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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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Memorial Day Event 2018

Memorial Day Ceremony – Fannin County Veterans Memorial Park

Monday, May 28, 2018, 11:59 a.m. MEMORIAL DAY AGENDA NGHG Posting of Colors Pledge of Allegiance Posting of Wreaths, Rifle and Helmet and Boots POW/MIA Missing Man Chair Recognition Keynote Address: Dr. Tom Jordan, Rifle Salute Retirement of Colors. Last week Veteran Rob McIntyre and Veterans Park Curator Trevor McIntyre did a lot of clean-up […]

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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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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Gwatney

Fannin County second in state to vote to arm personnel to protect students

Laurens County adopted similar policy in April By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Fannin County is not the first county in Georgia to adopt a policy to allow specific employees to carry guns to protect students. In April, the Laurens County school board approved a policy to allow select staff to carry guns on school property, […]

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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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Georgia Hiking Trails

$4 Million in Trail Grants Awarded for Recreation in Georgia

USFS Blue Ridge Ranger District OHV awarded $199,998 for Maintenance ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the award of 19 new grant recipients totaling $3.2 million for trails around the state. The selected projects will provide new outdoor recreation opportunities for a variety of trail user groups. A total of […]

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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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Prince William, Kate Middleton show off new baby boy April 23.

It’s A Boy: Kate Middleton and Prince William announce Baby No. 3

By Cecilia Rodriguez, FORBES CONTRIBUTOR ~~ The birth of the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Great Britain’s newest prince, was announced officially on Monday by Kensington Palace in a tweet that reads: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs […]

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea says denuclearization pledge not result of U.S.-led sanctions

REUTERS NEWS ~~ SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearize, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion. Impoverished North Korea has been hit by a series of U.N. and U.S. sanctions in recent […]

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