11th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival

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11th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off and Craft Beer Festival

February 19, 2022 12:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.

790 Block of East Main St & Downtown City Park

 Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures, amazing chili and craft beer! Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the Peoples Choice Award.

An amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures from the award winning, National Ice Carving Champion Rock On Ice including several ice carving demonstrations, in the park, during the entire event.

Tasting cards will be sold from 11 am to 2:30 pm.

Tasting begins at noon

All People’s Choice votes MUST be turned in by 2:30 pm.

Cook-Off will happen come rain, snow or shine!

bin322 Wine & Tapas Bar Live Music and Events

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Excellent regional wines from all over the world, tapas and international platters to complement our great wine selection.

Monday Evenings ~ SINGO – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Singo is a mix of Bingo and great music. To play, everyone is given a bingo card. We’ll play about a minute of each song and you match the song to a tile on your board – just like Bingo! The first person to match 5 in a row and yell out “SINGO” is our winner!

 Live Music Night Schedule

Friday, February 18th – David Welch – 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Live Music ~ Misty Mountain Hops

Community

Misty Mountain Hops is a music centric restaurant thriving on customer service and supporting patrons needs.

Their belief is through music and food they can provide and establishment for people of all backgrounds, generations and beliefs to come together and enjoy an enthusiastic experience of community.

Join them Tuesday’s at 6:00 p.m. for

SINGO

Singo is a mix of Bingo and great music. To play, everyone is given a bingo card. We’ll play about a minute of each song and you match the song to a tile on your board – just like Bingo! The first person to match 5 in a row and yell out “SINGO” is our winner!

Trivia with Lauren – Thursday’s at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE

Friday, December 17th – Travis Bowlin– 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, January 7th – Dan Foster – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 8th – Travis Bowlin–  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, January 14th – Gavin Graves – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 15th – Maddie Lane – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, January 21st –Gabe Myers – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 22nd – Jennifer Lynn Simpson – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, January 28th Andrew Chastain – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 29th – Frankie Sparks – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Location: Misty Mountain Hops
    • 3300 East 1st Street
    • Blue Ridge, GA 30513
  • Time:
    6:00 PM

Christmas Tour of Homes

Community

Back by Popular Demand the Christmas Tour of Homes benefiting Fannin County Family Connection.

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

SAVE THE DATE –

Check back for more detailed information and descriptions of the homes featured!

Join Fannin County Family Connection on our Christmas Tour of Homes! Ticket holders will meet at the Fannin County Family Connection Community Room for holiday refreshments between 11 am and 2 pm. Once there you will receive your maps and directions, along with credentials for entry into each of the homes. You may visit homes between 1 PM until 6 PM. Tickets available at Fannin County Family Connection, United Community Bank and online at www.fannin.gafcp.org. All proceeds are used to fund Drug & Alcohol outreach programs and the food pantry at Family Connection.

The cost for viewing the homes on the tour is $30 per individual ticket or $50 per couple.

Participants will receive a map to tour fabulous homes throughout Fannin County

    • Location: Family Connection
    • 501 Fannin Industrial Park
    • Blue Ridge, GA 30513
  • Time:
    11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Blue Ridge Turkey Trot ~ 5k Marathon

Seasonal

The race is for all abilities from walkers to the serious competitor.

We are one of the biggest races in our surrounding area with over 700 runners, walkers and fans joining in the Thanksgiving fun!

Don’t worry you will be home in time to put the turkey in the oven! Now let’s get trotting!

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Registration Opens 7 a.m.

Race Begins Promptly at 8 a.m.

    • Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
    • 241 Depot Street
    • Blue Ridge, GA 30513
  • Time:
    8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Holiday Express 2021 ~ Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Community

Come join the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for a festive 1-hour train ride on the Holiday Express in which you can listen to holiday music, hear the story “The Night Before Christmas,” enjoy delicious hot chocolate or other snacks available for sale inside the concession car.

Children will receive a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway jingle bell, candy cane, and activity packet while on board.

  • Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
  • 241 Depot Street
  • Blue Ridge , GA 30513

Fannin County honors past Fire Chiefs

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Fannin County, Georgia, Fire Department, Emergency Management Agency, EMA, EMS, Fire Chief, Past, Present, Honor, Recognize, Larry Thomas, Darrell Payne, Tony Petty, Jack Worthey, Larry Waters, Walter Taylor, Robert Graham, Chairman, Jamie Hensley, Post 2 Commissioner, Glenn Patterson

Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County Fire Department (FCFD) along with Fannin County EMA/EMS took time to recognize the past Fire Chiefs of Fannin County. 

