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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

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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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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.


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

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.


Ask The Doc!



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

2015 Fannin Lady Rebels Awards Banquet



DSCN0496test1The 2015 Lady Rebels Softball banquet was held at the First Baptist Church Youth Community Building in Blue Ridge, GA. Fannin alumni and now University of North Georgia Nighthawks Softball members Alexis Collis and Candace German were in attendance with their 2015 Division II NCAA Softball National Championship Trophy. Coaches, family and friends were all in attendance as Coach Dyer and Coach Armstrong handed out the awards from the past season.

The 2015 Lady Rebel season has come and gone, but not before a great season. Coach Dyer started off the banquet awards with Asst. Director of Enrollment Services at the UNG Blue Ridge Campus, Lori Bramlett. Mrs. Bramlett recognized Alexis and Candace for there role in winning the 2015 NCAA National Championship. The two girls talked about getting ready for the night, keeping God first and surviving college life.

Coach Armstrong and Coach Dyer started off the 2015 Lady Rebels banquet by presenting awards to the JV Lady Rebels and finished with the varsity Lady Rebels and a special presentation to the eight seniors that will be leaving this year. Incase you missed the banquet, go here to watch it.

JV Rebel Award – Freshman Hannah Dickey

Coaches Award JV squad – Sophomore Brooklyn Bearden

7-AAA All-Region 1st Team – Ashley Rhodes and Allie Barfield

7-AAA All-Region 2nd Team – Kiersten Seagle and Haylee Bearden

The 2015 Scholar Athelete Award presented by Principal Eric Cioffi

Senior –  Lacey Walden

Participation Awards – Sophomore Morgan Contardi and Freshman Amelia Sneed

First Year Letters

Freshman – Macy Galloway

Freshman – Aubree Pack

Freshman – Hannah Dickey

Freshman – Kyla Seabolt

Second Year Letters

Senior – Destiny Traylor

Sophomore – Brooklyn Bearden

Senior – Kakyra DeGrie

Third Year Letters

Senior – Lacy Walden

Senior – Haylee Bearden

Junior – Kaitlin Dickey

Senior – Whitney Campbell

Senior – Ashley Rhodes

Fourth Year Letters

Senior – Kiersten Seagle

Senior – Allie Barfield

Pitcher Award – Whitney Campbell

Most Improved– Ashley Rhodes

Defensive Award– Kiersten Seagle

Offensive Award– Allie Barfield

Lady Rebel award– Lacey Walden


Coach Dyer presented the Seniors with a plaque for there wall. He talked about how each of the eight senior ladies impacted both the team and him personally over the last four years.

Heather Collis was also recognized for all the years of hard work and dedication she has put into the program. She was presented a gift certificate for an evening out. Coach Dyer thanked her and the entire Softball Booster Club for the thankless and tireless job they have done throughout his five years at Fannin. He also said that of all his years coaching that this was the most active and hardest working Booster Club he has had the pleasure of working with.



Could Major Changes in 7-AAA Football be Coming?


Now that the regular season has come and gone, post-season GHSA changes start. The 2016-17 football scene could change for several teams. The realignment comes after a vote to make a new region “Super 44” which puts the top schools with 2,000+ kids in one super region. Now this changes everything from 6A to 1A. For every team that moves up or down another team has to do the same. Schools like Buford whom have more than 3% of there kids outside the county are forced to move up with the new rules. Fannin and Banks Counties are looking like they will move down to AA, while East Hall, Lumpkin, Franklin and West Hall are moving to AAAA. Dawson County will remain the only 7-AAA team if all this plays out like suggested. It is unclear just yet as to what region Fannin will move to, but when we find out after the GHSA makes the changes later this year TeamFYNSports will keep you updated.

Here is a look at what things could look like next football season. Click Here

Rebel’s Super Swag Player of the Week


The Fannin Rebels Player of the Week goes to senior running back #5 Dakota Archie. He is a huge part of this year’s team and puts in work each game. This week against West Hall he ran 162 yards on 38 carries and 2 touchdowns.

Congratulations Dakota on earning this week’s Player of the Week.

Fannin Falls in Double Overtime, 37-40


fannin-county-gawest hallThe Fannin Rebels (2-2,4-4) hosted the West Hall Spartans (1-3,3-5) in what ended up being a fight to the finish. With .46 seconds left in the game Fannin was up 27-24 and with the game all but won, West Hall kicker #22 Cesar Villa kicks a 49 yd. field goal to tie things up and force overtime. The Spartans found the end zone in double overtime to get their first region win, 40-37.

