Would You Know How to Perform CPR on Your Pet? Watch the Training Video by Mountain Emergency Animal Center

Community, Featured

Mountain Emergency Animal Center is a outstanding emergency vet clinic located in Blue Ridge, GA. They have a full surgical room, ICU kennels, a blood bank, and they keep anti venom on hand at all times. They are fully equipped to deal with any medical emergency your pet may have.

In this video they do a CPR training to show you exactly what you would need to do if your pet goes into cardiac arrest. This is great information for any pet owner.

Mountain Emergency Animal Center

Serving the Tri-State Area (GA, NC, TN)
Call us at 706-632-7879

Pet Emergency? Read no further and call us right away!dog

Pet emergencies, like human ones, can happen anytime. Your pet’s injuries and illnesses may require immediate attention.

Gilmer High School WBL Students @ UNG

Bobcat's Corner

BEE (Business Ethics Education) Training for WBL students sponsored by BB&T, Junior Achievement, UNG School of Business & Walmart. A day filled with ethical mini sessions & tours of the Dahlonega campus.

Gilmer CLC Invites Citizens to Fall Mentor Training


ELLIJAY, GA – Saturday, September 16, will see the Christian Learning Center (CLC) holding their Fall Mentorship Training from 1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

This twice-a-year free training session walks people through mentoring students and walking with them in their lives. Training teaches adults how to better affect and lead those students to their future or through rough times.

It is also a part of the process for volunteers to commit to mentoring for students in Gilmer High School. The program, which was started years ago by previous Director Caleb Land, now sees citizens volunteer one hour a week for a year to support and encourage students today.

Jennifer Colson, Director of the Gilmer CLC

Jennifer Colson, Director of the Gilmer CLC

Director Jennifer Colson tells FYN the whole purpose of training and preparing adults to spend the time mentoring out youth is for “Adults to pour into our students.” With repeated and consistent reports from previous students, Colson never spoke about whether she considers the program “successful.” Rather, she speaks of individual moments where she has seen the changes in students, emails of previous students conveying the impact on them, or just a simple thank you for the time and effort. She also speaks of more students waiting to join the program, waiting for more volunteers to fill the needed positions.

Whether it is a student dealing with issues or just someone needing encouragement to achieve greater in classes, Colson praises the program as an extension of the CLC classes. “We just want to love these kids and help them along,” says Colson. Since the kids can only go through three separate semester classes, there comes a point when class time is no longer an option.

Some call the CLC the “highlight of their day” when they attend classes. Extending that feel into a full mentorship allows a full year of continuation of that environment. In fact, the CLC offers its facility to those who do mentor as a place to meet and play.

Along with the training session on Saturday, volunteers will interview with administrators to better pair with kids and their needs. They also take time to meet with students parents. Some volunteers voice concerns about some issues that may arise and how to handle certain situations, but Colson assures those involved that the training covers all of that including a requirement of involving others with extreme circumstances, relieving concerns and pressure on volunteers.

Mentorship is not a requirement, but rather is requested by students in school who want to join. Whether they are CLC students or not, go to church or not, the program is available. When volunteers join it expands the reach of one of campus building to a district-wide influence through the strength of citizens taking time to strengthen younger generations.

Ministry Assistant at the CLC, Caitlin Neal told FYN she had received mentoring when she was younger, though not from Gilmer’s CLC. “It was very beneficial to me,” said Neal, “My mentor was a member of my church, but she was also a teacher in the school system. It was great to see her in multiple aspects of her life, but also pouring into me. I think it would be great for our students.”

Connections grow throughout a student’s life and these connections affect everything from small decisions daily to the ultimate course of one’s future. The possibility to be such an influence on someone’s life is just as impactful on the Mentor’s life as it is the student. The CLC alone sees close to 120 students a day. As growth continues in the community, growth must continue in support for those who need it, and especially for students who actively ask for it.

Citizens wishing to join the training to further explore the option of mentoring (going through the training does not make the year commitment) can inquire further through email at buddy@gilmerclc.org or by phone at 706-635-7100. Colson tells FYN that schedules can be flexible to times available to both the student and mentor.

While the CLC requested citizens inform them by Friday, September 15, if they wish to attend. However, Colson also stated that those who wake up Saturday with a last minute opening or last minute decision to attend are also encouraged to join the training as well.


