Gilmer High School cancels prom in face of resurgent Coronavirus

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County is still finding new information from news of exposures in the Courthouse and offices shutting down, but now, Gilmer High School is responding to the general resurgance of the Coronavirus in Georgia as they officially announce cancelling this year’s prom.

Originally cancelled during the school year as responses and shutdowns were widespread in the spring and the schools were closed, opting for “distance learning” alternatives, the prom was rescheduled in April as Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs announced in a meeting that they would be attempting to hold prom in July to make up for the cancellation.

That date was set for this Friday, July 10, 2020.

Today, the high school released a statement on social media stating that they would be cancelling the make-up day as well. They stated, “We have been in constant communication with local authorities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and after much discussion and deliberation, we have decided to cancel prom this Friday, July 10. This decision was made with a great amount of information pertaining to potential and confirmed cases in Gilmer County. The cases are on a continual rise due to recent events within the county, and our first, and utmost, concern is, and will always be, the safety of our students and staff.”

In response to being forced to cancel the event, the high school is offering refunds through a linked form that parents and students can use for the school.

The school asks for patience moving forward.

They also commented saying a final decision has not been made at this time regarding graduation. However, they did affirm that a decision would be made in the coming days.

Sports talk Thursday with Lauren Hunter-For love of the game


Recently I’ve started watching the show Friday Night Lights again. Let me just say- this is partially important because I’m not a big TV show person. I don’t have the patience to sit through an hour-long episode nor do I usually have the time to keep up with a series. But I figure with pre-season football kicking in and the fall season quickly approaching, revisiting a show that revolves around high school football is one of the best ways to get me hyped up for what’s to come.

Watching this series has also made me think about a couple of things. For one, why do we as a society rally so much around a sport that’s played by boys no older than 18-years-old? Second, do we put too much pressure on athletes who play the game? And finally, is the hype and the pressure truly worth it?

I think the answer can be summed up pretty easily- yes. And why? For love of the game.

But the love of the game is different for each of us. We’re not all going to attend every single football game or spend thousands of dollars to sit in Sanford every Saturday. We all have our limits, and in my opinion that’s perfectly okay.

Why else would my friend Erin and I bundle up in the freezing cold for playoffs? Because we love football!

I like to say that there’s something about having a team that you love that will get inside of you and never leave. I find it fascinating that there are towns across America like Dillon, Texas that will show up in the thousands to support their Panthers. Coaches and players are local celebrities, and you get your butt in the stands every Friday night just as religiously as a pew on Sunday morning. I came from a high school of nearly 4,000 students and a county of almost one million people, but the same spirit that rallies much smaller towns across the country still pulses through mine.

Yes, oftentimes I’m afraid that means we put too much pressure on the athletes who play the game. In my own personal experience, at the high school level we had so many students that it was nearly impossible to know the daily goings-on at the field house. But it was that age-old cycle of that when we would win, the coaches and players would be praised. One loss and the attitude switched faster than the direction of a twister.

But one of the many great things about this country is we have the freedom of choice in many of our decisions. Even though the athletes and coaches who play these games catch a lot of grief, they still have the choice to walk away. Some do. But for those who don’t? I’d venture to say it’s for love of the game.

When it comes to putting pressure on athletes, especially young ones, I believe the relationship is a two-way street. They should know what they’re doing, but despite all the love we have for the game, we need to understand when enough is enough. I’ve heard the term “daddy ball” thrown around a lot before, and it makes me sad to think that there are parents out there who try to live through their children. It’s important to love and support them, but even more important to let them develop their own love for their game.

Finally, like I mentioned earlier, everyone’s love for the game is different. My Papa Skip, who I probably talk to the most about sports, has a different appreciation for them than I do. I’ll use UGA football as an example. He attended classes at UGA- I never have. He still goes every year to the UGA/Florida game in Jacksonville- I’ve only gone once. He pays each year to have season tickets for the home games- I CERTAINLY don’t do that, although when he doesn’t want them I get first dibs (thanks Papa!)

The point I’m trying to make is while we all may say we love sports, we each love them differently. We each have a certain line we’re willing to cross. But at the same time, come Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday or playoffs, we rally behind our team. And we each get our butts in the stands. Why? For love of the game.

