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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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Piedmont

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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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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Hercules and Leo

Two former Research Chimpanzees relocated to Project Chimps Sanctuary in North Georgia

By Leslie Wade, Manager of Communications, Project chimps ~~ Morganton, GA, March 21 – Two well-known former research chimpanzees now have a forever home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, thanks to a cooperative agreement between the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana and Project Chimps, a 236-acre sanctuary in north Georgia. Eleven-year-old Hercules and Leo […]

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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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High School Top Ten Finalists (L to R) – Hunter Alexander (7th place in Outstanding Student, 8th place in Webmaster, and 8th place in Debate), Jonathan Squires (8th place in Debate, 14th in Coding, and 15th in Video Game Design), Brayden Foster (2nd Place and Best in Show in Dragster), and Nelson Soriero (4th place in Photographic Technology).High School Top Ten Finalists (L to R) – Hunter Alexander (7th place in Outstanding Student, 8th place in Webmaster, and 8th place in Debate), Jonathan Squires (8th place in Debate, 14th in Coding, and 15th in Video Game Design), Brayden Foster (2nd Place and Best in Show in Dragster), and Nelson Soriero (4th place in Photographic Technology).

Technology Students Perform well at State Competition

By Engineering Teacher Bubba Gibbs ~~ The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) at Fannin County High School and Middle School focused on engaging students in Engineering and Technology related activities and projects. During the course of the year, the students attend several competitions and leadership training events. From March […]

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From Left: former NSA adviser H.R. McMaster and NSA adviser nominee John Bolton.

Trump ousts McMaster, taps super-hawk Bolton as national security adviser

REUTERS NEWS ~~ WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday chose as his new national security adviser John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against Iran and North Korea and has taken a hard line against Russia. Trump said in a tweet that Bolton would replace H.R. McMaster, […]

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Fannin County Spec Building corner view.

FCDA announces details of Spec Building lease

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Fannin County Development Authority (FCDA) called a special meeting Wednesday, March 21 to announce that it has secured a lease for the Spec Building at 63 Kyle Rd. on Hwy 5 (subject to approval from OneGeorgia, one of the funding sources for the building). The proposed agreement includes a lease-purchase […]

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Easter Egg Hunt March 31st

Community Easter Egg Hunt Mar. 31

The 23rd annual Blue Ridge Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, Mar. 31, in St. Luke’s Churchyard. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 7 Ewing St., across from the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Fairground and Community Centre. The egg hunt is free and begins at 1 p.m. A special area will be […]

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Blue Ridge Elementary School’s Aquaponics dome is installed!

Blue Ridge Elementary School’s Aquaponics dome is installed!

By Gina Bell, Assistant Principal, BRES ~~ BRES’ aquaponics dome was built by 4th grade students on March 14. Then on March 15, the aquaponics system was installed inside as well as the cover for the dome. The system will grow 200 plants at a time. We will put them on a cycle to harvest […]

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