EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Having hired a contract employee for picking up little on city streets, the East Ellijay City Council approved the spending for the contract. The employee is working alongside the street department and services the area for little control. Along with the item of the employee, East Ellijay Mayor Mack West spoke to the council saying, “I, personally, feel like we need to assess different penalties for litter violations applicable to repeat offenders.”
The Gilmer county commissioners have already been discussing the item after an increase of community requests to deal with the issue. Continuing the discussion, East Ellijay is now also on board increasing response and control of the litter.
Though no official action set a specific number increasing from the current $236 public littering fine, Mayor West did ask the members of council if they would be okay with increasing the fines with none speaking out in opposition. Additionally, East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan discussed speaking with their officers to pay more attention to the issue and those who they see throwing litter out. This discussion came on top of officially approving the policy for litter control and having the extra employee.
Also in the Police Department, the council approved purchasing three patrol car cameras for the department. Callahan said that with the vast majority of other enforcement agencies already having cameras, courts are beginning to throw out cases without the video evidence supporting traffic violations. With the estimate Callahan has received, the $10,650 cost of purchasing and installing the cameras will be split. Two of the cameras will be paid out of the city’s hotel-motel fund, and the third camera will be paid for out of the police confiscation fund.
With the change in courts handling of their cases, Callahan spoke with the council about the camera purchases saying, “It’s a ‘have-to’ essentially.” Callahan is also looking to purchase another three cameras next budget year.
Gilmer tennis welcomed in the Ramblers of Lafayette high school on Wednesday in a region match up. The Lady Cats took to the courts with rackets in hand facing cold weather that produced 20 plus MPH winds and some snow on the first day of Spring.
The Girls played strong and took the overall victory winning 5 out of 6 sets from the Ramblers. In singles matches Lauren Cole(6-4,6-3), Hope Colwell(6-2,6-3) had wins setting the stage for a good day on the courts. Also in singles, Katie Sheahan fought for over 2 and 1/2 hours in her match to no avail. Sheahan(6-1,3-6,6-7,6-8) would take a loss in the tie breaker.
In doubles for the Lady Cats, Sarah Sheahan/Beth Burnette(6-3,6-4) and Josie Reece/Emma Dayton(2-6,6-2,7-5) and Mary Elizabeth/Morgan White(8-5) came out with the wins to push a 5-1 overall score for the Lady Cats.
At the end of the day for the boys, the Cats and Ramblers split the score card at 3-3. The action on the courts were hot even though the weather wasn’t. In singles play, Carter Hice(6-4,6-2) and Tripp Pierce(6-3,6-2) took victories in outstanding fashion over their Rmbler opponents. Taking an exhausting loss for the cats, Brett Becker(6-4,4-6,6-7,1-7) battled on the court for a little over 3 hours eventually falling to his opponent in a tie breaker set. Doubles action produced a win for Kaden Reese/Ryan Cochran in 2 sets 6-1 and 6-0. Falling short for the Cats in doubles were Luke Wimpy/Mason Hadden(4-6,3-6) and Isaac Bradshaw/Bryson Sisson(5-8).
ELLIJAY, Ga. – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued warning for most of Georgia involving the coming severe storms.
Gilmer is included as the eastern half is set for severe storms, wind, and possibly hail. However, the western half of Gilmer is included in the NWS “Enhanced Risk” warnings, meaning citizens should be prepared for massive rainfall, large hail, potential tornadoes, and damaging wind reaching up to 60 mph.
While citizens are preparing for all the potential dangers, most are afraid of the possibility of flooding in their area. One citizen reported pea sized hail already falling outside at the East Ellijay Walmart.
The Gilmer County Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett spoke with FYN about the coming storms saying, “Hopefully, it will move through the county without incident. Nevertheless, our people are geared up and ready to go.”
Being aware of the warnings, Pritchett says the Public Safety Department is ready, but waiting to gauge the intensity of the storms. He suggested extra preparations for all citizens living near creeks and other waterways saying that in Gilmer county, “Small creeks and other waterways could rise quickly. We just ask everyone to be prepared.”
As Public Safety continues preparations and monitoring of the potential risks, the National Weather Service is continuing updates to the storm, “At 1243 PM EDT…a strong thunderstorm was near Roy, or 11 miles east of Ellijay…moving east at 40 mph.”
Some locationsthe NWS indicated in the path of this storm include “Dahlonega, Suches, Amicalola Falls State Park, Camp Merrill, Springer
Mountain Shelter, Len Foote Hike Inn, Black Gap Shelter, Stover Creek Shelter, Hawk Mountain Shelter, Nimblewill, Roy, Gaddistown, Gooch, and Mountain Shelter.”
Gilmer Schools have even cancelled all afternoon activities for today, March 19, due to the storms, although they are planning to move ahead with their scheduled Board Meeting at 6 pm.
Stay with FetchYourNews as update continue on the storm’s severity and potential damage in the county. Again, if you begin to see water rising near your homes, seek shelter elsewhere to avoid being trapped. This became a real issue to citizens with flooding over recent years.
