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Santa and Mrs. Claus take a moment from entertaining kids to pose for a photo at last Saturdayʼs Light Up Ellijay event.

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Large crowd celebrates annual tree lighting by Al Summers

A large crowd of people celebrated at the annual Light Up Ellijay festivities held Saturday, Nov. 28, in downtown Ellijay. Holiday tunes and pop classic rang around the square in the early afternoon courtesy of disc jockey Mark Greenway.

The music gave way to blaring sirens announcing the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire truck around 4:30. Kids lined up to present their lists to the jolly old elf as a crowd gathered to hear Christmas tunes from school choruses, the Baptist church choir and the Gilmer High Orchestra. Just after 6 p.m. the switch was thrown, and Light Up

Christmas story deadline is Dec. 11

Christmas is quickly approaching – it is only three weeks away – which means it is time to compose a Christmas story for the annual Times-Courier Christmas Story contest. The deadline for entering a story is just over a week away, Friday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. The winning stories, and as many of the others as space allows, will be published in the Dec. 24 edition of the Times-Courier. The first place winner will receive $35, second place $25, and third place $20. Entries should be 500 words or less, and typewritten, if possible. Artwork may be submitted with stories, but it will not be judged as part of the contest. Stories can be submitted via e-mail by sending them to the computer address, or they can be mailed to the Times-Courier, P.O. Box 1076, Ellijay, GA 30540. You may also drop them by our office at 47 River Street. Label all correspondence, including e-mails, as “Christmas Story.” Please include name, address, and phone number.

In this issue... National/State Roundup ......2A Editorial................................3A Religion/People................6–7A Lynn’s Zen.............................8A Dixie Divas..........................10A Gilmer Living ........................1B Health & Fitness ..............3–8B Legals...................................9B Car Couple .........................10B

Sports...............................1–3C Focus on Education ..............4C Obituaries.............................7C Arrests..................................8C Scenic Photo ......................10C Around Town .........................1D Movies/Calendar..................2D TV Guide...............................4D Classifieds......................5–10D

Ellijay lived up to its name. The large tree in the middle of the square was illuminated, as were the numerous other lights around the square. Gary and Patty Headly provided the entertainment for the evening. Local puppeteer Tony Mata was on hand to entertain the children. Over around the Watkins House on the square, the Wel-

come Center had a camp fire, and kids walked through a gingerbread and candy cane village to hear storytellers. A total of $370 and 50 new toys were collected for the Ellijay Lion’s Club White Christmas program. Event publicist Berty Kamholz said, “We are very pleased with the community support for this wonderful cause.”

Assessors board finishes 2008 appeals, moves on to 2009 by Michael Andrews

The Gilmer County Board of Assessors held its regular, monthly meeting Tuesday, November 24, inside the Gilmer County Courthouse Assessors Office. Board members Jeff Holloway, Don Ellis, Jeff Williams and Billy Masters were present, while board member Devell Frady was absent for the meeting. After the board voted to approve 40 personal property changes, over 300 real property changes, 18 Conservation Use Valuation Assessment (CUVA) continuations and five manufactured home changes, Gilmer Chief Appraiser Dawn Pruett informed board members that outstanding 2008 property value appeals are finally beginning to wrap with the last batch of ‘08 appeals having been forwarded to the Board of Equalization (BOE) for scheduled hearings. With that, the board progressed onto approving 2009 property value appeals forwarding 140 of them to the BOE for future hearings. Pruett also informed the board that local public utility companies will be billed at a

40 percent equalization ratio this year. “Public utilities will pay at the same rate as taxpayers,” added Pruett. Board members also heard public comment from two taxpayers regarding supposed conservation use breeches. One taxpayer questioned why his almost 15-acre tract was not approved for the CUVA tax break. Board member Williams responded, saying that it would be preferable for a timber management plan to be in place for the tract. The taxpayer argued that the state only requires a timber management plan for parcels 10 acres or less. Eventually,after some discussion, the taxpayer and board members came to an agreement that the small parcel could be combined with a larger one owned by the same taxpayer in order to remedy the alleged CUVA breech. Another taxpayer offered public comment by asking for leniency regarding a two-party land dispute that led to a conservation covenant breech. Board members informed the taxpayer that they would table his matter until the next meeting so more information could be obtained before making a decision.

Health departments in the North Georgia Health District have received an additional shipment of H1N1 influenza vaccine of 19,000 doses comprised of both nasal spray and injectable forms of the vaccine. Public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties will begin administering the vaccine to residents who are in the high priority groups as follows: The Fannin County Health Department will begin providing H1N1 vaccine Thursday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 4, from the health department located at 95 Ouida Street in Blue Ridge. On these two days, the vaccine will be administered from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 7, the health department will administer H1N1 vaccine the entire day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including the noon hour. The Gilmer County Health Department will begin administering H1N1 vaccine Wednesday, Dec. 2, in their clinic at 28 Southside Church Street in Ellijay during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic closes for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The Pickens County Health Department, located at 60 Health Way in Jasper, has begun providing H1N1 flu vaccine. They will continue to provide the vaccine each weekday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The five priority groups that are first to receive the H1N1 injectable vaccine, as recommended by the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), include: • Pregnant women • Health care and emergency medical personnel • People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months • Anyone from 6 months to 24 years of age, and • Anyone from 25 to 64 years of age who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza related complications. It is important to remember that children below 10 years old who received their initial H1N1 vaccination require a second dose of the vaccine 28 days later. Health officials urge parents and guardians to take advantage of this opportunity to complete the H1N1 vaccination process for those children who are ready to receive their second dose. The health departments will provide the vaccine at no charge to patients. However, an administrative fee may be charged through Medicare, Medicaid, and all third party insurance including State Health Benefit plans for United Health Care and CIGNA. Residents are asked to bring their insurance cards at the time of service. Service will be on a first-come, first-serve basis until the current vaccine supply is depleted. More information is available by calling local county health departments, or by going online to or by dialing Georgia’s toll-free Flu Hotline at 1-888H1N1-INFO (1-888-41614636). The phone number for the Gilmer County Health Department is 706-6354363.

