Gilmer High School hosts its annual basketball end-season banquet

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ELLIJAY, Ga.- Gilmer High School hosted its annual basketball end-season banquet on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at the Gilmer Agriculture Center & Cannery next to Clear Creek Middle School.

(Left to Right): Coach Hice, Coach Nunn of Gilmer High School.

Coach Nunn presented the girls awards, while coach Hice presented the boys awards.

The JV Girls were as follows:

Reagan Boling
Elly Callihan
Haley Wilson
Lark Reece
Kadie Weaver
Jalynn Ledford
Jasmine Staley
Anne Elise Williams

JV Girls

The Varsity Girls were as follows:

Elly Callihan
Anne Elise Williams
Hope Colwell
Mary Lee Callihan
Beth Burnette
Emma Deyton
Emma Callihan
Mallory Kiser
Bailey Teague
Jasmine Staley
Jalynn Ledford

 
The JV Boys were as follows:

Varsity Girls

Kell Weaver
Tripp Pierce
Carter Hice
David Smith
Coady Cobb
Bennett Ray
Luke Wimpy
Braden Jenkins
Carson Pierce
Isaiah Hopper
Brady Sanford
Kyle Allison
Gavin Berger
Bryson Sisson
Dylan Abercrombie
Cade Carter
Ethan Banks
Lewis Mulkey
Britt Taylor
Rowan Gobble
Mark Tyson
Garret Wiseman
Darrill Carpenter
Ethan Jones

JV Boys

Congratulations from Fetch Your News to all who received recognition during this end-season banquet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A video of the entire banquet may be viewed below. Timings for each event are as follows:

0:00: Introduction
1:19: Thanks
6:31: JV Girls Awards (All)
8:01: Awards for JV Girls
11:16: JV Boys Awards (All)
15:20: Awards for JV Boys
20:32: Varsity Girls Awards (All), Managers Awards, Girls Christmas Tournament Awards, Misc. Girls Awards
29:41: Awards for JV Boys
47:39: Girls Stats-Based Awards
1:10:00: Awards for Senior Boys
1:16:47: Coach awards from girls, coach awards from boys.
1:23:07: Coach awards, thanks, and closing.

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GCSO honors employees

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – “It’s easy to stand up and be the leader of an agency that is doing so much positive every day,” said Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson on February 7, 2019, as he honored members of his staff.

Emphasizing how much his staff and employees help to make his position easier, Nicholson offered thanks for people who have “turned a job into a profession.”

The awards night saw several GCSO employees and even some officers from Ellijay Police Department honored from recent events.

Nicholson went on to note that discussions and debates among the Command Staff for these awards is one of the hardest discussions he has. He said that so much has changed since he started his time as Sheriff. With increasing issues and dangers in the profession, he took extra effort to express how much he cares and concerns himself over protecting the safety of officers as they perform their duties.


Sid Turner (right) and Jared Ogden (left) present the Sons of the American Revolution Commendation Medal to Sergeant Jason Reed.

The first award came with from Sid Turner and Jared Ogden of the Sons of the American Revolution who presented their Sons of the American Revolution Commendation Medal to Sergeant Jason Reed.

Turner said, “Sergeant Reed started his career with Gilmer County in March 27, 2007. He started his career as a Detention Officer. He later transferred to the Office of Professional Standards and he currently oversees the Sex Offender Registry. He serves the citizens of Gilmer County with integrity and he is really an asset to the department.”

Sheriff Nicholson presented the remaining awards for the Sheriff’s Office.

Sarah Raynes received the Communications Officer of the Year award.

Nicholson commented on how upbeat and energetic she has been in 2018 including a jarring move from day shift to night shift to fill a need in the department. He went on to note that her attitude throughout all of the positions hardships and trials makes her a pleasant dispatcher and great worker.

Detective Jeffrey Shelton received the Detective of the Year award.

Nicholson shared the words he received about Shelton saying it was his tenaciousness and his attitude as he was assigned several cases that blew up into much larger ordeals than originally expected. Through these cases, he continued his efforts, “sticking with it” as Nicholson stated.

In a position like Detective, Nicholson said certain cases can be very easy. But, in one day, they can become an investigation spanning several generations.