“It is an honor to be a part of this with you guys,” Fannin County Chairman Jamie Hensley was present to give his thanks: “The hard work and dedication that you all put into even forming this and keeping it going throughout the years, you paved the way for all of us to be here.” 

Fannin County, Georgia, Fire Department, Emergency Management Agency, EMA, EMS, Fire Chief, Past, Present, Honor, Recognize, Larry Thomas, Darrell Payne, Tony Petty, Jack Worthey, Larry Waters, Walter Taylor, Robert Graham, Chairman, Jamie Hensley, Post 2 Commissioner, Glenn Patterson

Chairman Hensley expresses his thanks to the Fire Department both past and present.

Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner Glenn Patterson echoed Hensley’s sentiments, “You guys up there laid the foundation of what you see today. We do appreciate you all and what you built from the ground up. Your contributions are invaluable.”

Among those present to be recognized were Darrell Payne, Tony Petty, Jack Worthey, Larry Waters, Walter Taylor, and Robert Graham. Those that couldn’t be present for the event were Spencer Kitchens, Ryan McDaris and William Wright.

Current Fire Chief Larry Thomas thanked the previous fire chiefs, many of whom he had worked with, “I want to give my thanks to each and everyone of you all.” 

Thomas spoke of how their work and dedication helped to bring the department to where it is today.

Each one of the former Fire Chiefs spoke and it quickly became apparent that while they were given the title to lead the department, none felt they alone could take credit for how far the department has come.

The speeches quickly gave way to stories. The camaraderie of those working in emergency services showed as it was evident to everyone in the room, whether past or present, after serving your community you are always family.

Walter Taylor, Fannin County’s first official Fire Chief shared how, with the help of others, the first fire truck in Fannin County was built. According to Taylor it was a 1957 Chevrolet 6 cylinder: “We put two 500 gallon tanks on it.” 

Taylor also shared a personal experience where those presently working in public safety had been called in to aid him. He gave an emotional thank you to the ones who answered the call, crediting them with saving his life.

Larry Waters, former Fannin County Fire Chief, gave insight into being a Fire Chief before the department received funding for full-time staff, “While I was Fire Chief, I was working full time at Levis Strauss and Co. and during the daily activities Tony took over as assistant chief.”

Waters spoke of firefighters and emergency personal running concession stands, parking cars, and “whatever we could do to raise money” for equipment. He also spoke of the pride the department felt when their new used equipment would arrive.

Fannin County, Georgia, Fire Department, Emergency Management Agency, EMA, EMS, Fire Chief, Past, Present, Honor, Recognize, Larry Thomas, Darrell Payne, Tony Petty, Jack Worthey, Larry Waters, Walter Taylor, Robert Graham, Chairman, Jamie Hensley, Post 2 Commissioner, Glenn Patterson

Family and friends gather along with emergency personnel and continue to share stories and laughs after the recognition ceremony.

Former Fire Chief Tony Petty gave advice to those new to the field, “To be a fireman you’ve got to want to help people” and added that everyone involved is what makes a successful department: “You can be the best Chief in the world but if you ain’t got good people under you, you ain’t got nobody. I couldn’t never done it without you (all the volunteers).”

“I come in as a paid Chief,” Jack Worthey, former Fire Chief and 40 year veteran in the field, said of his reluctance to be honored with the others, adding that it is an “honor to come in and appreciate what these men have done.” 

Standing with the others and looking around the crowded room Worthy noted that it is a “privilege to be a firefighter”.

There was a noticeable sense of pride in the room as emergency personnel listened to the stories shared from the previous Fire Chiefs. A humble sense of pride not only in the work that they face day to day but also a pride to be a small part of a larger team that helped write the history of Fannin County and continues to shape the future.

Former Fire Chief Worthey came to Fannin County, after having worked with the DeKalb County Fire Department for 30 years and had this to say of Fannin County, “This is the best volunteer fire department in the state of Georgia.”

Ramsey named new High School Principal

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Fannin County, Schools, School System, Board of Education, Principal, Assistant, Interim, Erik Cioffi, Debbie Decubellis, Scott Ramsey, Chad Galloway, Bobby Bearden

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Dr. Scott Ramsey will be Fannin County High School’s new Principal after the Board of Education (BOE) voted 3-2 in favor of the hire for the 2021-22 school year.

