BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – It may seem like a small gesture to some, but for those in Gilmer County, Georgia, a simple jersey is relating a lot more than meets the eye as they receive a memorial jersey to honor Gilmer’s middle school principal, the late Larry Walker.
With a special moment before the middle school football games between these two schools on September 19, Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney took to the field with Gilmer County School Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs and Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee for a special ceremony in order to present the jersey hosting the emblems of both Gilmer and Fannin.
After a few words about Walker’s life and a moment of silence honoring him, Gwatney and Downs shared their own moment holding the jersey together. The announcers explained the meaning of the ceremony saying,
“The jersey being presented to the Gilmer Middle School football team bears the name of Walker with the #1. Also on the jersey is the Fannin County School insignia and the Gilmer County School insignia. The jersey being presented is in memory of Larry D. Walker, principal of Gilmer Middle School, and signifying Fannin County and Gilmer County are together as one, both in spirit and community.”
With the funeral today, many are still dealing with the loss as they prepare their final respects. Others are coping in their own ways. But as a community comes together and the true reach of one man comes into focus, they are responding to the show of support. Kayann Hayden West offered her thanks on social media saying, “Thankful for the support of our community and the Walker family up and down the 515 corridor. Rivals on the field but united in purpose and heart.”
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ELLIJAY, GA. – After years on River Street, citizens are waking up today to see the Cantaberry Restaraunt in a new location.
Though not that far from the old location, the restaurant’s new spot boasts many upgrades for the business include almost doubling their seating and expanding the outdoor tables onto a shaded deck. The new location is on the southern corner of the downtown roundabout next door to the Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company.
According to Manager Jessica Bruner, the site can hold just under 100 people and are already planning on live music events and similar activities for the outdoor area. Bruner did say the Cantaberry will be looking to expand their staff as they gauge the community response to the new site.
The staff is taking the “new” brand to extremes as Bruner said they bought all new equipment, barely bringing anything from the old location. Additionally, they will be adding a dinner and brunch menu in the coming weeks as well as beverages from local brewers Grumpy Old Men and local winery Chateau Meichtry as well as Merciers Orchard’s Hard Cider and Georgia’s SweetWater Brewing Co.
Though Bruner said they could be looking into other options including other local wineries, she didn’t detail any other plans in store for the upgrade.
The special day kicked off with their opening at 11:00 a.m. today hosting the first two tables. Ann and Bob visited from Young Harris as the first seated guests in the new location. The second set of guests through the door were Katrina and Jesse, the first official Ellijay residents to visit.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – The staff of the United Community Bank is in their parking lot today hosting their annual Customer Appreciation Day to celebrate the people who make their business.
With music flooding the lot, the staff is welcoming their customers with free grilled hotdogs with all the trimmings from relish and onions to coleslaw and the usual mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. They are also serving Cokes and popcorn for those seeking shade under the trees.
However, it’s not just food that the bank is offering today. The staff is looking to help their customers grow more than a bank account, offering tomato plants to all who attend along with seed packs for peppers and other garden vegetables. Additionally, attendees can sign up for raffle prizes to get them equipped for the gardening to come.
According to one staff member, Patrick McVey, the event is an annual “thank you” to their customers for the business and allows the staff to see a different perspective of the community they rely on for everything they do.
Months in planning, the celebration is set to go until after 2 p.m. today though McVey said they will stay longer if they still have people.
Be sure to head over to FYN’s Facebook Page to see more photos of the event.
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This year the Ellijay Farmers Market is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The market first opened in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church and after two years, it moved to the Farm Bureau Insurance parking lot, which it outgrew and then moved to its present location at 1 Broad Street in Ellijay, adjacent to the Gilmer County courthouse and roundabout. The Ellijay Farmers Market is organized and sponsored by the Gilmer County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, an outreach of the Gilmer County UGA Cooperative Extension (UGA Extension) office and the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences (CAES) in Athens.
Vendors must follow the rules and regulations as set forth by the Georgia Department of Agriculture if selling food products such as produce, jams, jellies, cakes, cookies, breads, pies, honey and any items that have to be licensed. These guidelines help insure products that are handmade, and locally grown, are safe. Vendors must be local farmers and gardeners, processors of local agricultural products, homebakers, artists or hand-crafters who have produced the items offered for sale.
More detailed information including all policies and procedures are available at the Gilmer County UGA Extension office (1123 Progress Road in Ellijay), on our local web site at www.ugaextension.org/gilmer/, or through a dedicated email to market managers, Lynn Robey and Margaret Williamson, at email@example.com. Be sure to check out the Gilmer County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers on Facebook at Gilmer County Master Gardener Volunteers or online at https://gcmgvolunteers.wordpress.com/.
