• Whitener breaks tie, city council approves condominium complex

    City Council approves condominium complex

    FANNIN, Ga. — After delaying their vote for a month, the Blue Ridge City Council approved a controversial condominium proposal. In a two to two vote, Mayor Whitener voted in favor of allowing the project to continue.  Last month, the council heard a proposal for a condominium complex that would exceed the Central Business District […]

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  • Blue Ridge City Council Election: The Results

    Election Results

    FANNIN, Ga. — After almost a month of voting, the polls for the Blue Ridge City Council election closed today, Nov. 2, 2021 at 7 p.m. This election has been called one of the most important in Blue Ridge history and comes at a time of heightened worry about the future of the city.  For […]

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  • Ellijay City Council votes on roundabout parking elimination

    City hall discusses parking elimination

    GILMER, Ga. — The Ellijay City Council met Oct. 18 to make a decision regarding the proposed test period for closure of parking on the downtown roundabout. Reese Sanford spoke for the Downtown Development Authority, and gave the council the DDA’s new recommendation.  Sanford addressed the council saying, “As requested at the downtown traffic workshops […]

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  • Pickens BOE updated on progress of new Agricultural Facilities

    Pickens BOE gets updates on agricultural facilities

    PICKENS, Ga. —  The new agricultural facilities were an important topic at the Pickens County Board of Education meeting on Oct. 14. Concerns about staff shortages across the county were also brought up at the meeting.  Agricultural Facilities Gilleland also updated the board on the agricultural facilities currently under construction. The board approved the guaranteed […]

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  • Council recognizes the retirement of Police Chief Greg Lovell

    Police Chief Lovell gives final police report

    PICKENS, Ga. — During the October Jasper City Council meeting, the council noticed the retirement of Police Chief Greg Lovell, and announced the renaming of Dixie Street to GG Lovell Street. A motion to appoint Matt Dawkins to Interim Police Chief was also approved.  Mayor Lawrence of Jasper read a motion that noted Lovell’s career […]

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  • 9/11 memorial held at Veterans Memorial Park

    9/11 memorial at Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park

    PICKENS, Ga. — A memorial event was held at the Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park to honor the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  The event began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. After, State Representative Rick Jasperse gave a short speech. He highlighted the bravery of the first responders who ran […]

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  • Pickens BOE receives digital learning and COVID-19 updates

    Elementary school principals speak to BOE about digital learning

    PICKENS, Ga. — The Pickens County Board of Education focused on COVID-19 and digital learning updates during their September meeting. Six Pickens County principals and the Director of Health Services gave presentations to the board, bringing them up to date with the district’s current COVID-19 related procedures.   Digital Learning in Pickens County Itslearning, an online […]

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