Corporal Tommy Humphries received the Deputy of the Year award.

Nicholson spoke about Humphries’ specialized talents as Deputy able to go to neighbors dispute, mediate the process, settle the issue, and be invited back for coffee later.

The effort and the nature of a person required to see that kind of success in the role of Deputy is an indispensable member of the office.

Nicholson said that dealing with tense situations is part of the job that Deputies must deal with, but handling those issues so well that you’re invited back, “That’s a good Deputy Sheriff.”

Lieutenant James Knight received the Court Services Deputy of the Year award.

Nicholson stated that most people don’t understand all the work that goes in to being a Court Services Deputy. With issues that arise from short notice events, securing the courthouse, checking between 400 and 800 citizens a day as they enter the courthouse, logisitcs issues with ID’s and courts, these deputies must be flexible and responsive to the special needs of their post. Lt. Knight does this with ease as he attends to the daily issues in the courthouse.

Kim Rogers received the Civilian Employee of the Year award.

Nicholson admitted the excessive work that gets put on the civilian employees that the office has saying, “They do a lot of work, they give above and beyond. They keep the agency running straight. They keep the agency in good graces with the District Attorney’s Office by providing reports. They keep the jail records straight. They keep bonds straight. They keep the money we take in. They keep everything going in the right direction.”

Nicholson went on to note the Rogers came to the Sheriff’s Office to fill the gap of a big role. She took the spot to a new level in everything she keeps track of. He noted the extra work she has taken in since joining the office and rolling with everything asked of her.

From left to right, Sheriff Stacy Nicholson, GCSO Lieutenant Joshua Chancey, EPD Sergeant Aaron Mashburn, EPD Officer Trevor McClure, GCSO Deputy First Class Lesse Sippel, GCSO Sergeant Daniel King, and GCSO Corporal Gene Hefner.

The final award of the night actually hosted several officers and deputies as Nicholson presented Combat Citations along with a ribbon, to be worn on their uniforms, for those involved in the November 6, 2018, incident.

Those receiving the Combat Citation included Ellijay Police Officer Trevor McClure and Sergeant Aaron Mashburn and Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office’s Deputy First Class Lesse Sippel, Corporal Gene Hefner, Sergeant Daniel King, and Lieutenant Joshua Chancey.

These men and women served honorably in the face of danger and threat to their lives this night. Nicholson delivered the award saying, “On November 6, 2018… Members of the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellijay Police Department responded to Corals Lane in reference to a man with a gun call. As officers approached the location, a known violent felon, armed with a pistol, attempted to ambush them. When the subject refused to drop the weapon and pointed it at officers while shouting his intent to shoot them, deadly force was employed to protect themselves and the citizens, who were in the residence, from death or harm. The officers’ actions during this life-threatening incident are to be commended.”

There were also two awards not delivered as the recipients were not available at the time of the awards ceremony.

Kurtis Parks received the Detention Officer of the Year award.

Deputy Joshua Easley received the Student Resource Officer of the Year award.



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Chamber names Citizen of the Year

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Meeting this week to both look back and forge ahead in the community.

Part of preparing for the new year includes announcing awards that span both years in their importance. Winners are awarded because of so much they have contributed to the community, honoring the life achievement these citizens and businesses have accomplished. Yet, moving into the new year, they stand as leaders and examples the community may follow.

 

 

This year, Gilmer’s 2018 Member of the Year was named Sally Daniels.

 

 

 

 

 

Piedmont Mountainside received the award for Business of the Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2018 Citizen of the Year award went to Steven Purvis.

 

 

 

Purvis later took to social media saying, “I want to begin by thanking God for giving me the ability and the opportunities that have been laid before me. I want to thank my parents for giving me my work ethic and teaching me that the things you do everyday impact many more people than you will ever know. I want to thank my wife for putting up with me and all my crazy ideas over the years and my kids for challenging me to be a better father and a better person every day. I want to thank the staff at Huff’s and Huff’s Express for all the support and encouragement they have given me over the years and for covering for me all the times I was out and about occupied with different groups. Thank you to all my patients who have supported Huff’s Drug Store over the years and given me the opportunity to practice pharmacy in Ellijay for the last 20 years. I am very humbled by this honor and can only hope that I live up to the standards set for such a prestigious award.”

