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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. 

Stone tower renovation at Fort Mountain
1/8/2015

Stone tower renovation at Fort Mountain
A stone fire tower that’s long been an attraction for hikers at Fort Mountain State Park is nearing a complete overhaul.

Times-Courier to mark 140th anniversary with weekly section
1/1/2015

With the beginning of 2015, the Times-Courier kicks off a celebration of its 140th anniversary.

Gas prices drop across county
Gas prices drop across county
12/25/2014

Owners and employees of gas stations in the county are among those surprised to see fuel prices get as close to $2 a gallon as they have in the months leading up to Christmas.

Ellijay marks 180 years as county seat
Ellijay marks 180 years as county seat
12/18/2014

Saturday marks the 180th anniversary of Ellijay’s establishment as the county seat.

Story Express delivers books, hats
Story Express delivers books, hats
12/11/2014

Children at Ellijay Primary School are feeling a bit warmer this winter thanks to volunteers from The Craddock Center.

Gilmer Arts a destination for Art Ramble
Gilmer Arts a destination for Art Ramble
12/4/2014
The gallery of local nonprofit Gilmer Arts will be one of 30 exhibit destinations included in a comprehensive weekend tour of studios, galleries and art centers that spans seven counties.

Problems, deadlines with Cartecay River access efforts
Problems, deadlines with Cartecay River access efforts
4/10/2014
The Cartecay River is one of Gilmer County’s finest natural resources. However, access to the river is limited to a few areas. One of the most popular is at Blackberry Falls at the site of the former Stegall Mill. Rafters, tubers, kayakers and fishermen use the area for access to the river, especially during the summer months.

Applications available for First Families Program
3/25/2014

Local residents are invited to research their family history and join the First Families of Gilmer County program. We are nearing 100 members who have been approved since turning in their applications. There are volunteers in the Gilmer County Library research room each Friday to help you with your records search.


New thrift store opens doors with mission of supporting Christian ministries
3/5/2014

After months of preparation, North Georgia Christian Academy has opened the doors of THRIFT. 

“It’s taken a whole lot of work and a whole lot of manpower,” stated Anne Gray, general manager of the new Christian ministry-minded thrift store that opened in Ellijay’s Springs Plaza Wednesday, Feb. 19. 

‘A time to remember’ veterans
11/13/2013

‘A time to remember’ veterans
Mike Pilvinsky was drafted into the Army in 1967 at age 20 and served a year in Vietnam as an infantry platoon commander. He retired in 1991, but then taught Junior ROTC in high school for 19 years. Altogether, he’s worn the uniform for 45 years.

Although his unit in ’Nam was shot at and later became involved in the invasion of Cambodia, he said his toughest day in the service as an Airborne Ranger was on the home front.


 
 
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