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Day: October 17, 2018

Department heads and elected officials present budget requests to commissioners

Department heads and elected officials present budget requests to commissioners

By Elaine Owen, Editor Fannin County commissioners designated Sept. 26 as the day for department heads and elected officials to present their budget requests and answer questions the commissioners might have before the budgets were finalized. Commissioners had requested that departments limit salary increases to 2 percent with no increases for elected officials. The Tax […]

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Postal worker prepares mail for deliver at USPS center

Postal Service asks for a record price hike on stamps

The Postal Service is asking for the biggest price jump on stamps in its history. Facing pressure from the Trump administration to address a revenue shortfall, the Postal Service on Wednesday proposed raising the price of 1-oz. letters from 50 cents to 55 cents, which would be a record nominal increase if approved. The price […]

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Hurricane Michael devastates Georgia crops

Hurricane Michael devastates Georgia crops

REPORT FROM AGRI-PULSE USDA and state agriculture officials say Hurricane Michael caused billions of dollars in damage to crops, livestock and aquaculture after slamming into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday with 155 mile-per-hour winds and then plowing a path of destruction through Alabama and Georgia. “The fall tomato crop in that part of the state was […]

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Social Security cost of living increase

Social Security Benefit to increase 2.8 percent in 2019

New cost-of-living adjustment largest since 2012 Social Security benefits will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the largest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in seven years. The COLA, announced Thursday, Oct. 11, will increase the average Social Security retirement benefit by $39 a month (roughly $468 a year). The average single retired Social Security recipient is expected to […]

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Voter registration record broke in Georgia

Georgia shatters all-time registration records

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office announced Wednesday that Georgia has shattered the all-time voter registration record with more than 6,915,000 active and inactive voters on the rolls. Kemp expects the total number to break 7,000,000 voters at any moment as counties continue to process forms received by Tuesday’s voter registration deadline. “Despite what you […]

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