• Shoplifters chase ends in head on collision

    EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Authorities have confirmed an collision involving a police chase through East Ellijay. According to reports, officers attempted to stop a car on Highway 515 containing shoplifters from the Walmart in East Ellijay. The vehicle fled law enforcement. Confirmed by East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan, the vehicle moved into oncoming traffic […]

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  • BOE starts plans to replace generator


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – After a lightning strike hit the Central Office of Gilmer County Charter Schools damaging internal systems and losing power, back-up power in the form of a generator and UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems for emergency power proved to be insufficient for the office building. A situation that the Board of Education is […]

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  • Grants and Apple Festival preparations in financial approvals

    EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Several financial approvals came from the Board of Education this week with letters for grants, memorandums, bonds, and the Financial Report for the month. With October weeks away, the board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gilmer Chamber utilizing its buses again this year. With an increase in the hourly […]

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  • Gilmer EMS transitioning Medical Directors


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Transitioning away from its current Medical Director, Gilmer EMS told the Board of Commissioners that they would be gaining certain capabilities that even Piedmont’s local Emergency Room does not apply. Fire Chief Daniel Kauffman and EMS Chief Andrew Burnette told the board that the transition to a new medical director would […]

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  • Gilmer becomes Benton MacKaye Trail Community

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    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Continuing to build the county’s image for outdoors, hiking, and biking, the Board of Commissioners approved a designation in this month’s meeting as a Benton MacKaye Trail Community. Post Commissioner Karleen Ferguson spoke to the item saying that not only is there no cost to the county but also a communal […]

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  • Ellijay resident arrested in Canon for Methamphetamine Trafficking


    CANON, Ga. – On August 24, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested Dustin Tyler Burgess, 34, of Ellijay, Georgia, and Uriel C. Mendoza, 30, of Copperhill, Tennessee, charged them both with “trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of children.” According to the GBI’s […]

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  • Gilmer Schools replaces turf on Pettit Field


    ELLIJAY, Ga. – Originally discussed last year with the end zones appearing to fade and returning to the topic in February 2022, the BOE has been looking to replace the turf on the football field. Not completely satisfied with the original turf, but also being in the later years of the field’s 10-year lifespan, the […]

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  • Major Zoning in the cities comes before the BOC


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – With concerns over traffic and access from both cities, the Gilmer Board of Commissioners worked in conditions to an approval for a zoning change to R-5 Residential Multi-Family High Density Re-Zoning in the area of Progress Road and Coosawattee Drive. Coosawattee Drive is the road where Ronnie Thompson Ford sits, the […]

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  • Appeal filed as BOC and BOE discuss Tax Assessors issue

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    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Both the BOC’s special meeting and the BOE’s monthly work session saw discussion after falling median sales ratios in the Tax Assessors Office could set the county up for another state consent order and penalties in fees. Chief Appraiser, Theresa Gooch stated that if the county’s median falls below a 38, […]

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  • Gilmer County restructures two department’s leadership


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – An Executive Session late Thursday night at the end the Gilmer Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting saw the board return with formal motions and approvals that moved one department director affecting three people. As the meeting’s regular agenda ended, the board approved a motion for executive session and said they anticipated […]

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  • GBI names shooter in incident outside Union Primary


    UNION COUNTY, Ga. – New information has been released regarding a shooting incident at Union County Primary School this week. The suspect who was arrested after law enforcement responded and searched has been named as Dwight Anthony Brown, 64, of Blairsville, GA, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). According to a statement from […]

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  • School Shooter arrested in downtown Blairsville


    UNION COUNTY, Ga. – An arrest has been made by the Union County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon in relation to a school shooter situation. Some time between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. today, an active shooter situation developed at the Union County Primary School. The school system went into lockdown as law enforcement responded. Less […]

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  • Fire Chief Kauffman becomes Chief Fire Officer

    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – More than just a reversal of words, going from Fire Chief to Chief Fire Officer is an international credential that only chief officers serving at or above the level of battalion chief can achieve. Gilmer Fire Chief Daniel Kauffman, serving at the top level of Gilmer Fire, has joined these ranks […]

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  • Fannin County approves increases to expenditures

    FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. – With previously approved expenditures coming back to the county with changes, Fannin County approved two major increases to planned expenditures this month through the Library and the Public Safety Department. Fannin County has celebrated a state grant in support of building a new library within the county. Even hosting House Speaker […]

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  • BOE advertises 2022 Millage Rate for school system


    GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – With a 25.74 percent increase to the county’s digest, The Gilmer Board of Education (BOE) approved their Rollback Rate for the 2022 Millage Rate on Thursday, July 28, 2022. That Rollback Rate sets the school systems new Millage Rate at 11.099 mills. A 1.525 mill decrease from last year. The 11.099 mills […]

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  • Gilmer holds meeting for Amicalola Falls Scenic Byway

    ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is moving forward with a project to designate a scenic byway between Gilmer, Pickens, and Dawson counties. Meetings are being held this month informing citizens about the byway and answering questions on the topic. Each county is looking to hold one meeting for the the project, […]

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