City Council Holds Monthly Meeting

The Ellijay City Council held their monthly scheduled meeting on Monday.  In a short session the council Chairman Al Hoyle called the meeting to order and opened with prayer followed by the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.

First order of business on the night was to approve the agenda for this May 21st meeting with on amendment added to new business and to be brought forth in the last vote before the Executive Session began.  With all unanimous votes on the night, April 2018’s minutes, the financial statement and all new business including the reappointment of current Ellijay-Gilmer Water and Sewer head Mike Gibbs to continue in his present role.  Applications submitted to the council were also approved by all members.  Bharat Kumar A. Patel’s application for off premises beer and wine sales passed with zero nay votes.  Mr. Patel is doing business as Green’s Country Store located at 2028 Old Hwy 5 South. The request came as a name change and not for a new application.

Page Green with the Gilmer Chamber submitted an application for a special request permit.  This permit asked that in that the Taste of Ellijay being a city sponsored event, that the $100 application fee be waived and that insurance currently in affect be accepted in lieu of providing additional for services. All members voted in favor of this request.

The construction codes are now up to date with current international standards of building for the City of Ellijay.  All members voted to accept this amendment.  Lastly, in an amended vote in new business,  Chairman Hoyle read an application for alcohol sales in the city parking lot on the 4th of July of 2018.  A motion and a 2nd followed with a vote of the council, saw approval allowing this action.


Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 01/07 to 01/13

Arrest Reports

FYN publishes the arrest reports provided by the GCSO.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. Those arrests are posted on for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Vivian Vanessa (Storms) Thurman: Obituary


Vivian Vanessa Thurman

1963 – 2019

Mrs. Vivian Vanessa (Storms) Thurman, age 55 of East Ellijay, GA passed on Saturday January 12th, 2019 at her residence. Vivian was born on March 20th, 1963 to her father George Albert Storms and late mother Jo Ann (Waters) Storms in Ellijay, GA. Mrs. Thurman was a member of the Boardtown Church of Christ and previously employed by Gold Kist, Robert Shaw and Whitepath Fabtech. She is preceded in death by her mother and sister, Lesa Storms.

Funeral Services will be held at 4:00pm on Wednesday January 16th, 2019 from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Cruze officiating. Singing will be by Shannon Bearden and the Boardtown Church of Christ choir.

Vivian is survived by her husband of 29 years, Ricky Thurman of Cherry Log, daughters & sons-in-law, Angela & Jamie Bassett of East Ellijay, Anna Marie Franklin of Morganton, GA, Brandy & Dustin Sharpe of Ellijay, GA, sons & daughters-in-law, Thomas & Lynn Bradford of Ball Ground, GA and Robby A. Thurman of Ellijay, GA, grandchildren, Nadalyn Bassett, Bryson, Bassett, Alivia Bassett, Trittney Powell, Tasha Denney, Christopher Thurman, Gracie Sharp, Ariana Franklin, Tyler Franklin, Dylan Franklin, Destiny Franklin, father, George Albert Storms of Cherry Log, GA, sister, Amanda Storms Wright of Cherry Log, GA, brother, George Lewis Storms of Ellijay, GA.

The family is receiving friends from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Wednesday January 16th at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to assist with funeral expenses at or

Online condolences may be made to the family at Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Kelley Payne: Obituary


Ruth Kelley Payne

1937 – 2019

Ruth Kelley Payne was born in Ellijay, Georgia on October 2, 1937, to Sedger and Grace Bunch Kelley.  On the afternoon of January 4, 2019, she peacefully passed at her home in Chamblee, Georgia, with Earl W. Payne, her husband and best friend for over 60 years by her side.

She lived a rich, amazing life, always chasing ambitious dreams for herself and family.  She graduated from Gilmer County High School in 1955, receiving a Varsity Academic Letter, a cherished possession throughout her life.  She dreamt of college, but for a young woman from rural North Georgia in the 1950’s, it wasn’t within reach. Instead, she moved to Atlanta to chart her own course in the world, not knowing that she would soon meet Earl, who grew up minutes away in North Georgia.

She and Earl were married in 1958, moving to Whitestone, Georgia, for a short period before returning to Atlanta.  The City of Atlanta grew up around them, and in 1963, Earl was drafted into the Army and stationed at Fort Irwin, in Barstow, California.  Ruth stayed in Atlanta, working with the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company, and taking her first airplane trip in 1963 to visit Earl in California.  It was the first trip of what would become a lifetime of travel, always wanting to give her family the opportunities that she never had as a child. Earl completed his service and was honorably discharged in 1965.  Upon returning to Atlanta, Ruth and Earl did something that their children still can’t quite believe. They both left their jobs and spent three weeks on an epic road trip to the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, seeing much of the U.S. and setting the stage for what would become annual family trips – to beaches, historical sights, national parks and foreign countries.

