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President Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during their first meetings on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

Trump said ‘adversaries can become friends’ following historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ SINGAPORE — President Donald Trump declared the Kim Jong Un summit a success on Tuesday that will lead to the denuclearization of North Korea, even as critics pointed out that their agreement lacks specifics and that Trump offered to curtail military support for South Korea. “Today is the beginning of […]

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Representative Karen Handel

Handel statement on Steel and Aluminum Tariff Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Karen Handel (GA-6) released the following statement regarding the administration’s decision to institute tariffs on imported aluminum and steel for Europe, Canada, and Mexico. “With lower taxes and relief from onerous regulations, the U.S. economy has been reignited. The administration’s decision to levy tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico, […]

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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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SK Blue House released this photo showing President Moon Jae-in and government officials apparently reacting to news that President Trump canceled his planned summit with NK leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea signals it is still open to talks after Trump cancels summit

BY JESSE BYRNES AND MAX GREENWOOD – THE HILL – 5-24-18 ~~ North Korea signaled Thursday that it is still open to talks with the United States after President Trump canceled a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said in a statement broadcast by North […]

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Incoming Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence during a ceremony at CIA Headquarters, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Langley, Va. – Photo Credit AP

Haspel sworn in as new CIA Director

President Donald Trump praised new CIA Director Gina Haspel at her swearing-in ceremony Monday, saying there was “no one in this country better qualified” for the job. Striking a different tone than in his previous visit to the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Northern Virginia, Trump hailed the agency staffers, calling them the “most elite […]

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Georgia Primary Election Results 2018

Winners and losers in primary election

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Primary Election Day turned rainy just before the polls closed Tuesday. That might be the reason many political junkies who usually waited in the third floor jury room of the court house to stay home. A rather subdued small crowd hung out in the hallway and into the jury room, […]

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Harold Herndon, Nathan Fitts, Mayor Donna Whitener, Rhonda Haight, Ken Gaddis and Robbie Cornelius.

City Council restructures Planning Commission and Zoning Board

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Item 6 under “Action Agenda Items (Items requiring the approval of the Council)” at the May 8 meeting of Blue Ridge City Council read, “An ordinance to combine the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Commission (Second Reading and Adoption).” The motion was unanimously approved. […]

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Governor Nathan Deal

Deal signs bill to block Medicaid access to estates

ATLANTA – Advocates are celebrating the signing of a bill they say will ease the financial burden on the families of deceased Medicaid recipients. Gov. Nathan Deal has approved a bill that blocks the state Department of Community Health from pursuing the first $25,000 of a recipient’s estate as part of the state’s Medicaid recovery […]

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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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Governor Deal signs distracted driving bill.

Gov. Deal signs new hands-free distracted driving bill into law

ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the hands-free distracted driving bill into law. Deal traveled all over the state to sign various bills into law on Wednesday, May 2. The hands-free law will impact every driver in this state. “This is our effort to make sure that these tragedies are not going to occur […]

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