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Dr. Scott Ramsey to be Fannin County’s new High School Principal.

The search for Principal of Fannin County High School began in 2020 with then Principal Erik Cioffi giving his resignation.

Cioffi resigned in August of that year after accepting the position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Personnel with a school system in Massachusetts.

“This move allows us to be closer to our immediate families in New England,” Cioffi said of his decision, adding, “I was born and raised in Massachusetts so I will be returning home.”

The search for a new high school Principal came to a brief halt as the BOE voted to name Debbie Decubellis Interim Principal. At the time Decubellis had been serving as Interim Assistant Principal of West Fannin Elementary.

In a special called meeting held on Friday, April 30, 2021. The BOE voted in favor of moving Ramsey into the position of Fannin County High School Principal.

The vote was 3-2 in favor of the move, with Board Members Chad Galloway and Bobby Bearden voting in opposition.

Ramsey is currently employed as an Assistant Principal at Fannin County High School and has served the school system previously in the role of Athletic Director.

Blue Ridge playground reopens to the public

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – After much wait and debate, the playground at Blue Ridge City’s downtown park is officially reopen for public use.

Several council members, Mayor and members of the city’s Street Department  met at the park on Thursday, April 22 to commemorate the reopening.

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City’s playground area with newly installed padding and turf.

The park had been closed for several months after Council Member Mike Panter discovered that certain aspects were not in safety compliance and needed to be addressed.

“I did not want the liability. I did not want the city to have the liability, and I felt like it was my responsibility to close the park,” Panter said in a past meeting, defending his stance to close the park, “I know I did the right thing.”

The park was initially in compliance upon original renovations, headed by former council member Angie Arp, but issue arose over lack of upkeep following these renovations. 

In particular the park’s mulch had become compacted over the years and no longer met safety standards to provide ample padding.

“We haven’t had any additional mulch added in three and a half years. We have not had an inspection in three and half years since it was put in,” Panter had previously explained.

City Council voted for the long lasting synthetic turf and padding option, presented by Panter, to cover the park’s grounds and the City of Blue Ridge Street Department worked diligently to correct any drainage issues in the area. 

“It’s going to be done correctly. It’s going to be done right,” Panter had stated of moving forward with the padding and turf option.

The city has also received approximately $19,000 from a private donor for shades to be installed at the park. These shades will be installed on the playground’s existing equipment.

“The shades have been ordered,” Panter said, “And as soon as they arrive they will be installed.”

Arp also stopped by the park to see the latest in renovations and commented, “It is really nice. I’m glad that it will be opened back up in time for the children to really use when school lets out for the year.”

Good Year For Fannin County Toys For Tots!

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FANNIN COUNTY, GA- The Fannin County Toys For Tots had another Successful Year this past Christmas! The Fannin County Toys For Tots Coordinator Cheryl Jordan Had this brief statement

about this years campaign, “Toys for Tots had another successful campaign, this past Christmas season. I want to personally thank you all for your contributions to our campaign, throughout this past year. I look forward to serving as coordinator, 2021. Happy New Year!”

In Total, Fannin County Toys For Tots received and distributed 5,101 toys and supported 1,086 Children! Way to go Fannin County!

Fannin County honors past Fire Chiefs

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Fannin County, Georgia, Fire Department, Emergency Management Agency, EMA, EMS, Fire Chief, Past, Present, Honor, Recognize, Larry Thomas, Darrell Payne, Tony Petty, Jack Worthey, Larry Waters, Walter Taylor, Robert Graham, Chairman, Jamie Hensley, Post 2 Commissioner, Glenn Patterson

Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County Fire Department (FCFD) along with Fannin County EMA/EMS took time to recognize the past Fire Chiefs of Fannin County. 

“It is an honor to be a part of this with you guys,” Fannin County Chairman Jamie Hensley was present to give his thanks: “The hard work and dedication that you all put into even forming this and keeping it going throughout the years, you paved the way for all of us to be here.” 

Fannin County, Georgia, Fire Department, Emergency Management Agency, EMA, EMS, Fire Chief, Past, Present, Honor, Recognize, Larry Thomas, Darrell Payne, Tony Petty, Jack Worthey, Larry Waters, Walter Taylor, Robert Graham, Chairman, Jamie Hensley, Post 2 Commissioner, Glenn Patterson

Chairman Hensley expresses his thanks to emergency personnel both past and present.

