Karla started her show this morning saying GO DAWGS!!! I have to agree with her on that note. Then she told us that TODAY is the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. So this holiday season while you are getting festive you can buy your favorite spirits from these local places: The Hitching Post, Mountain Treasures, Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Mitchre, and Appalachian Beverage. The next great local gift you can give your family and friends is gift certificates to local restaurants. There are so many great ones in our small town to choose from. Lastly if your family has been thinking about getting a new furry friend; visit you local animal shelter. Make a difference in an animal’s life this Christmas by giving them a forever home with your family. As always we would like to thank the Gilmer County Chamber for sponsoring this segment.
The Gilmer Wrestling mandatory hydration test has been rescheduled for this Tuesday, 10/24 at 5pm. GCHS wrestling coaches will be taking a bus and it will leave the high school at approximately 3pm Tuesday afternoon. Wrestlers who are still in football will have to go to the Hydration Test this coming Saturday 10/28 and will meet at the high school at 8:45am. GCHS Coaches are asking that the wrestlers please drink plenty of water and eat healthy in preparation for the test. Athletes will need to wear a t-shirt and shorts, and the cost for the test is $10.
The upcoming Hydration Test has been cancelled by the UNG Testing Administrator. He told coaches that he forgot “Gold Rush” would be this Saturday. Though the coaches offered several solutions, the testing administrator chose to postpone the mandatory hydration test until a later date.
“I am working on rescheduling, and it will be either this coming Tuesday or Saturday,” Coach Joshua Ghobadpoor told his wrestlers Thursday evening. “I will let everyone know the time and date once it is rescheduled.” Coach Ghobadpoor added, “I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for many many people.”
TeamFYNSports looks forward to following and reporting coverage of the Gilmer Bobcats’ wrestling season. If you are a parent, alumni, or simply a fan; we are looking for volunteers to help us cover matches and upcoming events! If interested, please contact Jason Banks at Jason@FetchYourNews.com !
Amidst all the talk among Democrats and the Media that the Trump election and presidency is a one off that will soon be remedied by a Democrat wave — there is actually evidence to suggest that just the opposite will ring true in 2018. For example, look at upstart Pennsylvania Congressional candidate Justin Simmons, who is running to be the GOP nominee in the 15th District. Simmons, 31, currently represents PA State House District 131 and was planning to mount a Conservative challenge to seven term incumbent Rep. Charlie Dent in the Spring 2018 Primary. That was until Dent abruptly announced his retirement, opening the door for 35 year old Ryan Mackenzie to enter the now open race, a race that could prove to be a battle between conflicting wings of the Republican Party.
Simmons recently called in to FYNTV’s Good Morning from the Office for an exclusive interview regarding his initial decision to run, the surprise of Dent’s retirement, and the differences between himself and Mackenzie.
Simmons made it clear from the beginning that his motivation to run was the dissatisfaction among Conservatives in the 15th District with Dent, as evidenced by the recent rally in protest of the seven term Congressman. According to Simmons, “just his voting record alone is bad enough… then going on MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times… being the go to Republican to rip Donald Trump and Conservatives,” had angered voters in the district won by both Donald Trump and Charlie Dent. However, Dent had spoken out aggressively against Trump during the campaign, refusing to endorse him and frequently criticizing him after his inauguration.
“I was never fully on board with Charlie, I always knew he was pro-choice and supported taxpayer funded abortion… but he was fiscally Conservative at first,” said Simmons, adding “as time went on he just got more Liberal.”
The news of Dent’s sudden announcement to retire was a surprise to the Simmons team, although he insists they were “ecstatic” and this it was a “victory” because it creates a chance to elect a Conservative representative. However, it has created a brand new dynamic with the entry of Mackenzie, setting up a race described by The Morning Call as a “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s race” between what they described as two longtime rivals. Although Simmons dismissed the “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” comparison he did elaborate on what he sees as the differences between him and the only other declared candidate.
Ryan and I have worked together on a lot of good issues. The difference between Ryan and I, is Ryan is establishment and I am not. I got my foray into politics by taking on a Liberal Republican, I took on the party and I took on the establishment. Ryan Mackenzie, he came into politics, his Dad was the former chair of the party, he was very connected. When he first ran for State House in the 134th District… there was a special election and the party hierarchy greased the skids for Ryan, they cleared the field in the special election for him, he hasn’t had an opponent since.
