National Forests Reopening Tomorrow, Yay!

Fannin Chairman Stan Helton shared this with me this afternoon. Gainesville, Ga. (May 21, 2020) — The USDA Forest Service will open a series of trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on May 22. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in … Continue reading

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First Day of Early Voting, I’m Voting For Stan Helton For County Chairman

So today’s the first day of early, in person voting. As you know, you must select either the Republican ballot or the Democratic ballot. The Republican primary is in effect the local election, as I believe the last Democrat elected … Continue reading

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Much Warmer After Our “Blackberry Winter”

We have had what the locals like to call “Blackberry Winter,” with a couple days featuring freeze warnings. At least where we are, it didn’t really drop down to the freeze, but it came pretty close, and the winds were … Continue reading

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Monday Bad News Trifecta – Trump’s War On The Environment Continues Under Cover of the Virus

From the Guardian (no pay wall): https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/10/trump-environmental-blitzkrieg-coronavirus

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More Bad News – The Murder Hornet Is A Major Threat to Bees

Right now, they’re in the Pacific Northwest, and they’re trying to hold the line. The New York Times has the better story – there’s a link here – but you may not be able to get by the pay wall. … Continue reading

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The Lantern Fly – A New Invasive Threat Headed South

Here’s a story from the Philadelphia Inquirer about a new horrible threat to our trees. Another proof of the obvious: The nursery trade should be outlawed. https://www.msn.com/en-us/Lifestyle/pets/spotted-lanternfly-killing-the-pandemic-hobby-we-all-need-right-now/ar-BB13vghF?ocid=se2

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A Hell of a Thunderstorm

We just had a hell of a thunderstorm. I don’t think I’ve seen on like it here for 30 years. As usual, most of it rolled north of us, probably pounding Ducktown and Coker Creek. But I’m pretty sure one … Continue reading

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Replay of Dr. Miller’s Webinar On Coronavirus (Medical Director of Our Hospital)

The Fannin County Development Authority and the Downtown Business Association jointly hosted a Zoom webinar by Dr. Dillon Miller, the Medical Director of the Fannin Regional Hospital. I found it very interesting and informative. I think I’ve kept up with … Continue reading

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Virus Being Used As “Smokescreen” To Sell Public Lands

From the Guardian (no pay wall): https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/30/public-lands-sale-trump-coronavirus-environmental-regulations

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Signs of Spring: The Latest

Brian Kemp is supposedly deciding as we speak whether to continue the shelter in place order. If you want to know what’s happening here, it’s been bouncing back and forth as it always does this time of year, raw days … Continue reading

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