Ruth and Earl moved to Chamblee, Georgia in 1965 and welcomed their daughter, Cheryl, in 1968, and their son, Brian, in 1973.  Ruth returned to work with the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance company once both Cheryl and Brian started school, and this time, she was going to make certain that college was not out of reach for either of her children.  Two of her proudest moments were when Cheryl and Brian both graduated from Georgia Tech. Cheryl married Robert Griggs in 1992, and Brian married Heather in 2000. Ruth soon welcomed two granddaughters, Kasey and Kylie Griggs, and two grand-kitties, Mesia and Marmalade.

In her later years, life became more difficult as rheumatoid arthritis slowly took away her ability to easily get around, and childhood ear infections from long ago resulted in hearing loss.  Getting older isn’t easy, but she worked through the pain as long as she could, celebrating her and Earl’s 60th wedding anniversary last August and her 81st birthday in October.

Ruth is survived by Earl W. Payne, husband and best friend for over 60 years; daughter, Cheryl Payne Griggs, son-in-law, Robert Griggs, granddaughters Kasey and Kylie Griggs, all of Simpsonville, South Carolina; son, Brian Payne, daughter-in-law, Heather Payne, grand-kitties Mesia and Marmalade, all of Maplewood, New Jersey.

The family will receive friends at Logan Funeral Home in Ellijay, Georgia, starting at 5PM on Sunday, January 6, 2019, followed by a celebration of life service at 7PM in the Logan Funeral Home Chapel.  Ruth will be buried at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia, at 9:30AM on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, with a small service for family and friends. The family requests flowers, or donations may be made to Whitestone Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Deryl Hyde, 53 Cripple Creek Lane, Ellijay, Georgia  30536.

John “Chip” Seiler: Obituary


John “Chip” Seiler

1955 – 2019

Mr. Richard John “Chip” Seiler, age 63 of Ellijay, GA passed on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Seiler was born on March 25th, 1955 in Wilmington, Delaware to his mother, Marilyn Meyer Seiler, and his late father, Charles Seiler. Chip was a member of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Blue Ridge, GA and worked in sales at his family’s hardware store. He is preceded in death by his brother, William H. Seiler.

A private memorial service will be held at the Seiler residence at a later date. Inurnment will take place in the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church cemetery.

He is survived by his son, Evan Seiler of Sugar Hill, GA and his mother, Marilyn Seiler of Ellijay, GA.

Online condolences can be left to the family at

Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.

John Schaeffer Gersch: Obituary


John Schaeffer Gersch

1941 – 2019

Mr. John Schaeffer Gersch, age 77 of Port Saint Lucie, FL passed on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital of Ellijay, GA.

Mr. Gersch was born on September 20th, 1941 to his late parents, Mary Holmes Gersch and Albert Gersch. John was a graduate of Palm Beach High School and continued his education to obtain an Associate degree from Palm Beach Junior College. John was of the Catholic faith, served his country honorably in the US Army during the Vietnam war, and was formerly employed by Pratt & Whitney, RCA, and Horseshow Management. He is preceded in death by his sister Vicki Gersch Luguire.

A Celebration of Life Service is being planned and will take place in the spring of 2019.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Deanie “Dee” Gersch of the home in Port Saint Lucie, FL; daughter, Jo-Dee Gersch Payne of Union, WV; grandchildren, Ethan Payne and Jamison Payne; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann & Peter York of Port Saint Lucie, FL, Betsy & Bill Raper of Loxahatchee, FL; brothers and sister-in-law, Chris Gersch of Jupiter, FL and Andy & Kathy Gersch of Opelika, AL.

Online condolences can be left to the family at

Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Barbara McGill Rynne: Obituary


Barbara McGill Rynne

August 7, 1942 – January 11, 2019

Mrs. Barbara McGill Rynne age 76 of Ellijay, GA died Friday, January 11, 2019.

Mrs. Rynne was born August 7, 1942 in Lockhaven, PA to the late Russell Kissinger McGill and Annabell Wells. Mrs. Rynne was retired from the food service business where she pursued her passion and love for cooking. She is remembered for serving some of the best country cooking around at her restaurant “Apple Alley”.

Survivors include: Husband-Terrance Rynne, Sebastian, FL. Son- Bruce Tufts Jr, Big Pine Key, FL, Daugther- Beau and Kirk Lowman, Ellijay, GA. Grandchildren- Amber Isley, Kayla Lowman, and Lyric Lowman, Great grandchildren- Rilyn and Emerson Isely, Sister-Connie Sophie, Ocean Ridge, FL. Brother- the late Russell “Bud” McGill.

In Lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be available in Mrs. Rynne’s name through Bernhardt Funeral Home at P.O. Box 466 Ellijay, GA 30540. A service will not be held at this time. Per Mrs. Rynne’s wishes, a celebration of her life will be held in the Spring with family and friends.

Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John T. Scoggins: Obituary


John T. Scoggins

November 26, 1939 – January 11, 2019

Mr. John T. Scoggins age 79 of Ellijay died Friday Jan. 11, 2019.

Survivors are special friends, Nadine Ray, Calhoun and Glover Methan, Ellijay

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00pm from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with rev. Glen Arnold officiating. Interment will be in the Yukon cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00pm until the funeral hour.

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