Fannin County Post 2 Commissioner Glenn Patterson echoed Hensley’s sentiments, “You guys up there laid the foundation of what you see today. We do appreciate you all and what you built from the ground up. Your contributions are invaluable.”

Among those present to be recognized were Darrell Payne, Tony Petty, Jack Worthey, Larry Waters, Walter Taylor, and Robert Graham. Those that couldn’t be present for the event were Spencer Kitchens, Ryan McDaris and William Wright.

Current Fire Chief Larry Thomas thanked the previous fire chiefs, many of whom he had worked with, “I want to give my thanks to each and everyone of you all.” 

Thomas spoke of how their work and dedication helped to bring the department to where it is today.

Each one of the former Fire Chiefs spoke and it quickly became apparent that while they were given the title to lead the department, none felt they alone could take credit for how far the department has come.

The speeches quickly gave way to stories. The camaraderie of those working in emergency services showed as it was evident to everyone in the room, whether past or present, after serving your community you are always family.

Walter Taylor, Fannin County’s first official Fire Chief shared how, with the help of others, the first fire truck in Fannin County was built. According to Taylor it was a 1957 Chevrolet 6 cylinder: “We put two 500 gallon tanks on it.” 

Taylor also shared a personal experience where those presently working in public safety had been called in to aid him. He gave an emotional thank you to the ones who answered the call, crediting them with saving his life.

Larry Waters, former Fannin County Fire Chief, gave insight into being a Fire Chief before the department received funding for full-time staff, “While I was Fire Chief, I was working full time at Levis Strauss and Co. and during the daily activities Tony took over as assistant chief.”

Fannin County, Georgia, Fire Department, Emergency Management Agency, EMA, EMS, Fire Chief, Past, Present, Honor, Recognize, Larry Thomas, Darrell Payne, Tony Petty, Jack Worthey, Larry Waters, Walter Taylor, Robert Graham, Chairman, Jamie Hensley, Post 2 Commissioner, Glenn Patterson

Family and friends, along with emergency personnel, continue to share laughs and stories after the recognition ceremony.

Waters spoke of firefighters and emergency personal running concession stands, parking cars, and “whatever we could do to raise money” for equipment. He also spoke of the pride the department felt when their new used equipment would arrive.

Former Fire Chief Tony Petty gave advice to those new to the field, “To be a fireman you’ve got to want to help people” and added that everyone involved is what makes a successful department: “You can be the best Chief in the world but if you ain’t got good people under you, you ain’t got nobody. I couldn’t never done it without you (all the volunteers).”

 

“I come in as a paid Chief,” Jack Worthey, former Fire Chief and 40 year veteran in the field, said of his reluctance to be honored with the others, adding that it is an “honor to come in and appreciate what these men have done.”

Standing with the others and looking around the crowded room Worthy noted that it is a “privilege to be a firefighter”.

There was a noticeable sense of pride in the room as emergency personnel listened to the stories shared from the previous Fire Chiefs. A humble sense of pride not only in the work that they face day to day but also a pride to be a small part of a larger team that helped write the history of Fannin County and continues to shape the future.

Former Fire Chief Worthey came to Fannin County, after having worked with the DeKalb County Fire Department for 30 years and had this to say of Fannin County, “This is the best volunteer fire department in the state of Georgia.”

Officers honored for life saving actions

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Two officers with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Department were honored for their quick thinking that resulted in a life being saved.

A call came through dispatch of a single vehicle accident on Highway 2 near Flowers Baking Company. A silver Ford Focus driven by Michael Peppers of Blue Ridge had left the roadway and struck a tree.

Fannin County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, EMA, EMS, First Responders, Fire Department, Paramedics, Narcan, Life Saving, Overdose, Corporal Dustin Carter, Investigator Gary Edwards

(L – R) Investigator Gary Edwards, Corporal Dustin Carter

Corporal Dustin Carter and Investigator Gary Edwards were first to respond to the scene and saw that the male driver was alone and trapped in the vehicle.

“The door panel was crushed from striking the tree,” Investigator Edwards spoke of the scene upon arrival. 

The door was unable to be opened and both officers saw the condition of Peppers deteriorating.

