Tuesday night has come and gone for the ladies and gentlemen of Gilmer basketball as the Northwest Whitfield teams came to the Cage for a region battle.
Taking the court first for Gilmer was the Lady Cats led by Coach Susan Nunn. With a 10-2 overall record thus far in the 2018-2019 season, the Lady Cats have played very well together as a team. Tonight they continued to do so in spite of falling to the Lady Bruins 56-44. Northwest brought a little more than the Lady Cats could handle in Jada Griffin. Leading all scoring in the game, Griffin was unstoppable with 21 points with two of her Lady Bruin teammates scoring in double digits as well. For Gilmer, MaryLee Callihan led the team with 15 in the losing effort. These Lady Cats never quit fighting and drew within 6 points early in the fourth period before the Lady Bruins stretched the lead to the final deficit for Gilmer at 12 points in the end.
In the final game of the night, the varsity boys for Northwest and Gilmer took the floor. This game followed the path of the ladies competition just before. The Bobcats could not get the ball to find the net all night. Carter Hice, David Smith, and Tripp Pierce gave all they had with great looks from both inside the paint and also from the perimeter but nothing would fall the Bobcats way. Credit needs to be given to the Bruins defense as they outrebounded the Cats leaving very few opportunities for a second chance at putting points on the board. In the 80-54 loss to the Bruins, Kell Weaver led Gilmer in points with 14 on the night followed by Braden Jenkins who came off the bench to score 13 points. Leading all scorers in the game was Chris Cunningham of the Bruins with 28 including a perfect night from 3 point range with 4.
The defeats for both the Cats and Lady Cats bring their overall records on the season to 10-3 as they head into the holiday break. Gilmer is scheduled to play in a Christmas tournament on the 27th with Heritage as their scheduled opponent. Gilmer basketball will fire up again as 2019 presents itself and the Cats and Lady Cats will continue to bring the heat on the basketball court.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County has been searching for a new coach since the official announcement of the resignation of Casey Wingard.
It seems that Gilmer’s Christmas present could be a new coach. Gilmer County Charter Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs announced that she expected a meeting to be called for next week in which information on the new head coach would be released. She stated, “Once the final selection is made and references are checked, then I will ask the Board to hold a called meeting next week so that we can name that coach before we go home for Christmas break.”
With 55 people showing interest and 44 of them completing applications process. Eventually, the Board narrowed this to seven people selected to be interviewed.
That meeting has now been announced. On Monday, December 17, 2018, the Board of Education will be holding a Special Called Meeting. There are actually two items on the agenda, one simply states personnel, if approved this personnel item could hold the name of Gilmer’s newest football coach.
The other agenda item relates to recent events regarding the resignation of Board Member Nick Weaver. Appointment for vacant board seat” is the item on the agenda. Yet, no indication has been made yet if this is to actually announce the newest member or simply to begin open board-discussions.
One meeting could, hopefully, fill two large gaps in Gilmer County’s School System by Christmas.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – December saw six new members inducted into Gilmer County’s Hall of Fame between Friday’s, December 7, Girls and Boys Basketball games.
Celebrating the accomplishments of these people both during and after high school, the ceremony honored these individuals and their families. Coming from several different walks of life and spreading to even more after high school, Gilmer welcomed these stars home to the Gilmer’s Court for the special day.
Donna Cowart Mousa was in the Class of 1978. She played Basketball, Track, and Tennis. Named as the GHS Basketball MVP for 3 years, she was also voted as Most Athletic Female during her Senior Year. She was later awarded a scholarship to Clemson University where she lettered in Basketball and Field Hockey. She joined All ACC Field Hockey for three years and was named as an All American Honorable Mention for Field Hockey.
Pam Gibson was in the Class of 1987. She played Basketball, Tennis, and Softball. Named to All State Basketball in 1987, she also became GHS Lady Cats Player of the Year in both 1985 and 1987. She was also awarded Top GHS Female Athlete of the Year in 1985. She was Basketball Team Captain in 1986 and Co-Captain in 1987. Gibson achieved Top 8 in AA State Singles Tennis Tournament in 1985. She was later awarded a scholarship to Troy State University where she became a Freshman Starter averaging 15 points-per-game.
