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Supreme Court Justice Thomas Warns Of Judicial Overreach

By Elaine Owen, Editor — Supreme Court Justice and Georgia native Clarence Thomas said the judicial branch serves to keep all three branches of government–including itself–in line. But, he said, as part of this responsibility, judges can’t be swayed by their personal beliefs or opinions “Each time a judge sidesteps or manipulates the law to […]

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Haight Talks About Growth and Future Goals in Blue Ridge at Kiwanis Meeting

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer — Changes and growth are taking place in the City of Blue Ridge but there is only so much room for development to take place. City Council member Rhonda Thomas Haight told the Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge Feb. 10 a lot of things are going on in the […]

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Trump Slashes Safety Nets in Budget Request

The White House’s latest budget request includes sharp cuts to programs such as Medicaid and food stamps. By Andrew Soergel, Senior Writer, Economics U.S. News & World Report — President Donald Trump unveiled a proposal last week that, if approved in full, would lead to steep funding cuts to social assistance programs and slash projected […]

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Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy After Wave of Potential Lawsuits

By Elaine Owen, from Associated Press Reports — After hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday (Feb. 18) hoping to work out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to continue. The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, […]

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Fannin County Young Farmers Attend Legislative Day at the Capitol

By Rhonda Mathews, FCHS Ag-Ed Teacher — The Georgia Young Farmers Association Legislative Day was held Feb. 12 at the State Capitol in Atlanta. The day began with a drop by breakfast served to all legislators and Georgia agriculture products being delivered to everyone’s offices. A group picture was taken with Governor Brian Kemp and […]

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New hotel boasts Blue Ridge’s first rooftop bar with mountain views

By Elaine Owen, Editor — A new hotel in Blue Ridge promises to offer the area’s first mountain view as seen from a rooftop bar. Hampton Inn by Hilton has broken ground in Blue Ridge, Chattanooga- based Vision Hospitality Group Inc. and Blue Ridge Hotel LLC announced Thursday (Feb. 13). The hotel is scheduled to […]

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OIC rejects Trump’s Mideast plan, tells member states not to ‘enforce it in any way or form’

OIC rejects Trump’s Mideast plan, tells member states not to ‘enforce it in any way or form’ The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday rejected United States President Donald Trump’s plan for the Middle East, calling on its 57 member states not to help implement it. The pan-Islamic body, which represents more than 1.5 […]

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Trump falsely claims his SOTU TV viewership was ‘highest’ in history

By Dylan Stableford, Senior Writer,Yahoo News President Trump says the 45.6 million television viewers for his first State of the Union address was “the highest number in history.” IT WAS NOT. NOT EVEN CLOSE. “Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. […]

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Officials say more than 100 U.S. troops diagnosed with brain injuries from Iran attack

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart, Reuters News Service The U.S. military is preparing to report a more than 50% jump in cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) stemming from Iran’s missile attack on a base in Iraq last month, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead […]

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Nationwide, More Students are Experiencing Homelessness Than Ever Before

By Elaine Owen, Fannin Sentinel Editor The number of public school students experiencing homelessness in the US increased from 1.3 million in the 2015-2016 school year to 1.5 million in the 2017-2018 school year, according to a study by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE). The 2017-18 number was the highest number that the […]

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