Rough Ridge Fire Update 11/24

The Rough Ridge fire has grown to an astonishing 27,800+ acres was last reported at 71% contained.  The smoke has dissipated throughout most of Blue Ridge and Fannin County, but we’re not out of the woods, yet.  Please continue to respect the Burn Ban in effect for all of Fannin County.  NO OUTSIDE BURNING is permitted.  The U.S. Forest Service and Georgia Department of Natural Resources recognize that this is an important time of year for hunters, and have issued some information regarding game hunting on the Cohutta WMA as…

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Fannin Republicans Meet

By Mark Thomason, Fannin Focus Publisher The Fannin County Republican Party held their monthly meeting Monday, November 21, at the Fannin County Senior Center in Blue Ridge, GA. Chairman Howie Bruce briefly discussed the upcoming Valentine’s Banquet hosted by the party every February.  The banquet helps raise money for operations of the party, as well as providing a night full of great food, live music and fun. Dinner was supplied at last night’s meeting by Greg Staffins.  Nearly 50 people attended and several discussions within the crowd were held regarding…

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Official Fannin County Election Results (Final Copy)

By Jason Banks, Fannin Focus Editor The Fannin County Election Board office recently released the final count numbers for the November 8 election, and regardless of which candidate won each respective seat, one thing is certain:  Fannin County voters showed up at the polls. 11,937 registered voters (81.3%) participated in this year’s election, a county record for participation. In the presidential race, Donald Trump (R) won the county by a staggering 81.1% with 9,632 votes.  Hillary Clinton (D) received 1,923 votes (16.19%), Gary Johnson (L) received 222 votes (1.87%) and there…

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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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