Mike Brumby was in the Class of 1988. He played Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Golf. Named All State Honorable Mention for Football in 1987, he was also named All State Honorable Mention for Basketball in 1988. Receiving several GHS Awards in both football and basketball, he became the GHS Basketball Player of the Year in both 1987 and 1988. He is currently a Whitepath Golf Club Pro in Gilmer County.
Candy Pankey Ledford was in the Class of 1993. She played Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Track, and Cross Country. Named Second Team All State Basketball in both 1992 and 1993, she also was awarded the GHS Female Athlete of the Year Awards in both 1990 and 1991. She also received the GHS Most Athletic Female Award in 1993. She was later awarded a scholarship to Reinhardt College from 1993 to 1995 and was then awarded a scholarship to Augusta State College from 1996 to 1998.
Neil Gary was in the Class of 1997. He played Football and Wrestling. Named State Wrestling Champion in both 1996 and 1997, he also achieved a total Career Wrestling Record of 63-22 with 41 career pins. He also was named GHS MVP in Wrestling in 1995, 1996, and 1997. He later served eight years in the United States Marines and was Decorated for Valor in Iraq.
Robert “Bob” Becker is being inducted into the 2018 Support Category for achievements at GHS High School where he taught from 1977 to 2014. He was Public Address Announcer for Band, Football, Basketball, and Baseball. He holds degrees from Jacksonville State, Georgia State, and Lincoln Memorial. To this day, he says he is first to be known as a man of God.
On the night of November 1st, 2018 the Bobcat Wrestling Nation came together for a time of honor, memories, and the desire for current and future athletes to never forget. These athletes can now see the history of Bobcat wrestling and with every match honor and continue the legacy of those from the past.
Spearheading the efforts, Mark Waddell took a comment from his son Matthew and ran with it. Waddell with help from several others received the go-ahead from school officials to start the project. These parents and fans of Gilmer Wrestling dedicated their time and skills to take the upstairs room and through hard work made it into a useful locker room and a shrine of sorts to those that have made the program what it is today.
Each and every time the athletes walk in the door they will be reminded of the history, hard work and dedication that is Bobcat Wrestling. News clippings and photos fill every wall from youth involvement to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. On that day there were smiles as former greats and their families walked through and memories of those that are no longer with us. The namesake for the locker room is Will Gudger. Will tragically lost his life in a car accident in November 2016. Gudger was a 2015 graduate of Gilmer High School and a member of the Bobcat Wrestling program. Noah Harris is also honored as part of the history that fills the new locker room. Harris graduated from Gilmer with State Champion credentials and Captain of the football team in his pocket. Though Harris was confident he was never cocky. This gentle-hearted soul had family and friends collect beanie babies to give to the Iraqi children as he served in the United States Army. The ultimate sacrifice was given by Harris on June 18, 2005, after an attack by enemy forces.
Coach Josh Ghobadpoor and his staff are not only preparing the athletes for a match on the mats but they also continue the tradition of former coach Sam Snider in preparing these young men for life after high school. With 17 state titles, the wrestling program speaks for itself and continued hard work will produce even more. Best of luck to the current and future Bobcats as they take to the mats. For the former Bobcats, thank you for your dedication to making Gilmer Wrestling what it is today.
ELLIJAY, GA. – Casting the final vote for the coming ESPLOST, alongside votes on bids and lunch prices, set the theme for the Board of Education’s last regular meeting before school starts back.
As previously reported in last week’s BOE to call for an ESPLOST Election, the survey results were provided to board member along with the choices for the final item on the list of projects. While Gilmer County Charter Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs reiterated that the priorities of the new ESPLOST will remain with the continuing technology, security, safety, and bus purchases, this sets two major projects into Gilmer County’s Educational future.
Those projects take up two of the five items as set on the official ballot question which reads as:
(a) upgrading the technology used to support teaching and learning at all facilities, including the purchase and
installation of computers, laptops, tablets, mobile devices, servers, wiring, wireless antennas, and other technology upgrades with necessary hardware, software, and programs; (b) the acquisition, construction, equipping, and installation of safety and security equipment to improve security in all facilities located within the School District (c) the purchase of new school buses; (d) the acquisition, construction, and equipping of a new elementaryschool to replace the current Ellijay Primary School; and (e) the acquisition, construction, and equipping of a new performing/fine arts center, all in accordance with the facilities plans of the School District…
The official resolution was approved in a 4-1 vote with board member Nick Weaver as the dissenting vote. With earlier disagreements on which final project was to be implemented and the polled decision leaning towards the Performing Arts Center, this vote count was not entirely unexpected as the board’s poll on the project inclusion was a mirror outcome.
