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Times-Courier Your Hometown Newspaper Devoted To The Progress Of Gilmer County February 18, 2010

VOL. 135 • NO. 7 • U.S.P.S. NO. 630-280

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Runaway car injures 27 by Al Summers

A runaway automobile at a local auto auction injured 27 people, at least two of them critically, Tuesday night Feb. 16. According to Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson and Gilmer County Fire Chief Tony Pritchett, the accident happened at the Blue Ridge Auto Auction at the corner of Hwy. 515 and Whitepath Road when the accelerator on a 1995 Volvo stuck and caused the car to careen through a crowd of bidders and spectators. The car was being brought into the bidding area. Both public safety chiefs reported 13 people who received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. A total of eight people were transported to area hospitals including North Georgia Medical Center and Fannin Regional Hospital. These people had fractures, some of

County road crews install a section of concrete culvert under Boardtown Road at Old Flat Branch Road. The work was done while Boardtown was closed last Monday. Photo by Ryan R Rees

by Ryan R Rees

Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with the county’s plan to move a section of the road on Boardtown Road over a new bridge at Kell’s Creek last Monday. Boardtown Road was closed to through traffic Feb. 15 to allow the work to be completed. Because of the weather, the north side of the road was not able to be finished to allow movement of traffic to the new bridge as scheduled. However, while the announced road closure was in place, county crews replaced a culvert on Boardtown at Old Flat Branch Road, which was to be done during the closure. According to County

Commission Chairman Mark Chastain, the county will complete the north end of the new road as quickly as possible, weather permitting, and then divert traffic one lane at a time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to avoid interrupting normal traffic and school buses. Chastain said the work should be accomplished by next week, if the weather cooperates. Box culverts to replace a collapsed bridge on Roy Road are scheduled to be delivered by March 1 so that road can be reopened once the bridge is completed. An abutment supporting the bridge just north of Holt Bridge Road gave way Feb. 2, causing the road closure.

The 1995 Volvo rests among debris after its accelerator stuck, striking bidders and spectators at the Blue Ridge Auto Auction Tuesday evening. Contributed photo

them multiple, and lacerations. Six people were flown to hospitals with trauma centers via air ambulance helicopters, which landed and took off one after the other. Deputies from

the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Dept. closed down both the north and south bound lanes of Hwy. 515 for nearly an hour. State troopers from the Georgia State Patrol are leading the investigation

into the incident. Information was still being delivered at press deadline Tuesday night. The Times-Courier will carry a full story in next week’s edition.

BOE reviews plan for spending SPLOST funds by Whitney Crouch

During the January meeting, the Gilmer Board of Education approved a $9 million bond resolution that will allow the school system to access a percentage of anticipated SPLOST funds. At a BOE work session Feb.4, facilities director Wes Clampitt presented a list of priority projects that need to be addressed as soon as the bond money becomes available. These projects include upgrading fire alarm systems, bringing kitchen hood units up to new building codes and addressing drainage problems. Several of the proposed projects, such as replacing obsolete lighting systems with newer fixtures that will operate at half the cost, will save money and help the schools to become more energy efficient. As Clampitt stated, “Every dollar we save on energy will be better on the new budget” for the next school year. Before adjourning the work

session, the BOE also considered the possibility of renovating the baseball field at Gilmer High School after the end of the spring season. After a detailed discussion, however, the board members felt like they were being too hasty and decided to postpone the project. Board member Michael Bramlett suggested that the BOE earmark the funds for the baseball field in the bond money but hold off on the renovation until they can agree on just what needs to be done. The other board members agreed and selected Michael Parks and Ronald Watkins to examine the possibilities for upgrading the baseball field. After researching the situation, they will advise the full board about how to proceed with the project. The BOE reconvened for a regular meeting at 6 p.m.,Tuesday, Feb. 9. Finance director Julie Swindle reported that everyone in the school system is doing “a

good job conserving and holding back on things that are not absolutely necessary.” As a result of frugal spending, the system’s expenditures are currently about six percent under budget. In an effort to keep the BOE informed about plans for next school year, gifted coordinator Greg Wingo delivered a report on changes in literacy instruction in grades six through 12. While Gilmer’s elementary

school students achieve excellent test scores on ITBS and CRCT, Wingo explained that a disturbing number of students in the higher grades are exhibiting a “deficit in literacy understanding and a gap in vocabulary and comprehension.” Wingo attributed this problem to the shift in curriculum that occurs as students move into middle school. As the See Funds page 4A

EMTs commended for weekend rescue by Whitney Crouch

Tom Fowler, 78, was returning to his home on Walnut Mountain the evening of Friday, Feb. 12, when slick roads forced him to abandon his car. Earlier that day, Fowler had

undergone a minor surgery on his ear, and the doctor advised him to avoid exerting himself. Needing to get to a warm shelter, however, he carefully continued on foot along an isolated road that was covered by at least two inches of snow. About a hundred yards

In this issue... National/State Roundup ......2A Editorial................................3A Gilmer Co. Boy Scouts ..........5A TV Guide ...............................7A Obituaries.............................8A Chairman’s Report................9A Religion/People ...........10–12A Car Couple .........................13A Dixie Divas..........................14A Gilmer Living ........................1B

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from his house, Fowler fell on a slick patch of ice, and because of pre-existing nerve damage, he was unable to stand up. “I honestly believe I would have died,” Fowler said. “I would have frozen to death out there.” Thankfully tragedy was averted because Fowler had his cell phone with him and was able to call 911. As a result of the icy roads, the ambulance had to park about half-a-mile away. The EMTs walked the rest of the way and found Fowler lying in the snow on the side of the road. His teeth were chattering so much that he could barely talk. The EMTs tried to help him stand up, but his legs were unable to support his weight.

Instead, they used a blanket litter to help transport him across the steep, icy terrain. Upon reaching the house, they transferred Fowler to a deck chair and carried him up the porch stairs and into the living room. Once inside, the EMTs helped the incoherent Fowler into some dry clothes and built a huge fire. He had been lying in the snow for over an hour, and although it took a long time for him to stop shivering, he sustained no injuries from his frightening ordeal. Fowler would like to thank his rescuers Captain Brian Scudder, Gigi Freedman, Jack Squire, Jerry Knowles and Adam James for “going above and beyond” the call of duty to make sure that he made it home safely.

Gilmer Countyʼs latest snow brought out this snowman loverboy, complete with a box of candy.

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Indiana’s Sen. Bayh won’t seek re-election, opens door for Republicans

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh announced he will not seek re-election this fall, citing frustration with how Congress is conducting itself. The two-term moderate Democrat’s exit opens the door for Republicans to erode President Obama’s current Senate majority of 59-41. Five die in copter crash The owner of one of the nation’s largest foodservice distributors was among five people killed when a helicopter crashed just north of Phoenix. The other four were not identified but an official said his wife and 5year-old daughter were aboard. Red, White, Snow U.S. Forty-nine states reported some snow cover last Friday, Feb. 12, one of the few times that has ever been reported. Hawaii was the lone holdout. Usually, the island state’s Mauna Loa has snow at its 13,000-foot peak but not this week. More than two-thirds of the nation’s land mass had snow on the ground, including the Florida panhandle. Jockey-author dies Dick Francis, who went from being a jockey to novelist, died Sunday in London at age 89. He won more than 350 races before retiring

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from the track in 1957. He wrote 42 novels, most with a horse racing theme. Honda recall expands Honda is adding 437,000 vehicles to a 15-month worldwide recall because of faulty air bags. The recall now includes nearly one million various vehicles including 2001 and 2002 Accord sedans, civic compacts, minivans, CR-V SUVs and some 2002 Acura TL sedans. Tacoma trucks recalled Toyota is recalling some 8,000 Tacoma 2010 pickups to fix a problem with the front drive shaft that could cause control problems. The recall affects four-wheel drive trucks built from December through February. The latest Toyota recall joins earlier recalls of 8.5 million vehicles worldwide for faulty gas pedals and brake problems. Many of the 2010 Tacomas are still on dealer lots. Ax attack kills infant A Las Vegas man is accused of killing a 4month-old boy with a medieval-style battle ax and critically injuring the infant’s mother. The suspect claims he didn’t know the woman or baby boy after the attack in a residential neighborhood about a mile from the Las Vegas strip. The man also is accused of stabbing his mentally disable sister-in-law more than 20 times before attacking the woman and baby. Man tattoos baby An Ohio man is accused of

National and state roundup tattoing the letter “A” on the rear of a 1-year-old girl visiting his home. Teacher wounds two A Knoxville elementary teacher has been charged after shooting and wounding the principal and assistant principal at the school an hour after children were dismissed because of snow. Neither victim was critically injured in the attack. Now, that’s cold New Yorkers are accused of being cold, but an unknown thief stole the coat off a dog tied outside a Brooklyn store. The woman said she left the dog outside while she dashed into the store for milk but when she came out, the dog’s coat was gone from her terrier. D.C. snow jinks While the nation’s capital was blanketed by snow last week, some people took light of the situation. The family of an Oklahoma Republican senator built a six-foot high igloo and placed a sign “Al Gore’s New Home” atop the structure. Matt Drudge, whose popular “Drude Report” Web site is followed by millions, noted on his site that a Senate hearing last week on global warming was cancelled because of the weather. Burping beating A Virginia man claims sheriff’s deputies beat him in jail because of his burping. The man, being held on

a drunken driving charge, said deputies were annoyed by his burping, which he claimed was due to acid reflux and beat him. The claims were filed in a federal lawsuit after his arrest in 2008. Loaded ambulance stolen Madison, Wis., police said a drunken man stole an ambulance from a Wisconsin ski area and drove away with a patient and paramedics inside. The man was arrested in the parking lot of the ski area. Unemployment drops The number of newly laidoff workers filing for unemployment benefits fell by 43,000 last week to 440,000. Economists had predicted a 15,000 decline. 3 killed on UA campus A female member of the University of AlabamaHuntsville staff shot and killed three co-workers last Friday. The woman learned she would not receive tenure at a meeting and pulled out a gun and started shooting. Authorities learned later she has previous criminal charges for violence but was never charged, amid criticism she was hired in the first place. 911 operator saves son An Olympia, Wash., 911 dispatcher helped save his own son’s life when he took a call from his wife. The man’s 6-month-old son was unconscious and not breath-

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McMurray wins 500 Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500 last Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced from 10th to second on the final lap. Greg Biffle finished third. The race was delayed more than two hours for repairs to the track, which broke up twothirds of the way into the race. The race also featured 19 different race leaders. The NASCAR circuit moves to Fontana, Calif., this Sunday at 3 p.m. on FOX. Olympics tragedy A luge competitor, Nodar Kumaritashvili of the Republic of Georgia, careened off the track and was killed during a practice run before the Vancouver Olympics opened last Friday. The man flew off course and slammed into an unprotected metal post. Efforts to revive him failed. Ohno ties medal mark Speed skater Apolo Ohno tied an Olympics record after finishing second in the 1,500-meter event to open the Vancouver Olympics. He has six medals, tying distant skater Bonnie Blair’s previous mark in the Winter Olympics. American, Jr. Celski claimed bronze after two Korean skaters collided on the final turn and crashed. Ohno has three more events to break the record. First American gold Hannah Kearney won America’s first gold medal in the Vancouver Games after winning the women’s mogul event. She edged out Canada’s Jenn Heil with America’s Shannon Bahrke third. Compiled by Ryan R Rees

