North Georgia Chairmen urge Kemp to close State Parks

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Twelve Commission Chairmen from North Georgia counties have joined together and signed a letter asking Governor Brian Kemp to shut down the State Parks.

“It appears that these nonresidents believe our area is a safe haven because of its rural nature. To the contrary, the influx of people into our communities has had a staggering detrimental effect on our resources,” the letter to Kemp read in part.

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Habersham County Commissioner District 5 Tim Stamey

The letter goes on to outline the resources in our area that have been affected by the out-of-towners looking to seclude themselves, including in these resources are food, dry goods and fuel.

It goes on to inform Kemp that our area is not equipped medically: “Our communities simply do not have enough hospital beds or medical personnel to care for the inflated population.”

Though only serving as a commissioner for a little over three months, Habersham County Commissioner District 5 Tim Stamey felt he needed to be proactive in bringing a solution to this problem: “I am a retired special operator and we don’t sit around talking about things, we get it done.”

Stamey who sits on the County Health Board said, “I’m on the County Health Board and talk to Healthcare workers in my county on a daily basis. They are the heros/heroines in all this. This virus does not spread itself on the wind.”

Moccasin Creek State Park, situated just North of Unicoi State park has been “crazy, 4th of July crazy” for the past three weekends according to Stamey, who has witnessed the impact on his county first hand.

Stamey initially contacted Rabun County Chairman Greg James and White County Chairman Travis Turner.

“I started this by just trying to get border counties on board,” Stamey said and added, “Then Chairmen were like well, did you call such and such, I know they feel the same way. It just kept getting bigger and bigger.”

Stamey said that all Commission Chairmen were helpful, on board, and taking the matter seriously: “I talked to most of them several times and for up to an hour each time.”

Stamey, along with the 12 county chairmen and many residents, is hoping that this letter will get the attention of Kemp. The letter in closing states: “On behalf of the many citizens that live in North Georgia who entrust us as County Commissioners to represent their interests, we respectfully ask you to close all of the state parks located in our area immediately.”

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Howard Lee Carnes: Obituary

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Howard Lee Carnes

October 07, 1935 – December 02, 2018

Howard Lee Carnes, age 83, of Gainesville, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Mr. Carnes was born in Forsyth County to the late Soloman Robert and Margaret Self Carnes.  He was preceded in death by sisters and brothers, Martha Carnes, Ausbon Carnes, Leota Carnes, John Carnes, and Marshall Carnes.  Mr. Carnes was a textile worker at New Holland Mill for 45 years.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Margaret Renee Carnes, Gaffney, South Carolina; son, Vince Carnes, Gainesville; daughter, Sony Jones Lopez; grandchildren, Victoria Carnes, Justin Carnes, Jessica Carnes, Casey Jones, Heath Jones, Cody Lopez, Dallas, and Angel; sister, Kathleen Dorsey, Gillsville; brothers, William Carnes, Cleveland, and Robert Carnes, Banks County.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Doug Merck will officiate. Interment will follow in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery in Cumming.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Monday, December 3, 2018 at the funeral home.

To leave a message or condolence with the family, visit barrettfh.com.

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

David Stanley Duncan: Obituary

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David Stanley Duncan

August 01, 1947 – November 30, 2018

David Stanley Duncan, Sr., age 71 of Cornelia, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018.

Mr. Duncan was born on August 1, 1947, in South Carolina, to the late Frank and Martha Long Duncan. He was a carpenter.

Survivors include his daughter, Alicia Duncan, Cleveland; son, David Stanley Duncan, Jr., Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Blake Summers and Candace Duncan; sister, Loretta Wade (Keith), Carnesville, and Sylvia Dove, Oakwood.

No services are planned.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit www.barrettfh.com

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland

Paul “Nelson” Chambliss: Obituary

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Paul “Nelson” Chambliss

July 10, 1941 – November 28, 2018

Paul Nelson Chambliss, age 77 of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Mr. Chambliss was born on July 10, 1941, in Macon, Georgia, to the late Paul and LaVerne Chambliss.  He worked as a pharmaceutical representative but his passion was gun shows and World War II memorabilia.  Paul was of the Baptist faith and loved his daughter dearly.

