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Playground city built by MVE students
5/15/2015

Playground city built by MVE students
Second graders at Mountain View Elementary are carrying on an imaginative tradition. In the early 1900s, children in Yuma, Ariz., turned an arid, vacant lot into a playground for creativity. Using rocks, old boxes, pebbles, desert glass and a lot of imagination, they created a make-believe city called Roxaboxen.
Miss Judy has left the building
5/15/2015

Miss Judy has left the building
It’s impossible to count all the children Judy Griggs read to during 30 years as an employee of the Gilmer County Library, but that number has to be somewhere in the thousands.
Over 2,000 attend Chamber’s second Apple Blossom Fest
5/5/2015

Over 2,000 attend Chamber’s second Apple Blossom Fest
The second annual Georgia Apple Blossom Festival is “all about the local,” according to Karla Haege, event organizer and Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce marketing and communications coordinator.
Library program to spotlight local beekeeper
4/30/2015

Library program to spotlight local beekeeper
Mary Lou Blohm said she’s always enjoyed being a nurturer, and after her kids grew up and left home, they gave her two beehives for Mother’s Day to help fill her empty nest.
Proceeds from Jasper bluegrass fest to assist vets, families
4/30/2015

Proceeds from Jasper bluegrass fest to assist vets, families
Bluegrass fans love festivals, but to get the crowds — especially on Mother’s Day weekend — it’s got to be good. American Legion members from Jasper have accomplished the task and will present the first Bluegrass Charity Festival, May 8-10, just off Highway 515 and Highway 53 East.
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.
 
 
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