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Dawson clerk thief The county clerk of the Dawson County Superior Court has been accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the county. The woman apparently siphoned off funds from passport fees. The clerk was entitled to more than $77,000 but from 2004 through 2009, she paid herself more than $205,000. A deputy clerk of the court also is accused of taking $80,000 from the account. Hay bale kills man A Waleska man died after being pinned under a hay bale when the bale slipped and pinned him against his tractor. Boiling mad A man was arrested in downtown Atlanta after he poured boiling water on his girlfriend’s chest and groin area. Flat screens smashed A man walked into a Lilburn Walmart and smashed 29 flat-screen TVs with a baseball bat he had taken from the sporting goods section. Obama OKs nuke plant President Barack Obama is expected to announce the first loan guarantee for a nuclear plant in Burke, Ga. It would be the first new nuclear plant in nearly three decades and would finance construction and operation of two reactors at the Georgia facility. Wrong-way driver crash A man caused a four-car wreck that injured nine people last Sunday when he drove the wrong way on I-85

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Happy 100th Birthday to the Boy Scouts of America The Boy Scout Slogan: “Do a good turn daily” might seem a bit trite these days but scouts worldwide have been turning a good deed daily for a century now. The Boy Scouts of America turned 100 years old Feb. 8. Locally, the Scouts are probably best known for the work by Troop 402 during the annual Georgia Apple Festival where they have a highly-structured program to help visitors with parking at the Lions Club grounds. Scouting has been active in northwest Georgia, including the Ellijay area, the past 75 years. The scouting movement started in England but was brought to the U.S. in 1910 by Chicago publisher W.D. Boyce, who visited England a year earlier and encountered the forerunner of the scouting program that was established there a couple of years earlier. More than four million young men currently are involved in scouting and an estimated 110 million have been in the program during

the past century. Eleven of the 12 men to walk on the moon have been Scouts, including Eagle Scouts Neil Armstrong and Charlie Duke. President Gerald Ford was a Boy Scout and said, “I can say without hesita-

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tion, because of scouting principles, I know I was a better athlete, I was a better naval officer, I was a better congressman and I was a better prepared president.” The Boy Scouts program provides a positive influence on young boys from an early age through their teens. The Scout Law best sums up what a true Scout is: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient,

cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.” Those are a lot of adjectives but they all carry a lot of meaning. In this day of backward ball caps, baggy jeans and tattoos, it’s refreshing to know some of our youth still have more important values. Every Scout knows and accepts the Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country To obey the Scout Law To help other people at all times To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. While we are celebrating the Boy Scouts’ century mark, we might want to send a copy of the Scout Oath to our representatives in Congress. If they would take some of those values to heart and put them to daily use, maybe things would run a lot smoother in Washington and our country would be better for it. Please see 5A for more information.

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‘Put down the landing gear, and put it on the ballot’ My resident marsupial, Percy the ‘possum, breezed in for a visit the other day. He had me meet him at the airport. He had flown in by helicopter. When I arrived, I found him wandering around outside looking bewildered. I asked him for what he was looking, and he promptly answered, “The lounge, the Crown Room, you imbecile. For what do you think I was looking?” “Me?” I asked. “Not right at this time. I was looking for all of the new amenities at the new Gilmer County Airport,” he said with a wink. I knew where he was headed. “I was expecting after six plus years of working on this airport, and the money that has been spent on it, we would have a little more than a hangar, a fuel station and a beacon. By the way, remember that time a bunch of my buddies and I climbed that thing and put the bat symbol over the light trying to contact Batman? I’ll bet if the caped crusader saw it, he got dizzy trying to follow it going around in the sky,” he said before he chuckled. I could not help but chuckle myself. “On a serious note, where are the businesses this place was supposed to draw? Where is the industrial park? Where is the infrastructure?” he asked. “I am not sure what happened to all of that. The latest study by a consulting company said all of that stuff was not a viable

Send letters to: E-mail: Mail: P.O. Box 1076, Ellijay, GA 30540. Fax: 706-635-7006. Letters must be under 300 words, signed, with a phone number. All letters will be edited. Due 5 p.m. Monday. The phone call The phone rang at 3 a.m., it was a conference call from the Founding Fathers. They were upset at what has been happening to their country in the last couple of centuries. “It is not why we wrote the Constitution. It looks like no one has read it” one voice said. “The party system has really screwed up the process,” said another. They suggested some solutions. SENATE: Two senators should be elected from each state, one Republican and one Democrat. They serve one six -year term and cannot be re-elected. HOUSE: Eight members from each state are elected, four Republicans and four Democrats. They serve one four-year term and cannot be reelected. No one can change parties while in

office. All committees must be comprised of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. Only bills with a two-thirds Congressional vote can be sent to the president. Campaign ads will be restricted, a candidate cannot list any negativity of another candidate, only what he or she will do for the country. Members of Congress will be paid on an hourly basis, but only for hours actually worked in Washington, D.C., and their elected home state. PRESIDENT: Continue the process of an election every four years with a two term limit. However, candidates must run as Independents with no party affiliation. The candidate receiving the second highest number of votes shall become the vice president. “This should cut out the party bickering and childish behavior of people who should be called obstructionists

instead of politicians,” a voice stated. They said I should expect another call next month regarding the pork barrel situation. Dick Martin Ellijay Cheers from ‘Down Under’ Just wanted to give you all a very deserving pat on the back for the good work you all do. I have long since left Ellijay, but love to keep up with the news each week. I enjoy reading all that you write and just wanted to say thank you. So keep up the good work and I look forward to reading your next edition via Internet. Thank you from the land of the long white cloud. Rickie Gravely Christchurch, New Zealand

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How long have you lived in Gilmer County?

I have lived in Ellijay all my life except for about seven years. I grew up on North Avenue downtown. We moved back in 1995.


Who do you admire most?

My mother, Bernice Davis Branch, she is a remarkable woman.


Favorite food?

Birthday cake — the really rich ones with lots of icing! Extended Campus Director - Dalton State College, Gilmer County Center

Family - husband, Roger, children Carter, Clay and Caroline


Favorite music?

My favorite is country, but I’m a big fan of 80s music. Hobbies?

Keeping up with three children is one of my most rewarding hobby. I also enjoy reading, gardening and time with friends and family.

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What people don’t know about me.

I’m a huge fan of reality TV shows.


If I won the lottery?

I’m sure my children would have a long list of things we could do with the money. What’s great about Ellijay?

There are so many wonderful things about Ellijay, but one of my favorite is the wonderful outdoor adventures we have in our county.



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Maintain the current jobs that we have while promoting opportunities for new and existing businesses for job growth. I would like to be remembered for ... Being a good wife, mother, daughter and friend.

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option,” I told him. “Didn’t you say that six or so years ago, when the county voted to accept grant money for the airport?” he asked. “As a matter of fact, I did, little buddy. And I did not even get a consulting fee,” I said. “Isn’t the Obama administration pushing rail upgrades? Shouldn’t we look for an industrial site closer to rail and Hwy. 515, where infrastructure somewhat already exists?” he asked as his little furry face started turning pink. “Calm down, Percy, before your blood pressure goes any higher,” I pleaded. After a moment or two, he looked me in the eye and said, “It is time to put down the landing gear on the airport and move on to projects that will benefit more than just a few. Better yet, put it on the ballot in November and see how many people want an expansion of the airport.” Well said, Percy. Well said.

Sound Off! Welcome to SOUND OFF!, a weekly column in which Gilmer citizens can speak out on almost any topic. Readers are invited to voice their opinions with a limit of 35 words per entry. Entries may be e-mailed to and will be subject to editing. Entries degrading specific names of individuals or businesses, with vulgar language or including other libelous or slanderous material will not be considered for publication.

Last week’s Soundoff said Target was Frenchowned and a contributor to gay programs. Target is an American company based in Minneapolis that contributes 5 percent of its profits for art/social programs (gay, straight or otherwise) to communities. The author of this Soundoff appears to be a homophobe that has a problem with his facts. God bless America. Why should God bless America? Since for over 100 years America has taken God’s blessing for granted! Maybe we need to stop asking and start thanking God for blessings already received! I don’t understand why so many people are excited about NASCAR. Why pay good money to watch a bunch of rednecks drive around in a circle when you can see it for free at Walmart on any Friday night? Please check your facts before recommending a boycott. Target is a U.S. company headquartered in Minnesota. Your ignorance is showing.

Based upon the growth of our county fire stations recently, our commissioners could probably build us the next Harsfield/Jackson Airport in the near future! I saw where a man had a sex change operation and deducted it as a medical expense. The IRS correctly denied it but then the U.S. Tax Court incorrectly ruled that he could deduct it. They said taxpayers must subsidize such surgery. What a bunch of mularky! The recent Pentagon report on the Ft. Hood massacre by Maj. Nidal Hasan did not mention that he had radical Muslim beliefs. It did mention other possible reasons of domestic terrorism. The government’s so-called “Politically Correct” manners are a slap in the face of Americans. Get real! A big “THANK YOU” to Georgia Members of the House for passing a bill that will FINALLY ticket drivers who are in the passing lane and holding up traffic or driving too slow. So, once again, move it on over!

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Learning from our defeats Presidents Day was originally implemented to honor the leaders of our country. In today’s Whitney world, howCrouch ever, the intent of the wcrouch@ holiday is often overshadowed by storewide sales and commercials advertising phenomenally low prices on new cars. Few people actually use the day to commemorate the leaders of our nation. Last year, I had the opportunity to work as a park guide in the National Park Service. Although I worked at a small park in Maryland, I lived at George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument in Virginia. Living where the founding president began his life was quite an experience. In the evenings, I enjoyed the opportunity to walk in his toddling footsteps — knowing just how great his strides would become. Born Feb. 22, 1732, George Washington spent the first three years of his life in a small house near the shores of the Potomac River. Today only the foundation of the home remains, but a working colonial-style farm has been built on the site for visitors to explore. As a young man, Washington became a surveyor and later earned his spurs as a commander in the British army during the French and Indian War. The real source of his fame came later, when he served as commander-inchief of the Continental

Army. Looking back, we often assume that the Americans were shoo-ins for winning the Revolutionary War, but the more I read about that turbulent period, the more amazed I am that the colonists prevailed. The truth is that our nation was born out of more defeats than victories. Washington was constantly struggling to hold the dwindling Continental Army together and could barely remain one step ahead of the British. Speaking of Washington’s troops, General Nathanael Greene said, “We fight, get beat, rise and fight again.” In early 1776, Washington left Boston and moved his army to defend New York City. The British followed and began landing thousands of troops on Staten Island. The date was July 2. That same day, the Second Continental Congress convened nearly 100 miles away and voted in favor of independence from Britain. The British were not impressed and attacked New York City a few days later. Washington was forced to withdraw and lost his strongholds on both Long Island and Manhattan. Coming on the heels of the Declaration of Independence, this crushing defeat was a difficult blow for the Continental troops, but Washington put aside his discouragement. He wrote, “I trust the experience of error will enable us to act better in the future.” That’s a pretty optimistic outlook considering the magnitude of his recent failure. But then again, Wash-

ington firmly believed that the colonies could succeed. “His faith was in the future,” observed Alan Axelrod in his book “Blooding at Great Meadows: Young George Washington and the Battle that Shaped the Man.” He continued, “It was a uniquely American faith, a belief that it is not only possible to rise from the ashes of loss but that those ashes are, in fact, indispensable to the rise.” Americans today could learn a lot from that statement. Our world is filled with many discouraging situations and sometimes it is difficult to believe that forces like the economy will ever improve. No matter how dismal the current situation may appear, however, I encourage you to never loose sight of your hope for the future. Difficult and trying situations are often the things that define us and help us to discover who we are. Just as Washington refused to dwell on his past failures and viewed his losses as lessons for doing better in the future, I encourage you to view short-term setbacks as learning opportunities. As Axelrod went on to observe, difficult and demanding circumstances form “the foundation of a character capable of enduring without despair all manner of disappointment and defeat.” History has proven that Americans are a resilient group and that perseverance pays off, so hang in there. We, as a people and as individuals, can learn a lot from this experience of rising from the ashes.