Times-Courier continues food drive The publishers and staff of the Times-Courier are jumping into the giving season early by hosting a canned food and goods drive. Those who donate two or more canned food items or other necessary staples when they come in to the Times-Courier office will be given a free copy of the newspaper. Collection baskets are located just inside the front door and donations will be accepted during business hours Monday through Friday. The donated items will then be given to the Gilmer County Community Food Pantry. The food pantry is in dire need of canned meats, canned vegetables and fruits and

soups. They also need canned pastas and other meals, as well as canned juices. Boxed meals such as Hamburger Helper and instant potatoes are needed, as is dried milk, cocoa mix, coffee and tea. Cereals, dried beans, rice and cooking oil are also appreciated. The food pantry also accepts toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap and shampoo. The pantry also takes cash donations to put toward buying goods in bulk and at reduced prices.A donation jar is also located at the TimesCourier. We hope you join with us as we join with the rest of the community during this season by participating in this worthwhile project.




One in four U.S. homeowners are upside down with home mortgages

A survey by the Washington Post says nearly one in four U.S. homeowners owe more on their mortgage than the house is worth. The report said nearly 10.7 million households, or 23 percent of mortgage holders, are affected. Another 5.3 million have mortgages that are 20 percent higher than the value of their homes. Death ruled a suicide A Kentucky census worker who was found naked, gagged, bound with duct tape and hanging from a tree killed himself but staged the death to make it look like a murder, authorities said last week. The man was found near a cemetery with “fed” scrawled on his chest Sept. 12. Authorities said he created the scene to conceal the suicide. Party crashers A Virginia couple crashed President Obama’s first state dinner. The couple got through layers of security without an invitation and mingled with party goers, including Vice President Joe Biden. The couple also were filmed before the dinner by reality TV crew for possible roles on an upcoming “The Real Housewives of Washington” program. Four burned in home Oklahoma City officials say a former Marine has been arraigned on six

counts of murder for the deaths of four people whose bodies were found in a burning home, including a prostitute featured on the HBA reality series “Cathouse”. The man is accused of stabbing and shooting the victims before setting the house on fire. Investigators say they don’t think he acted alone. Man dies in cave A Utah man died while exploring a cave 80 miles outside Salt Lake City after hanging upside down in the cave for more than two hours. The man became stuck 150 feet below ground. Efforts to rescue him ended after 28 hours. The man’s body could not be recovered and the cave has been sealed. Bombs in apartment Some 35 pipe bombs, several firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in a former doctor’s apartment after two loud explosions rocked a Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio area. Police say they don’t know why he had the weapons or their intended use. Massive Toyota recall Toyota plans to replace gas pedals on four million vehicles in the U.S. because the pedals can get stuck in the floor mats and cause sudden acceleration. It is the sixth-largest recall in the country. Gas pedals on certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles will be shortened until replacement pedals can be manufactured and installed. Many of the

National and state roundup recalled affected vehicles are the top-selling Toyota Camry and Prius. Cop killer shot Seattle police found the suspect in the killing of four police officers and shot him in a Seattle neighborhood. The suspect killed the officers who were sitting in a coffee shop. Police had surrounded a house earlier but the suspect was not there. Ban on divorce? A California man is trying to get a measure on the ballot next year to ban divorce in the state. The web designer said that if California voters could ban gay marriages they would certainly support his effort to stop divorces. Tundras recalled Toyota announced it will recall 110,000 Tundra pickup trucks built in 2000-2003 to fix a rush problem on the trucks’ frames that could let the spare tire fall from the frame. The recall only affects Tundras registered in 20 “cold weather” states, not including Georgia. Thanksgiving killings Florida police are looking for a man they say opened fire on his family after a Thanksgiving dinner, killing four, including his pregnant sister and a 6-year-old cousin sleeping in her bed. $183 per vote New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign cost him more

than $100 million, about $183 per vote cast for him. Bloomberg was re-elected after getting special legislation passed to allow him a third term. Earlier, Bloomberg spent $85 million 2005 and $74 million in 2001. Bad shopping dad A Massachusetts man has been arrested after he reportedly locked his two sons, 3 and 6, in the trunk of his car while he went inside a sailing shop. The man said his boys liked to play in the trunk and he didn’t think anything was wrong.

