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Gov. Brian Kemp

Kemp calls for Unity in UGA Speech

By Elaine Owen, Editor Gov.-elect Brian Kemp called for unity Tuesday (Dec. 11) in his first major speech since winning a close and hard-fought election. Taking a different tone than what voters heard on the campaign trail, Kemp appealed to state legislators to “put politics behind us.” Kemp was the final speaker at the UGA […]

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Hemp growing in Georgia

Cannabis farming a legitimate business in Georgia?

By Elaine Owen, Editor Cultivation, manufacture and distribution of medical marijuana products will likely be considered by the Georgia General Assembly during its 2019 legislative session, which begins next month. Georgia has allowed patients to use medical marijuana since 2015, but state law still prohibits buying, selling or transporting it. A House study committee voted […]

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Trump Administration and other government officials

Thirty-eight administration officials who’ve resigned or been fired under Trump

President Trump set a record for White House staff turnover in the first year. Here’s an ongoing list of staff who have quit or been fired under Trump FIRED Sally Yates. Deputy attorney general. Days with administration: 11. Refused to enforce Trump’s entry ban. Preet Bharara. U.S. attorney. Days with administration: 51. Part of purge […]

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Telephone scams

Another scam telemarketers are using

Scammers can mimic your area code and phone number prefix to make their calls look local. If you’ve been getting inundated with incoming phone calls that look a lot like your own number, you’re not alone. This year has seen a spike in the practice dubbed “neighbor spoofing”—scammers and telemarketers using Voice over Internet Protocol […]

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White House officials decision reverses past IRS policy

City approves Downtown Development Authority

By Elaine Owen, Editor Tuesday, Dec. 11, Blue Ridge City Council approved by Roll Call voice vote to proceed with plans for a Downtown Development Authority as proposed at the Nov. 13 meeting. See complete story in next week’s Fannin Sentinel.

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Blue Ridge, Georgia

Citizens question Blue Ridge’s proposed Vacation Rental Ordinance

By Elaine Owen, Editor NOV. 13, 2018. Blue Ridge City Council held a special called meeting last week with Downtown Development Authority (DDA) expert Ann Arnold to answer questions about the proposed DDA. During this meeting, discussion of a proposed “Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance” showed many citizens did not understand and many did not […]

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Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee

County recognizes Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee

Larry Joe Sosebee was elected Post 2 Commissioner in 2010. For eight years, Sosebee showed up for commission meetings, returned phone calls from citizens, answered their questions and proposed solutions. He has truly been a “People’s Commissioner.” At the last meeting of 2018 (Dec. 11), Sosebee was honored by Commission Chairman Stan Helton with a […]

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White House chief of staff John Kelly to leave at year’s end

By ASSOCIATED PRESS | Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his job by year’s end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the […]

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Doctor says make sure kids understand risks of vaping

Doctor says make sure kids understand risks of vaping

SPECIAL TO THE FANNIN SENTINEL Vaping, with its fun flavors and easy accessibility, may seem like a good alternative to smoking for many teens. According to the latest data, about one fourth of the youths polled in the United States have tried the electronic cigarettes. “Way more have said they’ve tried vaping than smoking,” says […]

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From Left, Fannin Sentinel Reporter Maria Kidder, Carlie Hammond, Marlcolm Campbell and in back, Bubba.

Over 700 feast at Thanksgiving Open Table

Proverbs 28:27: He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack By Maria Kidder, Sentinel Staff Writer Good Samaritans of Fannin County again served Open Table in the Fannin County High School Cafeteria Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. A feast of smoked turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, acorn squash, green beans and donated desserts such as ice […]

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