ELLIJAY, Ga. – Repairs on Bobcat Trail came to a halt Monday evening, March 4, as the contractor on the project struck a gas line hidden under the pavement.
It appears that a backhoe struck the line when digging under the roadway and began leaking the gas as a section was torn out. According to an on-site Supervisor for DRS Contracting, an emergency locate had been called in. He further stated that an unnamed subcontractor for Atlanta Gas Light gave the “all-clear” for DRS to go ahead with the project.
He asserted that Atlanta Gas Light’s report didn’t show any line in the area.
The line that was struck was four feet below the damaged roadway that was shut down by Gilmer County Charter School System last week. Work had just begun on repairing the damage today before hitting the line.
Emergency Servcies were immediately contacted as well as Atlanta Gas Light. The Ellijay Fire Department responded to the scene to monitor threats during repairs.
According to Gilmer County Charter School System Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs, Atlanta Gas Light has arrived on scene tonight and estimates that the line repair should be completed “fairly quickly.”
Downs further stated that the lines must be cleared and all pilot lights re-lit in the kitchens of both Gilmer Middle School and Gilmer High School. She said, “At this point we are thinking that everything will be fixed and ready for school in the morning.”
Stay with FYN for updates on Bobcat Trail and the continuing repairs near Gilmer High School.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Repairs are beginning today, March 4, on Bobcat trail at Gilmer High School.
As citizens have already been using the Legion road entrance to the high school, they will continue with one major difference. According to authorities in the Gilmer County Charter School System, “these repairs require that both lanes of Bobcat Trail coming north from the Civic Center be closed. GCSS buses will access the High School via the back of Gilmer Middle School, past the stadium and up the hill with student and parent drivers.”
The school system has made additional changes to parent and student traffic for arrival and dismissal this week as follows:
Arrival: All car riders will continue to be dropped off in the student parking lot. Please pull forward to the far set of stairs before circling through the parking lot to exit. When exiting Bobcat Trail towards Legion Road, all cars will be required to turn right at the stadium parking entrance. No cars will be permitted to go straight and exit behind Gilmer Middle School.
Dismissal: For this week, ALL student drivers will be dismissed at 2:30, Car Riders will be dismissed at 2:45, and Bus Riders will be dismissed at the regular 3:20 dismissal time. Again, as cars exit Bobcat Trail, via Legion Road, all cars will be required to turn right at the stadium parking entrance, and no cars will be permitted to go straight and exit behind Gilmer Middle School.
While current information points to the repairs being finished by week’s end, it is likely that parents and students will be able to access Bobcat Trail next week. However, no specific statements from the school have fully confirmed this yet.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County High School is shutting down one of its two entrances to the high school. Bobcat Trail, the entrance across from the Gilmer Civic Center, has seen road damage recently.
Due to the road damage on Bobcat Trail, the school needs to divert all traffic coming to the High School to ensure student safety. Beginning today, February 27, “only school buses will be allowed to enter Bobcat Trail from Old 5 (Main Street at the Civic Center). All car traffic will need to enter Bobcat Trail from Legion Road.”
Parents/Guardians dropping off students will need to have students exit their cars at the base of the main stairs in the lower student parking. Drivers will then need to circle through the student parking lot in order to exit back onto Legion Road. No cars will be allowed beyond the Noah Harris Center between 7am-8:15am and 2:30pm-3:45pm.
FYN currently understands that there is expected to be officers at Legion Road, just as they would be at Bobcat Trail, directing traffic onto Old Highway 5.
No changes are needed in how student drivers enter and exit the school grounds. Student drivers will need to be extra cautious when driving and parking in the student parking lots due to the extra vehicles that will be coming through.
These changes are to set to be in place for a few days at least, according to the Board of Education.
Tuesday night has come and gone with the Gilmer basketball teams breathing a little easier. The Nettes and the Dragons of Pickens High School came in as not only a big rival but also as teams trying to slow down the region run that Gilmer is currently on.
The ladies of Pickens generally give the Lady Cats all they can handle on the court but not this time. The Gilmer Girls started early in the first and never looked back as MaryLee Callihan and Emma Callihan took control of the offense. The Lady Cats held a 12-11 lead as the buzzer sounded at the end of one. The Callihan sisters scored 8 of 12 with each having 4 points. Gilmer continued as the second period began. MaryLee Callihan(Senior) added 4 more as well as Mallory Kiser who matched her with 4 of her own. The Gilmer defense was unwavering as they allowed the opponent 5 points and stretch the lead to 24-16 as the halftime intermission began. To really drive home how well the Lady Cats defense played, Torie Williams was held to just 3 points in the first half while the leading scorer for Pickens, MacKenzie Weaver scored seven.