The day also saw the official transition as Board of Directors Past-Chairman Trent Sanford passed the gavel and position to Chairman John Marshall. The formal transition came mid-meeting before the awards were handed out.

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Gilmer Chamber to hold Annual Meeting

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The Gilmer Chamber will hold it’s 40th Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 17th, 11:30 AM at First Baptist Church of Ellijay located at 164 Dalton Street. The Chamber is honored to have Georgia State University’s Head Baseball Coach, Greg Frady as the guest speaker. Coach Frady is an Ellijay native who graduated from Gilmer High School in 1981 where he was voted most valuable player on both the baseball and basketball teams his senior year. He was inducted into the Gilmer High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. In 1987, Coach Frady graduated from Troy State where he received a bachelor’s degree in education and recreation. Coach Frady continued his education at Columbus State where he received his master’s degree in administration in 1989.

Additionally, the Citizen of the Year, Member of the Year and Business of the Year will be announced along with a look back at 2018. The annual meeting will also see the new chamber board and officers installed.

Registration is available online at www.gilmerchamber.com or call 706-635-7400. Business attire is suggested. Cost $25 per person. All are welcome.

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Gilmer inducts new members to Hall of Fame

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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.

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Future Farmer of America honors members at year-end banquet

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer County Charter School System’s chapter of the National FFA Organization (formerly known as the Georgia Future Farmer’s Association) held their banquet honoring those award winners for the year’s work.

The banquet was also visited by Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston who stopped by offering his congratulations to those being honored. Ralston commented on the banquet saying, “When I go to FFA groups, I know among some of the finest of our young people. Young people that are learning great work ethic, learning to prepare for leadership roles in the world, and will assume leadership roles in the world. I want to commend you for all your hard work and for the great job you do. Agriculture, not only here in Gilmer county but in the state, has a great future.”

Ralston went on to note the efforts the state has put into getting the second headquarters of Amazon. He told those present that even with Amazon, agriculture would maintain its position as the number one part of our economy in Georgia.

Continuing the banquet, attendees were treated to a dinner served by FFA members before the honorees were brought on stage. The winners noted in the banquet received their awards in the Career Development Events area and are listed below the slideshow.

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Agricultural Communications
Gilmer High FFA (Eighth in Area) Kaytlin Beavers, Abigail Blackwell, Hunter Bowyer, Sam Dillard.

Agricultural Electrification
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area; 10th in State) Thomas Chastain.
Thomas received a $500 scholarship from the Georgia EMC for placing first in the Area I competition.

Agricultural Mechanics
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area; Eighth in State) Thomas Chastain, Eli Cochran, Bryson Mulkey (high individual), Dylan Parker.

Agricultural Technology and Equipment ID
Gilmer High FFA JR (Sixth in Area) Ari Price, Avery Marshall, William McVey, Dilian Ojala.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fifth in Area) Jacob Bertolini, Abby Bauer, Cole Parks, Sawyer Wishon.

Agricultural Sales
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area) Mary Lee Callihan, Mallory Kiser, Carter Hice, Nathan Cain (high individual).

Conduct of Chapter Meeting
Gilmer High FFA JR (Third in Area) Alyssa Ashurst, Gavin Berger, Rose Chadwick, Ally Elrod, Sarah Ingle, Lauren Smith, Emma Thurman.

Clear Creek FFA (Second in Area) Octavia Bushey, Macie Wilkes, Tori Reed, Abby Baurer, Natalie Johnson, Morgan Griggs, Mallory Lane.

Creed Speaking
Gilmer High FFA (First in Sub-Area; Third in Area) Sara Ingle.

Dairy Evaluation
Gilmer High FFA JR: (First in Area; Second in State) Rose Chadwick, Coleman James, Arianna Price, Lauren Smith.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Third in Area; 10th in State) Annalysa Brown, Morgan Griggs, Torri Reed, Octavia Bushey.
Gilmer High FFA SR: (First in Area; Sixth in State) Mary Keener, Joe Leonnig, Shelby Nealey, Elizabeth Stillwell.

