Media must take a moral stand

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency “Five minutes for Hitler, five minutes for the Jews.” That, according to legend — and a Facebook page for alumni of The Miami Herald — was the routine response of an ’80s-era editor whenever some hapless reporter was working overly hard to bring “balance” to a story where none should exist, where the moral high ground was clearly held by one side or the other. I don’t know who the editor was, but that riposte brims with a wisdom sorely lacking in modern…

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Students help with Curtis Switch project

 Lilly Bice, Zoe Miller, and Nichole Pulliam presenting their ideas to Jeremy Davis Jeremy Davis presented a challenge to our 5th grade students in connection with the upcoming TVA Curtis Switch Project. He asked the students for ideas on how to construct a boat ramp into the river using concrete, but the concrete was not allowed to escape into the river. He also wanted to know how they would get their ramp into the river while keeping in mind erosion issues when the grading is completed for the ramp. Students were…

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Take 5 with Commission Chairman-elect Stan Helton

Commission Chairman-elect Stan Helton with wife Heather. Photo was taken immediately after being sworn-in. 1. What are your thoughts as you begin your political career in the role of chairman of Fannin County Commission Board? I’m excited, humbled, and ready to go to work for the citizens of Fannin County. 2. What is one of your top priorities as you take office? Getting the new fire station up and running is my top priority. 3. Do you plan to keep the 5-minute time limit for individuals addressing the board during public commentary? I believe a 3-minute limit…

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Fannin County High School FFA Competition

Left to right, Farm Business Management: Aaron Walden, Zachary Franklin, Hannah Payne, and Montana Pearson   Fannin County High School FFA members competed in several career development events on Nov. 1 at Etowah High School in Woodstock, GA. The farm business management team made up of Zachary Franklin, Aaron Walden, Hannah Payne, and Montana Pearson took a 50 question exam over agribusiness curriculum. The team earned a silver emblem by placing in the top two-thirds of the teams. The junior division floriculture team of Tyler Ford, Brooke Crowder, Alexis Ware, and Kat…

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Take Five with Rodney Kendall

1. Has Blue Ridge always been your home? No, I grew up just outside of Morganton Ga in a place called Hemptown. I moved to Blue Ridge in 1994 and I still live there today. 2. Why is Fannin County the place for you and your family? I have traveled all over the United States and Fannin County has always been home. I have always loved our small towns even though they have grown a lot over the years. The people are hard-working, kind and stand up for what they believe…

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Swearing-in ceremonies for county officials

Probate Judge Scott Kiker was sworn in on Monday, Dec. 19, by Superior Court Judge John Worcester. Pictured above, left to right:  Worcester, Kiker, wife Marion Kiker and son Kirkman. Officials were formally sworn-in at the Fannin County Courthouse. The new year approaches so these civil servants can begin attending to the job of administering to the public in their official capacity. Congratulations to all incumbent and newly elected officials, see you in 2017!            

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NOT GUILTY! FARNHAM DEFEATS D.A. OFFICE

By Mark Thomason, Publisher: Donald Anthony Shearouse has waited since 2011 to get his case to trial. Shearouse was accused of rape, aggravated sexual battery, and sexual battery by the State of Georgia. The charges dated back five years, when two females, Carolyn Shearouse and Shandi Kolacz, stated Shearouse touched them inappropriately and attempted to rape Kolacz. The case finally was scheduled on the court calender for Monday, December 12. The presiding judge was John Worcester. Attorney David Farnham represented Shearouse; Monday and Tuesday of this week involved jury selection….

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Wash Away Germs this Holiday Season and into the New Year

By Renee Dotson, County Extension Coordinator:  The holidays are here and with Christmas just a few days away, it’s a good time to remind you that winter is cold and flu season. While these are very different illnesses, its prime time to get them and both are easily spread between family members. In addition to getting a flu shot (as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), diligent hand washing can prevent the spread of germs at home.  If you haven’t read one of my articles on hand…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Gardener

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent: Christmas day is almost here and if you have a gardener on your shopping list, here are some gift ideas that might help you out and best of all, most suggestions can be found locally, so you still have time to get them before the big day. Gardeners can never have enough books.  Make sure it is written for our area and it is educational, not one just trying to sell items.  A magazine subscription also falls in this category. Many gardeners are excellent…

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Now Accepting Video Auditions for The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo by Charles Morey from the novel by Alexandre Dumas We will be accepting video auditions for The Count of Monte Cristo until January 9th at 12:00 am. Please have a clear video and present a 1 – 2 minute monologue, be sure to include you name, age, roles that you would accept and any date conflicts. We do request that you can be seen in the video from head to toe. Performance Dates: March 2 – 19, 2017 Thursday – Sunday Rehearsal Dates: January –…

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7AAA All Region Football

Congratulations to the following Fannin County Football players. They were named to the Region 7AAA All Region Football Team. 1st Team Cooper Earls – WR Jacob Reece – TE River Dixon – OL Andrew Pavao – OLB Brandon Carranza – K   2nd Team Brad Davis – QB Dillon Dreedlove – OL Bryon Carranza -K   Honarable Mention Hunter Davis – OL Jeffery Whitmire – DL Hunter Gray – Athlete

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