Ellijay Council holds brief February meeting by Al Summers

Time wise, it was not the shortest meeting of the Ellijay City Council, but business wise it was the briefest meeting in the past few years at Monday nights meeting at Ellijay City Hall. Council members addressed two items on the agenda, both being first readings of an ordinance and an amendment to an ordinance. Members of the council briefly discussed the Soil Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution Control Ordinance that will have to be adopted per the Environmental Protection Division. It will be adopted at the March meeting. Council members did discuss unclear language in the city’s sprinkler ordinance. Ellijay Mayor Al Hoyle and council members focused on the

language that would require sprinklers in older buildings if they changed occupancy. All were concerned that this clause may cause a building not to sell if it were on the market, and with empty buildings downtown, they did not want a vague city ordinance to stand in the way. City attorney David Lindsey was asked to look over the amendment and suggest changes. During staff reports, Better Hometown director Candy Day said a group had decided on the design for the next downtown Christmas ornament. It will be of the Pinson barn located on McCutchen Street. Proceeds from the sale of the ornament will go toward a new city park in that area. Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan reported officers in his department answered 458 calls in January which result-

Funds intense focus on reading drops off and is applied to other areas of study, some students stall and need extra help getting back on track.Since most teachers at the secondary level have not received training in literacy, it is sometimes difficult for them to meet the needs of those students who have fallen behind. In order to address this growing problem, the system will be implementing a new approach to literacy in the higher grades. Starting in the fall, the literacy coaches from the county’s elementary schools will begin working half-a-day in the middle schools and high school. These coaches will work directly with students and will help secondary education teachers learn how to identify and assist students who require literacy intervention. With the renewed emphasis on literacy comprehension, Wingo hopes that Gilmer students will begin making better strides in English literature and composition. In addition to the changes in literacy instruction, Gilmer High School will be implementing a new schedule next year. GHS Principal Erick Hofstetter presented a proposal for a seven-period day instead of the current four-period block schedule. This new system meets all funding and accreditation regulations and has many features that will enhance students’

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from 1A learning experience. Superintendent Randy Parsons described this new calendar as “fairly progressive” and said that it is a much more efficient and economical plan for the high school. The BOE unanimously approved the adoption of the new schedule. An in-depth look at the seven-period schedule can be found on page 4C in this issue of the Times Courier. School food and nutrition director Linda Waters reported that the food service department sold meals to an average of 262 fewer students during each of the 14 serving days in December. These unusually low numbers were caused by several early dismissal days, a large number of high school students leaving early during finals week and individual classroom Christmas parties. Waters warned board members that the January report will not look much better since there were only 13 serving days in the month and the school lunch program was negatively affected by several late start days. She does not believe, however, that this deficit will continue. On a more positive note, Waters also reported that meals will soon be offered at the Mountain Education Center high school.The students at the night school have never before had access to the food service program but soon will be able to buy sub sandwiches and chef salads. Free and reduced price meals will be available for qualified students. Last month, the governor declared that teachers had to take three additional furlough days before June. Parsons announced that the snow days on Jan. 8, 11 and 12 will count as those furlough days for Gilmer County. In addition to these reports,

ed in 94 arrests and 210 warnings. Ellijay Fire Chief Sam West reported city firefighters responded to 20 motor vehicle accidents, three automatic aid calls, three fire alarms, one situation to assist emergency medical services, three structure fires, two gas leaks, two good intent calls, two service calls and 12 landing zones for the month of January. This totaled 48 calls for the month. In addition to Hoyle, attending the meeting were mayor pro tem David Westmoreland and council members Charles Barclay, Ruth Caudell, Al Fuller and Katie Lancey. The Ellijay City Council meets on the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in the council chamber of Ellijay City Hall. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 15.

the BOE approved a number of retirements and new staffing positions, as well as contract renewals for system level and building level administrators and central office personnel. At the end of the meeting, the BOE addressed several budget recommendations. The first dealt with 49 percent employees.These individuals are semiretired and only work half-a-day. The school system pays 49 percent of their salary and the rest is paid for by the individual’s retirement plan. According to Parsons, using 49 percent employees saves the schools about $30,000 per person, but he will not recommend using a part-time employee if it costs a full-time person their job. The BOE approved that any new 49 percent employees will not receive the local supplement and current ones will only get it for the remainder of this contract year. This new regulation will provide a consistent way for paying 49 percent employees. Board members also placed a cap on the number of days that apply to extended year contracts. For administrators, the new limit is 240 days and for other employees it is 230 days. This change does not affect many people and mainly provides consistency for drawing up contracts and accounting purposes. In closing, board member Ronald Watkins apologized to the teachers of Gilmer County for the sacrifices that they have had to make during this difficult economic period. He stated that making decisions that damaged teachers’ salaries was the “roughest part” of his job and promised that when the economy improves the BOE will “make it up” to them. The next BOE work session will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 4.The regular meeting will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 9.

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Gilmer County Boy Scouts February is Scout Month! We celebrate Scout month in February for two reasons. The first is that Feb. 8 is the birthday of the Boy Scouts of America and this year marks the Centennial celebration for the BSA. The second reason is that the founder of the Scouting movement, Lord Robert S. S. BadenPowell, was born Feb. 22. Baden-Powell and his wife, Olave Baden-Powell, were also very instrumental in starting the “Girl Guides” in Great Britain, the forerunners to the Girl Scouts of America. Troop 402 has once again finished off a wonderful year of Scouting in Gilmer County. The troop started off 2009 in typical high-adventure fashion with two simultaneous winter backpacking trips. The less experienced Scouts in the troop began backpacking careers by hiking in the Amadahy Trail to the camping area off Woodring Branch. The older and more experienced backpackers in the troop traveled to Standing Indian, N.C., for a more challenging experience in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area. Both groups experienced backpacking in cold weather. Frozen waterfalls and 14 degree temperatures met the Scouts on the Kimsey Creek Trail. February brought a new type of experience for the Scouts as they traveled to Atlanta to experience the “Dialog in the Dark” exhibit at Atlantic Station. Scouts were given red and white walking canes and led into a small room where the light was gradually reduced to total darkness. They were then introduced to their blind guide for the evening. Leaning heavily upon the experience of their guide, Scouts used their canes and senses to walk through total darkness and explore the exhibit which included replicas of a city park, grocery store, city streets, a marina complete with boat ride, and a diner where they could purchase sodas (which posed a problem when counting out money and change). All of these experiences were counted toward the completion of the Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge for the Scouts. In March of 2009 it was time for leadership training and advancement concentration. Following the annual troop elections and investiture of new leaders at the Spring Court of Honor, the troop traveled to Scoutland in Gainesville and encamped for a very wet weekend which included map reading and orienteering courses. April brought service and leadership into practice as the Scouts assisted local Cub Scouts in their annual crossover weekend. Ceremonies are a significant part in marking important advancement opportunities in Scouting.

Arrow of light ceremony – L to R Nick Roth, Tommy Calhoun, Mac Lacey, Justin Easley. Annually, the Cubs celebrate “crossing over” from one level of Scouting to the next, be it from Tigers to Cubs, Cubs to WEBELOS or WEBELOS to Boy Scouts. Troop 402 built a tworope bridge across a creek at Camp Mountaintown to symbolize the Scouts crossing over from one level to the next. In May the troop traveled to Hiawassee to experience the Mountain District Spring Rendezvous. This event is a “camporee” where all Boy Scout troops from Gilmer, Fannin, Union and Towns counties gather for one large encampment. Scouts learned and practiced Scoutcraft such as making fire by friction and knot tying.A cooking competition using dutch ovens was also a highlight of the weekend. Over 100 Scouts from the area were in attendance. July 4th brought celebration of the Nation’s independence and the troop participated by marching in the Ellijay Independence Day parade and holding their annual flag retirement ceremonies. Ninety-four flags were retired, making for a very memorable and moving experience. Anyone with a flag in disrepair can donate their used flag to the troop at any time. The troop stores these flags in a respectable fashion to be retired annually on Independence Day. In June the troop went to Camp Rainey Mountain for the 2009 summer camp experience. Forty-five boys and six adults encamped at the Northeast Georgia Council camp in Clayton for a week of fun, fellowship, and hard work on merit badges. Just a few of the opportunities that boys took advantage of were classes in swimming, lifesaving, emergency preparedness, orienteering, pioneering, environmental science, citizenship, leatherwork, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, small

boat sailing and more. Combined, all the boys earned 177 merit badges. Many of the Scouts from Gilmer County are employed by the Northeast Georgia Council for seven weeks as staff members who deliver the summer camp program to troops from all around the nation. In August many of the boys from Troop 402 traveled to Indiana State University for the National Order of the Arrow Conference. NOAC is the National gathering of Scouting’s National Honor Society and fraternal organization, the Order of the Arrow. Boys from the troop participated on a national scale in competitions and evaluations, some of which brought home medals for their efforts. Caring for our environment and service to public lands have always been subjects near and dear to the hearts of Boy Scouts. Just one opportunity the boys took advantage of this year was participating in Public Lands Day at Carters Lake. The boys showed their resilience and hard work by participating in trail maintenance and restoration in and around the campgrounds of Carters Lake. October always brings about a fun event ... the Apple Festival! The boys use this as their annual fundraising project to help fund their wonderful and very large troop. It is also a learning experience to test the concepts of incident command, service and public relations. They see themselves as the ambassadors of Gilmer County to the numerous visitors attending the festival. To many

visitors, the Scouts are the first people from Ellijay they will experience and the last as they leave. Because some isolated visitors are not as cordial as boys are used to, they get to put in practice many of the portions of the Scout Oath and Scout Law which they are required to repeat from memory (especially the parts about being courteous, kind and helping people at all times). Just because the festival is over doesn’t mean the work is over. If you’ve ever seen the trashed parking areas immediately after the event and wondered who cleans up all that trash, just thank a Scout the next time you see one. Many of our Gilmer residents who are regulars to the Apple Festival make donations to the Scouts to help grow our program and we would like to just take a moment to thank you. If it were not for you, many boys would not be able to get a Scout uniform, much less participate in the wonderful Scouting program. November brought about another Mountain Rendezvous at Camp Hosanna in Hiawassee. The theme of this camporee was “Ultimate Showdown.” Boys were schooled in practical knot tying and participated in games such as dodge ball, “save the child” and Ultimate Frisbee. If you have never heard of the game “Ultimate” you should look it up. Boys thrive on the “spirit of the game” which means that there is no need for referees because the boys take great pride in calling the game from the field. It is truly a display of sportsmanship. Over 120 Scouts were in attendance for the event. In addition to the traditional outdoor experiences, boys also participated in extra-curricular camping and service opportunities. Four local Order of the Arrow events were held in which boys from Troop 402 participated. Two of these events are service opportunities where boys travel to Camp Rainey Mountain and join Scouts from the entire Northeast Georgia Council to volunteer hundreds of hours of service in the maintenance of our Council Camp. The last two events are social in nature – the first being a Native American Pow Wow weekend and the second being a Christ-

