• Million dollar donation has county looking at Animal Shelter


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – An announcement today from Gilmer Chairman Charlie Paris informed the public of an additional large donation to the Gilmer County Animal Shelter. The announcement came amid a special called meeting, but it is the first mention of the donation in public as Commission Chairman Charlie Paris said it happened yesterday, February 23, […]

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  • Returning to the river regulations debate in Gilmer


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Addressing suggestions from outfitters, law enforcement, and citizens on the county’s River Committee, Gilmer is looking to move forward with changes to the river ordinance for regulations. Much of the conversation amongst members of the Board of Commissioners involved marking areas of the take-out for loading and changing from required wristbands for […]

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  • Chamber cancels Apple Blossom but looks to later festivals with hope

    President, Blossom

    EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – With new President/CEO Jennifer Grimmer guiding the Gilmer Chamber, an official announce came today regarding three major Chamber events in 2021, including the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival. Through email and social media, the Chamber has officially announced the cancellation of the 2021 Apple Blossom Festival. The festival was cancelled last year […]

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  • County approves advertising for bids on new pool

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    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Engineering reports are completed and in the hands of the Commissioners for their pool project. The project saw a delay early this month when COVID hit the engineering firm causing a major quarantine. However, with the specs and the firm working alongside Project Leader Loy Jarrett and County Attorney David Clark, reports […]

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  • Sheriff’s Office honors 25th Anniversary for Brett Dickey

    A long weekend for some as they take a day to remember Presidents and celebrate Valentine’s Day, yet, it also marked a major event for the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and Gilmer Sheriff Stacy Nicholson. The office honored the memory of their fallen Deputy Brett Dickey in the 25th anniversary ceremony. An annual event, many […]

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  • County backs off from creating Board of Elections

    Gilmer County BOC, Intergovernmental Agreement, session, Meeting, Board

    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Once again returning to conversations of an election board in Gilmer County, the Board of Commissioners is putting the agenda item to create a board on hold. According to Commission Chairman Charlie Paris, the BOC will not host the agenda item on every meeting as previously planned. The decision came among the […]

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  • Commissioners revamp Land Use changes again

    Land Use

    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer’s Board of Commissioners took another meeting this week to revisit changes to the Land Use Ordinance considering density, Residential, and Agricultural Zonings. This time, the board met alongside the Planning Commission to inquire and discuss changes with them as well. While much of the focus recently has been on R-1 and […]

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  • Details on GHS lockdown released from Superintendent

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    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County High School went under lockdown this morning after a student reported to the principal about possibly sighting a firearm. According to a statement released by Gilmer Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs, “At approximately 0754 this morning, a student reported to an assistant principal that they saw a gun and ammo […]

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  • Shooting in a Doctor’s Office leaves one victim and suspect on the loose

    Hiawassee sewer, Shooting

    UPDATE: The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Matheson Cove Road is open to traffic. Use caution in the area. HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Authorities are confirming reports of a shooting in a medical facility in the city of Hiawassee. Public statements from the Hiawassee Police Department confirmed the shooting and also confirmed one victim. […]

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  • Chairman assures citizens that changes are to limit density

    Elections, Density

    ELLIJAY, Ga. – After last week’s meeting and discussions addressing Gilmer’s growth and density concerns. The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners as responded to clarify the county’s current actions on the Land Use Ordinance. Gilmer County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlie Paris said to FYN, “I think many, many people have taken your article […]

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  • Pickens BOE sets Interim Superintendent while negotiating with Townsend


    JASPER, Ga. – The Pickens Board of Education held another emergency called meeting today for the Superintendent position, planned since their three-hour executive session on Friday. Today, however, saw a large increase in the number of people attending the meeting. The Board allowed 20 people inside along with press members while the excess citizens remained […]

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  • Pool project hits another delay with COVID

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    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Reports during a special called meeting of the Gilmer Board of Commissioners (BOC) indicate that the county’s pool project hit another delay this month. Loy Jarret reported to the board that the engineering firm the county is using has been hit by the COVID virus. Due to this, at least a two […]

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  • Probate Judge Chastain addresses commissioner questions in email


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – With the continuing process of such a “major change” for Gilmer County on the horizon, the Board of Commissioners have continued questioning the need, process, make-up, and representation for an Elections Board outside of the Probate Office for the county. Continuing the discussion this month, Probate Judge Scott Chastain spoke with Commissioners […]

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  • Gilmer election voting turnout stays above 65 percent


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – As many expected and even publicly stated, Gilmer County did notice a drop in election voting turnout from the November Presidential Election to January’s Runoff Elections. However, that drop has many surprised at how little the drop was. November saw 16,576 people cast their votes through one of the four voting […]

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