As the second half got underway, the Gilmer Lady Cats continued the domination with a 20 point third period and put a lid on the basket for Pickens. MaryLee Callihan stayed persistent in attacking the paint to put up 8 points more. The third of the Callihan sisters added her name to those adding points on the board. Elly Callihan with 4 in the period as well as Beth Burnette(2), Emma Deyton(3), and Bailey Teague(3) contributed to 46-24 advantage for the home team Lady Cats heading into the final period of the game. Gilmer started the fourth with a 22 point advantage but didn’t let up. Eight Lady Cats contributed to victory with last period baskets as Jaylin Ledford stepped with 8 points to lead Gilmer in the last period. As the clock expired, MaryLee Callihan led all scoring with a big 18 point night. The 65-31 region win over the Nettes was huge as it kept them in 2nd place with just 2 region games remaining before the post-season tournament begins.
In the nightcap, the Bobcats came out of the locker room to face a much-improved Dragons team. The early season for Pickens had not been good with the absence of key players out with injuries but as of late, their return has the Dragons playing well. Gilmer having a great year thus far knew no matter the record that the Dragons would propose a challenge in the game.
With the opening tip-off, both teams brought their hustle to the floor. Through the opening period the game the score remained close with ending score of 13-11 in favor of the Cats. Coady Cobb led the scoring in the first followed by Tripp Pierce and Braden Jenkins with 4 points each. Senior Kell Weaver started to show his presence as the next period began. Weaver had 7 points but really started his defensive show on the boards. With multiple rebounds, Weaver set a school record on his first of the night. Senior Carter Hice also had 7 in the period. Gilmer carried a 34-23 lead heading into the intermission. The Athletic Department of Gilmer High School used the halftime to recognize the Bobcats wrestlers for finishing as the runner-up in the GHSA State wrestling duals last weekend held in Macon Georgia.
Pickens and Gilmer started the third period pretty much as the started the game with each team finding it slow going to put points on the board. The Bobcats outscored their opponent by one and carry a 46-34 lead as the period came to a close. Weaver(6) led in points for the Cats with Zach Goss(4) for the Dragons in the third. The final period brought fans from both sets of bleachers to their feet as the Dragons found new energy late. The last period comeback from Pickens made for a very interesting and exciting finish. The Dragons outscored the Bobcats 18 to 7 but could not get the victory in the end. The Cats held off 3 attempts by the Dragons to hit the winning shot. As the buzzer rang throughout the gym, the Gilmer student section filled the floor to congratulate the Cats on a tremendous yet heart-wrenching 53-52 victory over their rival just south on Hwy 515.
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.
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.
The Team FYN Sports Player of the Week for the week of October 12th is Sophomore defensive Outside Line Backer and Tight End Kyle Allison. Playing both sides of the ball keeps a player on the field for the majority of the 48 minutes of a high school football game. At 6’2 and 210 lbs, Allison handles it well and without losing his hustle.
In Friday night’s game at Heritage #47 stayed focused. Kyle Allison, with both solo and team tackles racked up right at 10. Some of these tackles came in long drives by the Generals. As a tight end Allison competes at a high level and performs the blocking schemes that he is called on to do.
Congratulations on being chosen the Team FYN Sports Player of the Week!
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – It may seem like a small gesture to some, but for those in Gilmer County, Georgia, a simple jersey is relating a lot more than meets the eye as they receive a memorial jersey to honor Gilmer’s middle school principal, the late Larry Walker.
With a special moment before the middle school football games between these two schools on September 19, Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney took to the field with Gilmer County School Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs and Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee for a special ceremony in order to present the jersey hosting the emblems of both Gilmer and Fannin.
After a few words about Walker’s life and a moment of silence honoring him, Gwatney and Downs shared their own moment holding the jersey together. The announcers explained the meaning of the ceremony saying,
“The jersey being presented to the Gilmer Middle School football team bears the name of Walker with the #1. Also on the jersey is the Fannin County School insignia and the Gilmer County School insignia. The jersey being presented is in memory of Larry D. Walker, principal of Gilmer Middle School, and signifying Fannin County and Gilmer County are together as one, both in spirit and community.”
With the funeral today, many are still dealing with the loss as they prepare their final respects. Others are coping in their own ways. But as a community comes together and the true reach of one man comes into focus, they are responding to the show of support. Kayann Hayden West offered her thanks on social media saying, “Thankful for the support of our community and the Walker family up and down the 515 corridor. Rivals on the field but united in purpose and heart.”