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A group of students from Blue Ridge Elementary School took time to exhibit their 2016 Gold Award for Greatest Gains from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. Those presenting the award are, from left, front, third graders Marty Martin, Taelyn Ledford; back, Vice Principal Gini Bramlett, fourth graders Noah Burnette and Allyson Beavers and Principal Shannon Miller.

Blue Ridge Elementary School learned they earned gold status through the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) Jan. 5.

A new city map, an upcoming condemnation hearing and a report that showed arrests have more than doubled, were all discussed at the McCaysville City Counil meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10.


Fannin County High School standout Logan Holt makes a high-flying move to the rim against Gilmer High School on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Blue Ridge. The senior scored a game-high 25 points as the Rebels (7-9, 0-5 Region 7-AAA) completed a season sweep over the Bobcats with a 57-52 win.

One day after losing their fifth straight Region 7-AAA game, this one a heartbreaking one-point loss to Union County on Friday, Jan.

Fannin County High School junior Savada Collins, left, pulls down a rebound against Gilmer High School as sophomore Reagan Henderson reaches to establish rebound position Saturday, Jan. 14, in Blue Ridge. The Lady Rebels (7-9, 1-4 Region 7-AAA) took down the Lady Bobcats 39-28 to win their third game in a row.

The Lady Rebels are on a roll. 

Fannin County Recreation Director Eddie O’Neal

Eddie O’Neal is now the permanent director of the Fannin County Parks and Recreation Department after a vote of the county commission board Jan. 4.


Gary Carter “Cracker” Reichert, 59, of Blue Ridge, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at his home after an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Louise Reichert.

Barbara Sue Bailey Douthit, age 79, of Winder, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Grace Health Care in Tucker, Georgia. 

Othella Minnie Key, age 84, of Blue Ridge, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at her home. 

The News Observer

Phone: 706.632.2019

Fax: 706.632.2577


Address: P.O.Box 989,

5748 Appalachian Hwy

Blue Ridge, GA, 30513


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