Moving forward with the ESPLOST at this point will see the Board of Education formally submitting their Notice of Sales and Use Tax For Educational Purposes Election to Gilmer County Probate Judge Scott Chastain, as Election Superintendent, to have the referendum voted on by the public in the November 2018 elections. Citizens will take this opportunity to voice their opinions on the ESPLOST and decide on the continuing the already in place ESPLOST for another cycle with its new projects.
Financially, the board is estimating $28 million in collections but is aiming high so as not to have an interruption in collections during the cycle.
Finance discussions continued through the meeting during the board’s nutrition and financial reports. The board voted unanimously to support a recommendation by Director of Nutrition Services Linda Waters to increase staff lunch prices from $3.50 to $3.75 and visitor lunches from $4.00 to $4.25. The quarter increases on each of these follow federal regulations which Waters’ recent changes to menus. She stated in the work session, “By Federal Regulations, we have to charge what it costs us to produce a meal.”
Additionally, the July meeting saw the board vote to approve fuel bids for the year. They awarded Petroleum Traders Corp the bid for diesel and gasoline at $0.0315 over costs of diesel and $0.0196 over costs of gasoline. They also awarded Thomas Oil for Propane at $0.95 per gallon.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – With almost 2,000 people responding to their ESPLOST Survey, the Gilmer County Board of Education released the results at their June Meeting.
The choices include a Performing/Fine Arts Center (on GHS Campus), a Multi-use Sports Facility (Gym, Weight Rooms, wrestling center, batting cages, track), or an Indoor Swimming Pool.
Multi-use Sports Facility collected 684 votes and the Indoor Swimming Pool collected 282 votes.
Though seen as a somewhat surprising result according to Gilmer County Charter School Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs, she encouraged the Board to bear the survey’s results in mind as the moved forward with preparations for the ESPLOST referendum. While it is likely this vote will be seen as early as this November on the ballot, the ESPLOST cycle would not take effect until 2020. With the five-year cycles, the Board is attempting to plan several years ahead as they or only now at the midpoint of the current cycle.
While this may seem far off, officials say it is imperative to begin preparations now so that the voting, investigations, and preparations are in place when the 2020 cycle begins to move forward with the work as quickly as possible.
This does mean, however, that as the Board contemplates their survey, if they move forward with the Performing Arts center included as it seems they will, there are currently no plans setting when they will begin the project within the five-year cycle.
The project would stand next to others like the construction of a new Elementary School at the Board’s Clear Creek Property to replace the aging Ellijay Primary School currently in town on McCutchen Street.
Check out the Survey Results for the full tally and comments.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer ARTS program has weighed in on an ongoing survey from the Gilmer County Charter School System.
The survey is for options on an upcoming Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) cycle starting in 2020. As FetchYourNews previously reported in “BOE asks for citizen input on 2020 ESPLOST,” the options include a performing/fine arts center (on the Gilmer High School campus), a multi-use sports facility (gym, weight rooms, wrestling center, batting cages, track), or an indoor swimming pool. There is also an option for citizens to forego these options and write in their own suggestion in an “other” box.
Now, Gilmer ARTS has endorsed the option for a Performing Arts Center noting, “The options included a much overdue and badly needed performing arts center. Gilmer is far behind our neighbors in Fannin to the north and Pickens to the south. Both counties have wonderful performing arts facilities that enhance the performances of not only school system student programs but also community use for concerts and events.”
Gilmer ARTS also noted their partnership agreement with the school system and the hard work that the students have put in for some of the most successful programs in the high school. In their official release, Gilmer ARTS stated, “We have competition-winning programs in our schools with art, instrumental and choral music and have had for many years (Champions if you will).”
With little time left for the survey, the release asks for all citizens to either follow the Survey link or log on to the Gilmer Schools website and click the survey link at the top of the page, so they can offer their voice and vote on the possible options.