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History of Blue Ridge railway documented in new book
4/23/2015

History of Blue Ridge railway documented in new book
Through a wealth of photographs and stories dating from the 1800s to the present, a new coffee-table book documents the history of a Georgia train line that’s become known as the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
Auto Zone coming to East Ellijay
4/23/2015

Auto Zone coming to East Ellijay
All necessary steps have been completed for an Auto Zone store to start going up on Howard Simmons Road.
Gilmer Arts Community Chorus performs spring concert April 18
4/16/2015

Gilmer Arts Community Chorus performs spring concert April 18
Members of the Gilmer Arts Community Chorus will lend their voices to an uplifting mix of sacred and secular works during the vocal ensemble’s spring concert Saturday, April 18, at the Gilmer High School Theater. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Kayaking topic of library presentation
4/16/2015

Kayaking topic of library presentation
Whether he’s paddling over the edge of a 60-foot waterfall on the Lewis River in Washington or helping someone to perfect their kayak roll on a section of Georgia flat water, Joseph Gudger feels very much at home on the water.
New seed exchange program in development stages at library
4/9/2015

New seed exchange program in development stages at library
The Gilmer County Library is calling for the public’s help in getting a new program out of the ground.
GHS cleanup removes almost 500 pounds of trash
4/9/2015

GHS cleanup removes almost 500 pounds of trash
Nearly 70 volunteers scoured the Gilmer High School campus for litter during a weekend cleanup event Saturday, March 28.
Tom Cruise scouts Ball Ground
4/9/2015

Tom Cruise scouts Ball Ground
After a surprise visit to Ball Ground recently to scout the town for an upcoming movie, actor Tom Cruise reportedly said, “Ball Ground is OK!”
Ellijay officer completes field training certification
4/2/2015

Ellijay officer completes field training certification
Brady Dover, an officer with three years experience on the Ellijay Police force, has completed all requirements needed to train new officers at the city police department.
April is Autism Awareness Month
3/31/2015

April is Autism Awareness Month
Autism is a subject very close to the heart of Staci McClure. Nineteen years ago her then 3-year-old son, Alec, was diagnosed with pervasive development disorder, a part of the autism spectrum. After hearing the news, many questions went through McClure’s mind, including “What caused this?” and “Did I do something wrong?”
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.
 
 
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