Graduation Ceremony of Rescued~Saving Detainees & Dogs One Life at a Time

Featured, News

The Graduation Ceremony of Rescued was held on January 26th at the Colwell Detention Center.  Rescued is a joint effort between Colwell Probation Detention Center, Mountain Shelter and Castoff Pet Rescue to rescue dogs who would otherwise be euthanized, while providing a positive impact on the offenders within the Colwell Detention Center.

Each Program participant made an impact statement and it was abundantly clear the positive effect the time spent working with these dogs and the wonderful people associated with the program had made on these men.

I have always thought dog was God spelled backwards because dogs are such a beautiful reflection of unconditional love.  This program makes the lives better for so many more than the ones in the program, it reaches every aspect of the rest of these men’s lives, family, coworkers, friends and each person they may ever encounter.  I would love to see this program all over the United States.

Enjoy the photos and the full graduation video below.

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Chastain Opens Up as New Probate Judge

Police & Government

January marks a major change in Gilmer County’s Probate Court. After 12 years, a new Judge has taken office.

Probate Judge Scott Chastain has completed his first week in office. As FYN sat down to talk about his first week, he spoke about the challenges he’s faced in catching up to the level of work required. He lauded his staff as one of the greatest strengths of the office with specific emphasis on their experience and familiarity being key in helping to ease his transition.

However, Chastain says he’s been working for the position since the day he qualified.  Through training and classes, “I have found out that we {Probate Judges} are a family… I am finding out that to be remarkably true.”

His assigned mentor, Judge David Lindsey of Pickens County, as well as Gilmer’s former Probate Judge Anita Mullins, offered help since March of last year for Chastain to attend Court Sessions and certain Probate sessions to provide what he calls the “foundation” for his job now.

Though that’s not all as Judge Chastain spoke as well about his time as a Pastor and how his faith has “molded me for these situations.” Though he stated a position like his cannot offer advice on proceedings and cases, “sometimes it’s just listening… to care and then to act compassionately,” a sentiment many will recall was also spoken of by Judge Mullins as she announced her retirement last year.

But there is more than just compassion needed in Probate offices. Judges face daily issues that test and stress burdens upon those in the court. While the Judge continues his education both formally and informally as he studies the handbooks, bench books, and Code Books available. It is motivation, he offered, that is his key to a good start to his time in office.

“Currently, I feel the urgency of trying to get things going.” says Chastain who feels his self-motivation will aid him in expediting his growth in position as well as daily cases and work. “I don’t want folks out in the community waiting for Scott to get motivated enough to go through their file. I want to go through it, make a decision, get it signed, and get it back with the petitioner or attorney.”

Chastain spoke of a desire to establish a system for himself to streamline his process to get to a specific situation, be decisive, and move forward while also stressing the importance of his mentor’s advice that he will continue learning things no matter how long he holds office.

One such decision, he has already made. Stating he will not be performing marriages, Chastain said it is something that Judge Mullins stopped 3 years ago, and he sees no need to start it back up again.

The rhythm he is hoping to achieve will not come easy, however. Chastain admits to already having spent a few late nights at the office in spite of a specific piece of advice that former Judge Mullins gave to him, “Don’t let the job consume you.”

Though he feels he needs to catch up and get the work done that the county needs, he still sees his family as a priority.

“For now, I feel like it’s important for me to get off to a good start and spend some time down here to get that done… I’ve actually had the luxury of spending time with my kids before getting here.” Chastain still looks to his own future as he mentioned hopes for more family and grand-kids as a possibility someday,  but wants to be available to the people of the county when they need him as well.

As he continues his transition into office, Judge Scott Chastain stated, “The honor to be elected by the people is overwhelming… It was very emotional for me to know that the people of Gilmer County had enough confidence in me to vote for me. Second, the Swearing In, to have the amount of people that showed up that day that wanted to be there and witness that was overwhelming.” Not only mentioning other Judges and family who attended the event, Chastain said it was also the people of the community in attendance that meant so much to him.

A smiled crept across the Judges face when asked about donning his black robes for the first time, saying, “It was somewhat weird… When you put that robe on, it is a tremendous responsibility. It is a respected position, a serious position. I guess trying to get used to that has really not sunk all the way in just yet.”


Amy Woodring and Personal Fitness 6/17/16


BKP talks Fitness with Amy Woodring about new personal training plans.


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