre de Grace, MD where he learned to love the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing and boating most of his life. Skip loved God and His Word, his country, his family and friends and humbly served others throughout his life. He valued his place in God’s Army and considered himself a warrior for God.
Skip was an active member of Warriors Veteran Outreach in Murphy, NC. He was a member of the World Harvest Church North in Blairsville, GA and the North Mount Zion Church of God in Hiawassee, GA. He was a former member of Life Community Church in Newark, DE. He served in Towns County Food Bank and the Food Bank at North Mount Zion Church of God.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Georgia Lee (Deamer) Peters and by three sons and a daughter: Michael Lee Peters (Julie), Jeffrey Lynn Peters (Rachel), Nathan Lee Peters (Heather), and Christine Lynn Peters Glenn (David). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and by his stepbrother, Steve Foust from Havre de Grace, MD. He is preceded in death by his father, Earl L. Peters and his mother, Irene Scroggins Peters, his step siblings Herbert Pates, Jeannette Peters (Charles) Miller, Ramona Peters (John) Ondeck and Ladonna Peters (Joseph) Baldwin.

Celebration services will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Sharp Memorial UMC on Young Harris campus, 1114 Main St. Young Harris, GA at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.

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