Survivors include his daughter, Stephanie Chambliss, Cleveland; grand dog, Sonny Chambliss; great grand dog, Sammy Chambliss.

Memorial services are scheduled for 3:30 P.M. Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home 118 N. Brook St Cleveland, Ga 30528.  The Rev. Dennis Turner will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 – 3:30 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association – P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit www.barrettfh.com.

 

Loney Jim Gravitt: Obituary

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Loney Jim Gravitt

May 13, 1948 – November 30, 2018

Mr. Loney Jim Gravitt, age 70, of Cleveland, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018.

Mr. Gravitt was born to the late Luther and Fannie Mae Williamson Gravitt. He was preceded in death by parents, brother, David Gravitt, and sister, Linda Gravitt.  Mr. Gravitt was a Line Engineer for AT&T and a member of County Line Baptist Church.

Survivors include wife of 49 years, Glenda Gravitt, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery Gravitt and Elizabeth Almond, Sandy Springs; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Chris Roden, Cleveland; son, Rodney Gravitt, Cleveland; grandchildren, Harley Gravitt, Luke Gravitt, Olivia Gravitt, and Craig and Heather Roden; sister-in-law, Peggy Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4:30 PM Sunday, December 2, 2018 from the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home.  The Rev. Steve Williamson will officiate.  Interment will follow in Mossy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 PM Saturday, December 1, 2018 and 3:30-4:30 PM Sunday, December 2, 2018.

To share a memory or leave a condolence with the family, visit barrettfh.com.

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Thelma Leigh Lance: Obituary

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Thelma Leigh Lance

December 16, 1941 – November 26, 2018

Thelma Leigh Seabolt Lance, age 76 of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Mrs. Lance was born on December 16, 1941, in Union County, to the late Arch and Julia Wilkins Seabolt. She retired from Talon and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Thelma was preceded in death by her brothers, J.D. Seabolt and Fletcher Seabolt; sister, Gladys Wehunt.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Jerry Lance, Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrie and Tracy Allen, Cleveland, and Debra and Darryl Moler, Cleveland; grandchildren, Morgan and Blake Daniel and Trey Allen; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Ronald Connery, Altamonte Springs, FL; sisters, Callie Copelan, Mt. Airy, and Hilda Fain, Helen; sister-in-law, Sarah Hamilton, Jonesboro; sister-in-law, Francis Seabolt, Hartwell; special friends, Robby Owenby and Barbara Owenby; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Brandon Hester will officiate. Interment will follow at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Tuesday and from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit www.barrettfh.com.

Northview Orthopaedic Associates Launches Sprain & Strain Clinic in Dahlonega

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Clinic Helps Fill Void Created Following Announcement Chestatee Hospital will be Closing

 

September 21, 2018 (Dahlonega)   Northview Orthopaedic Associates, an established orthopaedic practice with more than 25 years serving residents with a range of orthopaedic needs in Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Lumpkin, and Union counties, recently opened a walk-in sprain and strain clinic located at the practice’s main office, 70 Ansley Drive in Dahlonega.  The clinic is open Monday – Friday from 3-4 p.m. and allows easy access to the practice’s orthopaedic surgeons and nurses, as well as diagnostic tests such as x-ray, MRI, EMG nerve conduction studies, and management for strains and sprains.

            “Dr. David Hochschild and I, as well as our entire staff, are excited about the future of healthcare in our region, and one way we are trying to impact the landscape is through the launch of a sprain and strain clinic,” said Dr. G. Alan Binkley, who along with Dr. Hochschild are the two practicing surgeons on staff at Northview.  “We live in such a gorgeous part of Georgia where engaging in some aspect of outdoor activity throughout the year is a normal way of life for so many.  With that being said, the only down side is the likelihood of experiencing some kind of orthopaedic issue or injury is enhanced.  We want to be there for those individuals of all ages needing attention.

