Karla’s Korner – Give the gift of a local Christmas this year

Community, Gilmer County Chamber

Karla started her show this morning saying GO DAWGS!!! I have to agree with her on that note. Then she told us that TODAY is the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. So this holiday season while you are getting festive you can buy your favorite spirits from these local places: The Hitching Post, Mountain Treasures, Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Mitchre, and Appalachian Beverage. The next great local gift you can give your family and friends is gift certificates to local restaurants. There are so many great ones in our small town to choose from. Lastly if your family has been thinking about getting a new furry friend; visit you local animal shelter. Make a difference in an animal’s life this Christmas by giving them a forever home with your family. As always we would like to thank the Gilmer County Chamber for sponsoring this segment.

New Executive Director Officially Takes Office Today

Business, News

EAST ELLIJAY, GA – The Greater Gilmer Joint Development Authority (JDA) has gone months through its process of looking to replace its executive director after its previous director resigned.

Today marks the end of that search. While we have known for a while now that Kent Sanford, formerly of Park Sterling Bank, would be taking the position, it is today that the transition has been completed and he officially takes office.

With the job ahead, Sanford told FYN, “As I watched the sun come up from my new office this morning, I was reminded of the bright future Gilmer County has before us.  We have a great deal of work to do, but I am excited to get started and humbled to be part of the process and working with an excellent team of professionals.”

As he begins moving around town, introducing himself to the businesses and beginning to attract more growth to the county, the JDA will hold their fourth quarter meeting this Monday, November 6, at 8 a.m. Also, stay with FYN as we continue updates and sit down with Sanford later this month.

Also, be sure to check out more with our previous article, “JDA Announces New Executive Director.”

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Karla’s Korner – Halloween Events in Ellijay

Community, Gilmer County Chamber

Karla is getting us all in the Halloween spirit for this week. There are so many fun events for the whole family. Several churches will be hosting Trunk or Treat events, Ellijay Rocks will be having a “Rock-Toberfest,” American Legion is having “scary-okie,” Kid Fest at GHS and more!!! Check out the Chamber’s “Halloween Things To Do” page for all the details on these great events. Tune in on Halloween morning at 8:30 to see Karla, BKP and the FYN team dressed up for Halloween!

BOC Changes Fuel Bid Ordinance and More at October Meeting

News

ELLIJAY, GA – October became very unusual for the Board of Commissioners. A shorter order of business saw few things on the agenda for the Board as they move into the final quarter of the year.

However, fewer items presented no less importance as the commissioners discussed a serious change to their ordinance that is exempting fuel purchaes from the bid process for the year. Commission Chairman Charlie Paris told FYN that environmental issues preventing the use of previous underground tanks to stock fuel for the year has actually caused the Commissioners an inability to open and receive bids for gas.

Currently, the Commissioners approved the ordinance change as it was the second reading and no citizens spoke at the public hearing. However, Paris also indicated in the meeting a desire to return to bidding fuel once the county is able to construct new above ground storage tanks. Though he stated a desire to move towards construction with the 2019 budget, he did not see a possibility of it fitting into the 2018 budget.

With approval of the change, the county is now compliant with its ordinances again having not bid for fuel.

Budget discussion continued as the Commissioners turned their attention to the continuing story of the Tabor and Watkins houses. Recent inspections have revealed termites in both buildings. However, the damage has not reached an extreme yet according to reports. As the Board nears the later part of October, they will begin detailed discussions of the 2018 budget. At this time, the Board has officially tabled any action on treatment for the termites as they are attempting to fit it into the 2018 budget instead of the current 2017.

This could mean that treatment may begin as early as January for the infestation, but citizens will not know the definitive time tables until October 26 after the budget work sessions.

As for the Watkins house, the County has begun moving Planning and Zoning Offices into their new building. While discussion has gone on for two months now as to three different requests for space at the Watkins house, Paris stated in the County’s Work Session that one option could include simply leasing the property to the Gilmer Chamber and allowing them to sub-lease space to the other two as they see fit.