30 years for sex with teen A 67-year-old Georgia man is facing up to 30 years in prison for having sex with his 16-year-old lover in Virginia. The Social Circle man contacted the girl a year ago but waited until she turned 16 to have sex with her, the consensual age in Maryland where she lived. However, while driving to Georgia, they stopped in Virginia and had sex in a motel. The consensual age in Virginia is 18. Atlanta mayor election Atlanta voters went to the polls Tuesday to elect either Kasim Reed or Mary

Norwood as their new mayor. Results were not available at press time. Dirty house arrest An Acworth woman was arrested for having four children in a filthy home filled with garbage, insects and fecal matter. The home on Mars Hill Road was littered with broken furniture, insects, food and “used food” containers, dirty dishes and bathrooms that did not work and contained fecal matter. The four children in the home ranged from6 to 13 years old, according to police.

Tiger Woods injured Tiger Woods was involved in an early morning auto accident outside his Florida home last Friday. The golfer was leaving his gated community when he struck a fire hydrant and a tree, briefly knocking him unconscious. His wife reportedly used a golf club to smash a rear window and help him from the vehicle. Alcohol was not involved, but details of the accident are sketchy. Woods had recently been linked to another woman while golfing in Australia by several tabloids. Woods cancelled playing in a tournament he sponsors in Southern California, citing

his injuries, which were reported as minor. Falcons QB injured Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will miss this Sunday’s game at Philadelphia after injuring a toe early in the Falcons win over Tampa Bay last week. Ryan suffered “turf toe” and will be out at least one week. Reserve quarterback Chris Redman took over and led the team to a 20-17 win with a TD pass in the last 23 seconds. Georgia upsets Tech Behind a punishing running game, Georgia upset tenth-ranked Georgia Tech last Saturday, 30-24. UGA, now 7-5, awaits a post-season bowl assignment while the 10-2 Yellow Jackets will face Clemson Saturday in the ACC title game in Tampa. Notre Dame fires coach Charlie Weis was fired after five disappointing seasons as coach at Notre Dame. A four-game losing streak after a 5-3 start doomed the former NFL assistant. He leaves with a 35-27 record in his five seasons, the worst of any Notre Dame coach. Caray out at TBS Chip Caray, son of legendary Atlanta Braves announcer Skip Caray, has parted ways with Turner Sports. The younger Caray has broadcast Braves games the past five years. Compiled by Ryan R Rees

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Out on a Limb

Blood donations always needed Blood. It’s the body’s communications network, food supplier, waste removal system and transportation superhighway. Adults have about 8 pints of it, and if more than a third of your share should ever leak out, you must either get a transfusion or prepare to meet your mortician. The American Red Cross knows how critical blood is to life. And America’s evergrowing need for it brought them to Ellijay again recently, to drain donations from the veins of willing Gilmer participants. In a makeshift triage at the Lions Club, phlebotomists in white coats, the vampires of the medical world, stood over patients with tubes taped to their arms as pint-sized bags turned from clear to crimson. The Red Cross and the volunteers from the North Georgia Medical Center Auxiliary did their part to boost the blood supply. But the real heroes are the ones who sat in the chairs and let their donation slowly seep out of their arm, the first leg of a long

journey that just might save someone’s life someday. Despite a growing need, only about 5 percent of eli-

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gible Georgians give blood. The viscous substance has become a bit of a medical luxury, like gauze or Tylenol—if you need it, some nice nurse will give it to you. But blood is not nearly so easy to come by. And a single accident can wipe out the donations of dozens of people. For example, a few stats from the National Blood Data Resource Center: U.S. hospitals transfused about 14 million units of whole blood and red blood cells in 2001, and 29 million units of blood separated into its three compo-

nents. That’s an average of over 79,000 units of blood needed on any given day. Every two seconds someone in America will need a transfusion. These could be trauma victims, surgery patients, premature and newborn babies, and patients receiving treatments for cancer and other diseases. Hospitals and blood centers collected over 15 million units of blood in 2001. The volume of blood transfused is increasing at about 6 percent per year. Red blood cells can last up to 42 days in storage; frozen plasma up to a year; and platelets must be used within five days of donation. New donations are needed every day. You may not have a lot to give financially. But the next time the Red Cross is in town, almost everyone can spare a pint or two. Because you just never know when the person who’ll need it is you. And, if you can’t think of something to give during this holiday season, why not give blood? It might save your life or someone you love.

Letters to the Editor Still Waiting

I suppose it’s been over a year since I first wrote about the absurdity of having a 65 mph speed limit and no traffic light at the intersection of Highland Crossing and Hwy. 515. 1 was hoping that some action would be taken to help avoid an accident resulting in serious injury or death. It didn’t happen! I have worked several accidents at this intersection in the past that involved injuries, but no deaths. Unfortunately, that all ended on the morning of November 9. One of our citizens was making a left turn onto Highland Crossing when her vehicle was struck by a semi traveling north on 515. She died several days later in the hospital. Although it is always difficult working accidents involving serious injuries and fatalities, it is much worse when it appears that it could have been avoided had steps been taken to reduce the chances of an accident happening. As of now, the speed limit still remains 65

‘Depression 101’ 296.23 That is me. I have been in the 296s for almost a quarter of a century. It is not a blood pressure number. It is neither a cholesterol nor blood sugar number. It is the code assigned to me from the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” Fourth Edition (DSM IV). The code represents “Major Depressive Disorder, Single Episode, Severe Without Psychotic Features.” Here is what the professionals say about me, most of this taken verbatim from the DSM IV. “Major Depressive Episode” A.) Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same two-week period and represent a change from previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure. Note: Do not include symptoms that are clearly due to a general medical condition, or mood-incongruent delusions or hallucinations. (1) depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful). Note: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood. (2) markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by either subjective account or observation made by others). (3) significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more

