• Confirmed case of COVID-19 in Gilmer County

    Confirmed Case

    UPDATE – March 31, 2020 – Gilmer Fire and Rescue responds Gilmer Fire Chief Daniel Kauffman offered a few words to address the new confirmed case and the county’s already-in-use plans for virus response saying: Gilmer County Fire Rescue is actively taking every precaution to help prevent the contraction and spread of COVID-19 virus. The […]

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  • Superintendent addresses schools after closure extension

    East Ellijay, Ga. – After the recent release from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announcing an extension of school closures, Gilmer Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs offered an email for staff about the extension. Downs said, “As you are aware, our schools will remain closed until at least April 26, 2020. This is an incredibly stressful […]

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  • UPDATED: East Ellijay follows county to for emergency and shutdown


    EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – An emergency special called meeting came today from the East Ellijay City Council as they declared a state of emergency similar to that of the county yesterday. According to Mayor Mack West, the ordinance passed with only a few council members, the mayor, and the clerk in the meeting as the […]

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  • Gilmer Officials delve deeper into the shutdown

    Second Amendment, Officials

    ELLIJAY, GA. – Yesterday’s Declaration of Emergency from the Gilmer County Board of Commissioners and the response from officials has been hotly debated and concerns are still high over what it means for Gilmer County. Today, Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson and Gilmer County Commission Chairman Charlie Paris are speaking out to explain a little […]

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  • Commissioner declare emergency and order shutdown


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – A state of emergency has been declared for Gilmer County by the Board of Commissioners, immediately followed by a “shelter-in-place” order and businesses shut down. Through discussions and deliberations on Tuesday, March 24, the order for citizens to shelter-in-place will proceed from 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday morning, March 25, through 11:59 p.m. […]

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  • Changing instructions generates new response from BOE


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer is continuing to change daily amid responses, suggestions, and instructions from state and national levels. The Board of Education is no different as they are developing several changes in their departments like transportation and nutrition as they prepare for the extended shutdown. A few of those changes have come from established […]

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  • Gilmer BOE approves 2020-2021 calendar

    2020-2021 Calendar

    EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Official approval has come for the Gilmer Board of Education and the Gilmer County Schools’ 2020-2021 Calendar for the school year. From late July for teachers, the approved calendar will have students returning to class on August 3, 2020, and going all the way to the final day, a 2 hour […]

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  • Chamber creates new “Chalk Ellijay” event amid isolations

    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Building, coordinating, and energizing a social function can be quite difficult, but doing one amid widespread quarantines and self imposed isolation is a completely different order, such as “Chalk Ellijay.” Gilmer County’s Chamber of Commerce has taken on exactly that task as they began a new event over the weekend. After an […]

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  • What to do if you show signs of infection from COVID-19


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Gilmer’s new Public Safety Coalition has offered information for citizens to be informed and not worry even if they do show signs of infection that have been noted for the Coronavirus. Offering a statement yesterday, the Coalition said that any who develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 infection should get medical […]

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  • UPDATED: Closings and Cancellations due to COVID-19/Coronavirus

    Break-In closings

    Stay up to date with closings in Gilmer County and keep visiting this article daily to find out the latest closings and cancellations as they are announced.   UPDATED March 18, 2020 – Mountain Cinemas Close In an email from Mountain Cinemas parent company, Georgia Theatre Company, the announcement was made for closings of theatres […]

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  • UPDATED: Community response to needs in Coronavirus shutdown

    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Despite threats, concerns, and stories about everything closing and shutting down for the Coronavirus, Gilmer County is rebounding in Community response for those in need of help or guidance during this time. UPDATED – March 23, 2020 – Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Adds Mobile Unit to Expand Emergency Department If Needed Amid COVID-19 […]

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  • Two major March events cancelled for Gilmer Schools


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Announced in their March work session, the Board of Education is canceling this week’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Clear Creek Elementary School while Gilmer High School has also had its Reality Day cancelled. During the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs announced publicly that the ceremony will be cancelled saying, “Due to the […]

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  • Capital spending halted amid shutdowns including pool project

    Public Works BOC Capital Spending

    ELLIJAY, Ga. – During the Board of Commissioners’ work session today, Chairman Charlie Paris spoke in the citizens wishing to speak section addressing concerns and a specific email from the weekend including Capital spending. During his time speaking, Paris announced that he will be “putting the brakes” on capital spending in the near future. While […]

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  • Gun Permits frozen under Judicial Order

    Gun Permits

    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Under last Friday’s Judicial Order from Chief Judge Brenda Weaver over court processes and business, Probate Judge Scott Chastain clarified today that new gun permits and applications will not be accepted until the order ends on April 11, 2020, according to the order. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in an effort […]

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