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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.


Coosawattee River system rich in rare species
11/7/2013

Coosawattee River system rich in rare species
Scientists have long known there was gold in the Coosawattee. The north Georgia river system coursing through the Appalachian foothills is one of two places on Earth where goldline darters are found. Yet Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) surveys in the Coosawattee and its tributaries have mined a wealth of aquatic creatures that reaches beyond the federally listed goldline darters. Finds include three more protected darter species, plus mussels documented for the first time above Carters Lake.


Teen Maze an eye-opener for GHS students
10/15/2013

Teen Maze an eye-opener for GHS students
Lights flashed and sirens wailed as emergency vehicles arrived at the scene. Students leaving a party had collided on a roadway due to one driver’s intoxication and the other’s distracted attempt to text while driving. The results were devastating — one passenger was not wearing his seat belt and died after being ejected from the car, two of the other teens received serious injuries and one had to be life-flighted and the intoxicated driver, who had received minor injuries, was arrested. 
Such was the scene Gilmer High School freshmen encountered when they arrived at the Teen Maze the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 25. 

Auxiliary beauty shop receives upgrade
9/10/2013

Auxiliary beauty shop receives upgrade
Nancy Grenough volunteered to work with the North Georgia Medical Center Auxiliary the week she moved to Ellijay. 

The former dress shop owner was inspired to do so after seeing the positive impact some of her customers were having at hospitals near her Florida home. 

Kids Ferst applauded for partnership with local teachers
8/27/2013

Kids Ferst applauded for partnership with local teachers
Kids Ferst was recently chosen for recognition in a new incentive program from its parent organization, Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (FFCL). 

The Gilmer-based nonprofit, which provides free books each month to local children from birth to five years of age, was selected out of over 70 participating counties statewide as the Community Action Team (CAT) of the Week for Aug. 5 – 9. It was given this honor as a result of its “extraordinary partnership with the Gilmer County school system,” according to a letter from FFCL. 

A tasty Thursday evening
6/10/2013

A tasty Thursday evening
The 2013 Taste of Ellijay, presented by the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, brought early evening crowds to the downtown Ellijay square Thursday, May 23. Attendees purchased sheets of $1 tickets that allowed them to pick from a variety of dishes offered by 15 food vendors set up along North Main Street. At top, Tracy and Shon Thomas, new owners of Walker’s Fried Pies and Barbecue, restock their pie display. At bottom, eventgoers sample hors d’oeuvres prepared by caterer Cindy King, right. Chamber president Paige Green said approximately 1,200 attended the event. 

 
 
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