A lot to love about Ellijay Like most Ellijay residents and property owners, I would wish for lower taxes, county water and garbage pickup, more books in the library, and more paved roads. But let me tell everyone what works for me in Ellijay and Gilmer County. I live on a narrow, unpaved mountain road, which I am told will never be paved. However, the road department keeps it in good condition. When a road department truck hit a power line and caused damage in my home several months ago, the problem was quickly resolved to my satisfaction. In Cobb County (my previous home), I would still be working my way through bureaucracy. Thanks to the supervisors at AEMC in Ellijay and the Gilmer County Road Department, one phone call was all that

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Who do you admire most?

Jesus Christ, Paul the Apostle, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ronald Reagan, Don Chastain (my dad) and Eugene Childers. CHAIRMAN - Gilmer County Board of Commissioners, Owner, Chastain & Associates, P.C. surveying and land planning. SPOUSE - My fabulous wife of 19+ years, Donna, and my three awesome daughters, DeLayna, Alexandra and Isabella.



Favorite food?

Steak, shrimp, fried potatos, Japanese food, egg custard pie and German chocolate cake.


than five percent of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. Note: In children, consider failure to make expected weight gains. (4) insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day. (5) psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down). (6) fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day. (7) feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely selfreproach or guilt about being sick). (8) diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed by others). (9) recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide See Depression page 4A

was needed. Two recent power outages in my area were resolved within hours - early morning hours and in the rain. Thanks again AEMC. An e-mail to Mark Chastain regarding the Kell’s Creek Bridge and the new recycling bins brought quick responses from two departments and action to increase the number of recycling bins at Tower Road. And, yes, I take my garbage to “the dump” but Tower Road has a great mountain view and friendly workers to assist if needed. I appreciate the informative chairman’s column in the Times-Courier. Makes me believe the county is trying to hold down expenses in this tough time. Thanks Mark and all the city and county workers. I love ACE Hardware where employees can tell me how to fix that leaky faucet and will even start my chainsaw if I can’t. See Letters page 9C

Sound Off!

with Mark Chastain

My family is from Fannin County, Donna’s from Pickens County. We split the difference and bought our first house in Ellijay in 1993. The Chastains (my dad’s side of the family) and the Kells (on my mother’s side of the family) were some of the first settlers in Gilmer County before there even was a Fannin County.


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mph and no traffic light is operating at this intersection. I hope someone will be able to explain to us WHY. Lex Fisher

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Favorite music?

Bluegrass, 80s rock, traditional country, southern gospel and classical.



Spending time with my family, reading, travel, target shooting, bush hogging.


What people don’t know about me.

I’m a history buff, a life member of the NRA. I’ve hiked the portions of the Appalachian Trail in Gilmer and Fannin counties.


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What’s great about Ellijay?

The people, the climate, the scenery, location in the South. What does Ellijay need most?


Jobs and more exposure and the two will go together. Also, a new U.S. president. I would like to be remembered for ...

An honest man who made fair and sound decisions, soomeone who didn’t betray his raising, someone you could count on when he told you something.

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. Great bumper sticker: Honk if you love Jesus ... text while driving if you’d like to meet him. A report says there are 237 millionaires in Congress. It doesn’t say if that was before or after being elected.

The Tea Party is a facade. It isn’t antigoverment, it’s antiDemocrat. Being sponsored by Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey and Fox News should give you a hint.

in other words

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If you don't know what your government is doing, you don't live in a democracy. --Jane Anne Morris




Depression attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide. B.) The symptoms do not meet criteria for a mixed episode. C.) The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. D.) The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., hypothy-

from 1A roidism). E.) The symptoms are not better accounted for by bereavement, i.e., after the loss of a loved one, the symptoms persist for longer than two months or are characterized by marked functional impairment, morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, suicidal ideation, psychotic symptoms, or psychomotor retardation.” Scientific definitions and criteria set aside, since early this summer I have cried every day, been sad, and

most days wanted God to end my life with some kind of death that would be ruled “natural” for the sake of my family, especially my daughters. I am not new to this. I went through this same hell nearly 25 years ago. I am not sure in which all the categories I fit, and I do not really care. I know I am a sad person, and it is often for no apparent reason. Although it brings me no comfort, I am not alone in this boat. There are many people, of all ages, who suffer from some grade of depression and never get the proper help they need.