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Ms. Barbara Ann Walker

Mrs. Mary Lois Jones Rogers

Ms. Barbara Ann Walker, 75, of Ellijay, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. She was born Feb. 10, 1935, in Gilmer County to the late Harold Walker and Eunice Williams Walker. She worked in quality control for Parker-Hannafin. She was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by daughter, Lynne Evans, of Cartersville; brothers, Jim Walker, Duck Walker, Hoss Walker, all of Ellijay; and grandson, Weston Davenport, of Mineral Bluff. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 at 2 p.m., from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with the Rev. James Holt officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford. Pallbearers were Wes Davenport, Russell Walker, Nathan Walker, Jim Walker, Jason Walker and Charles Cumbee. Interment was in the Turniptown Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences can be made at Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mary Lois Jones Rogers, 78, of Douglasville, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at her home following an extended illness. She was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Ellijay, to the late Floyd Jones and the late Bertha Viola Watkins Jones. She was of the Baptist faith and was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by husband of 53 years, Paul W. Rogers; brothers, Willis Jones, Estes Jones, Everett Jones and Freeman Jones. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce Robbins of Dallas, Amilda “Millie” and Kim A. Cole, of Douglasville, Tracy Rogers and Michael S. Willis, of Hiram; son and daughter-inlaw, Steven L. and Carol Rogers, of Piedmont, Ala.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Minnie and Herman Jones, of Nashville, Tenn., Frances and Fred McGill, Bertha Manning, all of Ellijay; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lowell and Imogene Jones, of Ellijay, Bob and Joyce Jones, of Ellijay, Max and Shirley Jones, of Jasper; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at 1 p.m., from the Douglas Chapel of Jones-Wynn Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Voyles officiating. Interment will follow at Mozley Memorial Gardens in Lithia Springs. The family will receive friends at Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Douglas Chapel, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Condolences can be made at Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Douglas Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Carl William ‘Bill’ Chadwick

MMr. Carl William “Bill” Chadwick, 56, of Ellijay, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. He was born May 8, 1953, to Carl Chadwick and Eunice Evelyn Davis Logan. He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp and in the Vietnam War. He was employed as a truck driver. He was a member of the American Legion, Ellijay post and was of the Methodist faith. He is preceded in death by wife, Sandra Gail Chadwick. He is survived by son, William Dilbeck, of Ellijay, Chase Chadwick, of Kentucky; mother Eunice Davis Logan, of Ellijay; brothers and sister-in-law, Philip Reece, of Chatsworth, Billy Logan, of Ellijay, Buddy and Sylvia Reece, of Powder Springs; and grandson, Motley Dilbeck, of Ellijay. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at 3 p.m., from the Logan Funer-

al Home Chapel with the Rev. Glen Arnold and the Rev. Peggy Puckett officiating. Music was by Wayman Ledford and Pat Shelton. Military graveside service was in the Logan Funeral Home Pavilion with military rites performed by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Interment was Monday, Feb. 15, in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Pallbearers were Richie Reece, Ryan Reece, Motley Dilbeck and Chris Logan. Condolences can be made at www.loganfuneral Logan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Emanuel F. ‘Manny’ Marek Jr. Mr. Emanuel F. “Manny” Marek Jr., died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at his residence. He is preceded in death by parents, Emanuel Sr. and Leona Marek; and brotherin-law, Jim Pilat. He is sruvived by wife, Debbie Marek; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Le Marek, Jason Marek; stepson, Joe Roberts; stepdaughter-in-law, Christy Roberts; sister, Alvina Pilat; grandchildren, Jason Marek Jr., Aysia Marek and Ty Marek. Memorial services will be held Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at 3 p.m., at the Cross Creek Café located at the Cross Creek Country Club, 1221 Cross Creek Parkway in Atlanta. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Emanuel F. Marek Foundation, 239 Oscar Court, Ellijay GA 30540. Shawn Chapman Funeral Home & Crematory in Chatsworth was in charge of arrangements.

Methodist Church, a graduate of Gilmer High School, class of 1955, and a retired employee of Lockheed-Martin. He is preceded in death by brother, Charles Mayford Hill. He is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Cindy and Jeff Vogelsong, of Woodstock, Stacy Lynn Hill, of Roswell; sisters and brotherin-law, Delores Lock, Dorothy Clark, both of Ellijay, Virginia and Rick Cirillo, of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Cathy Hill, of Ellijay; and grandchild, Cody Edwards, of Virginia. Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at 2 p.m., from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark McLendon and the Rev. Larry Naylor officiating. Music will be by the Boatwright Quartet and the Rev. Irene Wofford. Graveside service will follow in the Logan Funeral Home Pavilion with interment at the Gates Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mitchell Clark, Brad Hill, David Lock, Will Beattie, Lloyd Sumner, Wayne Sales, P.W. Boatwright, Harold Tankersley, David Simmons, Bill Tilley, Brian McCrory and Mark McArthur. Flowers are being accepted or donations can be made to Gates Chapel United Methodist Church, 4180 Gates Chapel Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Logan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Annis E. Watkins

Temple Hill

Have a talent you want to share with the community? Auditions will be held March 6th at United Community Bank. Pick up applications at United Community Bank, Gilmer High School or Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce. Return completed applications to United Community Bank by February 25th. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes will be awarded!

Mr. Temple Hill, 72, of Ellijay, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at his residence. He was born May 2, 1937, to the late Celia Pearl Sumner and Leonard Franklin Hill. He was a member of Gates Chapel United


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Ellijay’s Got Talent will be held on Saturday, March 27th.

Mr. Annis E. Watkins, 83, of Ellijay, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. He was born March 13, 1927, in Fannin County to the late Rufus M. “Duck” Watkins and Margaret Golden Watkins. He worked as a sawmiller. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant (Buckhorn) Baptist Church. He is survived by sisters, Jessie Holloway, of Ellijay, Audrey Ensley, of Epworth; sisters-in-law, Jean Watkins, Pauline Watkins, both of Ellijay. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at 2 p.m., from the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Fannin County with the Rev. Edwin Land and the Rev. Scott Watkins officiating. Music was by the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Choir and Janie Watkins. Pallbearers were the nephews.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Condolences can be made at Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Infant Jake Kevin Domingo Rafael Infant Jake Kevin Domingo Rafael, 16 days, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. He was born Jan. 28, 2010 to Maria Rosa Rafael Aguilar and Pedro Domingo Jose in Atlanta. He is survived by brothers and sisters, Claudia Domingo Rafael, Liza Maribel Domingo Rafael, Leonardo Enrique Domingo Rafael and Diana Marilis Domingo Rafael, all of Ellijay; grandparents, Juan Loarca Tercero and Eulalia Valazquez Aguilar, of San Juan Ixcoy, Guatemala. Interment will be at a later date in the San Juan Ixcoy Cemetery in San Juan Ixcoy, Guatemala. Logan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cecil O. Burns

MMr. Cecil O. Burns, 83, of Ellijay, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. He was born Nov. 24, 1926, in Commerce to the late Charles Burns Sr. and Naomi Morrison Burns. He worked in sales for Swift and Co. Meats. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ellijay and was a Mason. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He is preceded in death by wife, June Patricia Donaldson Burns. He is survived by son, David Burns, of Ellijay. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at 2 p.m., from the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gill McGinnis officiating. Military rites were performed by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Interment will be held in the Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to The Georgia Mountains Hospice @ 70 Caring Way, P.O. Box 580, Jasper, GA 30143 in memory of Mr. Cecil Burns. Condolences can be at Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 make genuine improvements in the appeals process, they obviously favor one small portion of the population — those with the will and money to hire attorneys and appraisers to appeal their property values. This is typically people or companies that own several parcels, rental property, or commercial tracts. I am disappointed that this bill almost completely ignores the larger silent majority — homeowners who do not find it affordable to go to such lengths to fight the system. If you agree with me that deeper and more substantial changes are needed in the property tax system, let your legislators know. The county fire department’s ladder truck was returned last week, after spending the last few months in Ohio being completely refurbished. The refurbishment was done by Sutphen, which is the company that originally manufactured it in 1986. Gilmer County bought it in 2005 from Gwinnett County as surplus. Subsequently a new

Commission Chairman’s report by Mark Chastain I recently received an update from the FEMA engineering office that is revising all of the flood plain maps of Gilmer County. At our initial meeting last November, they agreed to work on several matters that we brought to their attention. First was to take another look at all areas where their new maps extend beyond current flood zones. This is very important, as some areas that are definitely not in a flood zone (such as Poole’s Barbecue) were mapped as being in one. This could have a serious consequence on business and homeowners that might have to pay for flood insurance, so I objected strongly. Another item was a flood study that was done a few years ago on the Coosawattee River through the Coosawattee River Resort. While FEMA is reviewing this study in an attempt to include this study in the

Mark Chastain new maps, there are several technical issues that would have to be worked out first. There also was the issue of a study that was done for or by FEMA a few years ago on the Cartecay River. This study was done at taxpayer expense and never seen again. Luckily, I remembered the name of the engineering company that did the work. FEMA engineers checked with that company and found a copy of that study. As a result, property along the Cartecay River from

near the East Ellijay city limits upstream to just north of Holt Bridge Road will have new and accurate flood elevations. Draft versions of the new maps are available for viewing at the Planning and Zoning office. Please go by and look at them if you have structures in or near a flood prone area. State Sen. Chip Rogers has introduced a bill (SB 346) that contains approximately 40 changes in the laws addressing the property tax system. I encourage anyone that is interested in this subject to read the bill, which is available on the General Assembly’s Web site. Most of the provisions of the bill make minor changes in the appeals process. These include such things as extending the time frame for appeals, making certified appraisals better recognized, and strengthening the provisions for mediation for folks who choose mediation over litigation in court. While these changes do

Wednesday’s Couples Night

Your are cordially invited to the

to be held on

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the

Gilmer County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room located at 1 Broad Street Ellijay, Georgia as a special guest of our Drug Court Team, participants and supporters.

