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Times-Courier to mark 140th anniversary with weekly section
1/22/2015

Times-Courier to mark 140th anniversary with weekly section
With the beginning of 2015, the Times-Courier kicks off a celebration of its 140th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, the newspaper will be running a special historical page each week this year. Designed to look like past issues, these pages will contain information, stories and ads that actually ran in the newspaper in years past. 
Ellijay vineyard brings home medals in California wine competition
1/22/2015

Ellijay vineyard brings home medals  in California wine competition
Wine made from grapes grown in Gilmer County held its own with some of the most reputable vineyards in the U.S. at a January competition in San Francisco, Calif.
Food pantry seeks new sites for collection boxes
1/8/2015

Food pantry seeks new sites for collection boxes
The Gilmer Community Food Pantry distributed approximately half a million pounds of food to local families in 2014.  
Toy drives served record number
Toy drives served record number
1/1/2015

A total of 1,350 Gilmer children from 509 families received presents this Christmas, thanks to the efforts of three local toy campaigns.

Third lottery win for Ellijay man
Third lottery win for Ellijay man
12/25/2014

A third Georgia Lottery win is lighting up the holiday season for an Ellijay man who, most recently, won a $1 million prize.            

Building ‘Christmas castles’
Building ‘Christmas castles’
12/18/2014

An Ellijay man is  helping a Christmas tradition from his childhood live on — one that involves imagination, cake and lots of marshmallows.

Fussell visits Ellijay on run for Alzheimer’s
Fussell visits Ellijay on run for Alzheimer’s
12/11/2014

Having already accomplished what for many people would be an impossible goal, Jack Fussell is at it again.

Library’s Festival of Trees on display through December
1/5/2015

Library’s Festival of Trees on display through December
12/4/2014

The Gilmer County Library launched its annual Festival of Trees with an opening reception Monday evening, Dec. 1.

Work progressing on Harrison Park
Work  progressing on Harrison Park
4/10/2014
Park advisory committee chair Ann Wilfer said a test has been conducted that confirmed septic use would be possible at the park. Portable restrooms are expected to be put in place soon. An official opening ceremony for the park, which is already open for foot traffic, is expected to be held in early May. A confirmed date for the grand opening ceremony has not been announced.

Ellijay man invents CPR tool
11/26/2013

Ellijay man invents CPR tool
Harrill Wood admits he has a mechanical way of thinking –– a natural curiousness that led to the Ellijay man to research and development jobs with international companies like Planters Nuts and Coca-Cola.

But it wasn’t until after Wood retired that the 71-year-old began what he calls the best work he’s ever done –– developing a portable compression device that can be used to properly administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in training exercises or during an emergency.

A Veterans Day remembrance
11/7/2013

A Veterans Day remembrance
James “J.B.” Flanagin was resting in his tent one night after a scorching day of building airstrips on Macon Island in the Pacific theater of World War II. “I was lying on my cot in my shorts — it was so hot and we did what we could to stay cool — when the Japanese struck back one night,” he said, explaining that after U.S. Marine infantrymen took the islands his heavy equipment unit followed right behind. “The Japs strafed and bombed the LST (Navy ship) next to the one we had come in on that was carrying ammunition. The explosion threw me off the cot and blew the top out of my tent. I could see the stars.
Ellijay’s Godwin flew 53 combat missions in World War II
9/10/2013

Ellijay’s Godwin flew 53 combat missions in World War II
As the lead bombardier and navigator in a B-25 bomber, John Godwin remembers vividly his combat missions in World War II. “I’d look to my right and one of our planes would be going down in flames, then I’d look to my left and another one of our planes would be going down in flames,” he said of flying 53 bombing flights in the South Pacific. “I’d say a little prayer.”

Godwin, 92, was born in Birmingham, Ala., but raised in Homestead, Fla. He excelled in school there — doing well in debates and winning a statewide public speaking contest while in Future Farmers of America — then went on to study at an agricultural college. He and a pal were on a double date when they heard the news: Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor.

Bridge marks death of Ellijay man’s daughter
8/27/2013

Bridge marks death of Ellijay man’s daughter
A trilling stream flowing through a leafy glade makes for a scenic area in southwest Cherokee County where Kemp Drive passes over Kellogg Creek — not far from the bustling Highway 92 corridor in Woodstock.

The peaceful place also marks the spot where emergency responders and investigators gathered on July 2, 2002, to find the lifeless body of teenager Katie Hamlin. 

Hamlin, 15, was brutally raped and murdered and set on fire by another teenager she knew, 17-year-old Jamerson Mangrum, a Cherokee County jury determined in December of 2005. 

MVE teacher reaches out through Sign Club
7/16/2013

MVE teacher reaches out through Sign Club
At a very young age, Ethan Jones was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. He received chemo, radiation treatments and three mini stem cell transplants. These treatments were successful in his battle against cancer; however, the radiation treatments affected his hearing and now he is suffering from hearing loss.


Ellijay resident tackles ongoing fluoride debate
6/18/2013

Ellijay resident tackles ongoing fluoride debate
For years, Ellijay resident Daniel Stockin thought water fluoridation was “good and safe and all-American (as) mom’s apple pie.” 

His perspective changed nine years ago when he began to study the issue for himself using the arsenal of skills and knowledge from his background in toxics assessment and safely managing hazardous materials. 


Local water plants awarded
6/11/2013

Local water plants awarded
Both the Ellijay-Gilmer County water treatment and wastewater treatment plants were awarded recently by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. The Cartecay Water Treatment Plant was given a Plant of the Year Award in the 3 to 8.99 million gallon division. The plant also received a Platinum Award, which recognizes five consistant years of safe drinking water permit compliance. At top, plant supervisor Gary Nix, left, and assistant plant supervisor Mark Barton display the honors. The wastewater treatment plant received a Gold Award, which recognizes consistant compliance with pollutant discharge elimination permit guidelines. At bottom, from left, lab analyst Sheila Clore, superintendent Jon Henderson, assistant superintendent Darryl Crooke and pretreatment coordinator Jody Huff with the award. 
Tire shop a local, family business for almost 60 years
6/10/2013

Tire shop a local, family business for almost 60 years
A worn-out ball joint. A split sidewall. Fluctuating tire pressure and something on the passenger side that just goes “clunk.” These problems are part of a normal day’s  –– or sometimes hour’s –– work at Ellijay Tire Company.
Columbine evoked in Victims’ Rights Week
6/10/2013

Columbine evoked in Victims’ Rights Week
When Craig Scott heard what he thought were firecrackers at school he guessed it was just seniors playing pranks and didn’t know they were actually gun shots that had just taken the life of his older sister, Rachel Scott — and that in just minutes his two best friends sitting beside him in the library would also be dead.

The date was April 20, 1999, and it was the first warm day of the spring season at Littleton, Col., home of Columbine High School.

Genealogical Society to help scan historic photos
6/10/2013

While recalling the tornado that ripped through Ringgold in April 2011, Karen Titus found herself pondering what it would feel like to lose pieces of one’s family photos and memorabilia in a natural disaster. 

“How would you like to lose 150 years of your family’s history?” she queried during an interview with the
Times-Courier.

Trail kickoff informative event for hikers
6/10/2013

Trail kickoff informative event for hikers
Amicalola Falls State Park’s annual backpacking clinic may have undergone a name change but park officials are confident the event will still provide attendees with a wealth of trail-related information. 

Now billed as the 2013 Appalachian Trail Kick Off, it will take place Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10, and is designed to celebrate the park’s connection with one of the world’s longest continuously marked footpaths. Click headline to read more.

 
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