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The previously listed criteria should be something to look for in a family member or a loved one. Sometimes the symptoms do not manifest themselves until something tragic is on the verge of happening. In most of those cases, others do not see the event coming. And, if they did notice a change in someone’s behavior, they did not attribute it to depression. Unless a person has suffered from depression, they do not understand depression. The best they can do is be supportive and try to learn as much as they can about the subject. Gilmer County has one of the highest suicide rates in the state of Georgia. Nobody can give me a reason for that. I am sure if they could, there would be mental health professionals swarming the county trying to do away with the causes or reasons. But the fact remains, there are people in this county, in this state, and in this country who struggle to

get out of bed every day and go to work. They struggle to do their job. They go home, may or may not eat, may or may not take a drink or pill, and hope they go into a deep sleep so they do not have to feel anything. That would be a good day. The winter holidays are especially tough on people who have depression, and here we are right in the thick of it. If you have a friend or loved one who seems down, for whatever reason, take a minute and inquire as to what he or she is feeling. You might even have to press, but do so gently. But under no circumstances lecture them or tell them, “You have just got to pull yourself together and get over this.” Depression is not something someone chooses from which to suffer. (Author’s note: I am better than I have been in a while, but I still have a way to go. My depression has deeply affected my family and me and some of my friends this


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year. I have never been shy about sharing personal things in this space in the Times-Courier. If just one person benefits from this column and the two to follow in next week’s edition, then it will have been worth sharing. I am thankful for those who have stood beside me, even when they did not understand, and for those who have encouraged me to share my story so that others might be helped.) (Next week: “A Toe In the Pool of Hell”) (Editor’s note: This column originally ran during the holiday season of 2008. It was positively received and, according to the feedback I received, meant something to a number of people. By request, I am running the series of three between now and Christmas. I am still a 296-er, but I am better than I was a year ago thanks to great family and friends and some very caring mental health professionals.)

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Some of the latest DVD releases TIMES-COURIER • ELLIJAY, GEORGIA

by Alice Chapman Newgen

Sony Pictures’ “The Accidental Husband” is now available on DVD. The film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as firefighter Patrick Sullivan. He finds his life turned upside down when his fiancée calls off their engagement after she gets advice from Dr. Emma Lloyd, a radio love guru played by Uma Thurman. Sullivan decides to get even with the New York love doctor. He forges a fake marriage license, ‘accidentally’ marrying him to Lloyd, who’s already engaged to Colin Firth’s character Richard. The dynamics of romance changes for Emma and Patrick as his charm begins to wear her down. She must now make the

decision as to which one of the bachelors will be her Mr. Right. The romantic comedy shows that even experts need to learn a few love lessons now and then. Also starring in “The Accidental Husband” is Sam Shepard, Justina Machado and Isabella Rossellini. The film is rated PG 13 for some sexual content and brief strong language. “Dawson’s Creek: The Complete Series” is available in a collectible bound anthology book filled with photos and trivia. A bonus disc is included with new DVD extras and a CD with music from the series. The extras include a featurette with creator Kevin Williamson plus a trivia game. There are 127 episodes on 24 discs in the

collection of “Dawson’s Creek.” Stars in the series are: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, Kerr Smith, Meredith Monroe and Busy Philipps. “Dawson’s Creek” is about four friends who live in a coastal community. Their friendships help them get through the adolescence years. This TV popular series from 1998-2003 was filmed in locations including Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Durham and Wilmington, North Carolina. “The Shield: The Complete Series Collection” came out on DVD Nov. 3. All seven seasons in the Emmy winning series are bound in a collectible 34-page anthology book that has photos, quotes and a special letter

Adam’s fifth grade 4-H class

by Sabrina Zagarola Reporter

Devin Adam’s fifth grade class at Mountain View Elementary had a 4-H meeting Tuesday,

Nov. 17. Sabrina Zagarola, the reporter, chose classmates Samantha Carroll at the beginning of class to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and Levi Seabolt

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to lead the 4-H pledge. Shane Glanzies and Isaac Colwell had a presentation on all types of beautiful rocks for the whole class to learn about. Mrs. Adam’s class has been having a canned food drive for the last month and so we are bringing in all kinds of cans. Levi Seabolt handed out the Clover Chronicles magazine, and I would like to congratulate the pumpkin carving contest winners, Jessica Ramsey for the most creative pumpkin, David Rinehart, scariest pumpkin, and Anna Greer, best pumpkin overall. Our 4-H teacher talked about how to give a speech.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009 from creator Shawn Ryan. The set includes all 88 episodes on 28 discs with an amazing ensemble cast. An additional bonus disc has two exclusive never-beforeseen featurettes. There are over 63 hours of special features on all seven seasons. The 60-minute show aired from 2002-2008. Mike Chiklis starred as Detective Vic Mackey in the series. Seasons 1-7 are also sold separately. “The Shield: The Complete Series” is not rated. “The Taking of Pelham 123,” a crime thriller, is now available on DVD and Blu Ray. A New York City subway dispatcher, Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) has no idea that his ordinary workday is about to change until a criminal mastermind named Ryder (John Travolta) hijacks a subway train. Ryder is the leader of a gang of four who

threatens to execute passengers on the hijacked train if their demand is not made to get a ransom within an hour’s notice. With time running out, Garber has to think fast and utilize his vast knowledge of the subway system in an effort to outsmart Ryder and save the lives of the hostages. The Columbia Pictures film came out in theaters on June 12, 2009, and is rated R for violence and pervasive language. Another Columbia Pictures film now out on DVD and Blu Ray is “The Ugly Truth.” The movie stars Katherine Heigl as Abby, a successful morning show producer who is looking for a lot of man. An obnoxious TV star on her show, Mike, who is played by Gerard Butler, believes that men only want one thing. Abby sets out to prove that she is not romantically challenged


and takes Mike’s advice during a promising new relationship. The results will surely have a surprise ending. “The Ugly Truth” is rated R for sexual content and language. The theatrical edition of “Angels & Demons” starring Tom Hanks was just recently released on DVD. Robert Langdon (Hanks) is a Harvard symbologist who is trying to solve a murder and stop a terrorist act against the Vatican. The mystery thriller that arrived in theaters on May 15, 2009, also stars Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer and Stellan Skarsgard. Ron Howard directed “Angels & Demons.” The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material. Look for the two-disc extended edition of “Angels & Demons” that came out in stores on November 24.

