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Authority amends sewer ordinance to limit disinfectants
3/5/2015

A new amendment to a sewer use ordinance put in place by the Ellijay-Gilmer County Water and Sewerage Authority (EGCWSA) calls for a zero discharge limit of chemical disinfectants thought to be hindering a treatment process at the local wastewater plant.
Educators promote E-SPLOST to council
3/5/2015

A local school official promoted the Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or E-SPLOST, to the Ellijay City Council last week, saying it will not only build a needed agriculture complex but also provide a safer bus fleet and needed security features at Gilmer High School.
No make-up days expected
3/5/2015

Area students received a much longer mid-winter break than originally expected due to a series of winter weather events.  
Early E-SPLOST voting slow
2/27/2015

With only one initiative on the ballot March 17, early voting is predictably slow and not being helped any by winter weather that closed the registrar’s office last Tuesday. Registrar Nelda Spires said the office will adhere to the schedule of the county courthouse. “If the courthouse is closed, so will we,” she said.
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Around The Community
 
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.
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.
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Features
 
Local author’s new novel brings 1960s Ellijay to life
3/5/2015

Local author’s new novel brings 1960s Ellijay to life
When asked why she writes, local author Kathi Harper Hill replied she does not have a choice.

“I never really know how I write a book,” she stated, noting she often feels her characters take control of the story and write it for themselves.

Chastain named Officer of the Year
3/5/2015

Chastain named Officer of the Year
In 2014, the Ellijay Police Department instituted an agency employee awards and recognition program. Of these awards is the Officer of the Year Award and we are proud to announce the first recipient.
‘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.
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Sports
 
Monroe eliminates Lady Cats
2/27/2015

Monroe eliminates Lady Cats
The Gilmer Lady Cats’ dream season has ended. A historic year on the hardwood concluded with a 53-40 loss in the Sweet 16 to the Monroe Tornadoes last Friday at the GHS gym.
Lady Cats crowned region champs
2/18/2015

Lady Cats crowned region champs
A nine-point halftime deficit stood between the Gilmer Lady Cats and their first region basketball championship in 25 years. The Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins saw their 23-14 advantage disappear over the game’s final two quarters, as the Lady Cats kept their foot on the gas and wore down Northwest with relentless pressure to come out on top, 50-40.
GHS wrestling wins Class 4A traditional state championship; School’s 15th overall
2/18/2015

GHS wrestling wins Class 4A traditional state championship; School’s 15th overall
The most crowded trophy case in north Georgia just got a little tighter. The Gilmer High School wrestling team won the Class 4A traditional state championship for the third year in a row last Saturday at the Macon Coliseum.  
Title No. 15 on the way?
2/13/2015

Title No. 15 on the way?
The Gilmer Bobcat wrestling team finished its yearly appetizer at sectionals last week, and are ready to feast at the traditional state tournament. All 14 of GHS’ wrestlers placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes at the Class 4A west sectional, which was comprised of 34 teams from four regions. Along with east sectional teams from the remaining four regions, Gilmer was the only team in Class 4A to qualify 14 wrestlers for the state tournament in Macon this week.
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