ELLIJAY, Ga. – Releasing information about this weekend’s incident, the County’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is continuing their investigation into an officer impersonation.
Occurring on April 21, a local student from Gilmer High School told officers she was heading home late from a Senior Trip to Zoo Atlanta and a Braves game. Getting off the bus about 1:50 am and leaving the school ten minutes later, the student directly home.
While officials are not releasing the name of the student, they did say they are trying to get as much information as they can out to the public as they need the community’s help being on the lookout for this man or for any details helping the investigation.
The student was driving home in her Nissan Maxima when she saw emergency lights activated behind her. The strange part of the traffic stop was noted by the student as she had not noticed the car behind her previously because it did not have headlights on before activating emergency lights. The “fake officer” did not introduce himself when approaching the car but instead asked the student if she knew why he had stopped her?
She told him she didn’t know, to which he responded she was running 50 miles per hour with the speed limit at 55 and her low beam headlights were on. According to the incident report, the man stated “Obviously, you are not drunk,” before returning to his vehicle. Then, he returned and commented, “Obviously I was wrong, I made a mistake.”
Ending the traffic stop, the man returned to his vehicle and u-turned onto the road heading back towards Ellijay. Lasting eight to ten minutes total, the incident had several issues that cause the student to question. Officials have also issued a public release offering advice on how to handle traffic stops with unmarked cars. Captain Brian Shepard of Gilmer County’s Criminal Investigations Division confirmed, especially with this incident, that officers in unmarked cars understand that a vehicle may continue safely to a well-lit business or public spot before stopping for the traffic stop.
While some citizens have expressed concerns about this being viewed as refusing to stop, Shepard tells FYN that these citizens need not worry. Following their advice by traveling a little further to protect yourself or contacting 911 to confirm a traffic stop of an unmarked car is part of the job of protecting citizens.
With the incident over the weekend, Gilmer’s CID is continuing investigations into the details the student was able to notice past a flashlight the man was shining on her. The report states this man could be a pale white male with blue eyes, a “five o’clock shadow” resembling growing a goatee, and sideburns covering his ears. He appeared short and stout with a flat top haircut.
The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone possessing information regarding the unmarked car over the weekend to please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 706-635-4646 or the non-emergency number to Dispatch at 706-635-8911.
The Bobcats made the long drive to Lafayette High School on Wednesday to face the Ramblers in game one of a three game region series. With the weather cold and the wind chills colder, the Bobcats bundled up and took the field vying for their second win in the region for the 2018 season.
The bats were slow for both the Ramblers and the Cats with neither team producing much offense through most of the game. The game remained scoreless through 4 innings with the Cats coming the the plate in the top of the fifth. Hunter Bowyer would lead off the inning with a walk to get the offense started for Gilmer. The Bobcats bats came alive with all 9 in the line up contributing to an 11 run inning, McKinley Chadwick plated three RBI”s on his second home run of the 2018 season and Hunter Bowyer and Tyler Woody plated two RBI”s each. Other Bobcats standouts were Eric Turner, Evan Frady and Will Barnes.
Brooks Rosser, who will attend Truett McConnell College next year, pitched a gem on the hill. Rosser allowed 3 hits, 6 strikeouts and kept the Ramblers off the board in a 5 inning complete game. With help from excellent defense, the cats took a 11-0 mercy rule victory giving the Cats game one of the big region series.
The Bobcats will welcome the Ramblers to Bobcat Field on Friday for games two and three in double header action. Game one is set for a 5 pm start time with game two schedule shortly after.
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As the 2017-2018 season comes to a close for the Lady Cats of Gilmer High School, two this are guaranteed. First is that the ladies on this team put their heart into every game and left everything they had on the court. Second is that Emma Callihan and Mary Lee Callihan will still be balling it up after the High School season is complete.
Not only do Emma and Mary Lee bond and work together on the court as teammates, they have the honor of this at home as sisters. Emma and Mary Lee agree that being sisters on the court together for the High School and their Spring AAU team(North Georgia Titans) has given them a edge. Mary Lee stated “We are always together at practices and games that I can read how Emma is going to cut the coverage by the opposing defense. This allows Emma to better anticipate the pass,” and “I am definitely harder on Emma as a sister than I am on my other teammates.”
These sisters say that their time spent on the hardwoods has brought them closer together not only as sisters but as friends. This bond also comes with respect. Emma callihan says that without a doubt Her sister, Mary Lee is the best player she has ever played with.
With the 2018-2019 season, the Lady Cats will welcome in the 3rd Muskateer. In coming 6’0″ freshman Ellie Callihan will bring the sisterhood to the next level allowing Coach Nunn the blessings of having the depth needed to sustain a full season.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Since October, the Gilmer High School chapter of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) has volunteered monthly with local foster children through the Foster Parent Association. Monthly meetings allow FCCLA members to spend time playing with, teaching, and bonding with these children.
Cesley Johnson, an FCCLA member, commented, “We felt as if the foster children group was something that didn’t get a lot of direct attention and that needed to change. One visit later with these babies, and we all realized that it was much more than just that. Each one of us have formed a bond with these kids and look forward to every visit we get the privilege of having with them.”
Several students have even taken initiative to design programming for the children. Cesley Johnson and Kelsey Payne have organized a different small lesson each month. These lessons include information on nutrition, mindfulness/gratitude, and even a little cooking. Recently, Kasey Rangel also decided to organize an event by providing a Christmas gift for each child. She sought out an individual sponsor for each child from the school and her church.
