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Georgia Primary Election Results 2018

Winners and losers in primary election

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Primary Election Day turned rainy just before the polls closed Tuesday. That might be the reason many political junkies who usually waited in the third floor jury room of the court house to stay home. A rather subdued small crowd hung out in the hallway and into the jury room, […]

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Harold Herndon, Nathan Fitts, Mayor Donna Whitener, Rhonda Haight, Ken Gaddis and Robbie Cornelius.

City Council restructures Planning Commission and Zoning Board

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Item 6 under “Action Agenda Items (Items requiring the approval of the Council)” at the May 8 meeting of Blue Ridge City Council read, “An ordinance to combine the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Commission (Second Reading and Adoption).” The motion was unanimously approved. […]

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Unemployment below 4 percent, first time since 2000

The job market hasn’t been this good in a very long time. The unemployment rate dropped below 4 percent in April for the first time since 2000. The Labor Department reported Friday that it fell to 3.9 percent — inching closer to territory not seen in half a century. Employers added 164,000 jobs, slightly below […]

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Fannin County Spec Building corner view.

FCDA announces details of Spec Building lease

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Fannin County Development Authority (FCDA) called a special meeting Wednesday, March 21 to announce that it has secured a lease for the Spec Building at 63 Kyle Rd. on Hwy 5 (subject to approval from OneGeorgia, one of the funding sources for the building). The proposed agreement includes a lease-purchase […]

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Walmart is bringing its online grocery delivery service to 100 cities

America’s largest grocery retailer is taking a major leap into the home delivery space. On Tuesday, Walmart announced that it plans to expand its online delivery service to 100 metro areas by the end of 2018. To compete with the likes of Amazon, personal shoppers will pack up digital orders in store and the company […]

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Senator Steve Gooch

Georgia Senate passes the BILD Act and the FIBRE Act to expand broadband access in Rural Georgia

ATLANTA (March 1, 2018) | Two broadband expansion bills sponsored by Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega), Senate Bills 232 and 426, passed the Senate on Crossover Day, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Each bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. “Thank you to my colleagues in the Senate for joining me in support of these broadband […]

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Lane Bishop

Bishop says taxpayers need to know the truth

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ County Commission Chairman Stan Helton thanked Lane Bishop for his service to the Tax Assessors Board at the Feb. 27 commissioners meeting then appointed Angelena Powell to his seat with concurrence from Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee and Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson. Bishop served more than three years […]

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Georgia Capital Building

Georgia House votes to increase used-car taxes

Reprinted from Politically Georgia ~~ ATLANTA – Feb. 21, 2018 -The state House overwhelmingly backed legislation that used-car dealers say would increase title taxes for Georgians buying their vehicles by an average of about $300. The move came a day after legislative leaders held a Capitol press conference to announce plans to cut state income […]

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McDonald's Restaurant

Big changes coming to McDonald’s this year

According to 24/7 Wall Street, almost half of America eats McDonald’s in a given month. But there are big changes coming to how you order food, the kind of food and beverages you can order and even how that food gets to you! This is what’s new at McDonald’s… The dollar menu is back in […]

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Sam's Club

Sam’s Club to close stores, cut up to 11,000 jobs; Walmart raises wages, cuts hours

PRESS RELEASES ~~ Walmart’s Sam’s Club could cut up to about 11,000 jobs as part of a round of store closures. The membership warehouse said Thursday that it is shuttering about 50 stores and convert another 13 into online distribution centers. With about 175 employees per location, that would translate into some 11,025 people affected […]

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