“He was slightly responsive. He was losing color and as we were speaking to him, his condition worsened and he just went out, non-responsive, lost all of his color,” Edwards recounted the quickness in which Peppers’ condition worsened.

Accident reports from that day detail how Peppers’ skin color began to become grayish in hue as his eyes rolled back and his breathing came to almost a complete stop.

“He was on the verge of completely not breathing. He was having agonal respirations,” Fannin County EMA Director Robert Graham spoke of Carter and Edwards’ actions and explained that agonal respirations is a gasping for air that is associated with body reflex and is seen in medical emergencies.

Investigator Edwards and Corporal Carter worked together to free Peppers from the vehicle, Edwards having to break out the back window to gain access. It was at this point that Carter recognized the signs of a possible overdose and Edwards retrieved his supply of Narcan.

Narcan is a nasal spray used for the treatment of an opioid emergency or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems.

Upon returning, Edwards reported that Carter was able to free Peppers from the vehicle and had him laying down on the ground. Edwards administered the nasal Narcan and Peppers began to breathe and move again.

When paramedics arrived, both officers helped to load Peppers onto the stretcher and observed that he was talking to paramedics as they left the scene.

“Seeing his reactions. From the time we got there, he was kind of responsive to unresponsive in just a few minutes,” Carter explained the decision to use Narcan. Carter says that training and experience are how he was able to quickly recognize the signs of a possible overdose.

The officers were given pins of recognition by Fannin County’s Emergency Management Team to acknowledge that their quick thinking and actions were directly responsible for saving a life.

 

 

 

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Students return to school August 7th : What to expect

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Students of the Fannin County School System (FCSS) will have the option of returning to school in a modified traditional setting or utilizing online learning for the 2020-21 school year.

School Administration released their plans for reopening schools at the Board of Education (BOE) regular July meeting.

Assistant Superintendent Sarah Rigdon gave the board an overview of what to expect when school comes back into session. 

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Rigdon presented the BOE with administration’s plan to reopen schools.

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) released guidelines in early June for schools to consider when reopening in the State of Georgia. These guidelines, however, were only recommendations and the ultimate decisions for school operations were left up to the districts.

The DOE guidelines, along with guidance from both local and state authorities, as well as guardian and faculty input helped shape the approach that the FCSS is choosing to implement for the time being.

“The important part for us was to get the information and make the best decisions that we can,” Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney spoke of the system’s plan. “This plan is subject to change. We need to think of this as a living document. It will be modified as new things are learned.”

 

***Important Dates***

Traditional school, or in person education will begin on August 7, 2020.

Faculty and Staff are to report on August 3, 2020.

Online Learning will also begin on August 7, 2020.

Parents and Guardians may enroll their child for Online Learning between July 10 – July 20, 2020.

 

***Online Learning***

For those not comfortable with the traditional in class setting, an online option will be available. Assistant Superintendent Rigdon stressed that this online option will not mirror the distance learning that the school put in place upon the mandatory closure earlier this year.

The online learning platform will be run through a 3rd party that is yet to be determined. The platform will provide instruction to the child with the parent or guardian being a “learning coach”.

Students enrolled in online learning will spend the majority of the traditional school day (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) either working online or working to complete assignments given online. Attendance will be taken and monitored via login and assignments completed.

There will be FCSS personnel assigned to check on each child’s progress. The “learning coaches” will be given the name of someone at the school who can help them navigate the program or assist with issues.

The content of the online learning platform, according to FCSS, will be “rigorous and graded”.

Students enrolled in Online Learning will be able to participate in sports and extracurricular activities. 

While the FCSS is not requiring that students sign a contract to remain in the online platform once enrolled (many other districts have this requirement), they would like to see those enrolled stay with the program through the first semester or for the entirety of the school year.

“We are not asking parents to sign a commitment, but we do want them to be extremely thoughtful as they make that decision because it is going to require us to allocate and spend funds that could be better spent if they’re not going to stick with the program,” Rigdon explained of the need for students and guardians to consider the decision heavily.

Rigdon did add for those who enroll but discover that the online platform is not working for them, “We are never turning a child away from our schools.”

Students utilizing the Online Learning platform will complete assignments from a school issued device. FCSS will provide a WiFi hotspot for students without internet, but these hotspots work much like mobile phones, so if you are an area with poor cell phone service it is likely that the hotspot would not work for you.

