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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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Explosions rock Syrian capital as Trump announces strikes in response to suspected chemical attack.

Trump launches strikes on Syria over suspected chemical weapons attack

By Helene Cooper, Michael D. Shear and Ben Hubbard New York Times ~~ The United States and European allies launched strikes Friday (April 13) against Syrian targets as President Donald Trump sought to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 people. Trump said Britain […]

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Former first lady Barbara Bush waves to crowd as she arrives at dedication of the Mathew J. Lanigan bridge May 29, 2017.

Barbara Bush, matriarch of Bush dynasty, dies at 92

She was one of only two women to be the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another. PRESS RELEASE- 04/17/2018 – 8:45 PM EDT Barbara Pierce Bush, one of only two women in American history to be the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another, died Tuesday, April 17, […]

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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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President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.

FBI raids Trump’s lawyer’s office, seizing documents related to porn star, Trump responds

On Monday (April 9) the FBI raided Michael Cohen’s office, seizing documents about the $130,000 he gave porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet ahead of the 2016 election about an earlier alleged affair with Trump. The New York Times first reported the raid, which sounds extensive. FBI agents took Cohen’s computer, phone, personal […]

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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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Governor Deal

Deal announces state’s next step in Blue Cross Blue Shield, Piedmont Healthcare dispute

Gov. Nathan Deal today directed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare to return to the negotiating table on behalf of the nearly 600,000 employees, retirees and their families affected by the recent contract disruption. Deal also announced the state and the University System of Georgia will absorb out-of-network claims for affected employees […]

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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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Governor comes to aid of state workers hit by insurance standoff

By Andy Miller, Editor and CEO Georgia Health News ~~ Gov. Nathan Deal, continuing his public pressure on Piedmont and Blue Cross in their contract stalemate, said Tuesday that the state and University System of Georgia will absorb out-of-network costs for employees for up to 30 days to reduce their potential financial burden. The extraordinary […]

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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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