Cantaberry officially opens new location

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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.

 

Katrina and Jesse, l to r, were the second table, but the first local citizens from Ellijay visiting the new Cantaberry location.

Katrina and Jesse, l to r, were the second table, but the first local citizens from Ellijay visiting the new Cantaberry location.

Ann and Bob, l to r, were the first seated table of Ellijay's new location for the Cantaberry Restaurant, visiting from Young Harris.

Ann and Bob, l to r, were the first seated table of Ellijay’s new location for the Cantaberry Restaurant, visiting from Young Harris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Touching the Wall in Ellijay

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Have you been to the wall?

Ellijay is host, this week, to a traveling wall, a nearly full-scale replica of the polished black monument that stands in Washington, D.C. It stands 360 feet long and bears the names of the men lost to the Vietnam War. The wall is open to any and all who wish to come see it at any time.

That’s right, the wall is available 24 hours a day through Sunday evening. The American Legion Riders (ALR) Post 82 has dedicated members standing guard at the wall the entire time. As you visit the wall at the Ellijay Lion’s Club Fairgrounds on Old Highway 5, you can seek help from Lion’s Club members between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day as they will have books to help you find certain names on the wall.

The American Veteran's Traveling Tribute memorial wall arived in Ellijay, Ga escorted by riders of the American Legion Rider Post 82 and Post 49.

The American Veteran’s Traveling Tribute memorial wall arrived in Ellijay, Georgia, escorted by riders of the American Legion Riders Post 82 and Post 49.

The wall arrived in Ellijay Wednesday afternoon. It was escorted by 65 motorcycles and their riders from both Post 82 and Post 49 of the ALR. They were welcomed to the site by members of both Gilmer and Ellijay’s emergency services.

As a part of this Memorial Day weekend, the event also hosts military vehicles donated from the North Georgia Military Museum as well as a temporary cemetery.

That last part may have caught you off guard. Indeed, citizens of Gilmer County are used to seeing the crosses on the side of Old Highway 5 twice a year during Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. This year, however, you won’t find any crosses for Gilmer’s Vietnam soldiers on the road. Instead, you need to visit these crosses erected in a place of honor at the fairgrounds.

Still more, each day that the wall stands in Ellijay, it will host an opening prayer at noon, and a closing rendition of “Taps” at the end of the day, 6 p.m.

Open 24 hours a day, the traveling tribute has Lion's Club members between 9 am and 6 pm to help you find specific names.

Open 24 hours a day, the traveling tribute has Lion’s Club members between 9 am and 6 pm to help you find specific names.

It truly is a sight to behold as both veterans and citizens mix together in their recognition at the wall. A simple replica has brought a piece of the wall’s significance to Ellijay. One thing you will notice immediately as you enter the gate is a thickness in the air. It isn’t the weather and it’s not the heat.

It is altogether right and honorable to speak words of thanks and honor to those who have served, but no deeper thanks can be felt than in the silence of remembrance.

Many attempt to assign a word or a phrase to the feeling. Even more try to offer some semblance of honor and thanks to those who have served. Especially at this time of the year, we as a people want to achieve something to give back, as if we could.

Meaning. Meaning is what we want, to touch something deeper than our daily life. To achieve something greater that could begin to equal that of what they have given. At its core, it is a sad, vain attempt to acknowledge a debt we can never understand. Few have come close to encapsulating the gap that exists. Songs like “Proud to be an American” and words like those of General George S. Patton evoke the emotion, but still don’t quite reach the goal.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”    – George S. Patton

Here we are again, trying to explain an appreciation that can’t be put into words. Still trying to capture a meaning that eludes us more and more with each war.

The memorial wall will open and close its days in Ellijay with the ceremonial playing of "Taps."

The memorial wall will open and close its days in Ellijay with the ceremonial playing of “Taps.”

The only place I have ever felt I truly touched that meaning was in Washington D.C. at Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall.

Especially if you’ve never been to D.C., I could not stress enough how much you should stop into this tribute in Ellijay. It’s a tribute to a tribute, but it is something more than that.

Cross Ellijay today and you’ll see it. Drive past and you will notice the flags, just sticks and cloth. You’ll see men with patches, hats, and canes. What is it but just old things and old memories?

