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‘Mardi Gras’ event raises $40,000
2/27/2015

‘Mardi Gras’ event raises $40,000
“Before we announce the 2015 Mardi Gras In The Mountains King and Queen I want you to know that together they have raised $42,996,” stated Master of Ceremonies Allen Wigington.
New home for Cherry Log nonprofit
2/18/2015

New home for Cherry Log nonprofit
A Cherry Log nonprofit organization that provides free enrichment programs in Gilmer and other north Georgia counties is moving back to where it all began. The Craddock Center is in the process of raising funds to purchase a 4,000- square foot church in Cherry Log the organization’s namesake, Dr. Fred G.  Craddock, helped build.
Southern-fried songs, laughs at heart of stage musical coming to town
2/18/2015

Southern-fried songs, laughs at heart of stage musical coming to town
A stage musical coming to Ellijay as part of the 2014-15 B.E.S.T.  Series presented by Gilmer Arts celebrates the eccentricities of Southern life amidst laugh-out-loud feuds of Hatfield and McCoy proportions.
Parent training program to be taught at Boys and Girls Club
2/13/2015

Parent training program to be taught at Boys and Girls Club
In addition to serving as a “center that cares about kids,” director Jan Day wants to see the local Boys & Girls Club positively impact the community at large.  To help fulfill this mission, Day is facilitating a variety of training sessions to help better equip adults with the tools and knowledge they need to interact with children.
Judge Weaver is Pickens Chamber’s Citizen of the Year
2/13/2015

Judge Weaver is Pickens Chamber’s Citizen of the Year
The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce named Brenda Weaver the 2015 Pickens County Citizen of the Year Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Tate House during its annual Winter Ball.
Georgia’s National Forests need protection
2/13/2015

Georgia’s National Forests need protection
Georgia ForestWatch has responded over the last several years to an ever-increasing number of U.S. Forest Service Scoping Notices for large-scale, often-for-profit recreational demands on our forests. Potential problems associated with these large races include parking issues, waste disposal, casual user displacement, intense trail use and site degradation. 
Longtime realtor, community leader Hadden passes
2/5/2015

Longtime realtor, community leader Hadden passes
Longtime area realtor Robert “Bob” Hadden Jr. was remembered earlier this week as an astute businessman and someone who cared deeply about the Ellijay community. Hadden, 63, passed away Friday, Jan. 30. He was the co-owner of the Century 21 franchise in Ellijay and Blue Ridge with his wife, Melinda Hadden, and Barry Worrell.

Times-Courier to mark 140th anniversary with weekly section
1/22/2015

Times-Courier to mark 140th anniversary with weekly section
With the beginning of 2015, the Times-Courier kicks off a celebration of its 140th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, the newspaper will be running a special historical page each week this year. Designed to look like past issues, these pages will contain information, stories and ads that actually ran in the newspaper in years past. 
Ellijay vineyard brings home medals in California wine competition
1/22/2015

Ellijay vineyard brings home medals  in California wine competition
Wine made from grapes grown in Gilmer County held its own with some of the most reputable vineyards in the U.S. at a January competition in San Francisco, Calif.
Food pantry seeks new sites for collection boxes
1/8/2015

Food pantry seeks new sites for collection boxes
The Gilmer Community Food Pantry distributed approximately half a million pounds of food to local families in 2014.  
Toy drives served record number
Toy drives served record number
1/1/2015

A total of 1,350 Gilmer children from 509 families received presents this Christmas, thanks to the efforts of three local toy campaigns.

Third lottery win for Ellijay man
Third lottery win for Ellijay man
12/25/2014

A third Georgia Lottery win is lighting up the holiday season for an Ellijay man who, most recently, won a $1 million prize.            

Building ‘Christmas castles’
Building ‘Christmas castles’
12/18/2014

An Ellijay man is  helping a Christmas tradition from his childhood live on — one that involves imagination, cake and lots of marshmallows.

Fussell visits Ellijay on run for Alzheimer’s
Fussell visits Ellijay on run for Alzheimer’s
12/11/2014

Having already accomplished what for many people would be an impossible goal, Jack Fussell is at it again.

Library’s Festival of Trees on display through December
1/5/2015

Library’s Festival of Trees on display through December
12/4/2014

The Gilmer County Library launched its annual Festival of Trees with an opening reception Monday evening, Dec. 1.

Work progressing on Harrison Park
Work  progressing on Harrison Park
4/10/2014
Park advisory committee chair Ann Wilfer said a test has been conducted that confirmed septic use would be possible at the park. Portable restrooms are expected to be put in place soon. An official opening ceremony for the park, which is already open for foot traffic, is expected to be held in early May. A confirmed date for the grand opening ceremony has not been announced.

Ellijay man invents CPR tool
11/26/2013

Ellijay man invents CPR tool
Harrill Wood admits he has a mechanical way of thinking –– a natural curiousness that led to the Ellijay man to research and development jobs with international companies like Planters Nuts and Coca-Cola.

But it wasn’t until after Wood retired that the 71-year-old began what he calls the best work he’s ever done –– developing a portable compression device that can be used to properly administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in training exercises or during an emergency.

A Veterans Day remembrance
11/7/2013

A Veterans Day remembrance
James “J.B.” Flanagin was resting in his tent one night after a scorching day of building airstrips on Macon Island in the Pacific theater of World War II. “I was lying on my cot in my shorts — it was so hot and we did what we could to stay cool — when the Japanese struck back one night,” he said, explaining that after U.S. Marine infantrymen took the islands his heavy equipment unit followed right behind. “The Japs strafed and bombed the LST (Navy ship) next to the one we had come in on that was carrying ammunition. The explosion threw me off the cot and blew the top out of my tent. I could see the stars.
Ellijay’s Godwin flew 53 combat missions in World War II
9/10/2013

Ellijay’s Godwin flew 53 combat missions in World War II
As the lead bombardier and navigator in a B-25 bomber, John Godwin remembers vividly his combat missions in World War II. “I’d look to my right and one of our planes would be going down in flames, then I’d look to my left and another one of our planes would be going down in flames,” he said of flying 53 bombing flights in the South Pacific. “I’d say a little prayer.”

Godwin, 92, was born in Birmingham, Ala., but raised in Homestead, Fla. He excelled in school there — doing well in debates and winning a statewide public speaking contest while in Future Farmers of America — then went on to study at an agricultural college. He and a pal were on a double date when they heard the news: Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor.

Bridge marks death of Ellijay man’s daughter
8/27/2013

Bridge marks death of Ellijay man’s daughter
A trilling stream flowing through a leafy glade makes for a scenic area in southwest Cherokee County where Kemp Drive passes over Kellogg Creek — not far from the bustling Highway 92 corridor in Woodstock.

The peaceful place also marks the spot where emergency responders and investigators gathered on July 2, 2002, to find the lifeless body of teenager Katie Hamlin. 

Hamlin, 15, was brutally raped and murdered and set on fire by another teenager she knew, 17-year-old Jamerson Mangrum, a Cherokee County jury determined in December of 2005. 

 
 
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