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Girl Scouts Troop 8146 are participating in the holiday toy drive. Donation drop boxes are set up at United Community Bank, Coosawattee River Resort POA office and rec center, Cotton States Insurance, Papaʼs Pizza, Ellijay Elementary, Huffʼs Drugs and Knobby Knees. This is the Bronze Award project for the Junior Scouts. For more information e-mail

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Pleasant Gap Baptist Church

Pleasant Gap Baptist Church will have regular worship service Sunday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. Service will also be held at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. The Rev. Brondy Davis is pastor.

Free food

Talking Rock First Baptist Church, 429 Old Blairsville Hwy., will have free soups and stews and fall/winter outerwear while supplies last Thursday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 706-253-7733.

Crossroads Baptist Church

Crossroads Baptist Church will have regular first Sunday service Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome. The . Rev. Eddie Kerr is pastor


First Baptist Church of Blairsville

The First Baptist Church of Blairsville sanctuary choir presents Gloria — A Christmas Experience, Saturday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is invited. For more information call the church at 706-745-2469 or visit us on the Web at

Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church

MLUUC will hold its monthly “First Friday Movie Night” Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. The movie, “What Dreams May Come,” stars Robin Williams, is free and all are welcome. MLUUC is located at GAHA at 217 Dalton Street. For more information call 706-636-4935.

Jerry W. Fouts

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

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

The sanctuary choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church of Ellijay will present their “Christmas Praise” concert Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend and enjoy the sounds of Christmas in the church sanctuary at 164 Dalton Street.

Third annual St. Luke’s bazaar

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold its third annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wetherburn Tavern at High Hope Plantation (formerly Merchant’s Hope), located off Blue Ridge Highway. Items that will be available include knitted goods, original paintings, birdhouses, note cards, prints and Christmas items. For more information call 706-632-8245.

Holt to celebrate first birthday Millie Leigh Holt

Millie Leigh Holt will celebrate her first birthday Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Parents are Manuel and Alicia Holt, of Ellijay. Grandparents are the Rev. Harold and Joan Nelson and Claude and Brenda Holt, all of Ellijay. Great-grandparents are Cleaburn McArthur and the late Molean McArthur, the late Calvin Nelson and the late Fair Henson, Winna York and the late Ray York and the late Fuller and Mintie Holt, of Ellijay. She has one older brother Teeb.

Episcopal The Rev. Victor H. Morgan, Rector

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

Northcutt Baptist Church 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!

Tails Creek Baptist Church 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 WELCOME To ATTEND! Rev. Sammy Adams, Pastor

Sunday School (all Ages)...........................9:45 a.m. Worship................................11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Youth “Praise & Study” Wednesday........7:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting......................7:00 p.m.

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.

12/05 12/09 12/13 12/20 12/20 12/24

Calvary Way Baptist Church presents

It All Happened In The Country A Christmas Musical for All Sunday, December 13 Beginning at 11 a.m.

December Schedule

10:00 a.m. Cookie Swap for Missions 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Food Distribution 5:30 p.m. Children/Youth Christmas Drama 11:00 a.m. Christmas Musical 5:00 p.m. Christmas Caroling 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service/Communion

Call 706-635-7504 for more information. Web site:


10 a.m. 7 p.m.

Sunday 7 a.m. Radio Broadcast 101.1 FM

Come as you are!




Pastor: Edward Ledford

2.5 miles west of Dairy Queen off Hwy. 282

Berean Baptist Church

2.5 miles out Hwy. 52 West • Ellijay James Holt, Pastor • 706-635-5357

52 East, E. Ellijay, Ga.

Services each Sunday Wed. night Bible Study

Pastor Rubin Smith 115 Pleasant Grove Road Ellijay, GA

John T. Bramlett, Pastor


Pastor: Rev. Steve Jones

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

Directions: 8 miles out 52 West, Cross Carl Dover Bridge, First paved rd on left, church is 1⁄ 2 mile on right.


Located on Hwy 52, West

Christopher and Carolyn Smith Christopher and Carolyn Smith celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary Nov. 18, 2009. They were married in Atlanta but have lived in Ellijay for the last five years with their daughter Kimberley who is a senior at Gilmer High School.

“Where Jesus is Lord, and people are loved.”

who passed away December 5, 1995 The Family

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

First Baptist Church

510 Mountaintown Road • 706-276-4870 “A Southern Baptist Fellowship”

In Loving Memory of

St. Luke’s Church

Smiths celebrate 19th wedding anniversary

Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Faith Presbyterian Church, USA


527 Forge Mill Road, Blue Ridge (at Seventh-day Adventist Church)

SUNDAY WORSHIP..........................................................11:30 AM FELLOWSHIP TIME ........................................................11:00 AM BIBLE STUDY .................................................................10:00 AM WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY .....................CALL FOR INFORMATION Pastor: Rev. Carol S. Wade • 706-374-5912 • Come Home to Faith!