Such thoughts are for the unworthy. For a nation craving meaning, we move to fast past things worth the moments. When you see only sticks and cloth, you miss the truth.

The truth is offered between the flags, and between the men and women. It is found between each note of the bugle. Look past the names to see the three sets of both father and son on the wall. You can understand the 33,103 soldiers that were 18 years old. What is harder to believe is the 12 names on the wall that were 17 years old. Harder still to think of the 5 that were 16 years old.

The unbelievable point is the one name on the wall that belonged to a 15-year-old boy. What a difference three years makes.

Visitors to the traveling wall are given a chance to take home a scratching of a particular name if desired.

Visitors to the traveling wall are given a chance to take home a scratching of a particular name if desired.

Yet, it’s still not enough. Numbers carry weight to the sacrifice, but one can’t feel the numbers. Not when written on a page or screen. A person doesn’t feel 58,272 names etched into a wall until you stand in front of each one. A name is just a name until you see a woman sobbing into her arms, barely able to hold a pencil as she desperately tries to scratch a piece of paper over a name carved into black granite. You will never understand how much she hates that wall because it’s a prison that won’t give her father back to her. Yet, she visits it every year.

Not until you sit there, stuck in the silence so solid that it simply drowns out the noise, when it finally hits you that each name is a soul, can you understand. And you still don’t know how to say thank you. Because how could that feeling ever be summed up in two simple words? How could you say it the right way? How could it ever mean what you want it to mean?

It’s not just a wall. It’s not just a day. It’s not just black stone. It is the melted essence of that meaning that we as a nation give it, marred black by the collective agony of a nation of people remembering.

Let it pierce you. Let it sink in, the weight of nearly sixty thousand souls. Each one bearing down on you to make meaning of their sacrifice.

Now, understand that’s just one war.

Let me ask you again…

Have you been to the wall?

 

 

 

 

 

A father to his son…

My Son,
I am writing this to you that one day you might understand, but now you’re only 7. You asked me recently why I put my hand over my heart when someone’s singing the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance. I couldn’t really think of how to explain it in just a few words so I told you that it was respect and honor for our country. I wonder if you still remember asking?

Now, I hope you can fully grasp the gravity of what I am about to explain. There are soldiers, we call them that because they are more than men, who serve our country. We didn’t ask, they volunteered. They all give some of themselves, some give all.

They suffer through hell, they haven’t died yet. The fight on foreign soil, some haven’t been home in years. They give up who they are to become something more, something we need. These Soldiers are our military, they follow orders of our government. It doesn’t matter if we are defending our nation or fighting in a world at war, they fight because it is necessary. When they come home, they have a way of showing respect to each other, a way of saying thank you, a way of saying I love you, of saying I am here for you. It is called a salute. It’s a very simple gesture, but it means so very much, so much more than you and I could ever understand.

We are not Soldiers. We cannot possibly fathom the unquestionable depth of service, brotherhood, love, and commitment these Soldiers make to each other. It doesn’t matter whether we agree on why they are fighting or where, what matters is this. We as civilians play a part in the military. We as civilians are required by honor and duty to serve these Soldiers at home. When they come back, I don’t want to salute them. I don’t mean to say it’s bad, but I understand enough to know it will never be the same.

I understand enough to know that I need something different to show how incredibly thankful I am. How my love, respect, and devotion to them runs deeper than a vast ocean. That, my beloved son, is why I cover my heart, I am trying so very desperately to show a Soldier that, though I may not know his name or where he is from, I hold him deep in my heart.

I do it in hopes that some Soldier may see me with my hand over my heart, and he would know that I cherish his sacrifice, and they all will be with me forever.

I hope this helps,
Dad

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East Ellijay responds to major leak near 515

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EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – East Ellijay Mayor Mack West has confirmed a leak as the cause of the work seen this week on state Route 515 in East Ellijay.

The Ellijay-Gilmer County Water and Sewerage Authority responded to a leak in the area near Hardee’s and under the highway. The leak, located on Industrial Boulevard in front of Hardee’s, was losing around 130 gallons of water per minute.

Responding to the leak, West said that certain areas of East Ellijay have been without water nearly three days in the process of redirecting the water flow away from the older pipes during the process. That included boring under state Route 515 as well as including new cutoffs and valves reaching up to and along Laurel Street.

