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Citizens question Blue Ridge’s proposed Vacation Rental Ordinance

By Elaine Owen, Editor NOV. 13, 2018. Blue Ridge City Council held a special called meeting last week with Downtown Development Authority (DDA) expert Ann Arnold to answer questions about the proposed DDA. During this meeting, discussion of a proposed “Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance” showed many citizens did not understand and many did not […]

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Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee

County recognizes Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee

Larry Joe Sosebee was elected Post 2 Commissioner in 2010. For eight years, Sosebee showed up for commission meetings, returned phone calls from citizens, answered their questions and proposed solutions. He has truly been a “People’s Commissioner.” At the last meeting of 2018 (Dec. 11), Sosebee was honored by Commission Chairman Stan Helton with a […]

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FINANCIAL NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

FINANCIAL NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

The US stock market has been rising since March 9, 2009. There have been ups and downs, of course, and there have been flirtations with a correction, or decline of 20 percent or more. But even with all the turbulence since the start of October, we are still in a bull market — one that […]

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Commission Chairman Stan Helton

Commissioners, Assessors and GMASS discuss future of Fannin County Assessors Office

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Last week there was no county business to discuss, so BOC Chairman Stan Helton cancelled the regularly scheduled BOC meeting. Later he called a special meeting for Monday, Nov. 19 with all three commissioners, staff from Gmass, Board of Assessors and employees of the Assessors office. Tensions ran […]

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Sandra Mercier, Water Authority Board member.

Community says goodbye to beloved teacher, friend

By Elaine Owen, Editor It didn’t take long for the news to spread that rainy Saturday morning. Many had just arrived at Veterans Park and were waiting for the Veterans Day ceremonies to begin. For a moment, time stood still as they repeated, one after another, “Did you hear about Sandra Mercier? She passed this […]

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Department heads and elected officials present budget requests to commissioners

Department heads and elected officials present budget requests to commissioners

By Elaine Owen, Editor Fannin County commissioners designated Sept. 26 as the day for department heads and elected officials to present their budget requests and answer questions the commissioners might have before the budgets were finalized. Commissioners had requested that departments limit salary increases to 2 percent with no increases for elected officials. The Tax […]

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Postal worker prepares mail for deliver at USPS center

Postal Service asks for a record price hike on stamps

The Postal Service is asking for the biggest price jump on stamps in its history. Facing pressure from the Trump administration to address a revenue shortfall, the Postal Service on Wednesday proposed raising the price of 1-oz. letters from 50 cents to 55 cents, which would be a record nominal increase if approved. The price […]

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Hurricane Michael devastates Georgia crops

Hurricane Michael devastates Georgia crops

REPORT FROM AGRI-PULSE USDA and state agriculture officials say Hurricane Michael caused billions of dollars in damage to crops, livestock and aquaculture after slamming into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday with 155 mile-per-hour winds and then plowing a path of destruction through Alabama and Georgia. “The fall tomato crop in that part of the state was […]

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Kevin Langston, GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for tourism, presents Jan Hackett, president of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, with the 2018 Larry Allen Tourism Award at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference, alongside GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson and Rashelle Beasley, president of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Credit: Jode Mull

Jan Hackett receives Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award

BLUE RIDGE, GEORGIA—SEPT. 2018—President of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, Jan Hackett, was among the state’s top tourism professionals recognized at the 2018 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in Atlanta, Aug. 29. Jan received The Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in leadership skills and abilities. The award is […]

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Chief Appraiser Dawn Cochran, Chief Financial Officer Robin Gazaway

Finance director, tax board to work together

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Aug. 2 Tax Assessor meeting began with Fannin County Chief Financial Officer (CFO)/CPA Robin Gazaway sitting at the table with Tax Assessor Board members Janie Bearden, chair, Troy Junnier, and Mark Henson. The meeting was to clarify misunderstandings between the commissioners and the assessors regarding budget reporting and responsibilities. Junnier […]

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