Overall, the program has made a profound impact on the FCCLA volunteers. As one states, “Selflessness, love, generosity, and patience are all things that we have learned from seeing these kids just once a month.”
Playing varsity all four years, Taylor Boling has signed to East Tennessee State University for softball.
Though she has played other positions, like shortstop her freshman year, Boling is now a pitcher only, meaning she never bats. This is a position she herself says she loves. Boling says she was attracted to East Tennessee because it maintains the mountain setting while giving a more “big city” feel than Gilmer. Moreover, East Tennessee will have Boling playing on a full scholarship. Not a common thing, Boling says she couldn’t say no to the opportunity.
The scholarship translates to academics for the young athlete as she states the university offers experts in medicine through Olympic trainers on staff. Boling states she was excited to study medicine under professionals of that caliber. Majoring in biology to become a physician’s assistant and considering a dermatology specialist, she is also looking forward to continuing into the medical school on campus after the biology major.
Already preparing for the path, she is currently in her final class of the Sports Medicine Pathway at Gilmer High School and prepares to take on Work Based Learning at a local dermatology office next semester. Boling also considered Troy University, University of North Georgia, Mercer University, and even Georgia Tech.
Brooks Rosser has pitched since childhood and the first leagues where he was allowed. Signing with Truett-McConnell, Rosser says they were “the best feel” outside of baseball.
In fact, much of Rosser’s talk of Truett-McConnell didn’t focus on sports, but rather the people, coaches and staff there that will further his life and faith. He went on to say it was Head Coach Mike Croley that really sold him on playing there. Croley consistently spoke to and guided Rosser during the process. The “personal touch,” Rosser says, showed him that he wasn’t just another recruit, but he felt they wanted him specifically and did everything they could to get him there. “It wasn’t just another email. It was a text. It was a phone call. It was everything,” Rosser added.
Signing a roughly 75 percent scholarship, he says that Truett-McConnell’s focus on “what kind of man you’re going to be outside of baseball” was the academic draw. Looking to obtain an MBA and focus on supply chain management or marketing, Rosser has several plans beyond college already. Part of his draw to even begin looking at Truett-McConnell was their Pitching Coach Ross Roberts who has already had two players drafted to the majors. With only three years at the school, Rosser is eager to join the program believing the future looks even brighter than the already two drafted athletes.
However, when asked about potential hopes to be drafted into the minors or even major league. Rosser said he focused on the now: “I set small goals to achieve the larger ones.” He also stated the potential for accomplishments in the game are “unlimited.”
Hopes spread to his current coach, Jeff Thurman, who praises Rosser’s ability saying that his pitch variety is one of Rosser’s greatest strengths that he takes to Truett-McConnell and possibly further. Being able to continually locate a fastball, curveball and slider, as well as Thurman saying he can do change-ups well too, adds a lot to his already high ceiling and continuing to grow could lead Rosser very far.
BEE (Business Ethics Education) Training for WBL students sponsored by BB&T, Junior Achievement, UNG School of Business & Walmart. A day filled with ethical mini sessions & tours of the Dahlonega campus.
Group Photo at North Georgia Physical Therapy are (Back Row L – R)
Magnolia McLaughlin, Annabelle Nestor, Aaliyah Adame, Samantha Hernandez, Kim Cruz, Lexi Newberry. Front row: Katie Kiker, Michaela Staley & Adilene Rangel.
Students interested in healthcare occupations are participating in medical internships. These experiences can be short term or long term, as brief as a week or as long as a semester. Eleventh & twelfth grade students enrolled in the Work-Based Learning Program are spending a portion of the school day with healthcare professionals. This experience provides opportunities for instruction in occupational skills, exploration of the many and varied healthcare jobs and career guidance from professionals.
Students are shadowing and interacting with medical professionals in the many areas of patient care; CNA, Radiology Technicians, LPN, RN, Physical Therapists, PTT, PTA, DON, Administrative Personnel, Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, Family Practitioners, Specialists and Dentists.
This project takes the cooperation of many medical facilities. Those providing opportunities this semester are Georgia Mountain’s Health, Gilmer County Department of Public Health, Cameron Hall, North Georgia Physical Therapy, Gilmer Nursing Home, Piedmont Healthcare (Emergency Department, Imaging Diagnostic Center & Physicians Group), Safe Choice Pregnancy Center and Ellijay Urgent Care & Family Practice (Dr. Nguyen). Countless staff members at each of these facilities are making this an awesome experience for our GHS students.
Pre-requisites to participate in the medical rotation are TB testing, CPR certification, knowledge of HIPPA. AIDET training and related science and healthcare classes. The Healthcare Science pathway provides these and other skills to enhance this experience.
Students above with Dr. Nguyen of Ellijay Urgent Care & Family Practice. L-R: Magnolia McLaughlin, Aaliyah Adame, Samantha Hernandez, Katie Kiker, Adilene Rangel, Nurse Michelle, Jessie Wilson, Annabelle Nestor & Dr. Nguyen.
At Piedmont Healthcare Imaging & Diagnostic Center
Domingo Reynoso, Mariano Morin, Chloe Reece, Sophie Morrison & Mary Ghorley Risk Management Director of Piedmont
Gilmer Health Dept. Director Krystal Sumner.
Debriefing by Karen Driskill at Georgia Mountain’s Health.
Mariano Morin, Chloe Reece, Sophie Morrison and Domingo Reynoso.
**Application to the WBL internship program for the 2018-2019 school year will open in late February. See adviser, counselor or Ms. J. Davis for details as this is the only time of year to enter into the program. Rising juniors & seniors are eligible.**
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!