Category Archives: Clyde’s Columns

Stan Helton On Declaring a State of Emergency, Essentially Bringing Tourism To A Halt Until April 13th, Tough Call

County Chairman Stan Helton just emailed me about the State of Emergency. Note that the ordinance is on the county website. I’ll bet this was a tough call. I already knew Stan had guts, but – whatever you think about … Continue reading

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Blue Ridge City Council Closes All Non-Essential Businesses, Including Cabin Rentals, Fannin County Declares Emergency

Here is the text of the ordinance. I’ve only had time to skim it, but it looks like it shuts short-term rentals down, along with non-essential business. It looks like bars are closed but restaurants may do take out, including … Continue reading

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Here’s a PowerPoint That Explains Why Stan Helton Is So Concerned: In-Depth Powerpoint From Georgia Municipal Association

This is from the AJC online newsletter. As they say, it’s pretty chilling. From Dr. Carlos del Rio, the Executive Associate Dean for Emory at Grady Health System, aimed at mayors, city managers, county commission chairs and county managers across … Continue reading

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Georgia Department of Health Confirms First Case in Fannin County

https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

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Fannin Chairman Stan Helton Asks People Not to Visit, Including the Second Home Owners

I emailed Stan Helton last night to ask how things were going in the courthouse now that they’ve limited access beyond the guard line. This morning, he sent me the following for posting. “Clyde – this has been a fluid … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring: The Sarvis Blooms

One of our two sarvis trees is in bloom. I believe it started two days ago. For me, this is the most important sign of spring, because it is the first native tree to bloom. If you’re from elsewhere, you … Continue reading

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Turkey Season Is In – Be Cautious In The Woods

Turkey season came in yesterday, and there will be many people hunting. It has been warm enough to kick off the mating season, and turkey hunting is a religion in the mountains. It’s a good time to go for a … Continue reading

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One More Sign That It’s The End Times

The British prime minister has closed the pubs. From the Guardian: Announcing the decision in the fight against the coronavirus, the prime minister said that he realised it went against what he called “the inalienable free-born right of people born … Continue reading

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From the Guardian – Covid 19 May Be Due To Destruction Of The Environment!

So the courthouse is on partial lockdown – “access beyond the guard line limited” – the McCaysville courthouse is closed, and Tri-State is operating only from the drive-thru. Here’s a cheery article from the Guardian (no pay wall): https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/18/tip-of-the-iceberg-is-our-destruction-of-nature-responsible-for-covid-19-aoe?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0dyZWVuTGlnaHQtMjAwMzE4&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=greenlight_email&utm_campaign=GreenLight Basically, … Continue reading

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Good Q&A On The Virus From The World Health Organization

Here’s a good overview of the virus – incubation period, how spread, precautions. https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

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