Environmental Natural Resources
Gilmer High FFA JR (Second in Area, Eighth in State) Alyssa Ashurst, Issac Bradshaw, Ally Elrod, Heath Stover.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Fourth in Area) Hunter Bowyer, Mary Keener, Blake Ledford, Joseph Leonning.

Extemporaneous Public Speaking
Gilmer High FFA (Fourth in Sub-Area) Stephanie Bailey.

Farm Business Management
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area; Third in state) Bryce Bowen, Grace Henderson, Matt Long, Katie Marick.

Floriculture
Gilmer High FFA JR (Fifth in Area) Andrea Byers, Olivia Lykins, Griselda Perez, Emma Thurman.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Third in Area) Abby Bauer, Andrew Mooney, Emma Reece, Joshua Taffin.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Fifth in Area) Jalynn Ledford, Abriana Mccollum, Allison Ross, Claire Stanley.

Forestry
Gilmer High FFA JR (Third in Area) Colby Barnes, Rose Chadwick, Chandler Clayton, Ally Elrod, Isaiah Hopper, Sara Ingle, Clayton Ott, Heath Stover, Emma Thurman.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fifth in Area) Samuel Mclaughin, Logan Chadwick, Jacob Jenkins, Hanna Rutledge, Kingston Collier, Sawyer Wishon, Andrew Mooney, Trace Duncan.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Sixth in Area) Brentney Clemmons, Alex Edens, Blake Ledford, Grant Ledford, Joe Leonnig, Nate Mooney, Mason Penland, Elizabeth Stillwell, Caleb Waddell.

Land Judging
Gilmer High FFA JR(First in Area; Fifth in State) Rose Chadwick, Ally Elrod, Alyssa Ashurst, Sara Ingle.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fifth in Area) Abby Bauer, Jacob Bertolini, Sawyer Wishon, Imogen Reeves.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Fourth in Area ) Sadie Bryan, Carter Ott, Bryson Smith, Caleb Waddell.

Lawnmower Operations
Clear Creek Middle FFA (11th in Area) Jacob Bertolini.

Livestock Evaluation
Gilmer High FFA JR (11th in Area) Rose Chadwick, Clayton Chandler, Sean Lewis, Lauren Smith.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fourth in Area) Sarrah Mclemore, Jacob Jenkins, Jacob Bertolini, Dacey Motes.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Fifth in Area) Eli Cochran, Colin Reece, Taylor Sellers, Bryson Smith.

Marketing Plan
Gilmer High FFA (Second in Area; Fifth in State) Samantha Dillard, Mary Keener, Jaylynn Ledford.

Meats Evaluation
Gilmer High FFA JR (Fifth in Area) Isaiah Hopper, Coleman James, Clay Ott.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Second in Area; Sixth in State) Madison Jenkins, Jacob Jones, Billie Marie Sullens.

Nursery Landscaping
Gilmer High FFA SR (First in Area; Fourth in State) Stephanie Bailey, Brentney Clemmons, Summer Davis, Stephen Madalo.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Fourth in Area) Andrew Mooney, Daniela Montes, Jasmine Rafael, Hannah Rutledge.

Parliamentary Procedure
Gilmer High FFA (First in Area and STATE WINNER) Bryce Bowen, Grace Henderson, Madison Jenkins, Matt Long, Katie Marick, Bryson Smith.
They will represent the state of Georgia at the National FFA Convention this October in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Poultry Evaluation
Gilmer High FFA JR (14th in Area) Colby Barnes, Clayton Chandler, Isiah Hopper, Jacob Nelson.
Clear Creek Middle FFA JR(Fifth in Area) Laney Hensley, Emma Reece, Cole Parks, Samuel Mclaughin.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Third in Area) Alex Edens, Jacob Jones, Samuel Parks, Billiemarie Sullens.

Prepared Public Speaking
Gilmer High FFA JR (Fourth in Sub-Area) Ari Price.
Gilmer High FFA SR (Third in Sub-Area) Elizabeth Chesser.

