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Teen soccer team, coach found alive in Thailand cave

July 2 (UPI) — A dozen teenage soccer players and their coach, who’d been trapped for nine days deep in a Thailand cave, were found alive Monday (July 2), officials said. Authorities said all 13 members of the Wild Boar team are safe after the days-long search and rescue operation in the Tham Luang cave […]

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Happy 4th of July - Independence Day

Old Timer’s Parade Saturday kicks off July 4th week of fun!

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Blue Ridge will celebrate Independence Day with a parade Saturday, a special ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, barbecue and music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina and fireworks over the lake. Festivities begin Saturday, June 30, with a special Benefit Pancake Breakfast at Faith Presbyterian Church on Mountain Street to raise […]

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fish kill

Reward offered for Chattahoochee fish kill information

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Suches, Georgia — In the early hours of June 4, the main water line to the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery was cut off, killing about 52,000 trout worth $62,000. The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The hatchery’s friends group is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest […]

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NFL players kneel during playing of the National Anthem in protest of racism, police violence and inequality. NFL players kneel during playing of the National Anthem in protest of racism, police violence and inequality.

Police killed at least 378 Black Americans from the moment Colin Kaepernick protested

These Americans deserve to be more than another statistic. By Sebastian Murdock, HuffPost Senior Reporter When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in August 2016, it was in protest of unjust police killings of black Americans. For his courage, Kaepernick lost his job, the NFL lost its […]

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House Rural Development Council

House Rural Development Council meets in Blue Ridge to talk about providing faster internet service

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ During the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 389, creating the House Rural Development Council. The council was tasked to meet on a regular basis across the state to listen to citizens, businesses, and organizations about what challenges rural Georgia faces, and […]

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Georgia Hiking Trails

$4 Million in Trail Grants Awarded for Recreation in Georgia

USFS Blue Ridge Ranger District OHV awarded $199,998 for Maintenance ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the award of 19 new grant recipients totaling $3.2 million for trails around the state. The selected projects will provide new outdoor recreation opportunities for a variety of trail user groups. A total of […]

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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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Worst flu season

Flu season has left a trail of deaths, and perhaps a few lessons

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News ~~ Dr. Hany Atallah of Grady Memorial Hospital saw a patient Monday who had flu symptoms. This possible flu sufferer—who also happened to be a Grady employee — showed that the disease can still appear, weeks after it reached its peak. Still, for Atallah, Grady’s chief of emergency medicine, […]

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Subway Restaurants

Subway to close about 500 U.S. restaurants, while opening 1,000-plus overseas

By Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY ~~ Subway Restaurants is planning to shutter an estimated 500 locations in the U.S. The Milford, Conn.-based chain wants to focus on better restaurant locations and boosting sales, according to Bloomberg. High on its priorities list is overseas expansion. The news comes a year after Subway shut down 800-plus locations. […]

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Speaker of the House David Ralston served the best hotdog by Cilla and Joe Cipolla, Dairy Queen.

TASTE of BLUE RIDGE brings more than 500 to Willow Creek Falls

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ What a year it was for the Humane Society of Blue Ridge! President Rick Glueckert shared this incredible report: 132 New Animals were rescued–92 cats and 40 dogs; 119 Animals were adopted–74 cats and 45 dogs; Free Pet Food was provided to 638 families; 406 Spays/Neuters were supported, and 515 […]

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