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Education Board deals with promotions and transfers, updates to policy manual, annual retreat and other matters

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Monday, Jan. 13 West Fannin Elementary School opened under new leadership, with Alison Danner as principal. The Fannin County Board of Education met Jan. 7 unanimously agreeing to hire Danner for the new position as well as reviewing a number of suggested policy updates and their schedule for the […]

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Awards, Partnerships and Test Scores Part of Nov. 14 meeting

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Four special awards and commendations in the Fannin County School System highlighted different departments Nov. 12 during the Board of Education (BOE) meeting last Thursday. Special awards and honors, monthly financial and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) reports and 2019 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) […]

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The first REACH class in the Fannin County School System from left, Harley Cox, Tasia Galloway, Joey Long, Chastity Seabolt and Alexis Ware received their shadow boxes and were inducted into the program in eighth grade in 2015.

Fannin REACH Scholars Leave a Legacy in 2020

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Seven months from now, five Fannin County High School seniors will make history, leaving a legacy as the first graduating class of Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) scholars. Joey Long, Tasia Galloway, Harley Cox, Chastity Seabolt and Alexis Ware have had opportunities to excel the past five years, […]

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Family Matters

Are your kids listening to you?

FAMILY MATTERS By Mary Migliaro, M.Ed., Educator and Parent Mentor In their book, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk, authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish take readers through important techniques parents can use to ensure good communication with their children. These internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents […]

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Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney, along with, from left, Board Member Bobby Bearden, Assistant Superintendent Robert Ensley, Board Chairman Lewis DeWeese, Gwatney, Board Member Mike Cole, Dyer, Deputy Superintendent Betsy Hyde, Fannin County High School Principal Erik Cioffi, Board Vice Chairman Chad Galloway, Assistant Superintendent Darren Danner and Board Member Terry Bramlett, presented 2021 Teacher of the Year Jill Dyer with her award.

FCHS teacher Jill Dyer named 2021 Teacher Of The Year

By Bree Collar, Fannin Sentinel Writer Since 1989 the Fannin County School System has highlighted the foundation of its educational approach to select and honor a county- wide Teacher Of The Year (TOTY). Fannin County High School (FCHS) Jill Dyer took the 2021 win. Runner- up was Ashley Coffinger from Blue Ridge Elementary School (BRES) […]

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Georgia Lottery Raises Historic $1.2B for Education

Georgia Lottery Raises Historic $1.2B for Education

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp is proud to announce that the Georgia Lottery has transferred its fiscal year (FY) 2019 profits – a total of $1,207,369,000 – to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account, marking the largest annual transfer in the Georgia Lottery’s 26-year history. Now, the total funds raised for […]

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New UNG Blue Ridge Campus a year from opening

New Blue Ridge Campus a year from opening

By Clark Leonard, Communications Specialist, University of North Georgia In the mountains of Fannin County, the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) new standalone Blue Ridge Campus continues to take shape. The main roads have been paved, and utilities have been installed and will be tied into city mains. Site grading has begun, and construction on […]

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Following the ‘three-second rule’ saves lives, Scearce and Scherer tell Kiwanians

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer “Buckle-up, allow three seconds between vehicles and arrive safe” was the message that Blue Ridge Police Chief Johnny Scearce and Program Supporter Ron Scherer gave to the Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge June 24 during their weekly meeting. Scherer, a volunteer firefighter and supporter of the “Drive the Three-Second […]

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FC Graduates

Fannin Class of 2019 graduates

By Elaine Owen, Editor A perfect evening offered Fannin County High School (FCHS) graduates a preview of the future before them. Standing room only greeted many visitors as school officials, family, friends and graduates filled the home side of the football stadium for the forty-third annual commencement May 24. As the graduates walked into the […]

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Pictured above, from left: FCHS Valedictorian Ramtin Doroodchi with his father Dr. Doroodchi, FCHS Salutatorian Morgan Blaine with parents Sharon and Michael Blaine, HDHS Valedictorian Chloe Harrelson with mother Rebecca Harrelson, HDHS Salutatorian Gracie Davis with mother Jillian Davis, CBHS Valedictorian Sawyer O’Neal with parents Cheryl and Eric O’Neal, and CBHS Salutatorian Kaitlynn Cribbs with mother Karen Cribbs.

Tri-State EMC honors top grads

By Elaine Owen, Editor Tri-State Electric Membership Corporation honored top graduatess from area High Schools Thursday, May 9 at Willow Creek Falls. Valedictorians and salutatorians from Fannin County High School (FCHS), Hiwassee Dam High School (HDHS) and Copper Basin High School (CBHS) were honored at the annual Honors Night banquet with $1,000 scholarships. Tri-State EMC […]

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