Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 9/14 – 9/21

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Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 9/8 – 9/13

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Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/31 – 9/7

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Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/24 – 8/30

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Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/17 – 8/23

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Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/9 – 8/16

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Ellijay City Council Hears Arguments Against Proposed Short Term Rental Ordinance

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On August 16, 2021, the Ellijay City Council met to discuss and vote on the approval of several items on the agenda. The hot topic of the evening was the argument against the proposed short-term rental ordinance.

The ordinance if written now would serve as a de facto ban on short-term rentals in R-1 zoning within the city. Several citizens were there to express their opinions on the ordinance. The meeting began at 6:00 p.m. with the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. There was a motion to approve the agenda and the minutes for July were approved as well as the July financial statement.

Ellijay Council listens to a woman at the meeting speaking against the banning of short-term rentals.

The first order of business was staff reports in which an Ellijay officer announced the upcoming seminar being held at the First Baptist Church. The seminar would be for instruction on the handling of missing and abducted children and would be presented by two senior FBI agents specializing in this field. The date for the four-hour seminar would be August 23 at 9 am at the fellowship hall of the church.

Also, Mayor Al Hoyle welcomed the new code enforcement officer Andrew Mathis. Next was the citizen’s input, the mayor instructed the visitors as to the rules for addressing the council. Tom Griffith spoke against the ban of the proposed short-term residential rental agreement. Mr. Griffith argued that most of the historic buildings downtown were not even currently up to code presently.

After Mr. Griffith, several others also spoke to agree against the banning of short-term rentals stating that it could possibly promote deterioration of long-term rentals. It was also expressed as a concern that if the property becomes ultimately abandoned that it may promote the building of large hotels and high-rise buildings.

Pam Odell of Blue Ridge, Executive Director of Short-Term Rental Owners Association, stated her reason for not approving this ordinance. One being she believed it to be in conflict with the state law and also that the real problem was not appropriately being identified.

City Council members at the 8/16/2021 meeting

The first order of business was to discuss the short-term ordinance, however, it was explained that because there was no motion put on the table that it dies due to a lack of a motion on the table. The next order of business was a discussion on the presentation for employee health insurance and was voted on and accepted. Next was the review and action of the library board to replace board member Amy Sanford, who resigned and replace with Reese Sanford, all approved.

Next was the approval of the paving bid for the intersection of Progress Rd. and Maddox Dr. and was unanimously approved Kolvids Paving with the lowest bid. Next was review and action of the appointment of election superintendent to replace former Gary Watkins who stepped down. New superintendent Sandra Sales was agreed upon and voted in. Next on agenda review and action to name change on license for beer, wine, and spirits at the American Legion and all approved. Next was review and action on bank account change for covid money and all approved. The business meeting concluded at 6:30 p.m., and council members went into an executive session concluding the meeting.

After the council moved to the executive session, the group of people at the meeting who opposed the new ordinance for short-term rentals waited outside for the council to return still unsure as to the outcome. It should also be mentioned that due to the increase in the COVID-19 all municipal buildings are requiring masks to be worn and have reinstituted social distancing until further notice.

City Council members are seen here voting on a motion.

 

 

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Pam Guenther

I am a native of N.H but more recently lived in Florida for most of my life recently moving to Georgia. I am a graduate of Concord, N.H. High School and also the N.H. tech Institute. I raised three children, my youngest being a Florida Highway Patrolman in Gainesville Fl. I love the mountain life and enjoy writing, walking, motorcycles and most outdoorsy activities. I love meeting new people and making new frineds because everyone has a story!

Lions Club host its annual fair

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The Lion’s Club here in Ellijay has consistently held the annual agricultural fairs for decades with the exception of last year’s due to Covid-19. This year, they were back in full swing and had tens of thousands of people turn out for the seven-day event held alongside the Coosawattee River. The weather could not have been any better for the week-long event with only a few short bouts of rain However, the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the fairgoers.

Current Lions Club President Marie Wyrosdick explained their mission and discussed the many charities and non-profits they have helped over the years.

Pictured here are chairperson Robert Lique, Lions President Marie Wyrosdick and co-chair Ed Stover.

The fair also had an agricultural show, along with antiques on the display of many of the club members’ own personal items.

On the first day, displays that included arts and crafts and classic cars were presented and later judged in several categories.

Rose Daves, Lion’s club member won First Place for her stained-glass piece.

Robert Lique and Ed Stover were the fair’s co-chairpersons. The fair began in 1939 and 80 percent of the funds have been put to use in Gilmer County. 12 percent go toward state charities and the rest national funds.