       Northview provides General Orthopaedic Surgery, Total Joint Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, Spine Procedures, and support for Sports and Work-Related Injuries. The practice offers state-of-the art orthopedic management options, including minimally invasive surgical also procedures, advanced arthroscopic procedures and stem cell and biologics treatment. More than 75 percent of all surgeries and many procedures, such as spinal injections, can be performed in the safety and comfort of Northview’s ambulatory out-patient surgery center in Dahlonega. The practice also has a presence in Blairsville, where the doctors work two days a week.

            For more information, visit www.northvieworth.com or call 706-864-7904.

Mary Alice Kapise: Obituary

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Mary Alice Kapise

July 07, 1948 – November 30, 2018

Mary Alice Kapise, age 70 of Cleveland, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018. Mrs. Kapise was born in Thomaston, Georgia to the late Charlie Will and Virginia Lynch Franklin. She resided in Macon, Georgia as well as Lizella, Georgia before moving to White County in 1986. Mrs. Kapise was of the Methodist faith and loved doing her crafts such as sewing and painting.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step son Danny Kapise.

Mrs. Kapise is survived by her husband Thomas Kapise Sr. of Cleveland; her daughter Jennifer Tomlin of Cleveland; step son Barry Kapise of Manchester, Tennessee, step daughter Tammy Pettinato of LaVerne, Tennessee, and Tommy Kapise Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in law Frances (Bruce) Hawkins of Pontotoc, Texas and brother and sister-in law Billy (Ann) Franklin of Thomaston, Georgia; her granddaughters Lexi and Aly Tomlin; as well as 15 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M Saturday, December 8, 2018 at The Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home with the Rev. Tony Elrod officiating.

Flowers will be accepted or a donation may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950.

To share a memory of Mrs. Kapise or to send a condolence please visit www.barrettfh.com

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Warriors Slay Dragons at Mountaintop Tourney

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Courtside coverage provided by Reagan Young, TeamFYNSports Reporter

This past Friday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the White County Warriors and the Pickens County Dragons traveled to Fannin County for their match up on day two of the tournament. Both teams were coming off of a loss from the first day of the tournament and ready to walk away with a win.

It was a high action and fast paced game from the start. The Dragons made the majority of their points from down low while the Warriors did most of their damage from driving the lane. Dragon post, Seth Bishop, led Pickens in scoring from the block with twenty-one points. Warrior guard, Austin Harris, led his team in scoring with twenty-four points due to his hustle. Warrior post, Austin Rowland, had the hustle on defense to make steals and contribute twelve points for his team. With the Warriors in the lead near the end of the third quarter, Pickens makes a buzzer beater shot to tie the game 17-17.

The hopes were high at the beginning of the second quarter. Both teams had the same chances of winning and were not giving up. The lead went from team to team and it became unpredictable on who would have it next. Warrior, Chandler Harris’s outside shooting came alive which put eleven points on the board for White County. Warriors, Reece Dockery and J. Ben Haynes, also had a good game above the key by each adding five points to White County’s score. The Warriors took a seven point lead over the Dragons at the end of the second quarter by making the score 29-22.

With Pickens down more than they had been the entire game, they were determined to make a come back. Both teams applied heavy defensive pressure on the other by putting a full court press into action. The press resulted in both teams getting steals and adding onto their score. At the end of the third quarter, White County doubled their lead over Pickens with a score of 47-33.

Pickens picked up the pace at the start of the fourth quarter. The Warriors start to put even more defensive pressure on the Dragons and draw fouls. Warrior, Jay Lepkoske, contributed one of his five points from the free throw line. The Warriors also started to have good looks inside which resulted in Kaleb Crane’s overall four points. Warriors, Daniel Rowland and Cooper Turner, followed the trend and each added four points onto White County’s score. However, the Warriors were not the only ones adding onto their score. The Dragons came back at the end of the fourth quarter with a score of 53-53, putting the game into overtime.

The intensity came alive at the beginning of the quarter. Both teams had four minutes to win the game. Pickens finally took the lead that they had been working for the whole game just to have the score tied once again at 63-63, putting the game into double overtime.

