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March of Dimes kickoff encourages local residents to ‘be a lifesaver’
3/26/2015

March of Dimes kickoff encourages local residents to ‘be a lifesaver’
Every family deserves a healthy baby, declared Laura Thomas at a recent regional kickoff event for the annual March of Dimes campaign.
Boys & Girls Clubs in Gilmer, Pickens to benefit from lotto-style raffle
3/26/2015

Boys & Girls Clubs in Gilmer, Pickens to benefit from lotto-style raffle
The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia are drawing inspiration from the Georgia Lottery for a 10-year anniversary fundraiser that will award cash prizes to winners May 4-15.
Library programs spotlight geology, gardening
3/26/2015

Library programs spotlight geology, gardening
Gilmer County Library patrons are invited to learn more about the natural world through two upcoming presentations.
Fred Craddock remembered
3/20/2015

Fred Craddock remembered
Physically speaking, the Rev. Dr. Fred Brenning Craddock was small of stature — “I am 5’ 4” on a good day,” he wrote in one of his books — but to those who knew him, he loomed larger than life.
East Ellijay business break-ins thought to be work of same person
3/20/2015

East Ellijay business break-ins thought to be work of same person
Three crimes that occurred between Feb. 21 and March 4, when an armed gunman entered the local Rite Aid Pharmacy demanding prescription drugs, have made for a series of unfortunate events in the little city still known to many of its residents as “East Town.”
Ellijay City Clerk obtains municipal certification
3/12/2015

Ellijay City Clerk obtains municipal certification
Ellijay’s city clerk recently became one of only 10,300 officials to earn the title of certified municipal clerk through an international institute. Sharon Spivey Nelson said she’d been working since 2010 to complete the certification requirements through classes at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Gilmer man continues argument for end to water fluoridation
3/12/2015

Gilmer man continues argument for end to water fluoridation
When it comes to the practice of adding fluoride to the water supply, Ellijay resident Daniel Stockin believes “the handwriting is literally on the wall. Fluoridation is going to collapse,” he went on to predict. “The crowd that’s been supporting it is starting to turn on each other ... I’m not interested in blame or credit, I just want it to stop.”
Local authors reading, signing event
3/12/2015

Local authors reading, signing event
The work of seven local and regional authors will be on display at a free event Saturday, March 14, 1 to 4 p.m., at downtown Ellijay nonprofit Gilmer Arts. Presented as a “unique book fair,”  the first installment of Meet the Authors will feature guests reading from their works, signing copies of their books and chatting with those who attend.
Ellijay Police welcome three new officers to force
3/5/2015

Ellijay Police welcome three new officers to force
The Ellijay Police Department is pleased to announce the addition of three police officers. The pre-employment selection process was extensive and included a background investigation, psychological examination, polygraph examination and a written exercise.  The final recommendation for hire was made by a hiring board following their review of the officers’ files, written exercises and oral interviews.
Stopping graffiti at Springer Mtn.
3/5/2015

Stopping graffiti at Springer Mtn.
In a recent blog for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Robert Collins described how graffiti is seen in many different lights ranging from self-expression art to a rite of passage to vandalism. 
Drug Courts proving successful in county
2/27/2015

Drug Courts proving successful in county
A concept of criminal justice that attempts to keep substance abuse offenders out of incarceration that has been tried elsewhere is being implemented successfully in Gilmer County. Administered by the Appalachian Judicial Circuit — comprised of Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties — Drug Court and Family Drug Court have been in existence here since 2002.
City of Ellijay gets $253,000 to continue Streetscape renovation work
2/18/2015

City of Ellijay gets $253,000 to continue Streetscape renovation work
Mayor Al Hoyle announced recently that Phase 5 of Ellijay’s Streetscape project will be continued with a Georgia Department of Transportation enhancement grant, also known as a ‘T’ grant.
Operation Sandbox to reach out to wounded warriors
2/18/2015

Operation Sandbox to reach out to wounded warriors
Operation Sandbox is extending its efforts to assist American soldiers. Founded in November 2004, the Georgia-based nonprofit is dedicated to supporting members of the Armed Forces by sending care packages to those serving overseas. Now the organization is increasing its mission to encompass wounded warriors as well. 
New queen crowned
2/13/2015

New queen crowned
Betty Gilreath cried tears of surprise and happiness when she was named the 2015 Ms. Gilmer Nursing Home last Thursday evening. “I feel great about it,” she said after being crowned by last year’s queen, Winnie Scigliano, at the conclusion of the facility’s 38th annual pageant.
Kiker named Citizen of the Year
2/5/2015

Kiker named Citizen of the Year
Ben Kiker stated he was “pretty shocked” when he was introduced as the 2014 Citizen of the Year (COTY) during the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce’s 36th annual gala Saturday, Jan. 31. “I never dreamed of anything like this,” he added, describing how other COTY recipients are people he has looked up to over the years. “Looking at that list of renowned people, I certainly didn’t see any karate instructors on there.”
Dalton State launches textbook lending library at Gilmer campus
1/30/2015

Dalton State launches textbook lending library at Gilmer campus
One of the hardest lessons facing college students is that higher education is not cheap. In addition to rising tuition and fees, the steep price of textbooks is a common financial hurdle associated with pursuing a degree.
Gilmer High names STAR Student, Teacher for 2015
1/30/2015

Gilmer High names STAR Student, Teacher for 2015
Emily Nieves has earned the honor of being named Gilmer High School’s 2015 STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student, school officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 27.  To receive the designation, high school seniors must have the highest score for their school on the three part SAT for one test date, as well as be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students in regards to grade point average for their graduating class. 
Assessors accepting 2015 returns
1/22/2015

Assessors accepting 2015 returns
The Gilmer County Assessors Office is now accepting the following: taxpayer’s returns of real property, business personal property returns, Homestead Exemption applications and conservation use program applications. The deadline for filing is April 1, 2015. 
Using history to build character
1/22/2015

Using history to build character
North Georgia RESA employee Tanna Leigh Barnes gets an up-close look at the Congressional Medal of Honor belonging to Ret. Army Lt. Col. Charles Hagemeister, left. Hagemeister, who received the medal in 1968 for heroic actions during a battle in Vietnam’s Binh Dinh Province, was at the educational resource facility Jan. 14 to introduce a new classroom character-building program assembled by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

‘Outstanding Teen’ loses battle with cancer
1/20/2015

‘Outstanding Teen’ loses battle with cancer
How could an 11-year-old have cancer?

That’s the question that rocketed through Sydney Ridings’ mind when she was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma in August 2011. 

 
 
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