Fannin Middle School Students of the Month September

Fannin Middle, Rebel's Corner

Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for September. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.

Students chosen for September are: Devin Hogsed, daughter of Jason & Victoria Turner of Blue Ridge; Tyler Ensley, son of Rodney & Pam Ensley of Epworth; Maddie Buchanan, daughter of Jacob & Tiffany Buchanan of McCaysville and Russell & Jennifer Jones of Mineral Bluff; and James Kyle, son of Tim and Mary Kyle of Blue Ridge.

Pictured Left to Right in featured image:

James Kyle, Devin Hogsed, Maddie Buchanan, and Tyler Ensley

West Fannin Character Ed Recognition for September – Respect!

Rebel's Corner, West Fannin Elem

The Character Ed word for the month of September was Respect.  The definition is “treating others the way that you would like to be treated; being considerate of others’ feelings.”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month.  Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Olivia O’Neal, Landon Millsaps, Eliza Carroll, Trent Taylor, Jeremiah Woolsey, Arianna Riendeau, Rylan Gilmore, and Ella White.  Middle row:  Brody Ingle, Carson Callihan, Emma Dills, Ava Curtis, Keats Miller, Christian Vazquez-Rosales, and Lyla Strange.   Back row: Moriah Carter, Benjamin Holsonback, Lucas Jarrett, Brayden Barker, Casi Mealer, Kierce Trammell, Vince Foster, and Abbie Dillard.  Not pictured:  Chasity Teague

Employment increases in Georgia Mountains, unemployment down in September

News, State & National

Employment increases in Georgia Mountains, unemployment down in September

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today the unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains Region fell in September as the number of employed residents increased and unemployment claims declined.

The September unemployment rate, at 3.6 percent, was down from 4.1 percent in August.  The September rate compares favorably to last September when the rate was 4.8 percent. The rate is one of the lowest in Georgia.

“The combination of a falling unemployment rate and an increase in the number of employed residents shows a region on the rise,” Butler said. “Seeing the number of jobs increase is always a good indicator. However, seeing the number of employed Georgians increase is the ultimate positive result.”

Butler said Wednesday that in September the number of employed residents increased by 4,183 to 327,389. There were 13,435 more employed residents in the area than in September 2016.

Unemployment claims were down by 9.8 percent to 944. Claims were down in manufacturing. When compared to last September, claims were down by 23.2 percent from 1,229.

“Not only is the region producing good jobs, it’s putting people to work,” Butler said. “That’s great to see for the Georgia Mountains.”

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,071 new active job postings in the Georgia Mountains region for September.

Visit dol.georgia.gov to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers and to connect with us on social media.

DATA FOR THE METRO AREAS ARE ATTACHED. TABLES AND GRAPHS REFLECTING LABOR MARKET DATA ARE AVAILABLE AT http://dol.georgia.gov/current-labor-force-data-and-graphs

NEWS MEDIA NEEDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY CALL (404) 232-3685

Hurricane Irma Impacts State Rate

State & National

Jobs decrease slightly in state, as Hurricane Irma impacts Coastal Georgia

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Hurricane Irma caused Georgia’s job numbers to fall and unemployment claims to rise in September.

Butler noted that the state lost about 500 jobs for the month.  Similarly, Georgia also saw nearly 25,000 unemployment claims filed in September. That was a modest increase from the prior month and from September 2016. A 240 percent jump for the month in the coastal region drove the statewide numbers up slightly, the commissioner said.

“Even though the hurricane did have a negative effect on Georgia’s job and unemployment claims numbers, we still had a record month for employment and persons entering the workforce,” Butler said. “This shows the strength of Georgia’s economy and job market.”

Butler noted that even though September’s numbers were impacted by Hurricane Irma those changes were not enough to significantly affect the state’s strong performance over the past 12 months. Georgia added more than 84,000 new jobs during that time, Butler said.

Further, Butler said in September the state jobless rate continued to decline. He reported the September unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in August. It was last that low in June 2007. The monthly rate compares favorably to last September when the rate was 5.4 percent.

Butler added that employment among the state’s residents was up by 35,649 from August. That’s the largest single-month gain in at least 40 years.  The labor force, which is the number of residents employed and those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 25,761, as the number of unemployed declined by 9,888.

“It continues to be a very good year for Georgia’s economy when you look at the whole picture,” Butler said.

With the monthly job loss, Georgia ended September with 4,497,200 total jobs.  Jobs were up 1.9 percent from September 2016.

Most of the over-the-year job growth came in professional and business services, 28,200; leisure and hospitality, 19,200; education and health services, 14,600; and trade, transportation and warehousing, 10,400.

Statewide, unemployment claims were up by 3.6 percent to 24,666, due largely to temporary claims filed in manufacturing and accommodations and food services. Compared to September 2016, claims were up a modest 1.1 percent from 24,403.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 56,210 new active job postings in Georgia for September.

Visit dol.georgia.gov to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers and to connect with us on social media.

DATA FOR THE METRO AREAS ARE ATTACHED, TABLES AND GRAPHS REFLECTING LABOR MARKET DATA ARE AVAILABLE AT http://dol.georgia.gov/current-labor-force-data-and-graphs

NEWS MEDIA NEEDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY CALL (404) 232-3685

September Students of the Month

Fannin Middle

Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for September. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.

Students chosen for September are: Sydney McGill, daughter of Randall & Kristy McGill of Blue Ridge; Trey Riccitiello, son of Jerry & Tina Townson of Mineral Bluff; Cassidy Culpepper, daughter of Shan & Kathy Culpepper of Blue Ridge; and Sawyer Moreland, son of Tara Moreland of Blue Ridge and John Moreland of Morganton.

Pictured L to R:

Trey Riccitiello, Sydney McGill, Cassidy Culpepper, Sawyer Moreland

West Fannin September Character Ed Winners

West Fannin Elem

The West Fannin Elementary Character Education word for the month of September was Responsibility.  The definition is “Trustworthy and dependable; Being prepared.”

These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month.  Congratulations to all of you!

Pictured from left to right- Front row: Melissa Acevedo, Bryson Mull, Luke Strobel, Aiden Majors,  Hailey Stewart, John Baxter, and Bentley Cole.   Middle row: Matthew Cash, Izzie Jabaley, Sawyer White, Clay Dillard, Sadie Patton, Gabriel Salat, and Ryan Wood.  Back row: Cohutta Brannon, Julie Farmer, Matthew Ponton, Ryker Pigott, Reese Lewis, Hollyanna Greene, and Keton Wilson.  Not Pictured: Hervin Sutton, Kaleb Jackson, and Kalyn Martin.

36th Annual Labor Day Bar-B-Q in Blue Ridge, GA

Community, Downtown Blue Ridge

The 36th Annual Labor Day Bar-B-Q was held in downtown Blue Ridge over the week-end.  The event was kicked off with a Pic-Nic-Nac on Saturday with breakfast and lunch concessions and Nic-Nac’s for sale from local nonprofits.   Sunday was community worship followed by an ice cream social.  Pastors of different faiths came together and song leaders led congregational singing of old time hymns.

Monday was the day for delicious Bar-B-Q while listening to gospel and bluegrass.  The weather was beautiful and large crowds gathered for the festivities sponsored by the Good Samaritans of Fannin County, Inc.  If you would like to donate or help Good Samaritans call 706.455.3818 or 706.633.6459.  Check out the photos and video below:

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