LIVE ANIMALS Want to take your family back in time? Want to make some family memories to treasure forever? Mark December 12 on your calendar now. The Gates of Bethlehem open at 5 p.m. & will be open until 7 p.m.

First United Methodist Church • 75 McCutchen St. • Ellijay • 706-635-2555

Located off Old Hwy. 5 South on Hwy. 382 approx. 7 miles out church on left WATCH FOR SIGNS For more information call 706-483-0420


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

Cartecay United Methodist Church Hwy 52E at Roy Rd.

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

Pastor: The Rev. Harden Hopper


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


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)

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

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. Special Christmas Music “The Glorious Impossible” Sunday Evening Service 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study, Children’s Ministry & Teen Elevate

Sunlight Road, Ellijay

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!

“Sharing the Adventure of Life in Christ” Steve Fields, Pastor • Eric Colson, Student Minister 672 Yukon Road • East Ellijay • (706) 635-4390

First United Methodist Church 75 McCutchen Street, Ellijay Phone: 635-2555 Web address: Rev. Gil McGinnis, Pastor SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 8:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Early Service Sunday School For children, youth and adults

11:00 a.m.

Traditional Service

Wednesday Night Program “Circuit 515” Catered fellowship dinner begins at 5:15 p.m. (reservations required)

Activities for children and youth, adult Bible Study and choir rehearsal. Join in the fun. Everyone is welcome!

Come and worship with us! All are welcome! Presented by the Sanctuary Choir & Orchestra of First Baptist Church Ellijay, Georgia


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.

First United Methodist Church 75 McCutchen Street Gil McGinnis, Pastor

10:00 am

Sunday School Worship Service

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

Our Bridal Registry Kristin Dennison & David Abercrombie Shower: December 6 b

Saturday, December December 12 12 Saturday, & Sunday, Sunday, December December 13 13 & p.m. 66 p.m.



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 CHRISTʼS CHURCH UNITED BROOKSONG 276 Monticello Rd., Ellijay


CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE GLESIA FAMILIAR ENCUENTRO CON DIOS Dalton St., Ellijay 706-635-7285 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 CHURCH OF GOD CORINTH CHURCH OF GOD 731 Old Whitestone Rd., East Talking Rock Mt. Zion Worship Center 186 Fred Craddick Dr, Cherry Log





Enjoy the Sounds of Christmas

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

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Proudly Serving The North Georgia Region Since 1995


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


PRESBYTERIAN 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


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

MOSLEY T RACTOR & SUPPLY 2315 Whitestone Road Whitestone, GA

706-276-4331 Compliments of

David Spivey — Owner

Spivey’s Body Shop




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 THE UNIVERSITY OF SPIRITUALAWAKENING 706-635-7720


Ellijay Telephone Company


INDEPENDENT EMMANUEL FULL GOSPEL 515 South, Ellijay 706-635-6713 Prayer Line 706-636-5990 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


P.O. Box 1348 East Ellijay, GA 30539 706-636-2926

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

254 S. Main St., Ellijay


Monday–Saturday 10–5 Sunday 1–5

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

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9155 Hwy 52 East (next to BJ Reece Apple House)

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


Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. We meet in the gymnasium at Oakland Elementary School.

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

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


   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

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

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:




Paddy O’Rourke family reunions Paddy O’Rourke absolutely loves family reunions. He loves the food, and he loves watching people trying very hard to remember the names of long lost second cousins. Don’t even try to remember their kid’s names. His trademark trick is to make people suddenly smack their own faces when they can’t remember something, so he is delighted to hear so many smacks at our reunions. He loves to watch the people hovering around the food tables which cannot be touched under all that aluminum foil until Uncle Frank blesses it. Where else can one get all their favorite vegetables, most right from the garden? Aunt Doris’ creamed corn can’t be beat and no other dressing can compare to Aunt Bonnie’s. There is never enough of Aunt Neil’s fried okra. Personally I head for Gramma’s fried chicken very first thing,

to be sure I get a piece. Who would ever suspect that Paddy O’Rourke would switch out Uncle Jimmy’s banana peppers for the red-hot jalapenos? That little trick caused a lot of sudden hiccups and yelling. Of course there is much planning preceding the reunion date itself. One must decide what to take as their favorite food and what to take for dessert. The dessert table is all-important, because all eyes are on that table. You have to watch very carefully, because Aunt Barbara’s famous chocolate delight may be gone before you finish Aunt Carolyn’s green bean casserole, which had been discovered on your second trip to the buffet, if you are not careful. I have found that the best defensive plan is to take your dessert to your table with your first plate and then you are assured to get it. Unless Paddy O’Rourke sneaks it off the table, that is. Ever notice your bowl of Aunt Nancy’s apple crisp just disap-

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pears while you refill your iced tea glass? Usually it is blamed on cousin … um … you know, the son of … the guy with six kids … the cute one that was in the Navy … ah! Joe’s son Ronnie. He is the prankster of the family and loves to start “friendly discussions” among Republican and Democrat family members. This quite often leads Uncle Herb, of the union, and Uncle Alfred, of management, to loud and lively debates. And why is it that the volleyball game is always played after the feast? Never before. It makes no sense to me that Uncle Ken and L.D. can’t begin this active sport when the stomach is at its empty, somewhat flatter phase. It is already a bit difficult for the seniors to play, but since their 35-year-old minds are stuck in their 65year-old bodies, they play on. And good for them. Paddy O’Rourke has no mercy on any age, as the young and the old alike get balls bounced off their heads and serves in the back of their heads. All this accomplished, we all sit down for a final scoop of Uncle Tommy’s homemade ice cream and talk about the good old days. The small children play on the grassy field and run around without a care in the world and we all sit and smile. It seems like a very short time ago since we were out there running fast just like them. I wonder when the next family reunion will be? I’m hungry again for those vegetables. Now I have to go home, exhale about two pounds of air,and sneak up on my bathroom scale, holding my breath in my hopefully empty lungs. I am not going to be happy about my reunion weight gain, but it was so worth it.

