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U.S. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, unload gear near the California-Mexico border at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in California, Nov. 16, 2018. (Sgt. Asia J. Sorenson/Marine Corps)

It has cost $72 million so far to deploy active-duty troops to the border, Pentagon says

By Tara Copp, MILITARY TIMES After weeks of questions about the cost of the U.S. deployment of forces to the border, the Pentagon revealed late Tuesday that the barbed wire, transportation and housing for about 5,900 active-duty troops to date has cost $72 million. To put it another way, that’s .01 percent of the Pentagon’s […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Fannin Sentinel staff

Happy Thanksgiving –then and now

By Elaine Owen, Editor Thursday, most people in our country will celebrate Thanksgiving. We welcome home family members who live away and gather around a table laden with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, home-made apple pies, pumpkin rolls–and a dozen other family favorites. We talk about other Thanksgivings, the loved ones no […]

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Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams: Republican Brian Kemp will be Georgia’s next governor

“I will pray for the success of Brian Kemp, that he will indeed be a leader for all Georgians… that he will refuse the call of those who see how close this election really was. Because we know that some will propose to make voting even more difficult.” –Stacey Abrams By Elaine Owen, Editor After […]

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Commission Chairman Stan Helton

Commissioners, Assessors and GMASS discuss future of Fannin County Assessors Office

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Last week there was no county business to discuss, so BOC Chairman Stan Helton cancelled the regularly scheduled BOC meeting. Later he called a special meeting for Monday, Nov. 19 with all three commissioners, staff from Gmass, Board of Assessors and employees of the Assessors office. Tensions ran […]

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Sandra Mercier, Water Authority Board member.

Community says goodbye to beloved teacher, friend

By Elaine Owen, Editor It didn’t take long for the news to spread that rainy Saturday morning. Many had just arrived at Veterans Park and were waiting for the Veterans Day ceremonies to begin. For a moment, time stood still as they repeated, one after another, “Did you hear about Sandra Mercier? She passed this […]

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November 3 was Habitat’s “Frame in a Day” where we hoped to frame a house in one day

Habitat Hosts almost 50 Volunteers!

By Chris Hall, Habitat for Humanity November 3 was Habitat’s “Frame in a Day” where we hoped to frame a house in one day. We had an awesome turnout and hosted almost 50 volunteers. It was a perfect day to work and everyone worked together to accomplish what we set out to do. Sheila Waldron […]

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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Georgia! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in January 2019.

American Pickers to Film in Georgia

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Georgia! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in January 2019. AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of […]

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The White House announced that it was suspending Jim Acosta’s press pass on Nov. 7, accusing the CNN journalist of “placing his hands on a young woman.” (Reuters)

White House suspends Jim Acosta’s press pass

FACT: Video shows when Acosta is speaking with microphone in hand, young woman in red dress (Press Corps) gets up from seat, walks in front of Acosta and reaches for his microphone. Acosta uses left hand to shield microphone and backs away from her. (See screen shot below) By Kyle Swenson, Washington Post – Reprinted […]

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Fannin Election 2018

Record turnout in Fannin County with more than 65 percent voting

Abrams refuses to concede governor’s race; Ralston, Collins, Gooch, Bearden, Cole, Patterson win By Elaine Owen, Editor Blue Ridge, Ga. – In Fannin County, there are 17,200 registered voters. In the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election, 11,233 of those voters—65.31 percent—voted. Almost half of those voters (5,355) voted early, in person at the Elections Office, […]

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Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman struggled to explain even basic details of their allegations--like the spelling of the accuser’s name.

Mueller smear pushed by pro-Trump activists falls apart at press conference

By Will Somner, Daily Beast–REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION A press conference intended to publicize sexual assault claims against special counsel Robert Mueller collapsed in spectacular fashion Thursday (Nov. 1) after the pro-Trump operatives behind the event failed to demonstrate a grasp of even basic details about their accuser or explain why they repeatedly lied about their […]

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