Home Center

LOCATION: All games will be played at the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation in Ellijay, Saturday, March 6, beginning at 8 a.m.

ENTRY FEE: $180 per team. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 3, before 5 p.m. Tournament will be double elimination format. RULES: 1. Full regulation, 2-pitch tournament, 7-inning game.

2. 5 home runs per inning, after your 5 home run limit you can buy a home run for $2 or take a single. 3. All ASA rules apply. 4. 44 Core softballs 5. Maxium 12-man roster 6. **No Ultra & Ultra 2 bats**

GOODIES: A concession stand will be available on Saturday. RAFFLES: Tickets can be purchased for a chance to win a Worth Mayhem B J Fulk bat (34 in., 27 oz.) for $5 per chance.

AWARDS: A trophy will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place at the end of the tournament. In addition, the Tournament Champion will receive a Miken Rookie baseball/softball backpack for each player and 2nd place team will receive a Worth ball cap for each player.



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ings. Having a certified ladder truck also adds points to the county’s overall rating with ISO. For the week of Feb. 7 through Feb. 13, Gilmer County Fire-Rescue responded to two structure fires, 34 emergency medical (ambulance) calls, one brush fire and 10 motor vehicle accidents. As always, feel free to contact me by e-mail at or by calling the Board of Commissioner’s office at 706-635-4361. Comments can be left on 706-515-2320.

Gilmer Middle School student and 4-H/FFA member Breann Pritchett recently participated in the Tri-County cattlemen’s heifer show in Trenton.There were around 40 cattle in the show. Pritchett placed first with her commercial heifer and third with her Angus heifer. In seventh through ninth grade showmanship, she placed third.

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engine and transmission was put in it to get it in sound mechanical shape. The recent refurbishment was to the ladder, outriggers, hydraulics and mechanical systems. Sutphen has issued a 10-year warranty on their work, similar to a new one. The refurbishment cost $199,000, of which $150,000 is being paid by the city of East Ellijay. The ladder truck would be crucial in fighting a fire at a large business or retail store. The bucket on the end of the ladder can be used to rescue people from burning build-



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Thoughts... for everyday living by Bill Thomas Pisgah Church of Christ

As I sit to write these words, I wonder about those who will read them. I do not know you, nor do I know your personal situation. Perhaps, someday it will be possible for us to meet one another. I wonder about the personal burdens of your life and how you handle those burdens on a daily basis. None of us are exempt from the situations of life that sometimes cause frustration. I wonder about your feelings and thoughts that occupy your life. All of us have a philosophy of life that directs us, and even, controls us. This determines who we are and who we become. The most important thought that I have about your life concerns your spiritual welfare. Because I have chosen to be a minister of the gospel of Christ, I am to have this concern for the spiritual well-being of others. Since my early childhood, I have been moved in the direction of caring about the plight of other human beings. As I write, I wonder if my readers are fleshy minded or spiritual minded. I wonder if your greatest concern in life is going to be with God when your physical life ends. And it surely will. All have come from the earth and all will return to the earth again. Our “outward man will perish.” (II Corinthians 4:16). None of us will ever be young again. I wonder if the spiritual consumes you, or, if perhaps, it only occupies a place in your life. Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us some insight into the place of the physical and spiritual elements of life. Read his words with great care in Matthew 6:1934. I learn from him that the physical is temporary and the spiritual will never cease

Clear Creek Baptist Church Services are held on the 1st & 4th Sundays each month at 11 a.m. Sunday School at 10 a.m. each Sunday except 5th. Conference is Saturday night before 1st Sunday at 7:30. Rev. Billy Dotson, Pastor 187 Bible Baptist Church, Ellijay

to be. He instructs me, as well as you, to “seek first the kingdom.” On another occasion, he counseled, “Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life …” (John 6:27) I also wonder if you walk with God or if you walk with Satan. You recall that Noah “walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9). As a result of that walk, Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8). The religious world of humanity speaks often of the grace of God. Grace is shown toward those only who walk with God. God is not to be the Being upon whom we call only in time of need, but he is to be the one who dominates the heart. God is not to be the one whom we occasionally visit, but the one who is always present with us. We make decisions and commit activities based upon our relationship with God. We seek the guidance of his truth, and act in accord with his will. Walking with God means that we move against the tide rather than with the tide. Walking with God means that we are not swayed by public opinion or by the majority. As we examine the situation of Noah, we see that the great multitude of that age was given to evil. Only eight souls survived the destruction that God brought upon them. Noah’s escape from calamity was due to his walk. Noah did “according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” (Genesis 6:22). That’s how grace works. I also wonder if you are a Bible reader or a Bible student. I believe there is a difference in the two. A student wants to make certain about what God has spoken. The student will always compare what has been heard and what God has said. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,


   Sunday School 10:00 a.m.  Worship Service 11 a.m. each Sunday, except 5th Sunday  Conference Saturday before 4th Sunday at 7:30 p.m.  Prayer meeting Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Everyone Welcome! • Big Creek Road, Ellijay

rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15). “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (I Thessalonians 5:21). Today’s religious world offers too many options. Man, even in his desire to be spiritual, wants too many ways to travel. Not everything that we hear is good. Everything that you hear and everything that you want to believe must be proven. The Bible is the final authority. It will not matter what I have been taught, what I have learned, and what I believe if the Bible does not teach it. I wonder if you, my reader, has proven all of your religious ideas and beliefs by the divine power that “hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness …” (II Peter 1:3). I wonder if you are saved or lost. God has given the conditions for our salvation. He, by his amazing grace and exceeding love, has made salvation a possibility. But, we must all meet the same conditions. There is within the divine blueprint, the Bible, the way or the plan of salvation. Jesus taught us to believe (John 8:24), repent (Luke 13:3), confess (Matthew 10:32), and be baptized for the remission of our sins (Mark 16:16). When we obey these divine orders, the Lord will add us to his church. (Acts 2:47). The Bible teaches that the church is the community of saved souls who have complied with God’s plan to be saved. I wonder, dear reader, if these words will make an impact upon your life. I do pray that they will.

Mountain Light Baptist Church Crossroads Baptist Unitarian Church off Hwy. 282 West will have worship service Universalist followed by regular monthly conference Saturday, Feb. Church Guest speaker this week at Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church, the Rev. Dr. Harold Doster, will discuss “Brotherhood/Sisterhood — Ambassadors of Reconciliation.” Dr. Doster is founder and president of the Reconciliation Research and Resources Center in Atlanta. The church meets at the Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association (GAHA), located off the square at 217 Dalton Street. Fellowship starts at 10 a.m. followed by the church service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. MLUUC is a welcoming community.


Sunday School . Worship Service . Sunday Evening .

10 AM 11 AM 6 PM

* 11 am Worship Service Broadcast over WLJA FM-101.1

Conference each Saturday evening before second Sunday, 6 p.m.

Sunlight Baptist Church REV. CURTIS EASLEY, PASTOR Sunday School..........10 a.m. Worship Service.......11 a.m. Everyone Welcome to Attend ! Sunlight Road, Ellijay

MT. VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Chris Chastain, PASTOR Located on Yukon Road •Sunday School-10:00 a.m. •Morning Worship-11:00 a.m. (except 5th Sunday)

Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church

Sundays at GAHA in Ellijay 217 Dalton Street Fellowship - 10 a.m. Service - 10:30 a.m. Dress: Casual

A Welcoming Congregation With Open Hearts And Minds

Rev. Davis Lacey, Pastor

Come as you are ... leave better.

Sunday: Sunday School (All age groups)..............................9:45 a.m. Worship Service .....................................11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study.........................................6:30 p.m. TEAMKID “High energy discipleship training.” For grades 1-6 .......... Every Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

“Luke: Good News for All People” will be the title of the Rector’s 2010 Lenten Series at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Blue Ridge. The series will begin Wednesday, Feb. 24, and will continue through Wednesday, March 24. Session begins at 7 p.m. and will be

Tails Creek Baptist Church

ARE YOU PREGNANT? Scared? Free testing, non-judgmental counseling.


Rev. Sammy Adams, Pastor

CrossRoads Baptist Church Hwy. 282 West

Rev. Eddie Kerr, Pastor

Worship Services 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays 11:00 am Every 4th Sunday Night 6:00 pm 3rd Sat. Night Conference 7:00 pm Sunday School 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays at 10:00 am Everyone is Welcome!


Rev. Peggy Puckett, Pastor Phone: 706-635-8778 • E-mail:

Sunday Worship Service: .....9:30 AM Fellowship: .........................10:30 AM Sunday School: ...................11:00 AM

Visitors welcome. Come as you are.

Remembering Sue Goble who passed away Jan. 16, 1989. She would have celebrated her 70th birthday Feb. 21. Happy Birthday, we love you and miss you so much. Your son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Johnny, Regina and Chasiti Goble

St. Luke’s Church


7 Ewing Street • Blue Ridge •(across from f airgrounds)

The Rev. Victor H. Morgan, Rector

A traditional Anglican Church declaring the whole counsel of God’s Word.

Sunday Services 8:15 a.m. / 10 a.m. Christian Education 9 a.m. Tues. 10 a.m. Bible Study • Wed. 6 p.m. Bible Study

With gratitude in our hearts, the family of Carl William “Bill” Chadwick wants to thank friends and loved ones for the food, flowers, and all the support during this time of sorrow. Thanks to Oak Hill United Methodist Church and Harvest Missionary Church for the prayers and fellowship that were given to us. A special thank you to Logan Funeral Home and staff for all the love and care each one of you showed our family. Most of all, thank you to Pastor Peggy Puckett, Pastor Glen Arnold and singers Pat Shelton and Weyman Ledford for the wonderful service, comforting words each of you shared, and the beautiful songs that were sung. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and may God bless you all!

Life’s path is more easily traveled in the company of friends and family. Thank you for your kindness. With gratitude, the Family of

Dock Sanford

635-2473 (Gilmer) 632-8245 (Fannin)

Northcutt Baptist Church

In Loving Memory

Sunday School....................................................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service..................................................11:00 a.m. Rev. John Greenwald, Pastor

For Information: (706) 633-5036 Come Join a Fun and Loving People Praising an Awesome God!


Charles “Sonny” Driggers April 16, 1940 – February 19, 2000 Melissa & Family, Ellijay Melanie & Family, Ringgold

Faith Presbyterian Church, USA

SUNDAY WORSHIP.........................................................10:30 AM FELLOWSHIP TIME ........................................................10:15 AM BIBLE STUDY ...................................................................9:15 AM WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY .....................CALL FOR INFORMATION Pastor: Rev. Carol S. Wade • 706-374-5912 • Come Home to Faith! 527 Forge Mill Road, Blue Ridge (at Seventh-day Adventist Church)

Jesus is Coming! East Ellijay Baptist Church “To Be & To Train Spiritual Champions” New Early Sunday Service 8:30 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. • Morning Worship 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Service 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 6:30 p.m. • “The Invisible War” Adult Bible Study, Children’s Ministry & Teen Elevate “Sharing the Adventure of Life in Christ”

A Southern Baptist Fellowship

Steve Fields, Pastor • Eric Colson, Student Minister 672 Yukon Road • East Ellijay • (706) 635-4390

R U Ready?