Lynn’s Zen Words ... by C. Lynn Perry In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 Words have always been key to my life, as a writer and all. There are the words God spoke to bring the world into existence, and the words we say to each other. There are words that sometimes mean nothing, and words of hope that mean everything.

There are words that are difficult to say and words of encouragement and hope. There are words spoken in anger that aren’t really meant, and those are the words you wish you could take back, but never can. There are the words that maybe someone once said without thinking that stick in your head, and words that bring you fear, or happiness, or pain. There are the words left said and unsaid. There are the words that

can bind us together and words that can tear us apart. There are the words of hellos and goodbyes. There are the first words of a child. There are words to live by and words of wisdom. And there are the words we use when we pray to God. But in the beginning ... ... it all started with a word.

Girl Scouts give back

Girl Scout Troop 8146 believes in giving back to the community they are a part of. The girls manned a parking lot during the 2009 Apple Festival this year for donations and then donated $200 from their funds to Bread and Bowl. They wanted to help feed people in the community, and felt this organization really makes that happen. To contact Girl Scout Troop 8146, e-mail Contributed photo


Monday, Dec. 14 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Pictures Available! Bring the kiddos and pets! No appointment necessary.

709 1st Avenue • East Ellijay, GA 30540


Stock up on Christmas gifts for the whole family!




Appalachian Bancshares hires veteran Danny Jett as interim COO Appalachian Bancshares Appalachian Bancshares, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: APAB), holding company for Appalachian Community Bank, Appalachian Community Bank, F.S.B., and Appalachian Real Estate Holdings, announced recently that Danny Jett will serve as its interim chief operating officer. Jett, age 59, a financial

services industry veteran, will serve as interim chief operating officer of the bank and will manage day-to-day operations of the company, its branch banks and its federally chartered thrift. Jett previously served as executive in charge of operations, technology and administration for Georgian Bank, which was recently acquired by First Citizens Bank. Before joining Georgian

Bank, he served as president and CEO of EastPoint Technologies, LLC, a national banking software and service provider. Prior to EastPoint, he served as executive vice president of Decatur Federal Bank, a $3.5 billion Atlanta-based financial institution that was acquired by First Union Corporation. For more than 10 years, he

Warren Cagle guest speaker at Genealogical Society meeting

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Gilmer County Genealogical Society welcomes former Revenuer Warren Cagle as guest speaker at the November meeting. He gave an interesting and informative account of the many activities of moonshiners and their apprehension in Gilmer, Pickens and Cherokee counties. Members brought many gifts that were presented to the Ellijay Lions Club for Toys for Tots White Christmas. The Dec. 10 meeting will be the annual Christmas luncheon at the Shriners Club at 11 a.m. The society has again taken part in the Festival of Trees presented at the Gilmer County Library. The theme this year is “Our Family Tree.” Don’t forget the new book “Family Legends” which can be purchased at the library. This makes a great gift for anyone interested in Gilmer County. Pictured above are Mary Jones, president of the Gilmer Genealogical Society and Bob Fenner, president of the Ellijay Lions Club.

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Dixie divas ‘We’re just like you’ by Ronda Rich It’s sometimes amazing the coincidences that can bring a person into your life. How they can be plopped down into your life, just like they’ve always belonged there. Such was the case of Southern writer and humorist Celia Rivenbark and how she landed in my life. Here’s how it happened: Several years ago, a friend called to say that she had just read an excerpt in Reader’s Digest by a Southern writer, Celia Rivenbark. It was a passage from her book, Bless Your Heart, Tramp. “Have you heard of her?” she asked. No, I hadn’t but as soon as I hung up the phone, I did an Internet search and found Celia’s latest newspaper column on line. Lo and behold, that week’s column was about me and my first book. It was an incredible coincidence.


“I fell to my knees and wept with admiration,” Celia had written. Since it’s usually a no-brainer to like those who like us first, she became my new best friend. I sent an e-mail of appreciation and a new friendship was begun. In another peculiar twist of fate, we now share the same fabulous New York literary agent. Over the years, Celia and I have stayed in sporadic, rather than constant contact, but one thing is always consistent: We understand and admire each other. So, when I heard that Miss Celia’s latest book tour for Belle Weather was bringing her to nearby Atlanta, I sent one of those sporadic e-mails. “Let’s go into the studio and record a Cover to Cover interview for Public Radio,” I suggested. She agreed enthusiastically. “Then we’ll have dinner and charge it to your publisher,” I continued.

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ments. “So, you see, writing about Southern womanhood has been rewarding for us. We make a nice living by just being ourselves. Unlike you, we answer to no boss. We’re independent.” I concluded, “So, I guess we could write the book you suggested because we are just

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