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West Fannin Elementary Character Ed winners for March

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The Character Ed word for the month of March was Optimism.  The definition is “hopeful; focusing on the good in all situations.”

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

Pictured are, from left to right, front row: Sophia Garcia, AbbyGail Grindle, Ella Norris, Ryann King, Scarlett Queen, Makayla Siler, Kaydee Parris, Brody Ingle;  middle row:  Archer Twiggs, Tucker Griggs, Karleigh Cruce, Colton Bradburn, Avery Collis, Yarely Vargas, Isaac Watkins; back row: Ava Acker, Jordan Kinman, Yamilet Lopez-Garcia, Kaden Davis, Callie Lewis, Michael Dunnivan, and Isabella Patton.  Not Pictured:  Jeremiah Wyrick and Natalee Reeves.


Andrew Seitz FFA Proficiency Winner

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Andrew Seitz Wins Area Proficiency Award


Andrew Seitz, of the Fannin County FFA, recently won the Area 1 FFA Proficiency Award in the area of Agricultural sales for his work on tying fly fishing flies.  Andrew Seitz is the son of Stephen and Connie Seitz of Suches, Georgia and a sophomore at Fannin County High School.

For the past two years, Andrew has taught himself how to make fly fishing flies to use when trout fishing.   He has recently started his own business of selling the fly fishing flies to local customers. He currently makes all types of flies but specializes in nymphs creating many varieties with elk and buffalo hair.  In order to receive the proficiency award, Andrew had to fill out paperwork regarding his inventory, record keeping skills, profit or loss sheet, objectives and outcomes, and resume.

Not only did Andrew win the area 1 but he was also a state finalist.  He will now advance to the state competition held in Macon, Georgia on April 27, 3018.  Here, he will be interviewed by a panel of judges regarding his proficiency application.  He will finish in the top three among the state and will walk across the stage at the state convention and be recognized for his accomplishments.   A first place win at the state level would advance him to the national competition held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.

FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Cherie White is the Fannin County FFA advisor.  The Proficiency awards are sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority as a special project of the Georgia FFA Foundation.

Pictured above are some of the fly’s that Andrew has made.

A nymph made by Andrew Seitz.

Andrew Seitz working with his vise to make flys.

Miss Fannin County Middle School Pageant

Rebel's Corner

March 16 was the Junior Miss Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) and Miss FCMS Pageant.  We had 39 participants.  Attached are images of  our winners.  The first image is of Monica Cosentino, first runner-up for Jr. Miss FCMS, Middle is Jr. Miss FCMS Reese Lindstrom, second runner-up Jr Miss FCMS Madison Denton.  The second image is Miss FCMS Kinsley Sullivan and second runner-up Miss FCMS Leah Pope.  Not pictured is first runner-up Miss FCMS Brekailyn Arp.  The last picture is of Kinsley Sullivan, Miss Photogenic, Taylor Poland, Miss Sponsorship,  Adealyn Ray, Miss Congeniality.  Not pictured is Emily Mealer, People’s Choice winner.


FCHS Press Release Regarding the Accomplishment of Todd Geren

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FCHS FCCLA State Leadership Conference

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – This past weekend, students from the Fannin County High School (FCHS) Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter attended the State Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The group brought home several awards! Senior Victoria Keaton earned a medal for scoring third place in the state in the Online Proficiency Testing category. Freshman Sierra Reynolds earned a gold medal and scored in the top two in the state in Sports Nutrition. Cady Finley, a ninth grader, also earned a gold medal and scored in the top two in Interpersonal Communications. Sierra and Cady both advanced and will represent the state of Georgia as they compete at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference this summer.

Also at the conference, FCCLA adviser Lauren Owenby was recognized and awarded the Georgia FCCLA New Teacher of the Year.

Photos: Each of the attached photos are titled. Below are descriptions of each:

Lauren Owenby adviser award: Photo of FCCLA adviser Lauren Owenby with her Georgia FCCLA New Teacher of the Year Plaque.

State Winners with adviser: Pictured above are the three FCHS State Winners. From left: Adviser Lauren Owenby, Sierra Reynolds, Victoria Keaton, and Cady Finley

Group photo: Adviser Lauren Owenby, Sierra Reynolds, Hailee Mealer, Bobbi Pippin, Desiree Bell, Chloe Clemmons, Hayleigh Queen, Cady Finley, and Sydney Tarpley.


Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report

Community, Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS

Director Robert Graham

181 Church St.

Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513


Fax 706-632-8003


March 4, 2018 thru March 10, 2018 Responses


M1: 39

M3: 11

M4: 28

M11: 24


Total: 102


Mutual Aid: 0


Law: 348

Fire: 6

Rescue: 31


Total Emergency Calls: 457


Total Calls: 1336


Stan Helton will be sworn in Friday at 2 P.M. He will then be officially the Chairman Commissioner of Fannin County. On Wednesday Helton and Post Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee requested Rita Davis Kirby resignation. Kirby holds two county positions, CFO and Clerk. Kirby was told that if she did not resign that they would terminate her in January. Fannin County is required to vote to dismiss department heads so Helton and Sosebee where showing Kirby they have the votes.

I spoke with Helton concerning his request for Kirby’s resignation. Helton did not give me any specific reason just that he was putting his administration’s team together and Kirby would not be a part of the team. I then asked about the County Attorney Lynn Doss. Would he address the conflict with her representing different offices in the county along with her itemizing her monthly bill. Doss receives $5,700 a month for her services as county attorney no questions asked. No one can even tell me who set the amount. Helton told me “We have a good county attorney and I am satisfied with her.”
Kirby’s husband is the newly re-elected Sheriff Dane Kirby. Just say’in! Listen to my full report for more details. #BKP - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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