118 Riverwood Rd., Ellijay 706-635-1090 52 East to Roy Rd., 11⁄2 miles to church sign.

Lenten series announced at St. Luke’s

2ND, 4TH & 5TH SUNDAY • Tails Creek Church Road, Ellijay Sunday School at 10 AM & Worship Service at 11 AM. Conference Sat. Night before 4th Sunday 7 PM Dinner 2nd Sunday EVERYONE Is W ELCOME To A TTEND!

Located on Hwy 52, West Pastor: Rev. Steve Jones

20, at 7 p.m. Regular third Sunday service will be Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome. The Rev. Eddie Kerr is pastor.

preceded at 6:30 p.m. with a Lenten soup supper. Those wishing to eat are encouraged to call the church office by Tuesday morning. The Gospel will be studied in five parts: Introduction: Certainty in an Orderly Account (1:1-4) Feb. 24; Preparation for Ministry (1:5 to 4:14) March 3; Ministry Begins in Galilee (4:14 to 9:50) March 10; Journeying Toward Jerusalem (9:51 to 19:27) March 17; and Ministry in Jerusalem (19:28 to 24:53) March 24. The Rev. Victor H. Morgan, rector of St. Luke’s, encourages those planning to attend to begin reading St. Luke’s Gospel. St. Luke’s is located at 7 Ewing St., across from the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Fairgrounds and Community Center. For more information, call 706-632-8245.

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The family of Lorene T. Dover wishes to express sincere appreciation for the many acts of kindness, flowers, words of comfort, messages of sympathy and visits to the funeral home during the recent loss of our mother. We especially want to thank The Rev. Edmund Miller for his consoling message; Scott Eaton and Ellen Ottinger for the special music; the pallbearers who served; United Hospice for almost two years of superior care; Scott Logan and the staff of Logan Funeral Home and most of all, her very special caregivers.



The family of Bruce Boyce wishes to express their heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of love shown to the family during Bruce’s illness and at the time of his passing. Joan Boyce and Family

Macedonia Baptist Church Sunday School.....................................9:45 Regular Worship.. (2nd & 4th Sundays)-11a.m. • Conference Saturday night before second Sunday - 7 p.m. Rev. Russell Burt, Pastor Located 6 miles on Big Creek Road

In Loving Memory of Our Parents

Minnie B. Davenport

Dewey Davenport

April 12, 1912 - January 23, 2001

August 17, 1911 - February 17, 1980

We will love you forever, Edward, Irene and Sue

Hope for men in recovery! 1242 Old Hwy 5 South, Ellijay 706-635-5353

Little Baptist Church

➮ Sunday School...............................10 a.m. ➮ Worship Service............................11 a.m. each Sunday, except the fifth Sunday ➮ Conference Sat. before 3rd Sunday, at 7 p.m. Corbin Hill Rd. Everyone Welcome! Pastor: Rev. Jamie Kerr



52 East, E. Ellijay, Ga.

Pastor: Edward Ledford

First United Methodist Church 75 McCutchen Street, Ellijay Phone: 635-2555 Web address: Rev. Gil McGinnis, Pastor SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 8:45 a.m.

Early Service

9:45 a.m.

Sunday School For children, youth and adults

11:00 a.m.

Traditional Service

Services each Sunday Wed. night Bible Study

10 a.m. 7 p.m.

Sunday 7 a.m. Radio Broadcast 101.1 FM

Come as you are!

Cartecay United Methodist Church

Ash Wednesday Worship Service Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Pastor:



CHURCH OF CHRIST BOARDTOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST Boardtown Rd., Ellijay 706-635-5425 ELLIJAY CHURCH OF CHRIST 351 N. Main St., Ellijay 706-635-2950 PISGAH CHURCH OF CHRIST 9871 Big Creek Rd., Ellijay 706-635-3434

2010 Rector’s

Lenten Series

CHURCH OF GOD CORINTH CHURCH OF GOD 731 Old Whitestone Rd., East Talking Rock Mt. Zion Worship Center 186 Fred Craddick Dr, Cherry Log

Presented by the Rev. Victor H. Morgan

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church


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FAITH PRESBYTERIAN 527 Forge Mill Road, Blue Ridge 706-374-5912 (At the Seventh Day Adventist Church)

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Now meeting at Josephine Edwards Christian School 706-635-4479 UNITED METHODIST CARTECAY UNITED METHODIST 7629 Hwy. 52 East, Ellijay 706-276-7400 FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF ELLIJAY McCutchen St., Ellijay 706-635-2555 GATES CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST Gates Chapel Rd., Ellijay 706-276-2069 NINE MILE UNITED METHODIST 9525 Chatsworth Hwy., Ellijay 706-635-6463 OAK HILL UNITED METHODIST 4500 Hwy. 52 East, Ellijay 706-635-8778 e-mail: UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST MOUNTAIN LIGHT UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST 207 Dalton St., Ellijay

1374 Old Tails Creek Rd. 706-635-2401 Thurs. & Fri. 11 - 5:30 Sat. 11 - 2

BRIDAL REGISTRY Seven stoneware patterns to choose from, including casserole, bean pots, glassware and canister sets. • Welcome Home • Veranda Stoneware • Venetian Home • Tuscan Home • Berry Stoneware • Sonoma Villa • Northwoods Pine Pictures, candles, sconces ... and much more.


UNITY CHURCH UNITY CHURCH OF THE MOUNTAINS 627 Gainesville Hwy., Blairsville 706-781-3393

2315 Whitestone Road Whitestone, GA

706-276-4331 Compliments of

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Spivey’s Body Shop


EBENEZER Baptist Church Church Service first, third & fifth Sundays 11:00 a.m. ✪ Sunday School - each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. ✪ Choir PracticeWed. before first & third Sun. beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by prayer meeting at 8:00 p.m. ✪ Conference-third Sat. night each month at 7:45

Rev. Emmett Burgess, Pastor Hwy. 52 East 10 miles

First United Methodist Church 75 McCutchen Street Gil McGinnis, Pastor

10:00 am

Sunday School Worship Service 9155 Hwy 52 East (next to BJ Reece Apple House)

Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m.

AWANA Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

8:45 & 11 am

Wed. Youth Choir

5:00 pm

Wed. Night Dinner

5:15 pm

Wed. Worship

6:15 pm

Wed. Adult Choir

6:30 pm

Wed. Small Groups

6:30-7:30 pm

We meet in the gymnasium at Oakland Elementary School.



NON-DENOMINATIONAL ABUNDANT GRACE MINISTRY 479 N. Main St., Ellijay 706-635-4943 COCHRAN UNITED METHODIST Corbin Hill Road, Ellijay HARVEST MISSIONARY Ellijay JESUS FULL GOSPEL CHURCH Big Creek Road, Ellijay 706-635-5156 LIVING WATERS FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER 3875 Tails Creek Rd., Ellijay 706-635-HOPE NEW BEGINNINGS FAMILY CHURCH Hwy. 515 South, Ellijay 706-636-2200 PROMISE LAND MINISTRIES/ Church of the Narrow Way 573 Weeks Rd., Ellijay 706-635-3107 THE ROCK CHRISTIAN CENTER 3500 Talking Rock Rd., Talking Rock 706-6363091


CROSS ROAD CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP P.O. Box 1348 East Ellijay, GA 30539 706-636-2926

INTER-DENOMINATIONAL FRESH FIRE WORSHIP CENTER 55 Riverwood Road, Ellijay 706-698-FIRE HIS HOUSE 2267 Roundtop Rd., Ellijay 706-276-4775



Monday–Saturday 10–5 Sunday 1–5

INDEPENDENT EMMANUEL FULL GOSPEL 515 South, Ellijay 706-635-6713 MISSIONARIES FOR CHRIST Mission Hill Road, Ellijay 706-635-2594 OAK HILL INDEPENDENT Hwy. 52 East, Ellijay 706-635-2959 THE CHURCH OF TZADDI 435 Northcutt, Ellijay 706-276-1730 or 706-276-3508 THE REFUGE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, Ellijay 706-635-5234 UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES Hwy. 52 East, Ellijay 706-636-4673


Ellijay Telephone Company

(across from Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Fairgrounds)

EPISCOPAL (Anglican) ST. LUKEʼS EPISCOPAL CHURCH 7 Ewing St., Blue Ridge 706-632-8245

254 S. Main St., Ellijay

7 Ewing Street, Blue Ridge, GA • (706) 632-8245

EPISCOPAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY 202 Grifffith Rd., Jasper 770-893-4525

Hometown Florist

288 N. Main Street • Ellijay • 706-276-7528

(Anglican) The Rev. Victor H. Morgan, Rector





Those wishing to eat are asked to call the church office at 706-6332-8245 by Tuesday morning.



Come and worship with us! All are welcome!

Lenten soup supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by study at 7:00 p.m., both in Thomason Hall (ground floor of church)


CHRISTIAN PLEASANT HILL CHRISTIAN CHURCH 36 Camp Dobbs Rd., Jasper 770-735-3057 MOUNTAIN HOMES CHRISTIAN CHURCH 540 S. Church St., Ellijay 706-253-9877

All Are Welcome!

Introduction: Certainty in an Orderly Account Preparation for Ministry Ministry Begins in Galilee Journeying Towards Jerusalem Ministry in Jerusalem

BAPTIST APPALACHIAN BAPTIST Hwy. 515 S, Morganton 706-374-5096 BEREAN BAPTIST Hwy. 382, Ellijay 706-636-3628 BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH 57 Bible Baptist Rd., Ellijay 706-635-7545 CALVARY WAY BAPTIST Hwy. 52 West, Ellijay 706-635-5357 CARTECAY BAPTIST Hwy. 52 East, Ellijay 706-635-1090 CORNERSTONE BAPTIST Cherry Log 706-276-4668 DOVERS CHAPEL Dovers Chapel Road, Ellijay 706-276-2539 EAST ELLIJAY BAPTIST 672 Yukon Rd., East Ellijay 706-635-4390 EBENEZER BAPTIST Hwy. 52 East, Ellijay 706-635-3377 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 26 Dalton St., Ellijay 706-635-5611 FLAT BRANCH BAPTIST RT. 4, Ellijay 706-695-4866 GRACE BAPTIST Legion Rd., Ellijay 706-635-2441 LIBERTY BAPTIST 49 Talona Rd., Ellijay MOUNTAINTOWN BAPTIST Hwy. 52 West, Ellijay 706-276-4870 NEW HOPE BAPTIST Hwy. 52 W., Ellijay 706-276-2593 or 706-276-2513 NORTHCUTT BAPTIST Ellijay 706-635-3095 OLD FAITH BAPTIST Tails Creek Rd., Ellijay 706-253-5682 PLEASANT GAP BAPTIST Hwy. 282, Ellijay 706-698-6500 PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST Hwy. 282 West, Ellijay 706-635-7504 PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST Pleasant Hill Road, Ellijay 706-635-3003 RIDGEWAY BAPTIST 407 Ridgeway Church Rd. 706-635-2897 TAILS CREEK BAPTIST Tails Creek Church Rd., Ellijay TALKING ROCK FIRST BAPTIST Hwy. 136, Talking Rock 706-276-7619 TURNIPTOWN BAPTIST Turniptown Road, Ellijay 706-635-3611 WHITESTONE BAPTIST Whitestone Road, Whitestone 706-276-4593 ZION HILL BAPTIST Ellijay 706-635-7795 CATHOLIC GOOD SAMARITAN 55 Church St., Ellijay

Hwy 52E at Roy Rd.