Wildlife Management
Gilmer High FFA JR (Second in Area; Eighth in State) Issac Bradshaw, Clay Ott, Heath Stover.
Clear Creek Middle FFA (Seventh in Area) Sawyer Wishon, Lilly Penland, Larz Fowler, Jacob Jenkins.
Gilmer High FFA SR(Third in Area) Grant Ledford, Nathan Mooney, Mason Penland.

 

Also honored at the banquet were this year’s senior class students who were invited to say a few words and what stood as their final meeting of the Gilmer FFA this year. Individually noted, each senior’s plans for post high school follows:

Tyler Cantrell will be attending Nashville Auto Diesel College after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He will be studying to become a diesel mechanic;

Shelby Nealey will be attending the University of North Georgia after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be studying to become a registered nurse;

Sara May will be attending the University of North Georgia after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in business administration.

Brentney Clemmons will be attending Young Harris College after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in environmental science.

Grant Ledford will be attending Truett McConnell University after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He is undecided at this time.

Stephanie Bailey will be attending Kennesaw State University after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in international business.

Samuel Parks will be attending the University of North Georgia after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He will be majoring in avian science.

Alex Edens will be attending the University of North Georgia after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in agribusiness.

Joe Leonning will be going to the Naval Academy after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He will be studying to become an aircraft mechanic.

Megan Bird will be attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in agricultural education.

Elizabeth Stillwell will be attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in agricultural education.

Rachel Waddell will be attending Young Harris College after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in early childhood education.

Bryce Bowen will be attending the University of Georgia after he graduates from Gilmer High School. He will be majoring in pre-med.

Katie Marick will be attending Reinhardt University after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in math education.

Grace Henderson will be attending Oglethorpe University after she graduates from Gilmer High School. She will be majoring in biology/pre-med.

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GHS Film Awards Honors Students for 2017

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Held in May at the end of the school year, students were honored for their whole year of achievements with a night of lights, cameras, and awards.

Replicating the feel of a night in the big cities, students walked the red carpet, posed for pictures, and offered their acceptance speeches throughout the night as they attended the first ever GHS Film Awards Show.

Stars, Directors, Cinematographers, and Animators attended a reception before the show taking moments to stop for our cameras as they prepared. As the night proceeded inside the theater, laughs abounded as the group of students shared jokes, thanks, and personal stories of the own trials and tribulations throughout their creative processes.

Winners included:

A Little Late by Amber Gravely for Best Screenplay.

Sanctuary by Spencer Stanley for Best Story.

Emily Nicholson with Kismet for Best Cinematography.

The Oxygen Thief by Willow Newell for Best Visual/Special Effects.
Jackson Stolz with br0ken for Best Color Grading.
Willow Newell with The Oxygen Thief for Best Editing.
Dawson Mullins with Steel for Best Costume/Makeup.
Grace Davenport with Kismet for Best Director.
Alexis Teague in The Oxygen Thief for Best Voice Actor.
Alex Williams in The Oxygen Thief for Best Supporting Actor.
Amber Gravely in Couple for Best Actor.
Grace Davenport for Best Producer.
Chandler Bentley and his crew for The Shooting Star Award.
Rounding out the end of the evening, the anticipation mounted as everyone awaited the final award, Best Picture. Coming away with not only the Best Picture award, but five awards overall was The Oxygen Thief directed by Willow Newell.
FYN took a moment to catch up with Newell to ask her about her film who said, “To come to this point, it just means so much to everyone that helped with the film because you get recognized for everything you do.”
Newell said the Oxygen Thief wasn’t the original script she had. Taking ideas from a script she called “The Sinister Six” her crew rewrote a whole new script that become The Oxygen Thief. She also took to a moment to thank her entire crew as her greatest push and inspiration for the movie.
Take a moment yourself to view a few of the films on the Bobcat Productions’ YouTube Channel as well as viewing more pictures from the night on the FetchYourNews Facebook Page.

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NORTHWEST GEORGIA EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AWARDED BY EMS COUNCIL

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March 17, 2017 

Contact: Jennifer King, (706) 529-5757 / Jennifer.King@dph.ga.gov

 

NORTHWEST GEORGIA EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AWARDED  BY EMS COUNCIL

 

Ringgold (GA) – Several emergency responders were awarded for outstanding service to their communities at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Georgia on March 16th during the 2017 Northwest Georgia Region 1 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council Awards Banquet.