Vendors actually register and pay at the market on the first morning they arrive for the season by filling out a registration form and making their one-time payment of $15.00 (cash or check only) at that time. This year electricity is available for vendors. The electricity fees are a one-charge of $25.00 plus $3.00 on each additional day it is used. The vendor registration fee is good for the entire season which begins Saturday, April 28th and runs thru Saturday, October 6th.
The market hours are from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Vendors arrive at 7:00 am with setup complete by 7:30 am and they can stay until 12:00 pm, or a little later than noon if they desire. Broad Street will be blocked so vendors should enter thru the parking lot behind the courthouse.
If you are a consumer and plan to visit the market, keep in mind that produce vendors can leave as soon as they sell out, so make sure you arrive early to select from all the choices available. And again this year, the Master Gardeners will have their “Ask a Master Gardener” table set up that has information about flowers, vegetables and general gardening.
We look forward to a great season and support from the community for our farmers, gardeners, homebakers, crafters, and artists. We expect there will be other products as well, so mark your calendar and plan to attend Saturdays now thru October 6th. Remember: shop local!!!
ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer High School (GHS) Marching Band is looking to replace their uniforms after 13 years of use.
The legacy of the current uniforms stretches across over a decade of champion level performances, nation-spanning shows like Hollywood for the Christmas Parade, and growth into new avenues, such as this year’s inaugural Winter Guard Competitive Season.
After all the events these uniforms have been showcased at, the time has come to hang up the old and ring in the new. Director of Bands Joe Pflueger has worked since November on finding the new look and gauging interest of both band members and Band Boosters members. Originally engaging three companies for design bids and ideas, Pflueger has finally come to a definitive design.
Noting the resemblance of the front design to that of our iconic mountains, he said he has decided on the final design from Fruhauf Uniforms, Inc. The competition line uniform will bear the school’s emblematic G as seen in the photo.
Achieving this goal, however, is something the band team is still working towards. Pflueger took time to speak with FetchYourNews (FYN) saying he felt the new uniforms, along with the board’s August approval for replacing percussion instruments, bear a rewarding feeling for the students after the constant work and successes in recent years.
The uniforms are more than just a new design for some though. Band mom Bobbi Leigh Mullins said it represented the chance to have her son “sparkle and shine” as he marched for the band.
Consisting of 130 musicians, the GHS Band has always grown from support from its band boosters, support from the school and school board, and support from the community to further its efforts. Pflueger spoke with FYN confirming that the band has already raised half of the funds necessary to purchase the uniforms. However, if they are to meet their hopes of fielding these uniforms at the opening show next season, this fall, they need to garner another $30,000 to finish the project.
Attempting to raise the necessary funds, the band has turned to its community for help. An official release from the organization has offered game-time announcements and program recognition for sponsorship at different “star levels.” Each level represents a part of a uniform up to “5 Star” level at $395 for a full uniform.
Pflueger said the process has included over 20 designs and numerous minor changes to designs before ending on this arrangement. Though the current band stands at 130 students, Pflueger admitted the band could see growth toward 140 in the coming years, making it the largest band Gilmer has fielded to date. Pflueger told FYN, “With all the organizations, it’s just getting the kid involved. It makes for a better, well-rounded kid. And it provides those kids with memories they can keep the rest of their lives … That’s the satisfying part of it.”
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Sophomores of Gilmer High School (GHS) were treated to the annual Reality Day that is put on every March.
Set 10 years into the students’ future, the day sets up budgetary needs for a student offering randomized “life-situations” like number of children, marital status, and job description and pay. They take this monthly income and travel to different stations in order to budget their life and what they want including cell phones, Internet, clothing, transportation, home, charity, insurance, and even unexpected events based upon random card draw.
Volunteers from across the county help the day progress through four groups throughout the day. Gilmer Family Connection Director Merle Naylor, who organizes the event, told FetchYourNews it’s the volunteers she relies on to make the day happen. Allowing students a glimpse of the general is what she points to as the real meaning of the day, but she also enjoys the time for citizens to volunteer showing that the students matter and are worth the time taken for the day.
This year saw a few hiccups, as far fewer students showed up for the day than were expected. Several issues were noted as contributing factors from students not getting permission slips to others being absent. Naylor commented on the reduced number saying, “I think it went well, maybe not as well as last year because of the number of student were probably a third of what we’ve had in past years. But the students certainly learned, and I’ve heard some comments from volunteers that they actually learned more because they could spend more time with the students … I look at in the positive that if a few of the students gained the knowledge, then it was well worth it all.”
Naylor went on to note that she takes a lot personally from the day to know that people are willing to volunteer for the project. The interaction with the students goes a long way, but more, the interaction with each other builds the community support of the students and of each other.
Be sure to check out FYN’s Facebook page for more photos from Reality Day 2018.