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BOC moves to save $1.3M on bond refinancing
4/30/2015

In two broad actions, the Gilmer County Board of Commissioners voted to approve refinancing nearly $23 million in 2007 General Obligation bonds and to connect the county detention center to the county sewer system.
Trapped black bear busts out of garage
4/30/2015

Trapped black bear busts out of garage
Teresa Ariail inadvertently drew a bear into her garage by doing something she hadn’t done in three decades.
Mulkey-Stegall neighbors upset by zoning decision
4/30/2015

A meeting of the Gilmer County Planning Commission Board last week to decide whether a planned “wedding and events venue” in the Mulkey and Stegall Roads area would move forward was attended by around 60 people, many of whom voiced opposition to the change from an agricultural designation to agricultural with a conditional use.
Sheriff: Drug arrest has gang link
4/30/2015

Sheriff: Drug arrest has gang link
Sheriff Stacy Nicholson said Friday a consolidated effort between agencies was “a prime example of working together” that led to a substantial arrest in Gilmer County.
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Around The Community
 
Second annual Apple Blossom Festival in East Ellijay May 2-3
4/30/2015

Second annual Apple Blossom Festival in East Ellijay May 2-3
The second annual Georgia Apple Blossom Festival is “all about the local,” according to Karla Haege, event organizer and Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce marketing and communications coordinator.
Library program to spotlight local beekeeper
4/30/2015

Library program to spotlight local beekeeper
Mary Lou Blohm said she’s always enjoyed being a nurturer, and after her kids grew up and left home, they gave her two beehives for Mother’s Day to help fill her empty nest.
Proceeds from Jasper bluegrass fest to assist vets, families
4/30/2015

Proceeds from Jasper bluegrass fest to assist vets, families
Bluegrass fans love festivals, but to get the crowds — especially on Mother’s Day weekend — it’s got to be good. American Legion members from Jasper have accomplished the task and will present the first Bluegrass Charity Festival, May 8-10, just off Highway 515 and Highway 53 East.
History of Blue Ridge railway documented in new book
4/23/2015

History of Blue Ridge railway documented in new book
Through a wealth of photographs and stories dating from the 1800s to the present, a new coffee-table book documents the history of a Georgia train line that’s become known as the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
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Features
 
Local letter carriers to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’
4/30/2015

Local letter carriers to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’
Mail carriers are used to bringing heavy packages to customers’ boxes. That’s just part of the job. But, one day a year, thousands of them volunteer to carry heavy loads back from their routes in an effort to feed people in their own communities.
Garden Club plant sale May 9
4/30/2015

Garden Club plant sale May 9
The Garden Club of Ellijay is hosting its 15th annual plant sale Mother’s Day weekend.
HGTV footage shot in downtown Ellijay
4/30/2015

HGTV footage shot in downtown Ellijay
HGTV is currently filming for its home giveaway show Urban Oasis 2015, which will highlight a home in Asheville, N.C., that can be won in an August sweepstakes.
Relay for Life returns to Huff-Mosley track May 8
4/30/2015

Relay for Life returns to Huff-Mosley track May 8
Teams of volunteers from the local community will converge on the track at Huff-Mosley Memorial Stadium Friday, May 8, to take part in an event that’s become a yearly ritual for men and women whose lives have been affected by cancer.
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Sports
 
GHS baseball coaching changes abound
4/30/2015

Stability has rarely been a hallmark of the Gilmer High School baseball program. That trend has continued with the exodus of the bulk of its coaching staff.
Bobcats, Lady Cats ousted from state tournament
4/30/2015

Bobcats, Lady Cats ousted from state tournament
Gilmer tennis made its way back to the state tournament last week. The Lady Cats’ match versus North Hall marked their first since 2008. The Bobcats’ trip to North Oconee came after a 16-year postseason hiatus.
Baseball ends after late-season charge
4/30/2015

Baseball ends after late-season charge
The Gilmer Bobcats saved their best baseball for the end of the season, but fell just short of fourth place in the region for a spot in the Class 4A playoffs.
Gilmer track prepares for sectional, state meets
4/30/2015

Gilmer track prepares for sectional, state meets
Gilmer track completed the first leg of state qualification last week at the Region 7-4A meet in Dalton. The Bobcats and Lady Cats both finished sixth out of eight teams and combined to qualify in 11 events for Saturday’s Class 4A sectional meet. The Bobcats topped out at 56 team points and the Lady Cats scored 63.
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