 

The banquet is held each year to honor Emergency Medical Services providers and stakeholders from Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties for excellence in pre-hospital care, education, pioneering and special achievements.

 

The 2017 Northwest Georgia Region 1 EMS Awards were presented as follows:

 

–        SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Air Medical Personnel

 

–        EMS REGION 1 PERSON OF THE YEAR – “THE ONE”: Lana Duff, Operations Manager at Angel EMS

 

–        DAVID LOFTIN PEDIATRIC CALL OF THE YEAR: Aaron Gaddis and Eric Mantooth of Hamilton EMS, Whitfield County

 

–        TOMMY GAYLER MEDICAL CALL OF THE YEAR: Josh Everett and James Morris of Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service, Paulding County

 

–        DR. RICHARD A GRAY EXCELLENCE IN TRAUMA AWARD: Andrew Burnette, Cathy Green and Aaron Freeman of Gilmer County Fire and Rescue

 

–        DR. JAMES H CREEL, JR. PIONEER OF THE YEAR: Tony Cooper of Floyd EMS, based in Rome, Georgia

 

–        DR. VIRGINIA HAMILTON SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dr. Rashi Gupta of Kennestone Medical Center and Dennis Kelly of Puckett EMS, North Georgia Division

 

–        MIKE MILLER EMS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR: Claudio Leyssens of Georgia Northwestern Technical College

 

–        STANLEY PAYNE EMS LEADERSHIP AWARD: Carlton Firestone of AMBUCARE EMS, Haralson County

 

–        EMS REGION 1 EMT OF THE YEAR: Samantha Kimball of AMBUCARE EMS, Haralson County

 

–        DANNY HALL MEMORIAL PARAMEDIC OF YEAR: Tracy Turner of Bartow County EMS

 

–        REGION 1 EMS SERVICE OF THE YEAR: Floyd EMS, based in Rome, Georgia

 

–        DR. PAUL NASSOUR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Don Taylor of Region 1 Honor Guard, Floyd EMS, based in Rome, Georgia

 

Many council members, loved ones, friends and associates were on hand to offer support to the award recipients for their achievements and well-deserved recognition.

 

Congratulations to all award recipients for their outstanding service to their communities.

 

DESCRIPTION AND CRITERIA FOR EACH AWARD:

 

  1. JAMES H CREEL, JR. PIONEER OF THE YEAR – Dr. James Creel was instrumental in creating the Georgia EMS System in Northwest Georgia and has served as a regional medical director for Region 1 and Hutcheson Medical Center during his distinguished career.

 

  1. VIRGINIA HAMILTON SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Dr. Hamilton was the health director for District 1-1of the Georgia Department of Public Health during the early years of EMS, and she helped shape the EMS role within public health and the community.

 

DAVID LOFTIN PEDIATRIC CALL OF THE YEAR – David Loftin served at the Region 1 Office of EMS for 30 years, starting as a grant writer, who wrote the federal grants to create the system. Loftin retired in 2010 as the regional director. He was instrumental in creating both Safe Kids and EMS for children’s groups around the region and was a pioneer in getting care seat programs established to serve families in securing  babies properly for travel in vehicles.

 

  1. RICHARD A GRAY EXCELLENCE IN TRAUMA AWARD – Dr. Gray was the first trauma surgeon in the first trauma center designated in Georgia –Floyd Medical Center in Rome. He was hired by the Regional EMS Project to establish a region wide trauma system, and in doing so, he oversaw the development of a network of three trauma centers in the region and the establishment of rapid air ambulance services to transport the more complicated cases to trauma centers in Chattanooga and Atlanta. Taken from this life in 2010, Dr. Gray was a great surgeon and an even better human being.