The Cats were trying to right the ship after a tough series with the Dragons of Pickens High School the previous week.
Gilmer strapped on their batting helmets ready to put runs on the board but could only plate 1 run with a hard fought walk by Hunter Bowyer followed by an Austin Damen gap shot to right center field . The Panther outfielder misplayed the baseball allowing Bowyer to cross the plate. This would be the only lead the Cats would have in the game as the Panthers plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Cats would fight from behind for the remainder of the game.
The Cats added 3 runs in the 3rd and 1 in the 5th bringing their spot on the board to 5 runs on 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 hit by pitch and 3 Cats reaching by error. The Panthers would take advantage o 4 pitching changes for Gilmer putting up 16 runs over 4 innings. With the mercy rule loss, the Cats fall to 2-11 overall and 0-4 in the region.
The major highlight of the game was #3 McKinley Chadwick hit his first home run after coming back from Tommy John surgery in the off season.
The Cats will host the Panthers on Thursday night at Bobcat Field starting at 5:55 pm.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Local citizen, and owner/operator of the Cartecay River Experience, Woody Janssen has qualified for Post 2 Commissioner in Gilmer County.
Running for the position, Janssen says he hopes to utilize his business and logistics background to move Gilmer forward in its economic process.
Janssen graduated in 1996 from Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) and moved through logistics management for several years before moving to Texas. Returning to Gilmer County, he has operated the Cartecay River Experience since 2009. Janssen tells FetchYourNews he has seen Gilmer County after the recession slowly progressing on its path to recovery and economic stability.
Noting the current commissioners’ progress in expanding the activities of Gilmer, Janssen pointed to an abundance of natural resources in the county to facilitate growth for “family activities” to attract a larger variety of people to the county. However, he tempered his statement on growth saying Gilmer needs to stay rural. He went on to say, “It feels like The Andy Griffith Show in a way, everybody waves still. You go down to Atlanta and you wave at somebody, it’s not like that … It brings that down-home feeling. That’s how I grew up in Utah when I was a kid. It was a small area, we were all farmers. I was on a farm since I was five years old.”
Janssen pointed to other local communities prospering in the rural parts of the state like Blue Ridge in Fannin County and Helen in White County. The common thing Janssen noted that he wants to see in Gilmer is the variety of activities to see and do.
Accomplishing this is not something one man does alone. Janssen noted the community’s work and great people working alongside other entities. He praised the current commissioner’s work on the Golf Course specifically saying it is the greatest he has ever seen it: “The way Mike Brumby has done this, what he has done with the golf course, it is going to slowly progress.” With definitive and continued progress, it becomes a matter of continuing the hard work to get Gilmer financially into the black.
Janssen continued, “There is a lot of work to be done, but with what Charlie has done, and Dallas and Travis have helped, they are bringing it more into the black.” Janssen said continuing the work of bringing in more commerce would be his focus in taking the position of Post 2 Commissioner.
In a final word towards voters, Janssen took a moment to say, “The progression is awesome with what’s going on. Do I think we can do a little bit better as a community? Yeah, everybody can. You can always progress. You can always get better. Something my coach always said, ‘You have to get better every day. If you don’t, then your competition is.’ There are little things we can always progress on. We can create more.”
The Bobcats of Gilmer made the trek to Ridgeland and took the victory 3-1 in yet another tight and hard fought region game. Marvin Reynoso scored a tap in goal after a scramble in the Ridgeland penalty box at 30 mins. The first half ended with the Cats up 1-0 but it was close. Coach Phipps brought the boys together at half time and reinforced the importance of increasing the score.
Ridgeland came out fast at the start of the second half and scored an equalizer within 1 minute of the second half. The boys kept their heads and played some good soccer with timely passing and some nice shots. Israel Bautista scored with a good right footed shot from about 15 yards to put Gilmer up 2-1. The Cats kept on pushing forward and with about 12 mins left on the clock the boys put a good passing move that included Ervin Lopez and Parker Benetiz that lead to another goal for senior Marvin Reynoso.
The Gimer Lady Bobcats traveled to Ridgeland and Tuesday to compete in a region match. The girls got down 0-2 very early in the game. Coach Nicholson said “Ridgeland is a long bus ride. We were tired, sluggish, and clearly not ready to play soccer when we stepped off the bus”. We knew we would get opportunities, but there were some defensive breakdowns that had to be cleaned up.”
The girls rallied and went in the half 4-3. At halftime, Nicholson talked to her team about the errors that had to be fixed. The girls went out in the second half much more relaxed and confident scoring 3 more times and ended the game 7-3. Goals were scored by Naomi Coombs (5), Renea Chastain, and Cat Tercero-Rafael each scoring 1 goal.
JV Girls played Fannin on Wednesday and fell 0-3. Coach Nicholson stated that JV games are really fun because we get lots of girls some field time. Freshmen Keeper Noni Francisco did a great job in goal.