Take Five with Sarah Finch

1. You are the principal at East Fannin Elementary School. How long have you lived in Fannin County? I am a lifelong resident of Fannin County, graduating from Fannin County High School in 1987. I’ve actually never lived anywhere else aside from the three years I attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega. Even when I was younger, I never had the urge to move away; the mountains are my home. 2. Tell us about your career in education. I began teaching in 1990. My first year I taught Kindergarten, which…

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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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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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Take Five with Gary Bearden

You may know him as a cashier. He might be an elected official, or the gentleman who sold you your car, but Fannin citizens are favorites of Fannin Focus. Enjoy this week’s Take 5 with Gary Bearden of Blue Ridge Handy Lube. Question: How long have you been in Blue Ridge? Gary: I was born and raised in Fannin County and have been here all of my life. Question: How long have you owned Blue Ridge Handy Lube? Gary: I bought the shop 39 years ago from Mr. Bethel Rice….

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