 

TOMMY GAYLER MEDICAL CALL OF THE YEAR – Tommy Gayler was a paramedic, firefighter, flight nurse, educator and emergency department nurse. He was as an educator, training EMS services on 12-lead EKGs and tPAs (tissue plasminogen activators), enabling them to save heart muscle in patients with heart attacks.  This concept eventually

evolved into the race to cardiac catheterization labs called the STEMI program. He was involved in this transition, which has led to many lives being saved and to a better quality of life for heart attack patients. Gayler passed away in 2014, but he is remembered for his many contributions to EMS.

 

DANNY HALL MEMORIAL PARAMEDIC OF YEAR – Danny Hall excelled as a firefighter and a paramedic, having served in both Murray and Floyd Counties. He endlessly taught cardiac, trauma and pediatric courses throughout the entire region in order to pass his knowledge to others. He was recognized and admired by the people he supervised everywhere he worked. He always set the bar high and everyone was eager to follow his example. Hall was devoted to rendering the highest level of care to all of his patients and had a will of iron but a heart of gold. He served on the EMS council for years and was unfortunately taken early in death.

 

MIKE MILLER EMS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – Mike Miller was a paramedic for Floyd Medical Center EMS and Polk County EMS, but he is best known as the first paramedic instructor at Coosa Valley Technical School, now Georgia Northwestern Technical College. He trained most of the paramedics who were the first paramedics for their services in the southern part of Region 1. He served in the Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma as a regional training coordinator and addressed the problem of low pass rates for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses in the region. His students said that he was the single best instructor they had ever experienced. Miller passed away in 1993 but will always be remembered.

 

STANLEY PAYNE EMS LEADERSHIP AWARD – Stanley Payne was one of the first three employees of Floyd Hospital Ambulance Service in 1966 after having worked for years at a local funeral home answering ambulance calls. He rose to become the director of the service and under his leadership advanced life support was established; Payne had a talent at improving the design of ambulances and some of his improvements were adopted by ambulance manufacturers which continued to use to this day. His leadership talents were recognized state-wide and he served multiple terms as the Chairman of the Region 1 EMS Council and Georgia’s EMS advisory council. He was known for his benevolence to his employees and the poor of Floyd County – especially children. Payne passed away in 2004.

 

  1. PAUL NASSOUR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Dr. Paul “Nasty” Nassour was one of the founding fathers of EMS in Region 1. He was the medical director for many EMS, Fire and Police agencies, including Bartow County EMS and Hutcheson Medical Center EMS. He also served several years as the Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma Medical Director. He put himself through medical school by working the oil rigs in Louisiana during the summers. He received help from no one. He worked long hours at many of the emergency departments around the region during his career, where his compassionate care and skilled hands cared for the people of those communities. He did all these things out of his lifelong desire to help people. Not only was he a physician, but he was also a mentor and educator to many EMS personnel, region wide. However, he is best remembered as the guardian angel of health for public safety personnel, as he always took care of them and their families when they were sick. Dr. Nassour passed away in March of 2015 and the Region 1 Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in his honor.

 

OTHER AWARDS PRESENTED:

 

EMT OF THE YEAR – This award is presented to an Emergency Medical Technician who displays above average skills, attitude, servitude and leadership, as well as other criteria.

 

EMS SERVICE OF THE YEAR – This is presented to the EMS Agency whose nomination scores highest on 11 criteria that includes standards, protocols, violations, innovation and community service, to name a few.

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Each year a special group of providers are collectively recognized for their service. Past recipients have been the Dinosaurs of EMS (30+ yrs of service), Pioneering Women of EMS (20+ yrs of service) and the Region 1 EMS Honor Guard.

 

EMS PERSON OF THE YEAR – “THE ONE” – Selected by the Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma Regional Director, the recipient of this award is the person who has been the most instrumental in assisting with regional projects during the past year.

 

 

To have direct access to this press release online, please log onto the North Georgia Health District website at http://nghd.org/pr/34-/847-nw-ga-emergency-responders-awarded-at-annual-ems-banquet.html

 

Thank you,

 

Jennifer King
Public Information Officer and
Risk Communicator
North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the

Georgia Department of Public Health
1710 Whitehouse Court
Dalton, GA 30720
(706) 529-5757, x3191 (Office)
(706) 280-9115 (Cell)
(706) 529-5740 (Fax)
Jennifer.King@dph.ga.gov

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