The Rev. Harden Hopper

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Men’s & Women’s Bible Studies Welcoming others to 'The Cross Road' in the Grace and Truth of Jesus.

Cherry Log Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

GOOD SAMARITAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. Randall T. Mattox, Pastor Mass Times: Mon. & Wed. 9 a.m. Tues. & Fri. 6 p.m. Saturday Vigil: 5 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. Misa en Espanol Sabado Vigilia 7 p.m. Domingo 1 p.m. Confessions: Saturday 4 p.m. or by appt. 55 Church Street Ellijay, GA 30540 706-636-2772 Our spiritual home in the mountains

Resolve To Love Agree To Differ Unite To Serve Sunday Morning Bible Study 9:30 Worship 10:55

Pastor: Dr. J. David Griffin Pastor Emeritus: Dr. Fred B. Craddock

Hwy. 1149 Cherry Log Street • Betwen milepost 19 and 20 off Hwy 515.

Cherry Log, GA 30522

(706) 632-1048 E-mail:




First Baptist Weekday Pre-K classes visit Festival of Trees

Lassiter celebrates first birthday

Brocious celebrates first birthday

Ledford birth

Reily Lynn Ledford

Marli Alaina Brocious

Violet Grace Proffitt Lassiter

First Baptist Weekday Pre-K Classes visit the Festival of Trees at the Gilmer County Library. Teachers Pam Ezell and Teri Owen are pictured with director, Marcie Penland and the Pre-K students. Contributed photo

Lynn’s Zen A good brother-in-law by C. Lynn Perry Really, what’s the point in having a man in your life if you can have a really good brother-in-law? That way, you get all the handyman qualities you need without having to put up with washing soiled drawers, cleaning up messes, snoring and other daily run-of-the-mill tribulations that drive us women crazy? Honestly, I’m the world’s largest freak magnet when it comes to men! The men I have dated have usually come to me in the universe’s laziest and cheapest variety! Him: You want to get together tonight? Me: (Hinting subtly) Sure, but the yard really DOES need to be mowed. Him: OK. Call me when you’re done! I was really having a craving for that chicken casserole you make. Do you think you can make

that tonight? I would really love it! Yeah! I’m gonna mow an acre of grass in the summer heat, come inside, whip up dinner, and meet you at the door wearing Prada. That’s the kind of guy I seem to attract! That and the one that’s Rich-Beyond-God but insists on splitting an entrée when we go out to dinner! Right now, I’m glad to have the best brother-inlaw on the planet. And, it doesn’t hurt that he’s a genius! (My sister married well — I obviously lost out on that genetic code!) He’s come to my house for the last three weekends and helped me fix my hot tub (which had been vandalized), tried to fix my television and helped me with my gas logs. He’s still working on those logs … and has one more thing he wants to try before I eat the expense of buying new ones.

It doesn’t hurt that he’s an engineer, either. And he even likes cats! For example, when my sister’s cat, Mittens, got stuck about 60 feet up a tree, and stayed up there for 10 days, yowling, and didn’t come down even after weathering two thunderstorms, Ed put that engineering mind of his to work! After 10 days of listening to their cat screech from the top of a tree, and listening to my little nephews scream even louder because Mittens was stuck up there, my brotherin-law devised a plan! He got a string and loaded it into a slingshot. Then, he connected the string to a rope. With that done, he connected the rope to a laundry basket that contained a blanket and a dish of cat food. He then launched the

Violet Grace Proffitt Lassiter turned 1 Feb. 17. She celebrated at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead with her great-grandmother, Miriam Waggoner Heiskell. She is the little sister of Finnegan Lassiter and Grady Lassiter. Parents are Jennifer and Isaac Lassiter.

string using said slingshot over a branch near Mittens. I’m reckoning he’s a pretty good shot! Once that took, he pulled the rope up and over the tree limb, which allowed him to pull the laundry basket up to the branch next to the kitten. Mittens jumped into the laundry basket and was saved! They have had to use the “Kitty Lift” three times now, and they no longer allow Mittens to go outside, because they figure she’s just too stupid to live on the outside! But, as for my brother-inlaw, Ed, he can have as many tries at my gas logs as he wants before I go out and buy new ones! I trust him! And I’m thinking that nowadays they kinda look at me like they do Mittens … too stupid to live on the outside! And, I, for one can’t wait to inform him that my icemaker is broken again! The Good Lord only knows how he’ll figure out a way to fix that! So, ladies, do yourselves a favor and save yourself the aggravation of having an actual boyfriend … … and get yourself a good brother-in-law!

2010 Parade of Sweethearts

K.C. Woodring

Sara & Chase Rogers

Birthdate: 3-9-07 Cherry Log Parents: Greg & Sherri Woodring Grandparents: Arthur & Charlotte Weaver, Dessie Woodring & the late Johnny Woodring

Birthdate: 9-17-08 Ball Ground Parents: Tim & Katrina Rogers Grandparents: Arthur & Charlotte Weaver, Jack Rogers & the late Virginia Rogers

Spencer, Carley, Parker, Tucker & Blake Hall Birthdate: 10-7-00, 3-21-01, 4-22-02, 8-30-02, 10-11-07 Parents: Tim & Pam Hall, Jay & Lydia Hall Grandparents: Burton & the late Shirley Hinton, George & Ernestine Hall, Barbara Cox & the late Wilton Painter


Abigale Lashea Putnam

Isabella Sabrena Putnam

Roland Gwen Abercrombie

George N. Bunch III

Birthdate: 8-10-07 Ellijay Parents: Phillip & Meshelle Putnam Grandparents: Rena Nelson, Sanford & Barbara Rittenberry, Lamont Putnam, Crayton & Teresa Walden

Birthdate: 1-5-10 Ellijay Parents: Phillip & Meshelle Putnam Grandparents: Rena Nelson, Sanford & Barbara Rittenberry, Lamont Putnam, Crayton & Teresa Walden

Birthdate: 5-18-09 Talking Rock Parents: Tracy & Jill Abercrombie Grandparents: Gene & Patricia Roland, Ronnie & Sue Abercrombie

Birthdate: Ageless Ellijay Parents: Annetta & the late George N. Bunch Jr. Thanks for being a great boss! You are a Sweetheart.

Marli Alaina Brocious celebrated her first birthday Feb. 3, 2010, with family and friends. She is the daughter of Ashley Brocious. Grandparents are Alan Brocious, of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Nannette and Billy, of Ellijay. Great-grandmother is Joyce Harris, of Orlando, Fla.

Reily Lynn Ledford was born Oct. 30, 2009, at Coffee County Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long. Parents are Ashley Cervantes and Charles Ledford. Grandparents are Linda and Tony Brawley, of Blue Ridge and Melba Chapman, of Orlando, Fla. Great-grandmother is Joyce Cantrell.

Harwell, Nabors wed

Hannah Jane Harwell Nabors Hannah Jane Harwell and Joshua Michael Nabors were married at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan.16, 2010, at the Berry College Chapel in Rome. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Harwell, of Rome. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Branch, of Ellijay, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Harwell. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Nabors, of Jefferson. He is the grandson of Dot Nabors, of Jefferson, the late James O. Nabors Jr. and the late Ann Beatty. The Rev. Doug Duke, of Athens, performed the double-ring ceremony before an altar centered by brass candelabra arches. An antique marble and brass stand belonging to the bride’s grandparents held family candles which were lit by the mothers of the bridal couple. An arrangement of magnolias and antique blue hydrangeas designed by the bride’s maternal grandmother, Bernice Branch, was placed in the Narthex. A program of instrumental music included “Cannon in D,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire,” “ Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “The Gift of Love,” “This is My Father’s World,” “Ode to Joy” and “Rondeau.” Jenna Montroy, of Atlanta, was the maid of honor. Jodi Turner, of Lawrenceville, was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Hayley Harwell, sister of the bride, of Los Angeles, Calif., Jamie Fite, sister of the groom, of Greenville, S.C., and Haley Ferguson, of Rome. Honorary bridesmaids were Joy Fisher, of Augusta, Kelly Britt, of Athens and Shanna Oliver, of Augusta. Caroline Ott, cousin of the bride, of Ellijay, was the

flower girl. The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore a white chiffon gown with a side draped bodice of crystal beaded lace and sweep train. Her two tier fingertiplength veil was trimmed in matching crystal beading. Tied to the bride’s satin slippers was a rhinestone and crystal heart pendant which belonged to her maternal grandmother. Mike Nabors, father of the groom, of Jefferson, was the best man. Groomsmen were Chuck Cook, Kyle Potts and Ryan Gurley, all of Jefferson and Kelby Fite of Greenville, S.C. Ring bearers were Crosby Fite, nephew of the groom, of Greenville, S.C., and Carter Ott and Clay Ott, cousins of the bride, of Ellijay. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Magretta Hall. The evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Hawthorne Suites. Other prenuptial parties included a bridesmaids tea at the Rome Area History Museum hosted by Cathy Gallagher and Pat Kelley; a Varsity couples shower in Jefferson hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Potts and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gurley; a lingerie shower and bridesmaids weekend at River Resort in Ellijay hosted by Jodi Turner and Sandy Ott; a miscellaneous shower hosted by Lakeview Baptist Church; a drop-in family shower in Jefferson; a couples shower hosted by the faculty of Jefferson Academy, and a kitchen shower hosted by the Dream House staff in Stone Mountain. After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple resides in Jefferson.




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The Mazda CX-9 offers plenty of room for for a family or seven adults.