Simmons also described Mackenzie as Charlie Dent’s hand picked successor, which means he will be the beneficiary of the PA GOP fundraising network. However, Simmons described it as a negative because it means Mackenzie would be beholden to the moderate Republican structure of the state party and not the Trump Coalition that delivered PA to a Republican presidential candidate for the first time in a generation.
This race will be one of many that pits establishment Republicans against the new, Trump Republicans. In his recent interview with 60 Minutes, former White House strategist Steve Bannon made clear his intentions to target establishment Republicans in the 2018 Primary races. This has already manifested itself in races like the special election for Senate in Alabama, where incumbent Sen. Luther Strange was leading in polling until Bannon endorsed his opponent, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore.
What’s more, the race in Pennsylvania will pit two millennial candidates, Mackenzie is 35 and Simmons is 31.
You can see Simmons’ entire interview here:
Tonight we highlight the Seniors of the Gilmer Bobcats football team. BKP and Coach Wingard recap the season and congratulate the Seniors for all of their effort throughout the season.
BKP sits down with Gilmer’s Head Coach Casey Wingard, O-Line Coach Taylor, and four of the Gilmer Bobcats to discuss Friday night football.
Coach Wingard and Coach Flowers sit down with BKP to discuss the game against Southeast Whitfield.
Gilmer Bobcats Head Coach Casey Wingard joins us to discuss the Pickens game and look ahead to the bye week.
Head Coach Casey Wingard joins us to discuss the Heritage game and look ahead to the Pickens game!
Head Coach Casey Wingard and the running back coach to discuss last Friday’s game. They also discuss the plan of attack on this week’s game. As always we would like to thank Circuit World of Ellijay for letting us film this show in their show room. Also, a huge thank you to Shane’s Rib Shack in Ellijay for always providing the coaches and players on the show with a meal. Come out this Friday and support your Gilmer Bobcats on their home turf. Kick off starts at 7:30 PM.
Gilmer coaches and lead players meet with #BKP from FYNTV.COM to discuss the previous week’s game and strategy for next week!
For the season opener, BKP sits down with Coach Wingard and Defensive Coach Flowers to discuss the first game for the Bobcats. It was a tough loss for them against Fannin last week, but everyone is keeping their heads up for the next game this upcoming Friday. We would like to thank Circuit World in Ellijay for letting us broadcast from their location. Also, we would like to thank Shane’s Rib Shack for providing the meals for the coaches and players on the show. Tune in TUESDAY at 7PM next week for another “Turf Talk” on FYNTV.COM!
The season opener game for the Bobcats ended with a defeat by the Fannin Rebels on Friday night. The final score: 42-0. The Rebels dominated on both sides of the ball offensively and defensively. The player that stood out most, #15 Cody Jacobs, was a huge part in their victory. The Bobcats fought hard, but gave up several big gains and ended every drive with a punt.
The Bobcats had over thirty five yards lost by penalties and in one play the Bobcats even received a safety by the Rebels defense. The Bobcats defense struggled in closing the gap up the middle which was the strongest points for the run game. While the Bobcat coaches and players were very frustrated with how the game was going, they never gave up and the players definitely left everything they had on the field that night.
This Friday, the Bobcats will host the Union county Panthers at Huff Mosely Stadium at 7:30, and Bobcat fans will be there supporting the team, and hoping they can make a comeback. GO CATS! No stats from Friday night’s game are available at the time.
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This past Friday we continued our discussion about rural Georgia with 51st district (R) State Senator and Lumpkin County’s economic development director, Steve Gooch. Our three areas of focus: rural Georgia economy, broadband access, and health care. Although the district doesn’t want to see something in the line of the KIA plant they most certainly would be open to small companies offering high paying, high tech jobs. In order to attract these types of companies; the area must provide good schools, fast internet, and quality health care. We discussed Piedmont Mountainside new stand alone emergency health care center in Gilmer County; a model for quality health care in rural areas. When our discussion turned to high speed internet for the area, Gooch was unable to say they “moved the ball” concerning Senate Bill 232, Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act.