Online Learning is available for children in grades Kindergarten – 12. This includes children with IEPs (Individualized Educational Program). Online Learning is not available for Pre-K students.

 

***Traditional School***

Masks are optional for both students and personnel. Parents or Guardians must provide a mask for students who wish to wear one throughout the day.

Temperatures will be taken for all students, staff, parents and guardians each morning upon arriving at the campus. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be permitted to stay at school. 

Hand sanitizer will be available to all children and adults before entering the school buildings.

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Parents, Guardians, and Staff completed a survey on key issues. This helped shape the district’s plan to reopen.

Elementary teachers will move the students instead of students changing classes. Middle and High School students will not be allowed to congregate in hallways. When and where possible class changes for Middle and High School students will be staggered or hallway traffic patterns will be addressed to prevent overcrowding.

When possible students will be assigned seats and will keep the same seat during the instructional class period.

Each school will “develop school level procedures” to limit the number of students in the cafeteria. This may include “grab and go” where students will pick up meals and eat in a classroom or designated area.

The final plan for buses has not been finalized. However, hand sanitizer will be available for anyone upon boarding a bus. Buses will be sanitized daily and ventilated to the extent feasible when in route.

Parents and guardians will be notified of any adjustments to bus routes or pick up times before the first day of school. Requirement to wear a mask while on a bus has not been decided, but parents and guardians will be notified of this decision as well.

Parents and guardians will be allowed to walk their child to class during the first few days of school but must wear a mask.  Schools will determine when parents and guardians will no longer have access beyond the main entrance.  

FCSS states “We want to keep the lines of communication strong, but we need to limit the number of people flowing into and out of the buildings each day.”

 

***If Schools Close Again***

Those students enrolled in Online Learning would continue the course that they are taking with no change. Students of the traditional classroom setting would switch to online learning but follow a model similar to that that was implemented in March 2020.

 

The FCSS states of the opening plan that “plans may change based on future orders from the Governor, the Department of Community Health, or the Department of Education”.

“Our desire is always to operate a traditional school with face to face,” Rigdon said of the hope for all students eventually to return to a traditional setting, “We believe our instruction is best at that level.”

Cheves Commits to TMU

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Recent graduate, Tristan Cheves, decided to take on the next chapter of his life as he committed to Truett McConnell University to play soccer! Tristan was part of Fannin County High School’s class of 2020 who did not have the most ideal senior year, but he still made the most of it by getting his name out there. 

Cheves was a dual athlete for the school who not only played for the varsity soccer team all four years, but he also ran with the varsity cross country team for one year. The dual athlete was even awarded for his great performance on the soccer field as he has received many awards for his accomplishments which include Most Valuable Player and an All-Region First Team mention two years in a row! Not only was the graduate juggling school and sports, but also clubs at the school. Tristan was a member of the high school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for all four years. 

“Tristan Cheves was a 3-year captain for the Rebels. He was the winningest captain in team history, leading the team to the playoffs two of those years. He was in the process of leading the team to playoffs this season as well before it was cut short due to the pandemic. Tristan will no doubt be a fun player to watch at the collegiate level,” Lee Johnson, head coach of the Fannin Rebels Soccer Team shared with Team FYN. 

When asking Cheves why he chose Truett McConnell University, he stated, “For men’s soccer, NAIA is just as good as NCAA D1 soccer. It’s just a different playing style. I wanted to play NAIA so I would learn European style soccer and be better prepared to go play professionally in Europe one day. I want to say a huge thank you to all of the coaches, families, and players that have been a part of my soccer career. Without every one of you, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Bond Becomes TMU Bear

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Although the school year may not have ended as it should have, recent Fannin County High School graduate Chandler Bond made his mark and was able to commit to Truett McConnell University to play soccer!

Not only did Bond play soccer all four years of high school, but he also ran cross country for two. Chandler has been awarded for his great performance on the field by receiving many awards including a First Team All-Region Mention and the Most Valuable Player Award for two years in a row. The dual athlete was very involved in school as he was in a club called HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and even took some honors and AP classes.

“Chandler Bond is Fannin County High School’s all-time leader in wins as a goalkeeper, clean sheets, penalty kicks blocked, and goals scored while primarily playing goalkeeper. We are looking forward to watching him develop at the next level,” Lee Johnson, head coach of the Fannin Rebels Soccer Team shared with Team FYN Sports.

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