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Mazda CX-9 is a minivan alternative by Ryan and Marilyn Rees We’re not convinced that most people need a vehicle that will carry seven people at a time. However, some families do need the extra space, if not the extra seats. Minivans are still the best option but have that “soccer mom” stigma. That has created the crossover category that combines some of the best attributes of a minivan (extra seats and space) with sleeker styling. One of the best-looking crossovers on the road is the Mazda CX-9. Sharing many of the same mechanical components of the Ford Edge, the CX-9 is much better looking with a dazzling interior. The second row seats fold flat and also slide and recline. More importantly, they move out of the way easily for access to the third row seats that also fold flat. A power tailgate also makes entry to the rear cargo area easy. Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the CX-9 is powered by a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The base model rides on 18-inch wheels but you can step up to 20-inch wheels on the Grand Touring version. Our front-wheel drive Grand Touring test model was loaded with plenty of options including a rearview camera via the navigation system, traffic sensors, heated, leather seats, rainsensing wipers and a sunroof. The leather-wrapped steering wheel also had audio and cruise controls. A rear-mounted DVD entertainment is optional but wasn’t included on our $32,540 model. The interior is nicely done with user-friendly controls and plenty of information feedback on the navigation screen. However, you have to go through three steps to access the presets on the audio system. Cup holders abound and a deep center console storage area also serves as a center armrest. The Mazda offers crisp handling and a good feel for the road. There is virtually no body roll when you force the vehicle into a hard corner. The CX-9 offers sleek styling, great interior and excellent performance on the road. It gives you everything you would need in a minivan … without the stigma. Ryan’s Ride – We have tested many crossovers in recent months and came away very impressed by most of them. The CX-9 was impressive. The clean grill and sloping roofline give the CX-9 a

clean, refreshing look. Unlike the Edge, the Mazda gets away from the shoebox look found on many crossovers. The interior is very well done with comfortable seats and user-friendly controls. The navigation screen serves many uses including the rear-view camera. I did find it a bit cumbersome to access the audio system because you had to go through several steps to either see the presets or other audio information. The rain-sensing wipers came in very handy during our weeklong test drive. I also liked the traffic sensors that alert you when another vehicle approaches from behind. A warning light on the side mirrors lets you know there’s another vehicle coming from behind. My biggest complaint with the transmission was that in the manual mode, the shifting is backwards. You push forward to downshift. That seems backwards to me. The V6 under the hood has plenty of power and the handling is surefooted. On the four-lane, the ride is quiet and smooth. Even with all the options on our test model, the price point seems within reason, given the competition. I have nothing against minivans, some of them are still great options. But the crossovers offer much better styling with the same utility. The CX-9 is near the top of the list. Marilyn’s Moment – As an

option to a minivan, the CX9 is a solid choice. I found the Mazda had plenty of power with a very quiet and smooth ride. The car felt very solid on the road, if not a little heavy. The interior is very nicely appointed with easy to use controls. I wish there was a way to override the navigation system and leave the audio information on the screen. Once I had the presets programmed I could use the steering wheelmounted controls to change channels. But sometimes, I like to know who is singing and that meant going through three different steps to get the information. Not the best thing to be doing while going 70 down the freeway. The cargo area in back has a flip-up cover with a rectangle storage area beneath it. That came in very handy while carrying groceries home. A power tailgate is always welcome. I tend to carry a lot of things with me and I have a small bag I carry them in because I’m always switching vehicles. Usually, that sits on the passenger seat. The tall center console made that difficult but there was plenty of room in the console to stash items in. If I owned this car, that would be handy because my stuff could just stay there all the time. Overall, I found the CX-9 a very nice vehicle. It drove nicely, handled fine and was quiet and smooth. But there just wasn’t much pizzazz from the driver’s seat.

Two Gilmer County students represented Reinhardt College at the 14th Annual Georgia Collegiate Leadership Conference held at the University of Georgia Feb. 6, 2010, and hosted by The Center for Leadership and Service and the Leadership Resource Team (LRT). Reinhardt’s student representative’s included, from Ellijay, Melissa Blumer and Megan Vautrot. GCLC is designed to enhance the leadership skills and abilities of undergraduate students and to foster interaction among campus leaders and advisors. It offers students from multiple colleges and universities across the state the opportunity to apply practical training in their personal, academic and career

Many of Georgia’s state parks will soon get spiffedup facilities thanks to a new partnership with the Boy Scouts. In celebration of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary, the young volunteers are teaming up with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to complete service projects such as trail construction, grounds cleanup and playground installation. “Scouting for State Parks” was announced Feb. 11 at the state Capitol with support from Gov. Sonny Perdue, Sen. Chip Pearson and Rep. Earl Ehrhart. The project is funded in part by a donation from Verizon Wireless. The program brings together thousands of youth, leaders and volunteers from Boy Scout groups across Georgia. Each of the

state’s 13 councils has committed to undertake a largescale service project for a local state park during 2010. Additionally, the councils will encourage youth pursuing Eagle Scout to perform their capstone service project in a state park. Annually in Georgia, 1,200 youth earn Scouting’s highest rank. “For 100 years, Scouts have served Georgia’s communities,” said Scouting’s Georgia State President Scott Sorrels. “Now, during Scouting’s Centennial, we’re focusing our resources like never before to address a critical need — the budget crisis in our state parks.” Economic challenges have forced many of Georgia’s state parks to rely heavily on volunteers, cancel improvement projects and forgo much-needed maintenance. The partnership will help the agency provide better facilities and outdoor recreation opportunities to

business administration, music and education, and 40 undergraduate degree programs, which range from business, communications and education to psychology, music and math. Reinhardt has two locations- a residential campus in Cherokee County in Waleska, just 45 minutes northwest of Atlanta, and center focused on adults in Alpharetta. It also offers selected programs in Epworth, Cartersville and Marietta. Additional attractions on the Waleska campus include the Falany Performing Arts Center, the Funk Heritage Center and the Fincher Visual Arts Center. For more information, contact Reinhardt at 770720-5526 or 1-87REINHARDT or see the college Web site at

Tate Railroad Group unveils model train programs Feb. 20 National Railway Historical Society Marble Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society unveils two model train projects at its 10 a.m. Feb. 20 chapter meeting in Tate’s Community Room just past the Tate 4-way stop. A video documentary about the creation of the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show will be shown, and chapter president Steve Austin unveils the first working portion of the model train layout planned for the renovated Tate Depot. When completed, the layout will depict a scene of railroad history in Tate and the rest of the Marble Valley. The section to be presented February 20 is available for showing at community meetings and schools in the area. For 18 years, Paul Busse’s Holiday Train Show has delighted and charmed millions of visitors to The New York Botanical Garden. The show consists of more than 140 New York Landmark buildings and bridges made of plant materials and 12 model trains running on more than 1,200 feet of track.

Boy Scouts partnering with Georgia’s state parks for 2010 Department of Natural Resources

development. This year’s conference theme LOST? Find the Leader in You! guided participants on an expedition of discovery of their own talents, developing awareness, knowledge and skills in core competencies. As of June 1, 2010, Reinhardt College will take on a new name – Reinhardt University. Since 1883, Reinhardt has focused on being “the way college should be,” and although the name will change, Reinhardt will remain true to its values as a private liberal arts institution affiliated with The United Methodist Church which offers a caring learning environment dedicated to meeting each student’s needs. More than 1,100 students are enrolled in Reinhardt’s three graduate programs in

Georgia’s citizens and visitors. “We are proud to announce this partnership that helps us improve state parks all across Georgia, and also gives young men a sense of community and accomplishment,” said Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Clark. “We couldn’t do it without the generous support of Verizon Wireless, our governor and our leaders in the state legislature.”

According to a story in the Washington Post, Busse, owner of Applied Imagination of Alexandria, Ky., has created garden railways all over the country for individuals and organizations. The biggest display he’s ever installed is the layout at the New York Botanical Garden. “The design is limited mostly by your imagination, though some of the same constraints apply to tiny trains as to big ones, such as how tight the curves can sweep and how steep a slope can be.” Busse says. “Trains

can’t suddenly climb hills just because they’re small.” NRHS is a national organization involved in preserving and promoting railroading nationwide. Local chapters present slide and movie programs, restore rail equipment, run rail excursions, publish newsletters and books to provide a way to enjoy the lore of railroading. Beginning in March the Marble Valley Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Tate’s Bill Prince Community Room.

Thank you to Shawn Titus and the employees of Titus Electric. Your help in our time of need will never be forgotten. Gloria and Jimmy Nealey



TIMES-COURIER • ELLIJAY, GEORGIA Dublin to Belfast. As I traveled along the coastline of the Emerald Isle, headed north to the birthplace of my greatgrandfather from 10 generations ago, I though of what Sam Thomas had told me and how true it was. He is a self-styled expert on the Scotch-Irish and the Ulster Plantation area of Northern Ireland that gave birth, breed and purpose to our

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unique though sometimes curious kinfolk. “When you see Northern Ireland, you’ll be surprised how much it looks like the Southern Piedmont,” he said. “Then you’ll understand why the Scotch-Irish felt so at home in the Carolinas and Georgia.” As soon as light illuminated the landscape, I understood completely. It looked remarkably similar to the 12-minute drive I take from my house to church on Sunday mornings – gentle, rolling hills of lush green, large pasture, trees grown old by centuries’ worth of time, wide streams and rich bottom land. The one difference was that the sheep far outnumbered the cattle. I tried to imagine the Northern Ireland that my grandfather had left behind in the mid-1700s, the wilderness it must have been back then, but it may have seemed like a cosmopolitan area compared to the wild untamed America he found. What courage that must have taken for William Bryson, born in 1720 in County Antrim. But, like many Scotch-Irish, he sought to be free from British tyranny. The ScotchIrish, who left the Ulster Plantation, wanted freedom from an overbearing government and the right to worship as they pleased. But the flight from that land would not end his fight against the English. Eventually, William Bryson would join forces with thousands of other Scotch-Irish and fight to free the fledgling American colonies from British opposition. See, he like other ScotchIrish, were already displeased with the King when they got to this country so it didn’t take any prodding to get them to join the fight. We Scotch-Irish are always up for a good fight for a good cause. Win or lose. My grandfather, this nomadic, independent, stubborn, red-headed ScotchIrish, would become a Revolutionary War hero. From his loins would spring other independent, stubborn, redheaded Scotch-Irish ancestors like, for instance, the one who writes these words. We have often been so stub-

bornly independent that, as the family saying goes, we cut our noses off to spite our faces. In Belfast, I met with esteemed historian, Dr. David Hume, who kindly agreed to spend the day with me and answer questions on my ancestors and the land from which our story begins. It took a little while for us to adjust to the other’s accent but since they’re similar – his a faster version of mine – we soon understood each other like old friends. “Are you offended that we Americans call ourselves ‘Scotch-Irish’ not ScotsIrish?” I was glad to be sitting across the table from him and could see his absolute nonchalance. He shrugged and shook his head. “Not at all. It’s not a problem.” He continued on to explain that when the immigrants had first come to America, people routinely referred to them as “Irish” because of their accents. But they weren’t Irish and took umbrage to it by quickly correcting folks, “No, we’re Scotch-Irish.” So, the term – completely American – was indeed born on American soil. After a lovely day of learning and delving into my family’s roots in Belfast, I boarded the train and headed back to Dublin. Night had fallen so there wasn’t much to be seen of the Irish countryside. But there was plenty of time to think. I thought again of the bravery of William Bryson, of the spunk it took to travel across the dark ocean to start a new life away from his family. And there in the darkness, thousands of miles from where I live, I felt very proud. I’ve always liked a courageous man. (Editor’s note: Ronda Rich is the best-selling author of What Southern Women Know About Faith. Visit to sign up for her weekly newsletter.)

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