Karla’s Korner – Memorial Day Weekend Events

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Karla never disappoints us with a lack of information on upcoming events. This weekend there are a ton of events going on in Gilmer County. Memorial day weekend kicks off with The Taste of Ellijay on Thursday night from 6-8 PM in downtown. It is a pet friendly event and the tickets for the various food items are $1 each. All of the local vineyards are having live music and super fun events to kick off the first weekend of Summer. River Street Tavern will have live music Friday night and all of the Tubing companies open up in full force this weekend. Lastly to conclude the weekend celebrations there will be a big Memorial Day Ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Bridge and Gardens. To see all the details on these events and many many more for the weekend visit the Gilmer Chamber site’s event calendar.



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The Gilmer County Republican Party announced that it is accepting applications for its annual Scholarship totaling $1000.  Applicants must be 2017 graduating seniors from Gilmer High School; or a Homeschooling program; or a private academy, and must have been accepted into a college or vocational/technical school.  Applications for the scholarship are available by emailing Larry Lynch, 2nd Vice-Chairman, at 2ndvice-chairman@gilmergagop.org, or on the party website at www.gilmergagop.org.   The application must be completed and emailed to Larry Lynch by June 7, 2017. Applications must include an essay written on one of four topics, and applicants may be asked to present it to the GOP’s Executive Board in June.  The winner will be announced no later than June 29, and will be invited to present his or her essay to the Gilmer GOP at an announced meeting.  County Chairman Jerry Tuso added, “These young people are our future parents, workers, and leaders, and we believe in recognizing and supporting them.  This is just one way to do that.”  
The Gilmer County Republican Party is an extension of both the Republican National Committee, and the Georgia Republican Party. The goals of the Party are to promote its principles, and work to elect Republicans.  Anyone who believes in limited government, individual responsibility, a strong military, and lower taxes is encouraged to join like-minded citizens.  The Republican Party meets regularly the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at the Coosawattee Shrine Club to conduct Party business, hear from special guests, and discuss various governmental topics.    


Karla’s Korner – Apple Blossom Recap and Mother’s Day Weekend


What a great weekend it was at the Apple Blossom Festival! Karla, Paige and all of the Gilmer Chamber board members made that event such a huge success. Karla tells BKP about some great things to do with Mom on this Mother’s Day weekend. Forest Hills is doing brunch, Chateau Meichtry & Cartecay Vineyards are having Mother’s Day specials and bands playing Saturday and Sunday. Also, Cartecay River Clean Up is Saturday, May 13th if you want to get out and give back to Mother Earth. They will end the clean up day with live music and games. The General Store at Eagle Mountain will be hosting Pick N’ On the Porch on Saturday night as well. So many great things to get into with mom on her special weekend. Karla finishes up by telling us that Taste of Ellijay is May 25th! Mark your calendars because if you like to eat you do not want to miss this! For more info on these events and more visit the Gilmer Chamber calendar.


Karla’s Korner – The Apple Blossom Festival is THIS Weekend!


It is a beautiful spring day here in Gilmer County. Karla and BKP take Karla’s Korner on the road today. This weekend, May 6th and 7th, is the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival. Today’s segment is on location at the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce where the festival will be held. This festival is FREE admission, pet friendly, will have kids activities, local crafts, and the business expo. Karla tells us all about the festival, what to expect when you arrive, and other fun events going on in the local area this weekend. For more information and times of other events this weekend check out the events calendar on the Gilmer Chamber site.

Karla’s Korner – Weekend Events for May 6th & 7th


Happy Tuesday from BKP and Karla! Here in Gilmer County we are getting super excited for the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival that is coming up next weekend. The festival is free to attend and is pet friendly. It is on May 6th from 9 AM until 5 PM and May 7th from 9 AM until 4 PM. There will be handmade arts and crafts, a local business expo, and of course yummy festival snack foods you do not want to miss. In addition to the festival there are several other activities you can enjoy with your family and friends. Saturday morning there is a 5 K race “Run for the Son” that will benefit the Gilmer CLC program and the Ellijay Farmers Market will be opening downtown. In the evening you could enjoy a couple different musical events ranging  from bluegrass to jazz. For more info on these and all other upcoming local events visit the Gilmer County Chamber event calendar. Thank you to the Gilmer Chamber for sponsoring this segment.

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The Trouble at the Tabor House


During their recent meetings, the Gilmer County Board of Commissioners brought up discussion of what to do with the Tabor House.

The building is in advanced disrepair and the Commissioners are seeking options. One interested party has already been looking into the building as a historical building, but it is uncertain that the anonymous party will actually undertake necessary renovations for the building.

While Chairman Charlie Paris told FYN he was interested in the historical context of the building, there is a large need as the building is currently in no shape to host visitors or tours due to structural damage. However, Paris did say the county would continue to maintain the building as it is for people to view from the outside.

Post Commissioner Dallas Miller stated, “I would like to find someone to take it.” as he agreed to a historical significance of the building, but wanting to now have it under County funds. The general consensus of the Commissioners was that the county can not afford to fully renovate, under historic renovation standards, the Tabor House.

The building also sits on county land that could offer greater value due to its proximity to the courthouse and county offices. However, accessing the land while saving the building would be a great feat, according to Chairman Paris, due to the state of the building. This would require some method of transporting the building to a separate location allowing the County to utilize the property.

Another obstacle in the Commissioner’s path involves the Tabor House’s tie-in to the County’s Bonds. A legal hurdle that would require the County to somehow remove the building from its obligation before selling it or leasing it to a party interested in the building. However, Chairman Paris did suggest to FYN that this could be possible if an interested party came forward.

With no set future, it seems one of Gilmer County’s remaining Historical Landmarks could be on unstable foundation in several manners.


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