Fannin County Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) has earned another National Award. National FCCLA offers an award called “Go for the Red” each year for chapters who increase their local membership. For the second year in a row, Fannin FCCLA has earned the “Go for the Red” award at Gold status meaning that membership was increased by at least 20 members. In total, our membership increased by 22 members leaving us with a total of 89 members for the 2018-2019 school year. Our chapter was awarded a “Go for the Red” banner to be displayed in our school.
Several of our chapter officers were also awarded individual “Go for the Red” awards. The individual award is for students who recruit at least 3 new members into our local FCCLA chapter. The following students received this recognition from National FCCLA: (from left) Sierra Reynolds, Sydney Tarpley, Chloe Clemmons, Bobbi Pippin, Hope Parris, and Cady Finley. Each of these students received a certificate and Go for the Red t shirt from National FCCLA.
Our chapter and these individual members will be recognized at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California this July.
Ellijay, Ga. – A nationally known jewelry thief narrowly escaped capture in Gilmer County after trying to sell stolen goods to North Georgia Diamond located in East Ellijay.
Earlier in the day of Saturday, June 2, a man entered The Blue Ridge Diamond Center in Blue Ridge, Ga. It was there that the master thief was able to pocket a four carat diamond tennis bracelet.
The owners of The Blue Ridge Diamond Center immediately notified police of the theft, and they also made it known to several area jewelry stores to be on the lookout for the male suspect.
Bill Craig, owner of North Georgia Diamond, describes how the thief is able to steal these precious stones despite the added precaution taken by jewelers: “He confuses people and builds their trust and gets them to show him a bunch of different things.”
The suspect then goes on to become comfortable in the stores even sitting down to discuss custom jewelry options. Through sleight of hand the suspect pockets usually a single valuable item, and makes a casual exit from the building.
After stealing the four carat diamond tennis bracelet, the suspect made his way to North Georgia Diamond in hopes of unloading his prize.
The suspect came into the store asking to sell the tennis bracelet, but staff quickly realized this was the thief from earlier in the day and notified law enforcement.
The staff stalled while police arrived. In the meantime, however, other customers entered the store.
Officer Tommy Long with the East Ellijay Police Department describes the events upon arriving at North Georgia Diamond shortly after 2:00 p.m. : “When I arrived on the scene I entered the business and observed two males talking with a sales clerk. Another male was to my right.”
While trying to silently verify which male was the suspect, the male to Officer Long’s right received a phone call and stepped out the door.
Craig, owner of North Georgia Diamond, immediately notified Long that the suspect was the male walking out the door.
Like the suspect had vanished into thin air, Long describes exiting almost immediately after him: “As I exited the store the male was nowhere to be found. I looked around all other businesses and beside and under porches but was unable to locate the subject.”
The suspect having to make an unexpected exit, did leave behind the stolen tennis bracelet and a driver’s license.
The Oregon driver’s license identified him as Richard Laracuente. This name traces back to a number of warrants for theft across the United States. The suspect has also been known to use the name Robert James Allen which too traces to numerous warrants for theft.
“It’s a pretty serious thing,” Craig spoke of the thief, “He’s a pro.”
Craig belongs to a group of jewelers who contact each other regularly via social media. It was on this site that Craig found out after leaving his store in Georgia, the suspect robbed a store a couple of states away in the following days.
“He hit a store in Kentucky,” Craig explained, “and those people had seen all the posts about this. They had seen what I posted.”
In Kentucky, the suspect was able to get away with a three stone diamond ring.
Despite Craig’s warnings the thief is able to continue his crime spree because according to Craig “he’s a very good master of disguise.”
“I warned everybody on the Facebook group,” Craig spoke of his actions to try to warn fellow jewelers, “I said he’s going to hit. He’s going to hit again, and sure enough.”
Jewelry stores across the nation are asked to be on the lookout for the suspect and to contact local law enforcement immediately if the suspect enters their premises.
Featured Image: ID left behind by suspect when making his exit from North Goergia Diamond.