Fannin came out strong as they usually do. Jack Roper was the first to find then end zone at 4:06 in the first quarter. It was a 30 yard run off the left-side. West Hall answered a few short plays later with a 64 yard touchdown to tie things up at, 7-7 to end the first quarter.

The Rebels were able to score some points in the second quarter, but West Hall’s defense was able to contain. Fannin found the uprights with a 20 yards field goal, 13-14 at 10:23 in the second. The Spartans had a huge return of 74 yards setting them up with a short yardage touchdown, bringing the total to, 14-10 and then again with a 62 yard touchdown pass. at the end of the half West Hall was leading, 21-13.

Dakota Archie was first to strike in the third quarter from 13 yards out, closing the Spartans lead to one, 20-21. West Hall was not able to score in the third which is typically the Rebels worst quarter, but was able to hit a field goal increasing the lead, 24-21.

Again, Archie was a huge factor in Fannin’s run game. After driving the ball 80 yards Brad Davis was able to get in from 1 yard out on a keeper to the left-side with 9:20 left in the game. West Hall could not find the end zone against a tough and relentless Fannin defense. As time ran down it seemed as Fannin was righting a wrong after last years loss at West Hall. With 43.1 seconds left in the game, Spartans kicker Cesar Villa nails a 49 yard field goal to tie things up at, 27-27 forcing overtime.

West Hall had first strike at the end zone and quickly found it. #10 Darius Coleman ran a 20 yd. sprint to the right side finding the end zone. Fannin then had a chance to tie things up with a fresh set of downs. #3 Dakota Archie got the call and he answered. After a few short gains Archie was able to drag the entire Spartans team 5 yds into the end zone. Now with things tied, 34-34 they went into double overtime.

Fannin was first to get the ball and was stopped after a few short gains, but B. Caranza was able to get a field goal from about 20 yds. out. This gave the Spartans some breathing room. West Hall ran the same play to the right-side easily finding the end zone and getting the win in double overtime, 40-37.

Fannin will travel to Hall County to face-off against tough region opponent East Hall at 7:30 pm next week.

Game Highlights Click Here

Full Stats from Game Here

Brad Davis 24 – 37  202yds    4 Carries 14 yds 1 TD
Dakota Archie 38 Carries 162 yds 2 TD
Jack Roper 5 Carries 48 yds 1 TD
Tyler Collis 1 Carry 11yds
Dakota Archie 3 for -2 yds
Christian Resendez 1 for 11 yds
Cooper Earls 12 for 111 yds
Adam Ingram 5 for 48 yds
Jacob Reece 3 for 34

Players of Week

Off – Hunter Davis

Def – Jack Roper

Spec Teams – Andrew Pavao


Rebels Scalp Indians, 41-35 at the Burial Grounds


fannin-county-galumpkin-county-gaThe Fannin Rebels(1-1,3-3) travelled to Dahlonega, GA. for a regional -match-up with the Lumpkin Indians(0-3,2-5) at the Burial Grounds. The Rebels went to the air and amassed 446 yards passing in their, 41-35 victory.

The Indians won the coin toss and deferred to the Rebels, giving them the ball in the second half. Fannin QB Brad Davis came out on fire, quickly driving the ball 80 yards downfield to Lumpkin’s five yard line, but the Indians were able to hold Fannin. B. Caranza hit a 20 yard field goal to make it,3-0.  Fannin was able to hold Lumpkin despite Zack Matthews attempts at scoring for the Indians. Davis was able to connect to Jacob Reece for a touchdown to end the first quarter, 10-0.

The second quarter was all Fannin on both sides of the ball. Lumpkin did manage to score, but Davis aired it out connecting on a 35 yard touchdown to Christian Resendiz across the middle bringing the score to, 17-7. Lumpkin managed to score twice in the second quarter. Once on a 30 yard pass and then again on a 87 yard kick-off return.  Davis finished out the half throwing two more touchdown passes to Cooper Earls and a B. Caranza field goal increased their lead going into the half, 34-14

The second half seems to be a thorn in the Rebel’s side, giving up 94 second half points versus scoring only 66 points. However, they have only allowed 69 points in the first half of play. Lumpkin was no exception to this flaw. The Rebels had a 20 point lead going  into the third quarter and gave up 21 second half points. Almost losing the game. With 7:15 left in the fourth quarter, Jack Roper found the outside and ran for 30+ yard touchdown making the score, 41-28. Lumpkin did move the ball downfield and found the end zone one last time, but with little time left on the clock Davis was able to run it out after taking several knees. At the end Fannin takes their first region win on the road, 41-35.

