• Shoplifters chase ends in head on collision


    EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Authorities have confirmed an collision involving a police chase through East Ellijay. According to reports, officers attempted to stop a car on Highway 515 containing shoplifters from the Walmart in East Ellijay. The vehicle fled law enforcement. Confirmed by East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan, the vehicle moved into oncoming traffic […]

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  • Grants and Apple Festival preparations in financial approvals


    EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Several financial approvals came from the Board of Education this week with letters for grants, memorandums, bonds, and the Financial Report for the month. With October weeks away, the board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gilmer Chamber utilizing its buses again this year. With an increase in the hourly […]

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  • Seamless Summer recognized in September BOE meeting


    EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Fighting childhood hunger, the Seamless Summer program is a Nutrition Department program of the Board of Education looking to extend the school lunch program through June and July. This month, the Board of Education recognize the programs completion of its 2022 operations. Patricia Partin, Director of School Nutrition, spoke in the […]

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  • Officers Mark Patrick and Josh Perigo honored for life-saving efforts

    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – On August 31, 2022, at about 3:30 p.m., two Sheriff’s Officers responded to a 911 call, Lieutenant Mark Patrick and Sergeant Josh Perigo were the responding officers to the 911 caller who said they had received a text message from a friend that read, “I’m smoking my last cigarette, I’ll be […]

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  • Gilmer EMS transitioning Medical Directors


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Transitioning away from its current Medical Director, Gilmer EMS told the Board of Commissioners that they would be gaining certain capabilities that even Piedmont’s local Emergency Room does not apply. Fire Chief Daniel Kauffman and EMS Chief Andrew Burnette told the board that the transition to a new medical director would […]

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  • Gilmer becomes Benton MacKaye Trail Community

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    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Continuing to build the county’s image for outdoors, hiking, and biking, the Board of Commissioners approved a designation in this month’s meeting as a Benton MacKaye Trail Community. Post Commissioner Karleen Ferguson spoke to the item saying that not only is there no cost to the county but also a communal […]

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  • Gilmer denies park lease


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – With fall sports in full swing, the county’s River Park is increasing activity this season and one business has turned to county property at the park while looking for a lease. A lease that the county firmly denied in its September Meeting. However, the denial came with clarification in the meeting for […]

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  • Gilmer Schools replaces turf on Pettit Field


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Originally discussed last year with the end zones appearing to fade and returning to the topic in February 2022, the BOE has been looking to replace the turf on the football field. Not completely satisfied with the original turf, but also being in the later years of the field’s 10-year lifespan, the […]

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  • Ellijay resident arrested in Canon for Methamphetamine Trafficking


    CANON, Ga. – On August 24, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested Dustin Tyler Burgess, 34, of Ellijay, Georgia, and Uriel C. Mendoza, 30, of Copperhill, Tennessee, charged them both with “trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of children.” According to the GBI’s […]

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  • Major Zoning in the cities comes before the BOC


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – With concerns over traffic and access from both cities, the Gilmer Board of Commissioners worked in conditions to an approval for a zoning change to R-5 Residential Multi-Family High Density Re-Zoning in the area of Progress Road and Coosawattee Drive. Coosawattee Drive is the road where Ronnie Thompson Ford sits, the […]

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  • Appeal filed as BOC and BOE discuss Tax Assessors issue

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    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Both the BOC’s special meeting and the BOE’s monthly work session saw discussion after falling median sales ratios in the Tax Assessors Office could set the county up for another state consent order and penalties in fees. Chief Appraiser, Theresa Gooch stated that if the county’s median falls below a 38, […]

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  • BOC approves county millage rates for 2022


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Set for final approval this week, the Gilmer County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting approving both theirs and the Board of Educations approved millage rates. The Board of Education advertised their millage rate at 11.099 mills. Approved by the county, the BOE’s millage rate calculates for a tax […]

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  • Gilmer County restructures two department’s leadership


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – An Executive Session late Thursday night at the end the Gilmer Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting saw the board return with formal motions and approvals that moved one department director affecting three people. As the meeting’s regular agenda ended, the board approved a motion for executive session and said they anticipated […]

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  • Infrastructure Fees discussed in County Work Session


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. –  Though not a new topic, Gilmer’s Board of Commissioners delved into infrastructure fees during their August Work Session as developments continue to come to the county. While much of the vocal opposition to continually increasing developments spreads across a number of issues, one issue that Chairman Charlie Paris has noted in […]

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  • Fire Chief Kauffman becomes Chief Fire Officer

    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – More than just a reversal of words, going from Fire Chief to Chief Fire Officer is an international credential that only chief officers serving at or above the level of battalion chief can achieve. Gilmer Fire Chief Daniel Kauffman, serving at the top level of Gilmer Fire, has joined these ranks […]

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  • County finalizes new contract to be delivered to WastePro

    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – The county has been very happy with the services of WastePro since the transition to them for solid waste haul off. It is one of the reasons the Board of Commissioners has stated that they want to be helpful in recent negotiations as WastePro has returned in the last two months […]

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