On Saturday August 20th, The Gilmer County Tea Party will host a Senatorial Town Hall Meeting at The North Georgia Christian Academy located on Highway 282 West in Ellijay. The meeting will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will feature U.S. Senators for Georgia, Saxby Chambliss (right) and Johnny Isakson (left). The senators will take questions from constituents and address current issues.
ELLIJAY -- It's been a week since they arrived and just days since they've been gone. Yet, what they brought to the barn-raising at Build An Ark Animal Rescue will hopefully stay in our community for a very long time. Yes, they helped build a new barn, outdoor community amphitheater and an education pavilion at the animal shelter. But something else was built that can't be seen, unless of course you are looking into someone's heart.
A proposal to extend a natural gas pipeline for 20 miles between Ellijay and Blue Ridge got the green light Tuesday from the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPCS). According to the proposal, the pipeline will be constructed just to the side of Georgia State Highway 515. However, this is not the final route of the pipeline. Also, now that the project has the GPCS' approval, state funding can be used to help pay $23.7 million it will take to build the extension. The area, known to many as the Blue Ridge Corridor, is part of Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) company's certificated service territory, but is not currently served by natural gas. An AGL spokeswoman says residents and business operators along the Blue Ridge Corridor can expect to see reduced rates for natural gas in the area, because the pipeline will provide more customers with easier access to AGL products. There's also a chance the extended pipeline could force the price of propane down, due to a more competitive marketplace. [Read more »]
The license plates showed people came from all over: Iowa, Indiana, Arkansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, California and New York. And that just gets the list started. Hundreds of people stepped up this weekend to help Susan Littlejohn rebuild her animal rescue shelter that was hit by two tornadoes at once in a devastating April 4th storm. The project gained national attention and volunteers came from across to country to help. They stayed in area hotels, dined at regional restaurants and shopped at many of the local stores. Did merchants see much of a boost?
There are now thousands of new stars in Ellijay and each one was born out of a disaster. This weekend, hundreds of volunteers, many of whom are disaster survivors, packed up their hammers, nails and hardhats and came to North Georgia to rebuild an animal shelter. The Build An Ark Animal Rescue was reduced to mere rubble after it was slammed by two tornadoes at once in an April 4th storm. When the founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation heard the story behind the shelter and began learning more about the Ellijay community, he did what he does best: Jeff Parness began assembling his volunteers from around the country to come to north Georgia and rebuild. Over the years, the group has started many traditions. One of those traditions is called the Stars of Hope.
The Stars of Hope are painted by children and sent to other communities rebuilding from some sort of disaster. Each star is cut from plywood is less than a foot in size, but its message is always powerful. Children are given a star or stars to paint as Mom or Dad helps the foundation doing volunteer work. Inevitably, the children almost always find that one word or message to put on their star that inspired them. And thus, each star becomes a work of art.
The tradition was started in 2007 by children in Greensburg, Kansas, who survived a powerful F5 tornado that pretty much leveled the entire town. They painted 220 stars and then placed them on every street corner in Greensburg, Every year thereafter, more stars were made at other New York Says Thank You sites. Up until this weekend, the most stars ever made at one site was about 500. Well, Ellijay was all about sending a message this weekend and the Stars of Hope just seemed like a perfect outlet. By the end of the weekend, volunteers had cut and stenciled 6,422 stars. Of those, 3, 555 had been painted with a special message.
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Under the sweltering heat of late July, volunteers from around the country flooded the property of Build an Ark Foundation in Ellijay Thursday afternoon to help Susan Littlejohn rebuild her non-profit animal shelter. The barn, where Littlejohn cared for rescued animals, was completely leveled in an April 4th tornado. Miraculously, Littlejohn and the animals all survived with only minor injuries. Now, hundreds of the volunteers associated with the NewYorkSaysThankYou Foundation are coming into Ellijay to help rebuild the property this weekend. The Foundation was started by New York entrepreneur Jeff Parness in an effort to help disaster victims after the country pulled together to help rebuild New York in the arduous months following the September 11th terrorist attacks. That goodwill has now come home to Ellijay.