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Early E-SPLOST voting slow
2/27/2015

With only one initiative on the ballot March 17, early voting is predictably slow and not being helped any by winter weather that closed the registrar’s office last Tuesday. Registrar Nelda Spires said the office will adhere to the schedule of the county courthouse. “If the courthouse is closed, so will we,” she said.
Report: Dunn falsely signed up for conferences
2/27/2015

Report: Dunn falsely signed up for conferences
Over a two-year period, Jeffery Mark Dunn was “embezzling” funds while in his position as chief executive officer of North Georgia Medical Center by falsely registering himself and other employees for conferences they never attended, an incident report from the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office states.
School system facing superintendency vacancy
2/27/2015

The Gilmer County Charter School System will soon be looking for a new superintendent. Jason Kouns, who has held that position in the system since Sept. 2013, has announced his plans to submit a letter of resignation to the Gilmer County Board of Education. He made known the decision Friday morning in an email to the school system’s faculty and staff.
Ellijay line rehab tops water authority’s 2015 projects
2/27/2015

Replacing old water lines below South Main and River  Street is at the forefront of the Ellijay-Gilmer County Water and Sewerage Authority’s (EGCWSA) 2015 capital improvement schedule, the authority’s director said following a Feb. 9 workshop session held to prioritize future projects.
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Drug Courts proving successful in county
2/27/2015

Drug Courts proving successful in county
A concept of criminal justice that attempts to keep substance abuse offenders out of incarceration that has been tried elsewhere is being implemented successfully in Gilmer County. Administered by the Appalachian Judicial Circuit — comprised of Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties — Drug Court and Family Drug Court have been in existence here since 2002.
City of Ellijay gets $253,000 to continue Streetscape renovation work
2/18/2015

City of Ellijay gets $253,000 to continue Streetscape renovation work
Mayor Al Hoyle announced recently that Phase 5 of Ellijay’s Streetscape project will be continued with a Georgia Department of Transportation enhancement grant, also known as a ‘T’ grant.
Operation Sandbox to reach out to wounded warriors
2/18/2015

Operation Sandbox to reach out to wounded warriors
Operation Sandbox is extending its efforts to assist American soldiers. Founded in November 2004, the Georgia-based nonprofit is dedicated to supporting members of the Armed Forces by sending care packages to those serving overseas. Now the organization is increasing its mission to encompass wounded warriors as well. 
New queen crowned
2/13/2015

New queen crowned
Betty Gilreath cried tears of surprise and happiness when she was named the 2015 Ms. Gilmer Nursing Home last Thursday evening. “I feel great about it,” she said after being crowned by last year’s queen, Winnie Scigliano, at the conclusion of the facility’s 38th annual pageant.
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Features
 
‘Mardi Gras’ event raises $40,000
2/27/2015

‘Mardi Gras’ event raises $40,000
“Before we announce the 2015 Mardi Gras In The Mountains King and Queen I want you to know that together they have raised $42,996,” stated Master of Ceremonies Allen Wigington.
New home for Cherry Log nonprofit
2/18/2015

New home for Cherry Log nonprofit
A Cherry Log nonprofit organization that provides free enrichment programs in Gilmer and other north Georgia counties is moving back to where it all began. The Craddock Center is in the process of raising funds to purchase a 4,000- square foot church in Cherry Log the organization’s namesake, Dr. Fred G.  Craddock, helped build.
Southern-fried songs, laughs at heart of stage musical coming to town
2/18/2015

Southern-fried songs, laughs at heart of stage musical coming to town
A stage musical coming to Ellijay as part of the 2014-15 B.E.S.T.  Series presented by Gilmer Arts celebrates the eccentricities of Southern life amidst laugh-out-loud feuds of Hatfield and McCoy proportions.
Parent training program to be taught at Boys and Girls Club
2/13/2015

Parent training program to be taught at Boys and Girls Club
In addition to serving as a “center that cares about kids,” director Jan Day wants to see the local Boys & Girls Club positively impact the community at large.  To help fulfill this mission, Day is facilitating a variety of training sessions to help better equip adults with the tools and knowledge they need to interact with children.
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Sports
 
Monroe eliminates Lady Cats
2/27/2015

Monroe eliminates Lady Cats
The Gilmer Lady Cats’ dream season has ended. A historic year on the hardwood concluded with a 53-40 loss in the Sweet 16 to the Monroe Tornadoes last Friday at the GHS gym.
Lady Cats crowned region champs
2/18/2015

Lady Cats crowned region champs
A nine-point halftime deficit stood between the Gilmer Lady Cats and their first region basketball championship in 25 years. The Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins saw their 23-14 advantage disappear over the game’s final two quarters, as the Lady Cats kept their foot on the gas and wore down Northwest with relentless pressure to come out on top, 50-40.
GHS wrestling wins Class 4A traditional state championship; School’s 15th overall
2/18/2015

GHS wrestling wins Class 4A traditional state championship; School’s 15th overall
The most crowded trophy case in north Georgia just got a little tighter. The Gilmer High School wrestling team won the Class 4A traditional state championship for the third year in a row last Saturday at the Macon Coliseum.  
Title No. 15 on the way?
2/13/2015

Title No. 15 on the way?
The Gilmer Bobcat wrestling team finished its yearly appetizer at sectionals last week, and are ready to feast at the traditional state tournament. All 14 of GHS’ wrestlers placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes at the Class 4A west sectional, which was comprised of 34 teams from four regions. Along with east sectional teams from the remaining four regions, Gilmer was the only team in Class 4A to qualify 14 wrestlers for the state tournament in Macon this week.
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