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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Fannin Varsity Wrestling takes 3rd at Cherokee Duals

By Jason Banks, Fannin Focus Editor The Fannin Rebels have been hard at work on the mats and in the gym, and their efforts earned them a third place team showing at the Cherokee Duals, Saturday, November 19.  The Rebels relentlessly pursued victory match after match, beating West Hall 48-18 and then absolutely man-handling Riverwood, 60-12.  Sequoyah gave the Rebels some great competition, but Fannin continued their winning ways with a 54-30 win over the Chiefs.  In the final pool, the Rebels won a nail biter against Meadowcreek (46-42) before…

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Windy North Georgia Monday

By Jason Banks, Fannin Focus Editor The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a high wind watch Sunday afternoon, to be in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.  Apparently Fannin County received the memo, because the wind started blowing early here today!  It’s cold out, with winds coming from the southeast at 25-40mph (gusting as high as 55mph), so make sure you grab a jacket and possibly an umbrella as you head out around town. The winds are expected to increase with intensity after 4pm this afternoon, and…

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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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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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PLAYED OUT: Mayor’s Playground Fumbles Incite Frustration

By Jason Banks Editor (Blue Ridge) – At a city council meeting late last year, the council voted to allow Mayor Donna Whitener to proceed with revamping the downtown city park. Whitener stressed the opportunity of grant money to pay for the project, and the council agreed. The project was to include two grants: one horticulture grant and another from the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club. Citizens and council members voiced concerns regarding the timing and details of the project, particularly the location of the bbq pit, playground, and iconic bear…

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