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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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GM cutting 1,500 jobs at Ohio plant

GM cutting 1,500 jobs at Ohio plant amid falling demand for small cars

NEWS REPORT ~~ General Motors is cutting as many as 1,500 jobs at its massive Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, taking a factory that was working around the clock as recently as 2016 down to a single shift a day. The problem is lack of demand for the Chevrolet Cruze, the small car that GM builds […]

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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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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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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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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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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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