Four more minutes were put on the clock as both teams gave the game their all. The quarter was filled with hustle after loose balls, fouls from attempting to keep the other team from scoring, and heart. The back and forth of the game had everyone on their feet as they watched with anticipation. Although both teams played to the best of their ability, the White County Warriors had a 74-67 victory over the Pickens County Dragons.

The White County Warriors win puts their overall record at 9-4 while the Pickens County Dragons stand at 4-9. Catch the Warriors next game on January 2 at 5:45 as they travel to take on North Cobb Christian!

Georgia Election Run-Off Results

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 2018 Georgia Election Run-Off Results

Tonight marks the run-offs for election races in Georgia, these results are unofficial until approved by the Secretary of State.

 

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 756,016 votes   51.97%

John Barrow (D) – 698,770 votes   48.03%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 749,805 votes   51.83%

Lindy Miller (D) – 696,957 votes   48.17%

 

Check for local results by county here:

 

Gilmer

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 4,337 votes   83.13%

John Barrow (D) – 880 votes   16.87%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 4,250 votes   81.79%

Lindy Miller (D) – 946 votes   18.21%

 

Pickens

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 4,408 votes   84.01%

John Barrow (D) – 839 votes   15.99%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 4,325 votes   82.70%

Lindy Miller (D) – 905   17.30%

 

Fannin

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 3,522 votes   81.89%

John Barrow (D) – 779 votes   18.11%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,454 votes   80.57%

Lindy Miller (D) – 833 votes   19.43%

 

Dawson

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 3,985 votes   85.83%

John Barrow (D) – 658 votes   14.17%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,939 votes   85.02%

Lindy Miller (D) – 694 votes   14.98%

 

White

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 4,063 votes   82.78%

John Barrow (D) – 845 votes   17.22%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,960 votes   80.82%

Lindy Miller (D) – 940 votes   19.18%

 

Union

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 4,246 votes   80.92%

John Barrow (D) – 1,001 votes   19.08%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 4,108 votes   78.65%

Lindy Miller (D) – 1,115 votes   21.35%

 

Towns

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 2,161 votes   79.95%

John Barrow (D) – 542 votes   20.05%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 2,105 votes   78.22%

Lindy Miller (D) – 586 votes   21.78%

 

Murray

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 2,699 votes   88.99%

John Barrow (D) – 334 votes   11.01%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 2,691 votes   88.84%

Lindy Miller (D) – 338 votes   11.16%

 

Lumpkin

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 3,378 votes   78.47%

John Barrow (D) – 927 votes   21.53%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,337 votes   77.89%

Lindy Miller (D) – 947 votes   22.11%

Nicole Parker: Obituary

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Nicole Parker

August 17, 1978 – November 29, 2018

Nicole Parker, age 40 of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Ms. Parker was born August 17, 1978 in White County to James and Shirley Sullens.

Survivors include her parents, James and Shirley Sullens, Dahlonega; brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Patty Sullens, Dahlonega; brother, David Sullens, Dahlonega.

No services are planned.

To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.barrettfh.com.

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Tigers take victories over Panthers

Union County High School

Tuesday Jan. 9, the Union County High School Panthers played an away 7-AAA region game at Dawson County High School.

The Lady Panthers fought hard but foul trouble got the best of them early on as center Kait Mccarter had to sit down early in the first and second quarters due to this.

The Lady Panthers fought hard early on with Q1 trailing 9-11 at the buzzer. Mccarter led the lady panthers with 5 in Q1. The Lady Panthers still had life in the second quarter although 3 starters had 2 or more fouls. Mccarter led all UC scorers with 7 points in the first half.

The Lady Panthers started out slow out of the half as they were on the wrong side of a 18-4 run to open Q3.

The Lady Panthers could never get back in reach of the Lady Tigers. Sophomore forward Andelin Hill led all scorers with 17 points, Mccarter also had (12), senior guard Bailey Daniel and sophomore guard Brooke Dockrey (8)The final score was 42-54.

