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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Public Library Puppet Show a winner

By Marci Watson, Staff Writer The Mountain Regional Library System brought their Christmas Puppet Show to Fannin County on Thursday, Dec 15. Children were spellbound and giggling at the antics of the puppets. Three performances based on children’s books were offered up with silly musical numbers in between. You didn’t have to be a young age to be young at heart to enjoy the puppeteers’ talents, there is something captivating about watching a puppet show as an adult and laughing right along with a 3-year-old child. In case you were…

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Chamber hosts Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast

By Marci Watson, Staff Writer: The Fannin County Chamber of Commerce held a breakfast event at Blue Ridge Swim and Tennis Club to honor and show appreciation to our law enforcement in the community. A buffet breakfast was served and items donated by local businesses were packaged in gift bags for the law enforcement personnel to take with them after the breakfast. Chamber Board of Directors Chairman, Cynthia Panter, gave a welcoming speech. In Panter’s speech, she outlined all the ways the community appreciates city police and sheriff’s office deputies for…

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Monthly Meetings info posted: Attend and Participate!

In every community across this great nation, communities hold local, governmental meetings. These meetings are open to the public. In a few towns and cities, citizen attendance is not encouraged; those elected officials tend to breathe a sigh of relief and pass ordinances in front of a non-existent or sparsely populated audience. Decisions made may not be for the greater good of the community. In Fannin County, the Fannin Focus strongly urges county and city residents to attend monthly governmental meetings. Sure, you can get a timely recap of the meeting here…

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Shop and help Tri State Railroaders for Free!

If you currently shop (or plan to start) at Amazon.com you can financially assist this organization in a very painless way (meaning at no cost to you). Amazon will donate .5% (that’s one-half of one percent) of the value of your purchases to Tri-State Model Railroaders if you will do the following: 1. Go to any Amazon website and register. (Skip this step if you are already registered at any Amazon website). 2. The next time you shop, go to www.smile.amazon.com and you will be asked to enter a non-profit…

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Mobile Mammograms offered at Family Connections

The newest service offered at Family Connection is a partnership with the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center/CHI Memorial Hospital. The mobile mammography services will be available here at Family Connection on Thursday, January 12. It’s time now to make appointments and to work on the financial aid packet for women who are in need. Most women who have no insurance or who are under-insured will qualify for free services through the financial aid plan.  

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Service of the Longest Night

On Wednesday, December 21, First United Methodist Church, Copperhill, will offer a Service of the Longest Night.  Sometimes called Blue Christmas, this service has a long tradition related to the date of Christmas itself. No one knows the exact date of Jesus’ birth.  Only the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke contain stories related to his birth and childhood.  The Gospel according to John, tells us that Jesus was with God, was God in the very beginning when life began. The earliest dates of Christmas celebrations were January 6 and…

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Chamber welcomes Benchmark Physical Therapy

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce! Pictured left to right: Chamber Membership Services Director Dianne Mallernee, Chamber Ambassadors Sandy Ott, Bonnie Roper and Lisa Reed, Chamber Board of Directors Chair Cynthia Panter, Chamber Ambassador John White, Benchmark PT Office Director Julie Arp, the Jackson family: daughter Ellie, Benchmark PT Clinic Director Thomas Jackson, wife Mary, and daughter Abbie; (behind Mary Jackson) Mark Belongie, Benchmark PT/Blairsville Clinic Director Allan Lee, Benchmark PT intern Angela Silva, Rhonda Worthingstun of Georgia Foothills Hand Surgery, and Chamber Ambassador Brenda Morgan. Not pictured, Benchmark PT Occupational Therapist…

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Snack in a Backpack putting gift in December bags

By Marci Watson, Staff Writer: Kids participating in the Snack in a Backpack program will have a little “something extra” included in their December snacks. Alice Hamp knitted 400 snuggly warm winter hats over the summer. When asked by Snack Director Angela Huffstetler how long it took her to make a single hat, Hamp replied, “oh, about two hours for each hat.” That’s 800 hours or 100 eight-hour days to complete the 400 hats! Hamp is planning to come to the Dec. 14 bag packing and personally put a hat…

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