Here’s Great Info On Facemasks, You Should Wear One, Wash Every Night Or Let Sit Five Days, Don’t Touch Outside When You Take Off, Link To How To Make

Washington Post usually has a fierce paywall, but this is free as a public service. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/02/not-all-heroes-wear-capes-many-wear-masks-you-should-too/

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Friday Bad News Shocker: Oconee-Chattahoochee National Forest Closure, Georgia DNR Says Areas They Manage Are Open, Georgia Outdoors News Has List of Trail Closures Including AT

According an announcement that dropped at 10:36 on Nixle, there are closures to the National Forest in Lumpkin, Union, and White. http://nixle.us/BR3G6 That is the text of the Forest Service’s press release, dated yesterday. I’m not sure what this means. … Continue reading

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Chairman Stan Helton Forwards Governors Order, Hunting And Fishing Not Banned

I got an email from Stan Helton about 9:00 PM last night. Hey Clyde – from Governor’s office. Closely mirrors what we put into effect on 3/25 and expires same time. Stan” Georgia Outdoor News reports that hunting and fishing … Continue reading

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Important Message From Fannin Chairman Stan Helton

Please read to the end of the message. The most important things are at the end. “Hey Clyde – this is our weekly EMA/EMS report. Shows emergency data ( this is public and goes out to media ).  This is … Continue reading

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Dogwood Winter – Patchy Frost Forecast

After raining most of the day yesterday (3/31), the temperature started to drop, and it was 36 on the porch this morning. I guess you’d call it “dogwood winter.” It usually does bounce back cold at least once before it … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring: A Roundup

The young sarvis is coming while the old trees are fading. The dogwoods have started with that greenish bloom. It will be at least a week for them, probably not more, unless I miss my guess. The pollen hangs heavy … Continue reading

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Montsano Predicted Crop Damage To US Farms

Not a very cheery story, but an important one. Montsano just lost a lawsuit and some incredible documents have come out. From the Guardian (no pay wall). https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/30/monsanto-crop-system-damage-us-farms-documents

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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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