Shooting at Dalton High School


Dalton, Ga. – The Dalton Police Department is on scene at Dalton High School where shots have been fired.

Dalton Police report that no student was injured by the shooting and all students are out of harm’s way. They also report the subject, a teacher, has been taken into custody.

The subject had barricaded themselves into a classroom earlier today before firing a weapon. Local Police and Georgia State Patrol responded to the initial call. Those reports have come about a student injured during the evacuation, the Dalton Police were adamant that no student was injured by the shooting.

Police are also asking parents to NOT go to Dalton High School as they say, “The area inside the school has been evacuated and there are no students believed to be in the school at this time.”

The evacuated students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Trade Center where police report parents should go for their children.

Pickens Power Half-Hour, Dragon Talk – Watch Now

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Coach Parker sits down with BKP and RJ to discuss last week’s game and the upcoming game against Ridgeland.


 Coach Parker sits down with BKP and a few players to discuss this past weeks WIN over Southeast Whitfield and the upcoming home game against Northeast Whitfield.



Pickens Head Football Coach Chris Parker joins us to discuss the North Hall game and look ahead to the North Forsyth game!


Coach Chris Parker breaks down the Pepperell game and looks ahead to the North Hall game.



This week BKP met with Coach Chris Parker and star players of the Pickens County High School Dragons to discuss the beginning of this year’s season!

Fannin Rebel Wrap Up – Watch Now

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Host BKP sits down with Fannin County head coach Jim Pavao and a few of the Fannin Rebels to talk AAA Region 7 football.


Head Coach Jim Pavao sits down with BKP to discuss last weeks game and this coming week’s Homecoming game against Lumpkin.


This week we started the show by highlighting a sideline video of the Fannin Rebel players showing their American Pride when they took the field. BKP and Coach Pavao discuss the fight the Rebel boys put up against GAC. They also look ahead to this week’s game against Dawson County.


Coach Jim Pavao joins us to look back at the North Hall game and look ahead to the game against GACS.


Coach Jim Pavao joins us to discuss the Andrews game and looks ahead to the North Hall match up this week!


Fannin Rebels Head Coach Jim Pavao joins us to discuss the Chestatee game and look ahead to the match up against Andrews this Friday!


Fannin County Head Coach Jim Pavao joins FYNTV to recap the Ringgold game and look ahead to this weeks match up against Chestatee.


BKP sits down with FCHS Head Coach Jim Pavao and Offensive Coordinator Coach Earls to discuss the season opener against Gilmer. The Fannin Rebels came on strong in this game with a determination to win, and they did just that. The team worked together to put 42 points up on the board. We would like to give a special shout out to Sarah Sosebee the kicker in Friday nights game that put up 6 extra points for the Fannin County Rebels. As always thank you to Circuit World for hosting us for “Rebel Wrap Up.” Also a big thank you to Blue Jeans Pizza for providing a meal for the coaches and players tonight! GO REBELS!

The Pride of North Georgia: Pride of Pickens Band and Fannin County High School Band Unforgettable Trip

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November the 20th, both the Pride of Pickens Band and the Fannin County High School Band traveled to perform in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade.  The two bands came together to perform as one~  THE PRIDE OF NORTH GEORGIA.

Please help show pride in our schools. Share with your friends and family.  Anyone who has ever played in a high school marching band knows the camaraderie of the band family.   Those are bonds these band kids will share in common, even though they attend two different high schools. 

Enjoy a glimpse into the band trip below:

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Two of our local bands, Fannin County High School Band and Pride of Pickens Band took the opportunity to travel and perform in Philadelphia, PA.  They also visited New York on this trip.   This trip forged friendships and created memories which will surely remain a distinct experience for these young band members.    FetchYourNews spoke with a Fannin County Band member, Ashley Fields,  and asked her what the trip was like for her.  

Ashley told us, “It was amazing, after going once I feel like I want to go again.  Just because everything’s so huge and there was so much I didn’t see.  But everything I did see was was amazing!”  

   Congratulations to these young men and women we are all proud of them and their excellent performance!  

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