The Lady Panthers fall to 11-5 and 3-2 in region play, the next game being Friday, Jan 12 against the Fannin County Rebels in a region match-up tipping off at 7pm.

The Panthers followed the lady panthers tipping off at 7:30.
The Panthers were in for a battle all night long and it showed as the score was tied at 12 end of Q1. The panthers also got into some early foul trouble as senior Candler Colwell had 2 fouls in the first 1:30.
This was a hard fought defensive battle all night long as no team had larger than a 4 point lead in the first half. The panthers trailed 27-25 at the half.
The Panthers were fighting all night long, senior forward Crawford Colwell hit a layup at the buzzer to put UC up by 1 at the 3Q buzzer 38-37.
The Panthers played keep-away by holding the ball for over 5 minutes in Q4, but missed key free throws in the last :45 seconds to fall to 13-3 and 3-2 in region play.
Offensively, Union was led by sophomore guard Pierson Allison (11), Senior Patrick Bagget and Senior Crawford Colwell (9).  The next game being Friday, Jan. 12 against the Fannin County Rebels in a region match-up tipping off at 8:30pm.  Full coverage to follow.

Dawson Tigers drop close contest against West Hall; Turn attention to White County

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The Dawson County Tigers are one possession away from a perfect season. Last Friday, September 15, West Hall, a 4A-Region 7 favorite, managed to hand the Tigers their first loss of the season, but it wasn’t easy. At the end of the first quarter Dawson held a 7-3 lead, but their early touchdown would be the only time the offense found paydirt for the rest of the night.

West Hall scored a touchdown before the half, and both defenses came out swinging for the fences in the third; holding each other scoreless for 15

Photo courtesy of Dawson County Tigers Football facebook and Dawson County High School.

minutes. The Tigers kicked a field goal in the fourth, forcing a tie; but West Hall’s kicker had enough leg and accuracy to put it away for the Spartans, 13-10.

Now 2-1 overall, with a 29-14 win over Chattooga (Summerville, GA) and a 9-0 skunking of 7A-Region 5’s Forsyth Central (Cumming, GA); the Tigers turn their attention to 4A-Region 7 White County (4-1), who is coming off a big 28-18 win over a very talented North Hall squad (3A Region 7). The last time these two teams met on the gridiron, the Tigers took the Warriors to the woodshed, winning 46-0. This year’s contest will most likely be much more competitive as both teams bring solid talent and experience on both sides of the football.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm in Cleveland, Ga.

 

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*UPDATED* School Closings Due to Severe Weather Conditions

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  • Union County Schools will be CLOSED Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th due to Gov. Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia. Please continue to monitor here for further updates.
  •  Fannin County Schools will be closed for students and all personnel on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12, for students, as well as all faculty and staff, except for 12-month personnel, district directors, and principals. As long as it is safe to do so, all 12-month personnel, as well as district directors and principals, should anticipate reporting by 9:00 a.m. on September 12.  These personnel should note, though, that this expectation may be revised, depending on the weather conditions overnight; nonetheless, if you ever believe it is unsafe to report, please notify your immediate supervisor. In addition, the Board of Education work session meeting that was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, has been cancelled.  Please continue to stay safe!
  • Pickens County Schools closed Monday, September 11th – TWELVE MONTH EMPLOYEES REPORT AT NORMAL TIME. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12.  Twelve month employees will be contacted late Monday as to whether they will be required to come to work on Tuesday. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be canceled.
  • Gilmer County Schools  will be closed Monday, September 11th and Sepember 12th due to Hurricane Irma. We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds especially at higher elevations, debris, dangerous road conditions and downed power lines left in its wake. Only 12 month staff should report if safe to do so.
  • Dawson County Schools  will be closed on Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Twelve month employees will operate on a 2 hour delay.
  • Lumpkin County Schools closed due to the weather forecast for our area, Lumpkin County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The anticipated high winds pose a significant threat to our students and staff. We understand that weather predictions are not always accurate, but we cannot ignore the potentially dangerous situation that this storm poses. Our number one priority is to keep our students and staff safe! Wednesday will still be a early release day as planned so that teachers will be available for parent conferences. 12 month employees should report if it is safe to do so. 
  • Towns County Schools closed Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th for all students. All employees should report at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 12th if safe to do so.
  • White County Schools due to the severe weather forecast, White County Schools are closed for students and staff Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Please be safe!
  • Murray County Schools closed Monday September 11 and Tuesday September 12, due to the possible impact of Hurricane Irma.   We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds, debris, dangerous road conditions, and downed power lines.  We understand that weather predictions are often incorrect, but the size of this storm cannot be ignored. It is our hope that Murray County is spared from any of this storm’s impact, but we will always choose to error on the side of caution.  All events planned for Monday and Tuesday evenings are also cancelled.  This includes the September 11 MCPS Board meeting.  This meeting will be rescheduled for Thursday, September 14 at 6:15 p.m.  All maintenance, grounds crew, and transportation employees will meet at the transportation office.