Ellijay-Gilmer County Water and Sewerage Authority Director Gary McVey also confirmed that the work is implanting new piping in the area. Instead of attempting to repair or refurbish the existing cast iron piping in the region, the Authority bored under 515 for new piping in order to avoid and abandon the existing cast iron pipes with the leak.

The final tie-in should be placed tonight, according to McVey, completing the new path. However, with the main work finished, citizens will continue to see workers in the area for a few days next week while they clean up the work and fill in the excavated sites.

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United Community Bank holds annual Customer Appreciation Day

Community

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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Hunter Hill visits Ellijay

Election 2018

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Continuing his campaign for governor, Hunter Hill made a stop in Ellijay May 2 to speak with local citizens about his plans for the office if elected.

Hill spoke to local citizens over breakfast at Mike’s Ellijay Restaurant on state Route 282.

Arriving at 8 a.m., Governor Candidate Hunter Hill steps off his bus to meet citizens at Mike's Ellijay Restaurant.

Arriving at 8 a.m., Gubernatorial candidate Hunter Hill steps off his bus to meet citizens at Mike’s Ellijay Restaurant.

Hill is a former Army Ranger who has been in the State Senate for five years now. After resigning his seat in August to run for governor, Hill has been focusing on his vision for Georgia and spreading that message to rally voters. Today, he spoke with citizens in Ellijay about the ideals for “less government, less taxes, and more freedom.”

With “career politicians,” as Hill noted, in office, it is an undermining of our values as a nation. He called out those politicians saying they were not even willing to risk their next election to uphold their oath.

Focusing more specifically on the recent issue of sanctuary cities, Hill adamantly against the topic, stated, “If a city or county in this state were to claim itself a sanctuary city, they would not receive a nickel of state funding.”

After his speech, Hunter Hill paused to answer questions from citizens attending his breakfast meet and greet.

After his speech, Hunter Hill paused to answer questions from citizens attending his breakfast meet and greet.

His second point on his vision for the office reiterated his opinions and intention to eliminate the state income tax. With bordering states already without an income tax, the competitive disadvantage is hurting our state, according to Hill. He went on to say replacing the income tax with a consumption tax setup would alleviate the tax burden from honest Georgians and redistribute that to everyone including visitors to the state and even those making money in illegal ways. Hill stated, “A broad-based consumption tax allows us to have more people that we’re bringing money in from, which allows us to do so at lower rates.”

On a personal note, Hill mentioned his faith pushed him to focus not only on the points of pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and also religious liberty. FetchYourNews asked Hill if he would be seeking a “Faith Restoration Act” in his first year to which he replied, “Very good chance of that, yeah.”

Hill did confirm that he wanted to pursue faith-based adoption as a part of it saying, “We’ve got to protect our faith-based adoption agencies. We’ve just got to do it. A lot of the reasons that faith-based adoption agencies get involved is to be helpful in congruence with their faith. If you don’t protect their ability to do it in congruence with their faith, then they will just stop doing it altogether.”

 

Meeting with Gilmer residents for breakfast allowed Hunter Hill a chance to meet and speak with local citizens about issues and his vision for the Governor's Office.

Meeting with Gilmer residents for breakfast allowed Hunter Hill a chance to meet and speak with local citizens about issues and his vision for the governor’s office.

Protecting people of faith and their ability to live and work based on that faith was a focus of Hill’s speech about the governor’s office, but also on his words about his future view of the state. He noted after winning on key policy issues aligned with our values and principals, he wanted to remind senators and house members of the values and principles for which they were elected, providing a singular vision to move forward under.

 

“Fighting for the people of Georgia” is what he says his focus is as Hill says he sees polls with him ahead of Kemp and closing in on Cagle. Separating himself, Hill says he’s not the career politician like Cagle and is very different than Kemp on issues like the income tax and limited government. However, when comparing, Hill said he wanted to focus on his campaign and his vision to protect liberties and endorsements like the Georgia Right to Life to be a different candidate.

Most of those present were already Hill supporters like retired Gilmer County citizen, George Winn, who said he’s been a Hill supporter “all the way,” based upon his stances of the military and being a Christian conservative who is a believable and trustworthy conservative.