Next up for the Rebels is the Dawson County Tigers at home. The Tigers(3-0,4-2) are sitting up top of the 7-AAA region after beating the Franklin Lions, 54-40.

Highlight Stats

Brad Davis – 18-23, 446 yds, 4 td, 2 carries -8 yds


Cody Jacobs – 15 carries for 58 yds

Jack Roper – 7 carries for 46 yds, 1 td


Cooper Earls – 8 catches, 236 yds, 2 td

Adam Ingram – 6 catches, 94 yds

Jacob Reece – 2 catches, 43 yds, 1 td

Dakota Archie – 1 catch, 38 yds

Christian Resendiz – 1 catch, 35 yds, 1 td

For Full Stats Click Here

Rebels Week 5 POTW


Week 5 FYN Player of the Week for the Rebels goes to none other than #17 Cooper Earls. Earls is a Junior wide-receiver with speed and height. QB Brad Davis targeted Earls nine times for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Banks County last week. Earls was the workhorse and go to receiver. He also had 64 return yards for a total of 197 yards on the night.

Congratulations Cooper Earls for being named week 5 FYN Player of the Week.



Rebels Drop Rain Soaked Region Opener at Banks, 28-52


The Fannin Rebels(0-1,2-3)) were on the road against a tough Banks County Leopards(1-1,4-2) last Friday. Although the weather made a temporary stop for the game, it was cold, windy and the prior rain fall made the field a mess. This was the region opener for Fannin in 7-AAA. Banks County was coming off a 14-7 loss at Franklin County for their opener. The Rebels were not prepared for the Leopards offensive schemes or the speed of the offense. Banks took control after the first half, going on to win, 52-28.



The Rebels kicked off to the Leopards to start the first quarter.SAM_9189 Banks returned the ball back to their own 40 yard line. On the Leopards first possession they drove the ball 65+ yards for a touchdown. Fannin answered on their first possession driving the ball 70+ yards and capping it off with a 1 yard rush from Tyler Collis, tying things up at 7-7. The remainder of the first quarter was uneventful to say the least. Both defenses were able to hold on downs and not allowing much yardage, but Banks did manage to get a field goal late in the quarter. At the end of the first, 7-10 Banks.


The second quarter was a defensive quarter, both teams were able to drive the ball downfield, but in the end the defenses came up with big stops.SAM_9206 Fannin did however, find the end zone off a seven yard pass from Brad Davis to Chris Cornillaud. This made the score, 14-10. Banks would eventually find the end zone themselves and at the end of the first half Banks lead, 17-14.

The two teams went into the extended halftime with things to work on; missed assignments, penalties and coverage issues. Banks held its homecoming during halftime.


SAM_9247Things did not get any better for the Rebels in the second half. Banks came out strong scoring 21 third quarter points and allowing only seven for Fannin. The Rebels’ Cooper Earls found pay dirt on a 10 yard reception from Davis. At the end of the third quarter the score was, 21-31, Banks. The Leopards made some serious adjustments for the second half.



Fannin was able to slow down the Leopards in the fourth allowing only 14 points, but the damage had been done. Being outscored 21-7 in the third Fannin was playing uphill. Earls, again found the end zone in the fourth. This time on a 48 yard reception from Davis. Earls finished the night with nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Although Fannin did manage to score in all four quarters, Banks found the weakness in the Rebels secondary and took full advantage of it. Fannin, as hard as they played, just could not get their rhythm. Banks went on to win, 52-28.

Does Jerod Petty’s injury show more signs of his loss than what was originally thought? Now I am not saying that he is irreplaceable, but his loss was certainly felt on the field of Banks County by my estimations.


Brad Davis – 22-37, 289yds, 3 TD, 1 INT  –  6 Carries for 28 yds

Jack Roper – 12-Carries for 83 yds

Tyler Collis –  10-Carries for 20 yds, 1 TD

Cooper Earls – 9 catches for 133 yds, 2 TD

Chris Cornillaud – 1 catch for 7 yds, 1 TD

Cody Jacobs – 4 catches for 54 yds

Adam Ingram – 4 catches for 42 yds


Jack Roper – 7 Tckls, 3 Asst, 1 Tfl

Dylan Frank – 4 Tckls, 5 Asst

Hunter Neal – 4 Tckls, 2 Asst

Complete Stats Click Here







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