Cartecay Bike Team preparing for second season

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Entering its second season as an official team, the Cartecay Youth Bike Team has already achieved greatness by producing a state champion in its inaugural season.

Even though the actual race season runs through September, October, and November, the team is already preparing for early training and meetings. Involving parents of the students on the team is part of the process through the next three months of April, May, and June as Coach Larry Alonso prepares for practice season and eventually the races.

Preparing the team in its first season, Alonso said he and his wife expected only a handful of members with their own children making at least half of the team. Today, Alonso celebrates 10 state finishers last season with Hannah Calabretta being a state champion in her first season of competition.

Alonso points to his Mountain Bike Team and the sports as more youth development focused than competitive. Separating the competition from other sports, Alonso said the constant focus on self alleviates much of the back biting and negativity of many other sports. Additionally, Alonso commented on how competitive mountain biking builds on active lifestyles and growth through training like many other sports. Competitors must be fully sufficient on the course for any repairs and on-the-spot fixes needed as accepting outside help carries a penalty in the competition.

Alonso said teaching these skills is so much more than just a sport. He teaches the mechanics of the bikes, skills for sufficiency, and the physical conditioning itself.

Moving into his second season now, Alonso is beginning to build on his successes as he hopes to increase the size of his team, but also to increase the team’s connection and involvement in the county. The team appeared at the Board of Commissioner’s March meeting for Alonso to speak to the commissioners about the county’s trails system.

Part of his presentation to the commissioners focused on the benefits his team and sport could provide for the county. Alonso has already begun work on an “Ellijay Invitational” event to bring teams all over Georgia to Gilmer County as the Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia. Alonso admitted he has already hit a wall in the event for parking and access for the major crowds seeking to attend and view the event with family.

Dreaming bigger, Coach Alonso noted ideas of partnerships for trails through or around local apple orchards and more adaptations for major competitions to point to Gilmer as the Mountain Biking Capital and hold events as such. These events, on average, see upwards of 800 racers and potentially 5,000 people attending the race. A major event like this also exposes people to the county for tourism in addition to the immediate economic in town.

The growth continues across the state, according to Alonso, who stated, “There’s no better place for the state championship race than at the mountain biking capital.” Gilmer provides everything needed for the events with varying difficulties across the county, but an event like this could show the mountain views across harder trails to make it a peak destination for the sport.

The races these students on Cartecay Youth Mountain Bike Team face changes across the minimum sixth-grade riders to do one lap around a five to six mile course and finish. Junior varsity riders do two or three laps to finish, and varsity hit four to five laps totaling around 20 miles before the race ends.

Cartecay continues building on its success and is inviting students and parents interested in the team to attend their team meeting on April 10. The event is one of six preseason events the team is allowed to hold before the end of June.

 

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March Public Health Inspection Scores

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  • CORNERSTONE CAFE’

  • 76 N MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 636-2230
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 82
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-21-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • GILMER HIGH SCHOOL

  • 408 BOBCAT TRL ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-21-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • THE CHILI DOG

  • 962 INDUSTRIAL BLVD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-14-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • PIZZA KING

  • 200 OLD ORCHARD SQUARE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 635-6666
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • CAJUN DEPOT

  • 67 DEPOT ST STE 101 ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 276-1676
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-09-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • THE 1907 RESTAURANT

  • 24 RIVER STREET ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number: (706) 635-1907
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-07-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW INN/BEST WESTERN

  • 94 MOUNTAINVIEW DRIVE PO BOX 1030 EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
  • Phone Number: (706) 515-1500
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • BEST WESTERN

  • 94 COOSWATTEE DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • BEST WESTERN SPA

  • 94 COOSAWATTEE DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050
  • BEST WESTERN POOL

  • 94 COOSAWATTEE DR EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 03-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 635-6050

February Public Health Inspection Scores

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ABBY’S ICE CREAM AND FROZEN YOGURT (Food Service Inspections)
24 SOUTH MAIN STREET STE E ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 21, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A

ARBY’S #6617 (Food Service Inspections)
56 SCHOOL STREET EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
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February 12, 2018 Score: 99, Grade: A

BOARDWALK PIZZA AND PUB (Food Service Inspections)
25 NORTH CHURCH STREET ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 7, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A

Clear Creek Middle School (Food Service Inspections)
1020 CLEAR CREEK RD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 7, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A

COMFORT INN AND SUITES (Food Service Inspections)
234 HIGHLAND PARKWAY EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 20, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A

COMFORT INN AND SUITES ( Tourist Accomodation Inspections)
234 HIGHLAND PARKWAY EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 21, 2018 Score: 98, Grade: A (2014)

Domino’s Pizza (Food Service Inspections)
91 HIGHLAND DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 16, 2018 Score: 94, Grade: A

DOUBLE L LOG CABIN GRILL (Food Service Inspections)
2693 TAILS CREEK ROAD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 14, 2018 Score: 96, Grade: A

FIT LIFE (Food Service Inspections)
64 SAILORS DRIVE STE 118 ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 12, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A

Gilmer Co Jail (Food Service Inspections)
HWY 52 E ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 12, 2018 Score: 96, Grade: A