Those other two requests include a request to hold and display some of the museum pieces from the Tabor House and a request to display art and other things from Gilmer ARTS.

Additionally, the October Meetings saw the Board approve Mark Troxell to the Airport Advisory Board, and approval for an Alcoholic Beverage License to Park’s Place Convinient Store & More LLC.

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Karla’s Korner: GA Apple Festival, What You Need to Know!

Community, FYNTV, Gilmer County Chamber

There are six festivals going on along the 515 corridor this weekend! Get the inside scoop regarding all things Georgia Apple Festival and more from Karla!

The 2016 Apple Festival came close to breaking all time attendance records. People tend to complain about the “Apple Festival Traffic,” however it’s really the “Fall Festival” traffic. There has been a phenomenal plan in the last two or three years to improve the local traffic and keep it moving.

The Apple Festival parking situation has gotten so much better too! The shuttle service from downtown to the fairgrounds is the way to go! Shuttle locations are all over town and can be found on the Chamber website or the Apple Festival site.

The food is the best part of the festival. Explore Georgia has ranked the Apple Festival one of the top food festivals in the state. We have four apple orchards that set up at the festival.

Info:
-Payment for the parking goes to a great cause ($5.00)
-The admission fee is only ($5.00) to the festival.
-There is no fee for the downtown festival.
-They DO NOT recommend bringing pets. But, there is a designated “doggie daycare” for $5.00.
-There are multiple kids activities: camel rides, pony rides, the train that goes around, face painting, bungee trampoline, etc.
-The 5k Race will be held Saturday morning. (Oct 14)
-The Apple Festival Parade will be held the following Sat. (Oct 21)

 

Special thanks to the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the segment!

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Karla’s Korner – Karla says Fall is in the Air Already

Business, Gilmer County Chamber

We love Tuesdays because that’s when Karla comes to see us. She pointed out the nice, cooler temperatures we have been having the last couple days. She even wore her Fall lipstick today. She says Fall is in the air. School is starting back in North Georgia this week. Friday, August 4th all the Gilmer County students go back to school. Be prepared for extra traffic in the morning and afternoons. We would like to urge everyone to drive carefully, watching for children and parents getting back into the school routine. Karla tells us that there is a ribbon cutting today at Teague Law Firm. Also, if you have not registered for the August Chamber Network Luncheon, Karla urges you to do this soon. They are having this month’s luncheon at the new Gilmer Arts Playhouse so seating is more limited than normal. The guest speaker for this month is 9th District Congressman Doug Collins. For more information on this and all the events in Gilmer County visit the chamber website.

Karla’s Korner – Its HOT this time of year but there’s plenty of water up here to enjoy

Community

This time of year the weather is HOT in Georgia! But never fear here in the North Georgia mountains our rivers are full and there are tons of fun to be had in the waters of North Ga. You can swim, tube, canoe, or kayak. Speaking of swimming – Gilmer County City Pool and Park N Rec is hosting this years 5th District Swim Meet on June 24th. FetchYourNews will be covering this event live and streaming LIVE on FYNTV. What else is going on this week you ask? Lots of live music at various places throughout the county, Garden Club’s flower show, the Farmers Market, and the Gilmer County Rodeo! For more info on any of these great events check out the chamber website calendar. As always we would like to thank the Gilmer Chamber for sponsoring this segment.

Karla’s Korner – Summer Time = Fun Time!

Community

As always Karla and I pick on BKP on Tuesday mornings. There is SO much going on this week and weekend in Gilmer County. Karla and her team are officially picking the name Mr. Bigfoot today! There will be live music all over the county this weekend from restaurants to vineyards and even pick’n on the porch. Gilmer Arts and Plein Art will be doing their “Art in the Mountains” around the county this weekend. If you love local art then you definitely want to check this event out. Also, the Annual Charles Sumner Racking Horse Show will be going on at the Saddle Club arena on Saturday. All of this and even more going on in the great Gilmer County this weekend. To get times, locations, and more info on all these fun events check out the Gilmer Chamber’s event calendar. Thank you to the Gilmer County Chamber for sponsoring this segment.

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