Others like Ken Bailey find themselves supporting Hill as the best candidate. Bailey stated he is following the campaign because “Hunter is not a politician. He is a fresh, young face and not a part of the established system, which needs to be broken up, I think. I think he’s got good ideas. We don’t need to have a state income tax that puts a handicap on us.” Bailey went on to say that he liked some of the other candidates and even knew some personally, but felt Hill was the best choice.

He also commented on his appreciation of the choice in the election. With fine candidates available, Bailey said its great to not have to pick the best of a bad selection.

Hill continues his bus tour across Georgia with his final stop at the Cobb GOP Headquarters in Marietta Saturday afternoon, May 5.

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UPDATE: Drusilla Patrick autopsy confirms homicide

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – A new update has come from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in the case of the murder of Drusilla Patrick.

Completing the autopsy, GBI has confirmed a gunshot wound leading to homicide. Though believed to be Drusilla Patrick, the release states they are still awaiting a formal forensic identification of the body. Though officials are continuing the investigation into her death, another new development came with news of Charles Michael Patrick’s death in custody at the Gilmer County Detention Center.

As reported in the original press release, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the GBI and Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) executed a search warrant at the Patrick home on Ridgemont Drive in Ellijay, Georgia, which extended into Thursday. On Thursday, human remains believed to be those of Drusilla Patrick were located on the property.

The official release for the completion of the autopsy states:

The autopsy for Drusilla Patrick was completed at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday, April 27, 2018. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wound and the manner of death was determined to be homicide. A formal forensic identification of Drusilla Patrick is pending.

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Murder Arrest in Gilmer

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – A joint operation between the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), and United States Probation Officers culminated in an arrest yesterday of Charles Michael Patrick, 72, of Ridgemont subdivision in Ellijay, GA.

Federal Probation officers were supervising Patrick, according to a GBI press release, when they became concerned about the whereabouts of his wife, Drusilla Patrick. During the ensuing investigation by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, a request was made for assistance from GBI.

Charles Michael Patrick, 72, was arrested Thursday, April 26, on murder charges for his wife, Drusilla Patrick.

Charles Michael Patrick, 72, was arrested Thursday, April 26, on murder charges for his wife, Drusilla Patrick.

Their press release states, “When the probation officer received information that Charles Patrick re-married unexpectedly, he questioned Patrick about Drusilla Patrick and received conflicting statements.”

The Gilmer Sheriff’s Office states that in addition to Federal Probation, Patrick was being monitored as a registered sex offender by GCSO.

A cooperative investigation by the GBI and GCSO revealed: “Drusilla Patrick was last seen alive between December 2016 and January 2017.” GBI also reports that Patrick had told different people different reasons for Drusilla’s absence and that they were not actually married, having been legally divorced in 1970.

Additionally, Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson noted it was excellent “head’s up police work” by federal probation officers and Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registry Compliance Officer is what led to the solving of a murder and missing person that had never been reported.

According to the GBI:

“On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the GBI and GCSO executed a search warrant at the Patrick home on Ridgemont Drive in Ellijay, Georgia which extended into Thursday. On Thursday, human remains believed to be those of Drusilla Patrick were located on the property. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, April 27th at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur, Georgia.”

The Sheriff’s office reports that Patrick was taken into custody at a local motel without incident on Thursday, April 26, by Sheriff Nicholson, Gilmer County Deputy Sheriffs, GBI Agents, and a Federal Probation Officer.

Nicholson stated, “I can not begin to give adequate praise to Corporal Jason Reed and the federal probation officers.”

Patrick is currently housed in the Gilmer County Detention Center charged with Murder and held without bond at this time. With the investigation continuing and the GBI claiming additional charges could still be forthcoming, officials are not revealing anything further at this time.

Sheriff Nicholson did make one final comment to commend the work of his Detectives and the GBI Region 8 agents for their excellent investigation into a crime that could have very easily never been discovered, much less solved.

Read the official press releases from the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for further information.

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Gilmer Chamber – It’s Time For Karla’s Korner on FYNTV.com!

Business, Community, FYNTV

It is time for  Gilmer Chamber’s  Karla’s Korner on FYNTV.com! Today we’re discussing World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, Mater Day, Georgia Mtn Needle Arts Festival and More! Tune In!

 

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