Gilmer Middle School (Food Service Inspections)
1860 S MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 13, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A

La Mexicana (Store Only) (Food Service Inspections)
1929 PROGRESS RD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 12, 2018 Score: 83, Grade: B

Longhorn Steakhouse #5261 (Food Service Inspections)
30 HIGHLAND CROSSING SOUTH S EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 21, 2018 Score: 94, Grade: A

Mountain View Elementary School (Food Service Inspections)
350 CALVIN JACKSON DR ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 15, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A

Mr. P’s (Food Service Inspections)
295 NORTH MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 15, 2018 Score: 96, Grade: A

PUEBLO MEXICAN RESTAURANT (Food Service Inspections)
29 HIGHLAND DRIVE; SUITE 109 EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 19, 2018 Score: 93, Grade: A

Shane’s Rib Shack (Food Service Inspections)
289 HIGHLAND CROSSING EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 19, 2018 Score: 98, Grade: A

Stratford Motor Inn (Food Service Inspections)
79 MADDOX CIR EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 15, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A

THE ALLEY OF ELLIJAY (Food Service Inspections)
449 INDUSTRIAL DRIVE STE 175 ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 21, 2018 Score: 100, Grade: A

THE SMOKEHOUSE COUNTRY GRILL (Food Service Inspections)
941 MADDOX DRIVE STE 206 EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 9, 2018 Score: 93, Grade: A

Wendy’s (Food Service Inspections)
209 HIGHLAND DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 12, 2018 Score: 99, Grade: A

ZAXBY’S (Food Service Inspections)
143 HIGHLAND CROSSING EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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February 9, 2018 Score: 90, Grade: A

Workout Anytime 24/7, FetchYourNews Week 2 Update~ FetchForce fitness challenge ~ Get Fit with Fetch!

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Getting healthy and being fit is a goal we all seek to achieve, and this should be considered a long-term commitment.  This year, 2018, could be your year of achieving this goal.  All that’s needed is a strong determination and a plan.  FetchForce has made a commitment with Workout Anytime 24/7 in Ellijay and we are excited to share our Week 2 update of our 90-day fitness challenge and invite you to join us!

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Our goals outside of being healthy and living a longer life is to share our Fitness Challenge week by week to give you insight on how you can make the same commitment!  Our FetchForce Team who has decided to share their journey to encourage everyone to make this your best year yet!

FetchYourNews/FYNTV – General Manager – Samantha Cates, Reporter – Lonnie Adams, and Shareholders – Brian K. Pritchard and Lisa Pritchard

This is an update after week 2, and this week Lonnie Adams shared his thoughts on the challenge, “I think I could reach my goal, but walking a trail is always faster and better with a guide. Thanks Scott.” -Lonnie

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If you are ready for real results, Workout Anytime Ellijay is here for you, 24/7!  Contact us at info@FetchYourNews.com to find out how you can start your challenge!  

Two weeks have passed since we began our 90 day challenge  at Workout Anytime 24/7 Ellijay.   Our team members have worked with the qualified trainers,  Scott Patora and Lidia Landaverde who have worked with us and guided us through various workouts to help us work towards our goals.  Our update for this point in our journey we will share our progress.    Samantha is feeling more energized and is at 5% of her goal.  Lonnie Adams is excited to have the guidance from a knowledgeable trainer and is feeling inspired,  Lisa Pritchard has reached 4% of her goal and Brian K. Pritchard (aka grouchy pants) says, “Just wait I will reach my goal fast than you all”!

Scott and Lidia, (the trainers) have walked us through exercise equipment and explained proper technique.  The invaluable guidance from the staff at Workout Anytime Ellijay has us on our way to reaching our goals and a healthier lifestyle.

 

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See us walk through our initial step in being Fit with Fetch and Workout Anytime 24/7!

Workout Anytime 24/7, FetchYourNews launch FetchForce fitness challenge ~ Get Fit with Fetch!

Health

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Getting healthy and being fit is a goal we all seek to achieve, and this should be considered a long-term commitment.  This year, 2018, could be your year of achieving this goal.  All that’s needed is a strong determination and a plan.  FetchForce has made a commitment with Workout Anytime 24/7 in Ellijay to launch a 90-day fitness challenge and invite you to join us!

Workout Anytime 24/7 is a fitness facility that is known for their knowledgeable staff, friendly member atmosphere, and affordable membership programs. We needed guidance in our journey, so we decided to join our FetchForce with Workout Anytime Ellijay and found it to be our new home for top-notch customer service and user-friendly equipment.

Our goals outside of being healthy and living a longer life is to share our Fitness Challenge week by week to give you insight on how you can make the same commitment!  Meet our FetchForce Team who decided to share their journey to encourage everyone to make this your best year yet!

FetchYourNews/FYNTV – General Manager – Samantha Cates, Reporter – Lonnie Adams, ans Shareholders – Brian K. Pritchard and Lisa Pritchard

Below is our first session, and we put Mr. Grouchy Pants (aka BKP) as the first trainee.  See us walk through our initial step in being Fit with Fetch and Workout Anytime 24/7!

