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Another scam telemarketers are using

Scammers can mimic your area code and phone number prefix to make their calls look local. If you’ve been getting inundated with incoming phone calls that look a lot like your own number, you’re not alone. This year has seen a spike in the practice dubbed “neighbor spoofing”—scammers and telemarketers using Voice over Internet Protocol […]

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City approves Downtown Development Authority

City approves Downtown Development Authority

By Elaine Owen, Editor Tuesday, Dec. 11, Blue Ridge City Council approved by Roll Call voice vote to proceed with plans for a Downtown Development Authority as proposed at the Nov. 13 meeting. See complete story in next week’s Fannin Sentinel.

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Blue Ridge, Georgia

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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Doctor says make sure kids understand risks of vaping

Doctor says make sure kids understand risks of vaping

SPECIAL TO THE FANNIN SENTINEL Vaping, with its fun flavors and easy accessibility, may seem like a good alternative to smoking for many teens. According to the latest data, about one fourth of the youths polled in the United States have tried the electronic cigarettes. “Way more have said they’ve tried vaping than smoking,” says […]

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From Left, Fannin Sentinel Reporter Maria Kidder, Carlie Hammond, Marlcolm Campbell and in back, Bubba.

Over 700 feast at Thanksgiving Open Table

Proverbs 28:27: He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack By Maria Kidder, Sentinel Staff Writer Good Samaritans of Fannin County again served Open Table in the Fannin County High School Cafeteria Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. A feast of smoked turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, acorn squash, green beans and donated desserts such as ice […]

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First Lady Sandra Deal has visited schools in all 159 counties

First Lady Deal completes 1,000th school visit

First Lady Sandra Deal has visited schools in all 159 counties First Lady Sandra Deal was today joined by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs to visit The Academy Child Development Center in Oakwood, marking Mrs. Deal’s 1,000th school visit since Gov. Nathan Deal took […]

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The tank that was removed from under the sidewalk which may be the source of the substance leak into the Toccoa River in November.

Chemical spill found in Toccoa River

Ongoing investigation to find cause By Maria Kidder, Sentinel Staff Writer A chemical spill in the Toccoa River is raising concerns as to the potential damage it may have caused. The substance, which appears to be some type of petroleum, was first spotted upriver in the Ocoee River. Sources state Ducktown Fire Dept. was first […]

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Governor Nathan Deal

Deal: Toyo Tire North America to create more than 150 jobs in Bartow County

Manufacturer and seller of tires to invest over $138 million in Cartersville facility Gov. Nathan Deal announced Nov. 20 that Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer and seller of radial tires for passenger vehicles and light trucks, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $138 million in Cartersville. New jobs will […]

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Pine Knoll pecan plantation in Dougherty County.

Gov. Deal signs hurricane relief for farmers

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a trio of bills Saturday that provide some financial relief to Georgians affected by Hurricane Michael and ratified an executive order suspending sales tax on jet fuel June 30. Lawmakers met for a five-day special session that began Tuesday to take up more nearly $270 million in emergency funding for state […]

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