Just a few of the Lion members are pictured here on the last day of the fair. Left to right are Barbara Barrett, Ted Vickroy, Flora Hughes, and Rose Daves.

The carnival part of the fair was a huge success with all the kids and adults alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lions Club is made up of approximately 80 volunteers and is considered the most active civic service organization in the country.  It’s well known for assisting the blind and vision impaired.  They are also hosting the upcoming Apple Pageant, Apple Fair, the Bucket Brigade to benefit the White Christmas Program, and many more.  Anyone wishing to become a Lions Club member can fill out an application on their website at www.ellijaylionsclub.com and learn more about this organization.

Rose Daves sports her yellow vest proudly as this year’s Lion of the Year!

 

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Pam Guenther

I am a native of N.H but more recently lived in Florida for most of my life recently moving to Georgia. I am a graduate of Concord, N.H. High School and also the N.H. tech Institute. I raised three children, my youngest being a Florida Highway Patrolman in Gainesville Fl. I love the mountain life and enjoy writing, walking, motorcycles and most outdoorsy activities. I love meeting new people and making new frineds because everyone has a story!

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/2 – 8/8

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Gilmer Arts Holds Reception

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The Gilmer Arts Center hosted an art show this weekend to spotlight local and visiting artists. The Art Gallery located on 207 Dalton Street in downtown Ellijay sponsors a monthly art show. This show titled “Blackberry Creek” featured artists from the Blackberry Creek Studios and Galleries along with several local artists. The front lobby normally hosts the visiting artist and their work.

The back lobby is reserved for the local artist and members of Gilmer Arts. This past show was held Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. spotlighted many new artists as well as old. The gallery will continue the display of artwork through the end of August. A couple of the artists who exhibited their artwork from last month.

Catherine Ritch stands near her piece of artwork of oil on linen.

Lynn Mayes is pictured here next to one of her two pieces on display at the art center

This beautiful Pink Flamingo painted by artist Sheila Carey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Catherine Ritch had several of pieces on display. Her specialty is oil on linen. Her art was a hit with the visitors who attended.

Joann Keller who painted a beautiful outdoor depiction of bright yellow kayaks was also there at the reception. Artist Lynn Mayes exhibited some large oil paintings depicting soft yellow and blue flowers.

Sheila Carey, a local artist, could not attend but had two of her large paintings on display, one of a pink flamingo and another of a magnificent horse with an ocean background.

Joann Keller is pictured here with her painting of a water scene with two kayaks

In addition to enjoying the beautiful artwork, the gallery served some refreshments and glasses of wine for those in attendance.

The gallery has a small store inside where many of the beautiful original pieces from jewelry, paintings, and greeting cards may be purchased.

Gilmer Arts operates the Gilmer Playhouse where many off-Broadway shows can be seen. Additionally, Gilmer Arts sponsors several classes such as Latin Dance, Stained glass classes, piano classes, yoga, and more. To participate in the classes or art shows, one must be a member of the Gilmer Arts where memberships start at only $15 for students, $35 for an individual, or $60 for a family.

They offer some free events for everyone such as storytellers, songwriters, and poets, and on every third Friday acoustic blends can be heard on stage at the playhouse. For more info contact Gilmerarts.com.

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Pam Guenther

I am a native of N.H but more recently lived in Florida for most of my life recently moving to Georgia. I am a graduate of Concord, N.H. High School and also the N.H. tech Institute. I raised three children, my youngest being a Florida Highway Patrolman in Gainesville Fl. I love the mountain life and enjoy writing, walking, motorcycles and most outdoorsy activities. I love meeting new people and making new frineds because everyone has a story!

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/22 – 8/1

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American Legion Host Charity Ride For Children

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On Saturday July 24th approximately forty motorcyclist came out to support a charity for children. The event was organized by the American Legion Riders and The Sons of the American Legion Riders. The Rider’s Director Brian Shedd was responsible for choosing the charity as well as organizing the event. The American Legion Post 82 hosted the charity event and approximately thirty bikers showed up to attend. The charity ‘COTA” or Children Organ Transplant Association would receive half of the proceeds collected at the ride and the other would go back to the American Legion Riders for future charitable events.

