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ELLIJAY, Ga. –
Easter on the Field
Where?: The Gilmer High School Football Field (408 Bobcat Trail, Ellijay, GA 30540). In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Gilmer High School Gymnasium.
When?: Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 10 am through 11:30 am.
The service begins at 10 am with an egg hunt following immediately after.
This event is held by The Orchard Church (7288 Hwy 515 N Ellijay, GA 30540, 706-621-5160).
Cartecay Baptist Church Holy Week Services
Where?: Cartecay Baptist Church, 118 Riverwood Road, Ellijay, GA, 30536
When?: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 through Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Wednesday’s service will be The Day of Silence & Communion, Thursday’s service will be on The Arrest, and Friday’s service will be on The Crucifixion, all at 6:30 pm.
On Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 21, 2019), the events will be as follows:
7 am: Sunrise Service
7:30 am: Pancake Breakfast
9:45 am: Sunday School
11 am: Easter Cantata & Morning Worship
The Ellijay Passion Play
Where?: First Baptist Church, 164 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540, 706-635-5611
When?: Friday, April 19, 2019 at 7 pm and Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 3 pm and 7 pm.
No tickets required. Doors open one hour before performance.
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Easter Sunrise Service
Where?: 115 Pleasant Grove Road, Ellijay, GA 30540, 706-635-7504.
When?: Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 7:30 am.
Bible Study at 8:45 am, Worship at 10 am.
More will be added as they become known!
Happy Easter from Fetch Your News!
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ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer County Fire Department is continuing with changes to budget recommendations since last October.
While discussions at that time had former Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett prioritizing a pumper truck higher on the list, the new Public Safety Director Keith Kucera, along with Fire Chief Daniel Kaufman, have urged the Commissioners to reconsider this budget priority.
Instead of the truck, Kucera and Kaufman are asking the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to prioritize the upgrading and replacement of older turnout gear for firefighters. The new gear will be funded from the same money that was set for the truck. However, Board of Commissioner Chairman Charlie Paris states that there is expected to be a difference in the financial allocations. Therefore, an amendment will be needed.
With 30 complete sets of gear, three vendors have been looked at. The cheapest vendor offers Lion Brand gear at $61,705.50.
The department is also looking to replace 28 air packs for the firefighters to transition from 2216 PSI to 4500 PSI. Kaufman said this allows longer work times on scene as well as better compatibility with Ellijay’s Fire Department.
The estimates for the 28 air packs with spare masks and cylinders, along with extras like voice amplifiers and larger batteries, totaled $215,740, according to Kaufman who spoke during the BOC April Meeting.
Kaufman went on to say that the Fire Department wants to get to a point where they may rotate this gear among volunteer stations or other places of need. With this, the department would potentially only be looking to buy ten sets every 3 years instead of making large purchases like they are looking at now.
Additionally, the county Fire Department’s ladder truck failed an inspection with an issue in the turntable at the base of the ladder that allows it to rotate. Kucera stated the truck is from 1986 and it has just “failed over time.”
Due to the age of the truck, Kucera said there is a sole source bid situation for repairs. That bid came in at $39,150. Paris questioned what the cost of replacing the truck completely could total. Kucera and Kaufman both said it would be around $500,000.
While the Commissioners agreed on the severity of the need, allowing Paris and Chief Financial Officer Sandi Holden to look deeper into the budget and find the difference between the originally budgeted pumper truck and the need for the gear, air packs, and ladder truck repair.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer County Probate Court honored three of its clerks for their state certifications this week.
A process that began with former Probate Judge Anita Mullins, these employees have served for years in the court system and have completed training programs within the system under Judge Scott Chastain.
The three ladies recognized are Jana Grno, Tracy Teague, and Lyndsay Hightower. Chastain says that recognition is given for 30 hours and 60 hours of training for the program, but he wanted to do something special as each of these women now have 90 hours, the final stage of the program and actual certification.
Jana Grno will have been with the Gilmer Probate for five years next week on April 21. Focusing on the vital records and weapons permits now, Chastain says there is very little she cannot do in the Probate Court as she also assists in traffic court. She is also the longest running employee in the Probate Office in Gilmer County.
Tracy Teague will reach her 5 years with the Probate Court this September. Chastain calls Teague a “lifesaver” as he transitioned in the office. He says she was and is constantly there every time he calls for anything the office needs.
Teague has recently been announced as Judge Chastain’s Chief Clerk. Teague had already served as Chief Clerk under Judge Mullins and continues this service now that Chastain has asked her as well. She handles much of the requirements in traffic court, and Chastain says he uses her as Chief Clerk for certain administration needs when he is out of the office.
Lyndsay Hightower was hired into the Probate Court on August 30, 2016. She serves in the front window of the Probate Office, she is the main probate clerk of the office according to Chastain. He noted that he has basically asked her to take on the work of two clerks and she continues to work hard under the stress. With previous experience in law enforcement, he says Hightower brings a different view to the office alongside her coworkers.
Mullins was also present at the celebration for her former employees. She offered a few words on the occasion as she stated, “They worked so hard for me. They were such a blessing because I was going through, at the end, a lot of family issues with my parents. If it hadn’t have been for these girls, I don’t know what I would have done. They are so smart, and they are so capable. I know that they are going to continue on and do great things.”
Both Mullins and Chastain made comments about how little the public gets to see just how much work goes on in the office behind the public sight. Accomplishing the vast amount of work necessary for the office to operate efficiently is next to impossible without the proper staff.
Chastain went on to say that with two other employees in the office, he hopes to become one of the few Probate Offices in the state of Georgia with every clerk state certified in the coming years.
BKP and Gilmer Librarian and Branch Manager Heath Lee take a tour of the Gilmer County Library and the newly renovated basement.
Congrats to MVE bus driver of the month, Kathy Norton! Kathy is kind and caring driver! Students love her! Thanks KATHY! Also pictured is Katrina Kingsley, Gilmer County Schools PBIS Director.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County residents may dispose of old tires for free starting Monday, April 15, 2019 until Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Tires are to be dropped off at the Gilmer County Landfill located at 456 Tower Rd during normal operational hours.
If you have any questions, please call 706-635-7696 or 706-635-4589.