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School specialist attorney addresses BOE on archival email issue

School board specialist Phil Hartley waded into the local school system’s email archiving discussion during a Gilmer County Board of Education meeting Thursday, Jan. 15.
County to appeal $171,000 fine

A $171,415 fine levied by the Georgia Department of Revenue against the Gilmer County Assessors Office will be appealed, the county’s chief appraiser said at a Jan. 15 public meeting dominated by talks of  budget concerns and how future penalties can be avoided.
Former bank officer convicted of fraud

Former bank officer convicted of fraud
William R. “Rusty” Beamon Jr., was convicted by a federal jury last week in Gainesville for carrying out a scheme to defraud the former Appalachian Community Bank of Ellijay, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta.
Teens plead not guilty in assault case

Teens plead not guilty in assault case
Three men charged with the sexual assault of a girl at a post-prom party in Ellijay entered not guilty pleas Monday in Gilmer County Superior Court.

New BOC chairman hopes to grow tax base, more jobs
New BOC chairman hopes to grow tax base, more jobs

Growing the county’s tax base is the biggest challenge facing incoming Gilmer County Board of Commission Chairman Charlie Paris, he believes.

Sanford outlines stronger county financial picture

JC Sanford has held public office the past six years, two as a post commissioner and the past four as chairman of the Gilmer County Board of Commissioners.

BOC delays action on emergency fee, ambulance

The final scheduled meeting of JC Sanford as Gilmer County Board of Commission chairman was a case of two steps forward and one step back as several items were tabled at last Thursday’s meeting.

Sheriff: Man caught digging grave for friend he shot
Sheriff: Man caught digging grave for friend he shot

When Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a tip about a shooting last Friday in the Roundtop Road area, they found a man digging a grave for a friend he allegedly shot hours earlier.

BOC to approve $18.9 million budget

$203,097 increase from 2014

The Gilmer County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve an $18,921,300 budget for 2015 at its Dec. 11 meeting.

‘It’s an eyesore’
‘It’s an eyesore’
Tickanetley residents say rundown trailer is lowering their property value

“It’s an eyesore,” Geigler said of the uninhabited trailer on Edmondson Road in eastern Gilmer County. “We’ve lived here three years, and have just been quite impressed by the beauty around here. We’ve got a beautiful view (toward the Rich Mountain range), and the creek really drew us here. We like to go out there and listen to the creek babbling, but the eyesore over there — it’s just really been a challenge for us.”

Times-Courier readers can help Boys & Girls Clubs win $30K grant

Times-Courier readers can help Boys & Girls Clubs win $30K grant
Jan Day, director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Three Rivers, has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the 2014 Champions of Care Challenge sponsored by Health Mart Community. The person representing a nonprofit who receives the most online votes by Sunday, March 30, will win $30,000 grant for their organization.

Sanford seeking re-election as chairman of BOC

Sanford seeking re-election as chairman of BOC
Gilmer County Board of Commission Chairman JC Sanford has decided to run for re-election.

Sanford filed qualifying paperwork last week and will join Post 2 Commissioner Danny Hall, Charlie Paris and Mark Simmons in the chairman’s race.

Sanford said the main reason he decided to run again was because of “the encouragement I got from so many people.

Social media users can win $250

The Georgia Press Association is offering a $250 cash prize to the winner of a social media contest running through March. Georgia residents can enter the contest by taking a creative photograph with their favorite local newspaper that is a member of the Georgia Press Association. Contest entries should be posted on Instagram or Twitter, accompanied with the hashtag #ReadLocalGA. A winner will be selected April 1, 2014. No purchase is necessary to enter.
Personal property appraisal seminars offered Thursday, March 6

Two seminars explaining how personal property is appraised and taxed will be presented by the Gilmer County Office of Assessors Thursday, March 6.

The free, public seminars will be held at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the main jury assembly room of the Gilmer County Courthouse. 

Qualifying starts Monday

Official qualifying for seats on the Gilmer County Commission and Board of Education begins Monday, March 3, and lasts through Friday, March 7. Candidates may qualify Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Sanford honored at Chamber gala as Citizen of the Year

Sanford honored at Chamber gala as Citizen of the Year
Service to the community is a way of life for Kent Sanford, who was named the 2013 Citizen of the Year (COTY) during the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala Saturday, Jan. 25. 

“We live in a world that is all about making money, and I think it should be all about helping people,” he told the Times-Courier. 

Kouns approved to head schools

The Gilmer County Board of Education unanimously approved a contract to hire Jason Kouns as the official school system superintendent during a meeting Thursday, Jan. 9. Kouns had served as the interim superintendent since Sept. 12, 2013, and his new contract is for an 18-month period. 

Official: It’s not swine flu

There have been four confirmed deaths from influenza in Georgia this flu season, but none of them have been officially acknowledged as occurring in the North Georgia Health District that includes Gilmer County, according to a public health official.
“(But) we haven’t even seen the peak of the season yet,” said Jennifer King, NGHD public information officer and risk communicator. “That won’t happen until later this month or possibly into February.”
King said she could not yet comment on the death of Gilmer Christian Learning Center staff member Pam Watkins, who passed away Monday, Jan. 6, since she did not know if doctors had sent a sample to the state public health lab. Friends say Watkins had contracted the flu in late December.

Civic Center open as "warming shelter"

Gilmer County EMA is reporting they will be opening a warming center at the civic center located at 1562 S. Main St. in Ellijay starting at 6 p.m. Monday. Red Cross is providing cots and blankets. Get the word out to those who need a warm place who do not have heat. If they need transportation, have them call (706) 635-8911 and give details.
Ellijay mother and daughter killed in accident

A two-car collision on the Murray County side of Highway 282 took the lives of two Ellijay residents on Saturday, Dec. 14, authorities said. Juana Bautista Garcia, 30, and her daughter, Diana Bautista Garcia, 3, both of Corbin Hill Road, were killed in the wreck that happened around noon, said Murray County Deputy Coroner Alan Robbins. The husband and father, Pascual Jacinto Reynoso (age unknown), hydroplaned during rainy weather into the path of a semi truck. Robbins said it is possible Reynoso could be charged. Information from the Georgia State Patrol about the accident is being requested.
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