FFA attends competition events

Meats Evaluation Team, back left to right:   Brooke Crowder, Tayelor Long, Shayelyn Millsaps, and Andrew Born. Front left to right: Kayla Hipp, Shelby Postell, Alexis Ware Fannin County High School FFA members attended Career Development Competitions on September 27 at Cass High School in Cartersville. The junior Meats Evaluation team made up of Kayla Hipp, Shelby Postell, Brooke Crowder, and Alexis Ware received a silver emblem placing eighth out of 20 teams and Brook Crowder placed 14th out of 53 individual contestants. The senior level meats evaluation team made up…

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Mercier says “farewell” to the Board of Education

The FCSS Central Office was filled with people wanting to wish Sandra Mercier a happy retirement. Pictured left to right, FCSS Transportation Director Benny Long, Tim Mercier, BOE Chair Bobby Bearden; seated is Sandra Mercier. Prior to the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education Thursday evening, Dec. 8, a reception was held in honor of retiring BOE member Sandra Mercier. School system employees took turns greeting Mercier and reminiscing about past times, occassionally wiping a tear or two away as they said goodbye. Mercier has spent her entire…

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3 Monkeys Antiques visits WFES

3 Monkeys Antiques came out to talk to West Fannin Elementary School’s third, fourth, and fifth grade students about upcycling on November 18th. Kitty Davis and Teddy Hill spent time with each grade level teaching them about upcycling and recycling. West Fannin will host our second “Upcycling STEM Fair” on Jan. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students in third, fourth, and fifth grade can participate. Kitty wanted the students to know they are only limited by their imagination on what they can create for our “Upcycling STEM Fair”. She demonstrated this by giving…

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MEC’s November Student of the Month

Mary Kate Chapman is Mountain Education’s Student of the Month for November. As a senior, she started at MEC this past spring and is working toward graduating in May 2017. She is planning on taking a class at North Georgia Technical College as part of the Move On When Ready program and is exploring the University of North Georgia as her college of choice for Fall 2017. Mary Kate plans to become an elementary teacher and especially likes working with special education students.  She is a hard worker and we…

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From Fannin to Philly: FCHS Band Represents with Pride

By Darrin Conner, Fannin Focus Band Correspondent: Over 100 band members from Fannin County High School spent their Thanksgiving Day marching and playing in the “Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.” They spent two days in New York touring the city, which included attending both a Broadway and Off-Broadway show: Something Rotten and Blue Man Group respectively. Then it was off to Philadelphia for a few days where the itinerary incorporated excursions to Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and the Liberty Bell to mention a few. Students had the opportunity to experience the…

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Homeless Pet Club started at EFES

By Marci Watson, Staff Writer: East Fannin Elementary School (EFES) has started a new program for students: Club Day. Students, Kindergarten through fifth grade, get to meet once a month in various clubs based on their interests. EFES administration will increase the frequency of club meetings to twice a month if the program is successful. At 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, it was a bit chaotic in the hallways as students located the correct classroom for their respective clubs, the little ones needed extra guidance. Once everyone was where…

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FCHS Band to March in Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia

By Jason Banks, Fannin Focus Editor First held in 1920, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade has a vibrant legacy as the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in America. The parade was created by Gimbel Brothers Department Store for the children and residents of Philadelphia. After Gimbel’s closed in 1986, WPVI-TV/6abc stepped in to continue the holiday tradition that signifies the official arrival of Santa Claus in the “City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.” With the support of corporate sponsors, 6abc has been producing the parade ever since and it now…

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Henson offers resignation, football field to receive new turf

By Marci Watson, Staff Writer: At the monthly meeting of the Fannin Count Board of Education; School Superintendent Mark Henson tendered his resignation. Citing his reason the BOE was in capable hands in regards to leadership and his confidence in “the next four years and tickled everyone [on the board] is coming back it’s time for someone new”, he said. “Having a good, solid board is a good thing especially for a new superintendent. I’m going to retire on June 30, 2017 because I think now is the time for…

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Local Retired Educators hosted its state president

Ferst Foundation’s childhood literacy project is spotlighted By Ralph Garner, Fannin Focus reporter      The Fannin County Retired Educators Association presented two special guests at its November 16, 2016, meeting: Jesse Hunter, the current president of GA Retired Educators Association (GREA); and Sandra Ott, a local representative for the Ferst Foundation.    Jesse Hunter retired 19 years ago from the Clayton County School System.  On his way to heading the GREA, he served as president for units of the retired educators in Clayton and Pickens counties and was its Area…

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