Bikers from Gilmer County arrive at the American Legion

The event was advertised on Face Book and the bikers began arriving at 9 am.   The Legion opened it’s door early and planned to leave for the ride at 11 am.   Prior to the departure Brain Shedd, organizer, gathered the bikers into a group to go over the route and then the American Legion pastor said a prayer before the bikers left for the ride. The event was open to any biker whether they were a member or not as most of their events are opened to the public regardless if they have served in the military. The weather was clear and sunny throughout most of the day and bikers enjoyed a little over a hundred mile ride. The ride was led through the Cherokee National Forest and the ‘Trail of Tears’ as well as a beautiful ride along the Ocoee River where hundreds of rafters were riding the rapids. Heading back to the Legion Hall they got to experience another one of the most scenic routes which traveled through Blue Ridge and finally entering Ellijay. After several hours the group made their way back where they could have lunch and drinks at the Legion’s hall. There was also a raffle of a wheelbarrow which held hundreds of dollars in wine and spirits.   Tickets were sold to the patrons attending the charity and along with the wheelbarrow several other door prizes were up for grabs as well as an auction.   After the event was over Rider Director Brain Shedd announced that over $2000 was raised at the event and was considered very successful and everyone had a good time!

Bikers gather to participate in prayer prior to the ride

The Ellijay American Legion is open to the public and host many events and activities during the year.   The post is also responsible for the all the crosses that are mounted on the sides of the road during the Memorial day holiday.   They sponsor many charities throughout the year.   In July they hold a Duck Race as well as fireworks and many other family oriented events. They also are open to serve food with specials every Friday night, hold trivia night and Karaoke too!   They are known as “The Legion on the River” and are located at 297 Legion Road, Ellijay, GA 30143.

This American Legion rider displays his patch proudly depicting his service and branch

 

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Pam Guenther

I am a native of N.H but more recently lived in Florida for most of my life recently moving to Georgia. I am a graduate of Concord, N.H. High School and also the N.H. tech Institute. I raised three children, my youngest being a Florida Highway Patrolman in Gainesville Fl. I love the mountain life and enjoy writing, walking, motorcycles and most outdoorsy activities. I love meeting new people and making new frineds because everyone has a story!

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/13 – 7/21

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Ellijay City Council Meeting Discuss New Educational Opportunity for Affordable Housing

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Last night at the Ellijay City Council meeting a brief introduction to the Affordable Housing Plan was introduced.  At the request of Mayor Al Hoyle, Kent Sanford, Director of Joint Development Authority, also present at the meeting, was asked by the mayor to give a brief description of the proposed 3 year resolution passing application for affordable housing.  It would include three municipalities working together with a panel of twenty committee members.  Mr. Sanford stressed that it would be an educational opportunity to learn about the Affordable Housing Act only prior to the making of any commitments. Sandy Ott, a current council member, stated she would volunteer to be on the 20 person committee. Only one citizen at the Monday night meeting raised a question about the idea that she believed it would be a more in depth process. She referenced information from a flyer she had found on the website.   She believed it would be a more detailed process in consideration of the huge community debate on zoning and housing.

Meeting began at 6 pm with opening prayer and pledge of allegiance.  The approval of agenda, as well as June meeting minutes along with the June financial statement, were all approved. There were no staff reports and just one citizen’s input noting the request to table the decision on the passage of the resolution supporting the application for affordable housing. Next on the agenda was Old Business. Mayor Hoyle stated first item was the first reading of the short-term rental ordinance which required no action at this time and would be addressed at the next meeting.

 

New Business included a motion review and action on Resolution on supporting Gilmer County’s participation in the Community Housing.  Motion to pass and accept was made with one abstention per a conflict of interest. Next was a review and action on mowing and maintenance agreement of the old round-a-bout on SR 382 and old highway 52. The city has been responsible for the mowing and maintenance of the round-a-bout and the discussion was about the feasibility of continuing the expense.   The council agreed it would put a burden on the city considering the city does not get reimbursed for this maintenance and the council agreed.  One member made a motion to Table but it was not seconded so the motion died due to lack of interest.

Next was review and action on the resolution to initiate a voter referendum to authorize the issuance and licenses of package sales in the city of Ellijay.  The motion passed with all in favor. The council then went into executive discussion behind closed doors.  After a short period council returned and announced the hiring of their new Code Enforcement Officer, Andrew Mathis. At that time council adjourned with no further business.

Council members include Council Chair Mayor Al Hoyle, Sandy Ott, Katie Lancey, Tom Crawford, Al Fuller, and Kevin Pritchitt. Next scheduled meeting for the City Council will be August 16,2021.

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Pam Guenther

I am a native of N.H but more recently lived in Florida for most of my life recently moving to Georgia. I am a graduate of Concord, N.H. High School and also the N.H. tech Institute. I raised three children, my youngest being a Florida Highway Patrolman in Gainesville Fl. I love the mountain life and enjoy writing, walking, motorcycles and most outdoorsy activities. I love meeting new people and making new frineds because everyone has a story!

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 6/29 – 7/12

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Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 6/29 – 7/5

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