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If you are ready for real results, Workout Anytime Ellijay is here for you, 24/7!  Contact us at info@FetchYourNews.com to find out how you can start your challenge!  

The first time in at Workout Anytime 24/7 Ellijay our team members met individually with one of their qualified trainers,  Scott Patora, who performed a Success Session where he did an evaluation to determine our goals and needs so he could begin a plan.   Each team member took measurements, weighed in, and our trainer used equipment to determine our BMI and body fat. (BMI is a number that is used to evaluate your body size. It is not a percentage of body fat, but rather a general score that helps determine if your weight falls into a healthy range.)  Once we were told where we are, we discussed where we wanted to be and set our goals.  Along our journey we will all share how our challenge is progressing with weekly updates.

Scott walked us through exercise equipment and explained proper technique.  He also explained the best way to attack specific body areas we wanted to focus on improving.  We found Scott to be very personable and knowledgeable and realized how invaluable his guidance was going to be to help us reach our goals.  Trainers are available to schedule training to work with your schedule.

 

Fetch Your News is a hyper local news outlet that attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month in Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns and Murray counties as well as Cherokee County in N.C. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and reaches between 15,000 to 60,000 per week on our Facebook page. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or email us at advertise@FetchYourNews.com

December Public Health Inspection Scores

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HARDEE’S #0798 (Food Service Inspections)
1208 INDUSTRIAL BLVD EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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December 5, 2017 Score: 88, Grade: B

Waffle House #944 (Food Service Inspections)
1047 MADDOX DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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December 13, 2017 Score: 91, Grade: A

November Public Health Inspection Scores

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BACK PORCH BISTRO (Food Service Inspections)
10 NORTHSIDE SQUARE ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 14, 2017 Score: 99, Grade: A

Charlie’s Italian Restuarant AND PIZZERIA (Food Service Inspections)
15 WEST CROSS STREET EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 2, 2017 Score: 91, Grade: A

COUNTRY CORNER KITCHEN (Food Service Inspections)
2020 OLD HWY 5 SOUTH ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 3, 2017 Score: 93, Grade: A

El Rey (Food Service Inspections)
945 MADDOX DR EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 9, 2017 Score: 99, Grade: A

ELLIJAY DELI AND BAKERY (Food Service Inspections)
96 CRAIG STREET EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
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November 9, 2017 Score: 99, Grade: A

Okinawa Steak & Sushi Restaurant (Food Service Inspections)
130 OLD ORCHARD SQUARE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 15, 2017 Score: 83, Grade: B

STARBUCKS AT INGLES STORE #409 (Food Service Inspections)
100 OLD ORCHARD SQUARE ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 22, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Public Health Release Confirms Rabies in Gilmer County

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Georgia Department of Public Health

ELLIJAY, Ga – An official release from the Georgia Depart of Public Health and its District 1- 2 office has confirmed a case of rabies in Gilmer County.

Specifically, a stray beagle, tested by health officials, tested positive for the virus. Although the beagle was found in the area of Flat Branch and Weeks Road, officials are warning everyone in the county to be wary of stray animals.

Additionally, they are encouraging any in the area who think they or their family have been exposed to the beagle, to call either the Gilmer County Environmental Health office at (706) 635-6050 or the Georgia Poison Control Center at 1 (800) 222-1222 for a free rabies exposure consultation.

The full release given by the department is as follows:

A Gilmer County couple learned today that a stray beagle that had been near their home tested positive for rabies; however, county environmental health officials determined neither the couple nor their pets had been exposed to the virus the dog carried.

“We’re constantly reminding the public to avoid contact with both stray and wild animals,” said Andrea Martin, Gilmer County Environmental Health Manager. “If you don’t know the rabies vaccination status of an animal, you’re putting yourself at risk just by handling it. But in this case, we ascertained that the couple and their pets had not been licked, scratched or bitten by the dog.”

The couple, who lives alone in a residence near the intersection of Flat Branch and Weeks Roads in Ellijay, noticed the beagle on their property on November 25and saw that it exhibited signs of illness, including lethargy and the inability to walk. They tried to tend to the animal but were concerned it could be rabies-infected, so they contacted the local veterinarian hospital.

The dog was prepared for rabies testing and the specimen was sent to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory on November 29. The positive test result was reported to local officials on December 1.

Martin urges anyone living near the intersection of Flat Branch and Weeks Roads, who think it is possible that they or their children could have been exposed to the beagle at any time since November 11, to call either the Gilmer County Environmental Health office at (706) 635-6050 or the Georgia Poison Control Center at 1 (800) 222-1222 for a free rabies exposure consultation.

Anyone who may have lost the beagle should contact officials immediately to be evaluated for possible rabies exposure.

If there are pets in the area that have never been vaccinated or are not currently vaccinated against rabies, they should be vaccinated or given a booster vaccination right away.

“Rabies is nearly 100% fatal in humans,” warned Martin. “Once rabies symptoms are present, it is too late to treat the human victim for rabies. If, however, exposure is known, then rabies post-exposure vaccinations are given to prevent the onset of rabies, saving the person’s life.”

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