Heavy snowfall thru Sat: heat, food & medical needed for 3-4 days

Advisory: Heavy snowfall amounts are possible thru Saturday. Be prepared with heat, food, and medical needs for 3-4 days. WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON. * LOCATIONS…EXTREME NORTH GEORGIA…GENERALLY NORTH OF A LINE FROM ROME TO ELLIJAY TO HIAWASSEE * HAZARD TYPES…SNOW. * ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES WITH UP TO 4 INCHES IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. * TIMING…SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS NORTH GEORGIA…

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NEW CHAIRMAN SAYS “FIRE STATION IS MY #1 PRIORITY”

Fannin County officials review blueprints for the new fire station under construction, determining where cost can be cut. By Mark Thomason, Fannin Focus Publisher: On his first official day in office, Stan Helton, the newly elected commission chairman of Fannin County called for a special meeting to discuss the new fire station being built in Blue Ridge. After opening the meeting Helton declared,”the construction of this fire station is my number one priority, I’m absolutely determined to get this done.” He went on to discuss how he felt it would…

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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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No more Public Comment? Commissioner-elect Helton says “Absolutely yes!!”

By Mark Thomason, Publisher: Throughout the past year the Fannin County Board of Commissioners have heard lots of concerns and little praise from the public. Issues involving some county workers being paid vacation time illegally, cash being unaccounted for within the recreation department, and county equipment being used on non-county projects are just some examples of how the public has helped keep tax payer dollars in check.  Most of these issues ended up being legitimate concerns and once the county looked deeper into them, they corrected the problems. However it…

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SISSON TRIAL ENDS IN PLEA DEAL

After last week’s debacle where two separate pools of jurors heard tainted information, Jason Sisson, who’s trial was rescheduled for today, walked out of court striking a plea deal. Brian Steel, attorney for Sisson, spoke with the Focus after court breaking down the plea. Sisson was facing twelve felonies could have received a maximum of 33 years to serve if convicted on all accounts. Steel told the Focus he considered it a good day in court as Sisson agreed to only serving 12 years. In the deal, Sisson plead guilty…

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EMA Christmas Banquet

All the hard-working Fannin County Emergency Management Agency personnel enjoyed a bit of holiday cheer at the EMA Christmas Banquet held at Willow Creek Falls. All the departments of EMA attended: EMA, Emergency Medical Services, Fire/Rescue, E911, and Addressing. Since it was a family affaire, Santa was on hand to hear what the kids wanted for Christmas. The jolly old elf should be bringing something extra nice for the EMA folks on Dec. 25 for all the assistance they give to Fannin County residents! The Fannin Focus is very appreciative of the dedication, support…

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SISSON TRIAL DELAYED, JURORS TAINTED

By Mark Thomason, Fannin Focus Publisher: Fannin County resident Jason Sisson has spent nearly the past year of his life inside the Fannin County Jail awaiting trial. Sisson, who is being charged with a series of 12 crimes ranging from aggravated assault to discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime, is being represented by attorney Brian Steele. On Monday, December 5, Sisson’s jury hearing was scheduled to begin. However after nearly six hours of selecting two panels of 24 potential jurors, things took a turn south. Morris Martin, the…

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Elections Board Meet, Whittenbarger’s Concerns Addressed

The Fannin County Board of Elections held its monthly meeting December 5 at 2pm. The meeting, which took place in the elections office was opened but the board’s acceptance of last month’s minutes as presented. Chairman Sonia Smith then made a motion to accept 98 new voter applications. The motion passed. A motion also passed to delete 19 voters from the registered voters list; 18 were deceased and 1 moved out of county. Board member Mary Ann Connor then made a motion to accept and attach the official and complete…

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Burn Ban Remains in Effect for Fannin County

By Jason Banks: With current drought conditions in Fannin County and much of northern Georgia, local officials would like to remind area citizens and visitors that a county-wide burn ban remains in effect for all of Fannin County.  The ban includes all outdoor burning, such as campfires, and includes the burning of “burn barrels”.  Commonsensehome.com defines a burn barrel as a metal 55 gallon open head drum, modified to burn household trash safely and cleanly. “Basically, it’s a personal incinerator,” the website says.  However, household trash is not something local…

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Budget Hearing Held in Fannin

By Mark Thomason, Publisher: It marked the first time in history Tuesday night that elected officials were asked to publicly explain their 2017 proposed budgets and did so. Prior to the bimonthly Fannin County Board of Commissioners meeting a host of individuals were on hand to present the commission board as well as the public with detailed accounts of their upcoming years budget. Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby opened the meeting as he asked the commission board to please consider improving nearly a $400000 increase in his budget. Kirby said…

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