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 11/07 to 11/12

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.

Bernard Matthew Walsh: Obituary


Bernard Matthew Walsh

1935 – 2018

Bernard M. “Bernie” Walsh whose career in the Packaging Department (Mailroom) at the Baltimore Sun newspapers spanned 48 years, died of respiratory failure on November 12, 2018 at the Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton, Georgia. He was 83.

Mr. Walsh was born in 1935 in Detroit and raised in South Bend, Indiana. After moving to Baltimore, he attended parochial schools before being hired in 1951 by the A.S. Abell Co., then publisher of The Baltimore Sun Newspapers as a “wartime temporary substitute” apprentice. He was later advanced to a regular apprentice and the graduated to Journeyman status.

In 1957 he began a 13-year career as a labor union official rising through the ranks from shop steward to Vice President of the International Mailers Union with jurisdiction over more than 90 local unions throughout the country in the newspaper and printing industry. In 1970 he retired from all union offices to devote his time to his family and career at The Sun while working toward eventually earning his college degree.

In the mid 1970’s, he was promoted to operations supervision and later promoted to management status at The Sun where he held many responsible positions including Assistant Superintendent of the Packaging Department. He retired in 1999.

He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Knights of Columbus, and was a volunteer Patient Representative for years at The Good Samaritan Hospital. He and his wife moved to Canton, Georgia in 2011.

His wife, the former Margaret E. Akehurst, died in 2012 and sister Betty Ann Hall predeceased him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Regina Walsh Davis of Canton, Georgia; son, Bernard “Matt” Walsh III of Bethlehem, PA.; and two grandsons, Thomas Matthew Davis and Michael Patrick Davis of Canton, Georgia; sister, Ernestine Willinghan of Millersville, MD, and many nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, 1908 Waleska Highway 108, Jasper, GA 30143 in memory of Mr. Walsh.

GySgt. Edward Don Palmer: Obituary


Edward Don Palmer

1958 – 2018

GySgt. Edward Don Palmer, USMC, Ret. age 60 of Ellijay, GA passed on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at his residence.

GySgt. Palmer was born on September 16th, 1958 to his late parents, Felix and Juanita Palmer. Edward served his country honorably for over 17 years in the United States Marine Corps. During part of his military career, he served as the radio communicator aboard the HMX1, the Marine helicopter for President Ronald Reagan.  He was a loving father, grandfather, and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, John Wesley Palmer, III of North Richland Hills, TX, and Joseph Andrew and Haylee Dee Palmer of Haltom, TX; grandchildren, Jace Michael Palmer and Dash Andrew Palmer; sister, Rose Marie Palmer of West Palm Beach, FL also survives.

A military memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 from the Logan Funeral Home Pavilion, with graveside military rites performed by the United States Marine Corps.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 in memory of Mr. Palmer.

Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements

Mabel Davenport: Obituary


Mabel Davenport

October 2, 1943 – November 14, 2018

Mrs. Mabel Davenport age 75 of Cherry Log, GA died Wednesday November 14, 2018.

Mrs. Davenport was born October 2, 1943 in Gilmer County to the late Elijah and Nellie Callahan Ledford. She was a member of the Oakhill Independent Church. Mrs. Davenport is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edward Davenport, brother, Charles Ledford.

Survivors Include: son and daughter in-law: Gary and Debra Davenport, of Loganville, GA; daughter, Tracey Davenport, of Spring Place, GA; 3 grandchildren, Kandi Davenport Lyon, Brandi Davenport Stephens and Noah Davenport; 5 great grandchildren, Timmy Wallace, Tara Wallace, Tyler Wallace, Bo Stephens and Maverick Stephens.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday November 18th at 3pm from the Oak Hill Independent Church with Rev. Edward Ledford and Rev. Phillip Davenport, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Underwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday November 18th from 11:30am until 2:30pm at the funeral home.

Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Jason S. Pierce: Obituary


Jason S. Pierce

January 15, 1976 – November 13, 2018

Mr. Jason S. Pierce, age 42, of Ellijay, died Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Mr. Pierce was born January 15, 1976, in Fulton County, the son of Carolyn Clark Pierce and the late Eddie Pierce. He was a farmer and attended Harvest Missionary Church.

Survivors include: mother; Carolyn Pierce, sister and brother-in-law: Melisa and Rick Searcy, Ellijay, brother and sister-in-law: Brent and Bridgett Pierce, Ellijay, grandparents; Carl and Ernestine Clark, Ellijay, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00pm from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Arnold and Rev. Pat Shelton officiating. Interment will be in the Yukon cemetery.

The family will meet with friends Friday November 16, 2018 from 4 until 9pm at the funeral home.

Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Walter Bruce Newlon: Obituary


Walter Bruce Newlon

November 18, 1926 – November 11, 2018

Mr. Walter Bruce Newlon age 92 of Ellijay died Sunday November 11,2018.

Mr. Newlon was born November 18,1926,in Norwalk Ohio, the son of the late Guy Adams and Inez Vivian Barlow Newlon. He served in the US. Navy in WWII, in 1967 founded the Bruce Newlon Co and worked as a produce broker and was a member of the Ellijay Seventh day Adventist church.

Survivors include: wife: Katherine Lewis Newlon, sons and daughters-in-law: Terry and Donnie Newlon, Ellijay, Jim and Delores Newlon, Canton,  Rick and Mari Newlon, South Pittsburg, TN  15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 1 great-great-grand daughter.

Memorial services will be held Sunday November 18, 2018 at 3:00pm from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home. Music will be by Rae Rita Peel, Beth Hehn, Praise 4 Him, Jamie Newlon Grindley, and Dr. Julia Newlon Danworth. Military honors will be by the US Navy. Interment will be in the Ellijay Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery.

The family will meet with friends Sunday from 1 until the service hour of 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to; the Josephine Edwards Christian School 12472 Hwy 515 N. Ellijay, GA 30540 in memory of Mr. Newlon.

Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Ann James Chance: Obituary


Barbara Ann James Chance

November 07, 1938 – November 09, 2018

Mrs. Barbara Ann James Chance, age 80, of Talking Rock, Ga died, Friday, November 9, 2018.

Mrs. Chance was born November 7, 1938, in Ellenwood, GA the daughter of the late Lamar Franklin and Lillie Mae Pope James. She was a homemaker and member of the Frist Baptist Church Ellijay. Her parents; daughter: Karen Richelle Chance Hulgan, son; Andrew Stephen Chance, siblings, Frank James, Julia Kopp and Ellen Hurst preceded her in death.

Survivors include; husband, Steve Chance, sons; Marcus Steve Chance, Montgomery, Al, Edward Lee Chance, Talking Rock, daughter; Jessica Marie Chance, Decatur. 5 grandchildren, sisters; Bettie Pitts Williams, Covington, Mary June Gordon, Sterling, AK, sister-in-law: Joyce James, Stockbridge.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:0opm, from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Dr. Glenn Cummings, Rev. Ben Mock and Rev. Tony Ramirez officiating. Interment will be in the Lake Forrest Memorial Park cemetery in Jasper.

The family will meet with friends Monday from 11:00am until the service hour of 2:00pm.

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