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Congratulations to the Applications of Engineering students at Fannin County High School. 100% of the students passed the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Pre-Engineering/Engineering Technology exam. Nationally, over 10,000 students took the exam, and the national pass rate was 58%. The Engineering students at Fannin High did an outstanding job, performing well above the national average!
The students completed a three course Engineering Pathway, consisting of Foundations of Engineering, Engineering Concepts, and Engineering Applications. Several of the students are planning to pursue careers in Engineering or Engineering Technology. During the pathway, students learned how to create Engineering drawings, use industry standard 3D modeling software, create 3D prints, design and build robots, and write computer programs.
“I am very proud of these future Engineers! It has been a pleasure to work with them over the last four years, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.” Bubba Gibbs, Engineering Teacher FCHS.
More information on the Engineering Pathway can be found at: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Pages/Engineering-and-Technology-Pathways.aspx
More information on NOCTI can be found at: http://www.nocti.org/index.cfm
For additional information, please contact Bubba Gibbs at email@example.com.
Pictured Front row (L to R)
Chris Kimbro, Colton Mathis, Cole Harper, Chase Aring
Back Row (L to R)
Dylan Millsaps, Jimmy Long, Sam Mercer, Hunter Alexander, Joe Sission, Brett Galloway, Gavin Gibbs
Fannin County High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) earned recognition from National FCCLA for the 2017-2018 Go for the Red Campaign. Go For the Red is an FCCLA membership campaign that provides incentives for members and chapters working to increase membership. Go For the Red empowers students to recruit, retain, and recognize members. FCHS FCCLA earned Gold status for recruiting over 20 new students into their Career and Technical Organization. Bobbi Pippin, sophomore at FCHS, earned the individual Go for the Red Award for recruiting 3 or more new students into the organization on her own. FCHS FCCLA Chapter and Bobbi Pippin will be recognized at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference this summer. Pictured here are FCCLA Adviser, Lauren Owenby and FCCLA Vice President, Bobbi Pippin.
It’s Sine Die day, that means it’s the last day of the 2018 Legislative Session! Interviews First Vice Chairman of Georgia Congress 9th District GOP Rebecca Yardley on the experience and what to expect from the Georgia Capitol today!
Senator David Perdue: President Trump Driving Consensus To Fix Our Legal Immigration System
“My personal focus continues to be on how we eliminate chain migration, which is a fundamental flaw in our current immigration policy”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) made the following comments after the White House meeting on immigration today:
“President Trump, being an outsider and business guy, is driving consensus between Republicans and Democrats to fix our legal immigration system. Today’s White House meeting was to define the scope of this negotiation to include four items: solving the DACA situation, addressing border security, ending chain migration, and eliminating the outdated visa lottery. President Trump is trying to instill a sense of urgency to get something done on immigration, but this topic should not be part of funding the federal government. My personal focus continues to be on how we eliminate chain migration, which is a fundamental flaw in our current immigration policy. If any conversation about DACA is being held without that consideration, it is not going to go anywhere in the United States Senate. The first thing a DACA recipient will do if given permanent status is use chain migration laws to sponsor those who violated the law originally. Ending chain migration and eliminating the outdated visa lottery program is in our national security and economic interest. President Trump has done a great job making sure this remains a top priority in any immigration discussion.”
Word spread like wildfire Tuesday afternoon, with various sports media sources reporting that Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason has made a decision regarding his future; and all sources point to Seattle. Several sports reporters speculated on twitter last night, following the Alabama victory in the national championship game, with many mentioning the rumor mill had already begun and barring any last minute “change of heart” – Eason would be a Huskie next season. No official word has been given as of yet.
A native of Lake Stevens, Washington, it comes as no surprise that the talented quarterback would consider returning to his home state. Only 20 years old, he would be required by the NCAA to sit out the 2018 season before making an impact for the University of Washington. While at Georgia, Eason completed 55.1% of his throws for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns, with eight interceptions.
A knee sprain forced Eason to the sidelines for the Notre Dame game this season, where freshman Jake Fromm took the helm and never looked back. With Fromm’s success, Georgia will apparently lose arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC to the Pac-12.