Hurricane Irma prompts school closings in Georgia

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*  Union County Schools will be CLOSED Monday, September 11th, 2017 due to Gov. Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia. Please continue to monitor here for further updates.

  •  Fannin County Schools will be closed for students and all personnel on Monday, September 11.A great deal of consideration has been given to this decision. Governor Deal has us under a State of Emergency. Severe weather conditions, such as severe winds (especially at higher elevations), debris, dangerous road conditions, and downed power lines are all possible for our area beginning tomorrow(Monday) morning.Weather predictions are not always accurate, but this storm is massive and cannot be ignored. It is my hope that our community is spared from this, but it is better to err on the side of caution when safety is in question.  Please stay safe!
  • Pickens County Schools closed   Jasper, Georgia — Due to inclement weather conditions,the Pickens County School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 11th – TWELVE MONTH EMPLOYEES REPORT AT NORMAL TIME. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12.  Twelve month employess will be contacted late Monday as to whether they will be required to come to work on Tuesday. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be canceled.  Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website at www.pickenscountyschools.org, the Infinite Campus parent portal, district and school websites and social media sites, and sent to local media.

     *  Gilmer County Schools closed   Release from Gilmer County School         School Closed – Monday, September 11, 2017Gilmer County Schools will be closed Monday September 11 due to Hurricane Irma. We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds especially at higher elevations, debris, dangerous road conditions and downed power lines left in its wake. We understand that weather predictions are not always accurate, but this storm is massive and cannot be ignored. It is our hope that our community is spared from the force of this storm, but we will always choose to err on the side of caution when our students’ safety is in question.

    *  Dawson County Schools Closed   Based on information from the NWS, Dawson County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017. Twelve month employees report.

    *  Lumpkin County Schools Closed   Due to the weather forecast for our area, Lumpkin County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017.  The anticipated high winds pose a significant threat to our students and staff. We understand that weather predictions are not always accurate, but we cannot ignore the potentially dangerous situation that this storm poses. Our number one priority is to keep our students and staff safe!  Decisions for future closings will be made as more information becomes available.  Thank you for supporting Lumpkin County Schools!

    *  Towns County Schools will be closed Monday for all students and staff. A decision about Tuesday will be made tomorrow afternoon.

    *  White County Schools Closed Due to the severe weather forecast, White County Schools are closed for students and staff Monday, September 11, 2017. Please be safe!

    *  Murray County Schools Closed Murray County Schools will be closed Monday September 11 and Tuesday September 12, due to the possible impact of Hurricane Irma.   We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds, debris, dangerous road conditions, and downed power lines.  We understand that weather predictions are often incorrect, but the size of this storm cannot be ignored. It is our hope that Murray County is spared from any of this storm’s impact, but we will always choose to error on the side of caution.  All events planned for Monday and Tuesday evenings are also cancelled.  This includes the September 11 MCPS Board meeting.  This meeting will be rescheduled for Thursday, September 14 at 6:15 p.m.  All maintenance, grounds crew, and transportation employees will meet at the transportation office.

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