GSP SFC Ray Lents honored with Fallen Trooper Sign Dedication

By Jason Banks, Fannin Focus Editor November 17, 2016, public officials and citizens gathered at Epworth First Baptist Church to honor the memory of SFC Ray Lents of the Georgia State Patrol. Dr. Tom Jordan, senior pastor at Epworth First Baptist Church, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Following the presentation of colors by the GSP Honor Guard, Honor Guard Piper Dan Bray played God Bless America on bagpipes, and Dr. Jordan gave the invocation and introduced Colonel Mark McDonough. McDonough spoke for a moment about Lents…

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Judge Hears City Lawsuit

By MARK THOMASON, Publisher The lawsuit brought against council member Angie Arp by Ada Street, LLC, was heard by Judge Christian Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31. Ada Street LLC member Steve Oyer alleged Arp should not have voted against his rezoning request, due to a conflict of interest. He requested his property on Ada Street be rezoned from residential to commercial. Council members Arp, Pack and Kendall denied the rezoning request, each expressing the change would not be in the best interest of the residential neighborhood. There was…

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SUSPECT CAPTURED IN 90 MPH CHASE

City officers risk it all to serve and protect By Mark Thomason Publisher “Just for the fun of it,” is the explanation 22-year-old Tyler Foster gave city officers as to why on Friday night he lead them on a dangerous cat-and-mouse high speed chase through downtown Blue Ridge. It all started Friday near midnight when Blue Ridge City Police Officer Justin Ware saw Foster laying black marks with his 1982 Ford F-150 in the parking lot of Save-A-Lot. When Ware hit his blue lights (according to the police report), Foster…

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PLAYED OUT: Mayor’s Playground Fumbles Incite Frustration

By Jason Banks Editor (Blue Ridge) – At a city council meeting late last year, the council voted to allow Mayor Donna Whitener to proceed with revamping the downtown city park. Whitener stressed the opportunity of grant money to pay for the project, and the council agreed. The project was to include two grants: one horticulture grant and another from the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club. Citizens and council members voiced concerns regarding the timing and details of the project, particularly the location of the bbq pit, playground, and iconic bear…

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