ELLIJAY, Ga. – A night of laughter and fun, Parkside Ellijay Skilled Nursing Care, previously Gilmer Nursing Home, held its annual pageant for its residents on Feb. 23.
The theme, “Once Upon a Time,” saw volunteers and employees of the facility dressed as Disney princesses and decorations from their movies to celebrate the evening. Local residents became contestants to be crowned King and Queen of Parkside for the coming year.
The evenings host and master of ceremonies, Tammy Baker, LPN, activity director, led the night through preliminary honorees before sitting down to interview the King and Queen contestants. The event also saw the honor of having 2017 Apple Queen Rachel Waddell and her brother Caleb Waddell crowning the winners and supporting the night as well as musical entertainment provided by Wesley Crider, world champion finger-style guitarist, sponsored by Homestead Hospice.
The preliminary awards of the night went to:
Volunteer of the Year – Susan Littlejohn of Build an Ark
Best Personality – Hayes Brown
Most Popular – Minnie Baughcum
Best Looking Female – Mary Jones
Best Looking Male – Willard Lee
The evening’s main event saw the King contestants first:
First runner up John Seiverling
Second runner up Arthur Collett
Third runner up Cliff Mooney
The 2017 King of Parkside Ellijay, Paul Reeves, was a contractor and producer and even once did a production with Whitney Houston. Reeves also took a few moments of his interview to sing for those present. He sang I Know, an old hymn that he picked himself.
As for the Queens, excitement mounted with each lady presented:
First runner up Dorothy Kirkland
Second runner up Reathia Dotson
Third runner up Joyce Mooney
The 2017 winner and now Queen of Parkside Ellijay, Reatha May, enjoys traveling across the states with her husband. With four children, May has one daughter and three sons. She has been married 53 years.
For more photos of this special night, check out FYN’s Once Upon A Time Photos on Facebook.
The Gilmer Bobcats have officially competed in their first wrestling tournament of the season, and it was a successful performance overall. The Cats have enough wrestlers to make up two separate varsity teams, and that’s exactly what they did as they took a team to compete in the Spartan Slam Invitational at West Hall while a second team traveled to Woodstock to compete in the River Ridge Varsity Duals.
The Spartan Slam Invitational boasts some of the toughest wrestling competitors in the state, with a 16-team turnout and so many wrestlers that the event had to limit individuals to only 5 matches.
The Cats finished 3rd overall (out of 16) and scoring was led by first place finishers Caleb Waddell (152lb class), Ryan Crump (195lb class) and Anthony Zilke (285lb class). A complete list of individual results is listed below.
Gilmer coach Joshua Ghobadpoor was pleased with the effort of his wrestlers and excited about the future. “We wrestled hard and with a purpose, team atmosphere was great, and we had success,” Ghobadpoor told his team after the meet. “[We] still have a lot we can improve upon which is a great position to be in! Couldn’t be more proud of the effort that was displayed by all our wrestlers!”
– Varsity Team #1: Spartan Slam Invitational Results:
Team took 3rd overall.
113: Gabe Reimer: 5th Place
120: Logan Bentley: 2nd Place
126: Cameron Martin: 7th Place
132: Javier Jacinto: 2nd Place
132: Tristain Kendall: 3rd Place
138: Alex Repetin: 3rd Place
145: Hoyt Stover: 4th Place
152: Caleb Waddell: 1st Place
160: Chase Calvert: 8th Place
170: Grant Ledford: 3rd Place
182: Chad Weaver: 3rd Place
195: Ryan Crump: 1st Place
285: Anthony Zilke: 1st Place
285: Jhaydon Ragsdale: 5th Place
– Varsity Team #2: River Ridge Varsity Duals Results:
*individual stats for this event not yet reported, but there were several wrestlers that were undefeated on the day
Overall Record: 3-2
– Dunwoody (Forfeited to us)
– North Gwinnett
Gilmer will compete on Tuesday in a Quad Match against Dawson County, Murray County, and Riverside Military Academy at Gilmer County High School.
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