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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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Princeton Review names seven Georgia Colleges among 384 Best

By Elaine Owen, Editor ATLANTA, GA — The Princeton Review has named seven colleges in Georgia among the top 384 in America. Nearly all of those schools appear on various BEST OF—and WORST OF—lists, and you might be surprised where some of our colleges land. The tutoring, test prep, and college admission services company surveyed […]

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SCAM ALERT: Carr warns of Fake Phone Calls and Letters from Scammers posing as Government Officials

August 6, 2018 ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is warning the public about a new scam where con artists pose as government officials in an attempt to add credibility to their schemes. Specifically, citizens are reporting that the names and titles of Attorney General Chris Carr and Chief Deputy Dennis Dunn are being […]

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Chamber President Jan Hackett, Mike Gallinski, Restaurants Manager Sue Griffin, Business Development Manager Matthew Cole, Development Authority Executive Director Chirstie Arp.

McCaysville Revitalization Committee hosts Luncheon

Mike Galinski of Galinski Enterprises shares his vision for Downtown McCaysville By Maria Kidder, Sentinel Staff Writer Fannin County has a low residential population, but is continuing to be the fastest growing county in the North Georgia Mountain region. With its remote terrain, steep mountain peaks, and unspoiled natural beauty, the mountains lure a large […]

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In this May 10, 2013, file photo, Cody Wilson holds what he calls a “Liberator” pistol that was completely made on a 3-D printer at his home in Austin. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/AP)

Federal judge blocks posting of blueprints for 3-D-printed guns hours before they were to be published

BREAKING NEWS – July 31, 2018 A federal judge has blocked the public availability of blueprints that provide instructions for making guns using 3-D printers, just hours before the documents were expected to be published online. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday night barring a trove of downloadable […]

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JQC Hearing Panel from left: Cobb County Police Chief Michael Register, Atlanta attorney Jamala McFadden and Fulton Superior Court Chief Judge Robert McBurney.

Judicial Watchdog Opinion cautions Judges on perils of spousal politics

The state Judicial Qualifications Commission has issued a formal advisory opinion warning judges that while the Code of Judicial Conduct cannot bar their spouses from hosting political events and fundraisers, if spouses decline to opt for another venue, judges can’t be affiliated with the event or even show up. By R. Robin McDonald, The Daily […]

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is running for governor of Georgia and will face Republican Brian Kemp when Georgians go to the polls Nov. 6. CREDIT JOHN AMIS / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Stacey Abrams to appear on TIME cover

Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams will appear on the cover of TIME in August, the news magazine announced on Twitter. She will be featured in a special issue on the American South. Abrams is running for governor of Georgia and will face Republican Brian Kemp when Georgians go to the polls Nov. 6. If elected, Abrams […]

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From Left: Post 2 Commissioner-elect Glenn Patterson and Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee shake hands after the election July 24. Sosebee says, “I’ll always work for Fannin County.”

Kemp defeats Cagle, upsets for Sosebee and Stanley

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will now face Democratic State Rep. Stacey Abrams in the November race for governor. By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, President Donald Trump’s choice to become the state’s next governor, became the Republican nominee for the post on Tuesday, piling up a surprising victory over […]

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Trump ramps up scrutiny of legal immigrants

Could lead to deportation of people already citizens BY LYDIA WHEELER – AP – THE HILL ~~ The Trump administration is stepping up efforts to curb legal immigration, taking a series of actions in recent weeks that could lead to deportation for people already granted citizenship. The director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

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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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