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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Gwatney

BOE tables for one month a proposal to arm Fannin County teachers

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Board of Education (BOE) met April 12 with a long list of business items to discuss. However, a new policy introduced to give Fannin County Schools the option of having armed educators on their campuses drew the most attention. For that reason, the Fannin Sentinel […]

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Speaker David Ralston

Georgia General Assembly fully funds QBE, will mean about $285,000 for Fannin County schools

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ For the first time in recent history, the Georgia General Assembly fully funded the Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula and eliminated austerity cuts in its final passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Budget, House Bill 684. “Full funding for the QBE is essential to the future success of […]

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Mucoid colonies of the pathogenic multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae cling to an agar plate. Nightmare bacteria--those that are resistant to almost every drug—are particularly deadly in the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. (Moment/Getty Images)

Nightmare bacteria stalk U.S. Hospitals

By Kaiser Health News – Reprinted with permission ~~ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected more than 220 cases last year of a rare breed of “nightmare bacteria” that are virtually untreatable and capable of spreading genes that make them impervious to most antibiotics, according to a report released Tuesday. Although the CDC […]

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON

This Harley-Davidson will bring new life to Veterans

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ This custom 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King “War is Hell” bike designed by ZB customs features artwork by Kristian Baena to tell the Shepherd’s Men story. Tickets will be sold to raise money for Shepherd’s Men, an elite core of individuals dedicated to the betterment of our country’s heroes of post-9/11 […]

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Tax Assessor Board Chair Janie Bearden

Tax Assessors Board elects Bearden chair, Junnier vice chair

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Assessors (BOA) met Friday, March 23 and quickly tackled the business before them. Board member Mark Henson was not present at the meeting. First item of business was welcoming Blue Ridge business owner Angelina Powell to the board. Powell was nominated […]

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Georgia General Assembly

As session ends, rural Georgia wins

“I don’t think rural Georgia has had a better session than it had this year,” House Speaker David Ralston AP STATE HOUSE NEWS ~~ ATLANTA – The legislative session gave rural Georgia micro hospitals, a new health care-focused think tank and a sizable down payment on economic development initiatives tailored for the state’s beleaguered small […]

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Left to Right: Ava Smith (1st grade), Meredith Hedden (3rd grade), measuring tree Dr. Gilda Lyon (retired GaDOE STEM Coordinator), helping measure Braxton Lawrence (3rd grade), recording data on the ground Hervin Sutton (1st grade).

West Fannin Elementary School STEM certified

Only 4th school in North Georgia to join this elite group By Elaine Owen, Editor / Images by Shannon Coffi ~~ BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an education grouping used worldwide. The acronym refers to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The term is typically used […]

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Hercules and Leo

Two former Research Chimpanzees relocated to Project Chimps Sanctuary in North Georgia

By Leslie Wade, Manager of Communications, Project chimps ~~ Morganton, GA, March 21 – Two well-known former research chimpanzees now have a forever home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, thanks to a cooperative agreement between the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana and Project Chimps, a 236-acre sanctuary in north Georgia. Eleven-year-old Hercules and Leo […]

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Former Georgia governor and U.S. Sen-ator Zell Miller.

Former Georgia governor and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, a lifelong Democrat and the father of Georgia’s lottery-funded HOPE scholarship, died Friday. He was 86.

AP NEWS REPORT ~~ Miller’s family revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Miller served two terms as Georgia’s governor from 1991 through 1999. His signature accomplishment was the HOPE scholarship, which paid college tuition to Georgia students maintaining a “B’’ average and was funded by establishing a state lottery. Miller […]

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High School Top Ten Finalists (L to R) – Hunter Alexander (7th place in Outstanding Student, 8th place in Webmaster, and 8th place in Debate), Jonathan Squires (8th place in Debate, 14th in Coding, and 15th in Video Game Design), Brayden Foster (2nd Place and Best in Show in Dragster), and Nelson Soriero (4th place in Photographic Technology).High School Top Ten Finalists (L to R) – Hunter Alexander (7th place in Outstanding Student, 8th place in Webmaster, and 8th place in Debate), Jonathan Squires (8th place in Debate, 14th in Coding, and 15th in Video Game Design), Brayden Foster (2nd Place and Best in Show in Dragster), and Nelson Soriero (4th place in Photographic Technology).

Technology Students Perform well at State Competition

By Engineering Teacher Bubba Gibbs ~~ The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) at Fannin County High School and Middle School focused on engaging students in Engineering and Technology related activities and projects. During the course of the year, the students attend several competitions and leadership training events. From March […]

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