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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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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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Fannin Sentinel Congratulates Class of 2019!

To Read this section click the image below 2019 Fannin County High School Graduation Friday, May 24, 2019 8:00 p.m. Fannin County High School Football Stadium In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held May 24, at 8 p.m. in the Gymnasium.

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Audit Finds Georgia’s University System shorted Teacher Retirement Fund

By Elaine Owen, Editor According to a just-released state audit, the University System of Georgia (USG) has shorted its employees pension fund over $600 million since it stopped making legally required payments to the fund over a decade ago. When the 401(k) plan for USG employees (the Optional Retirement Program or ORP) was created in […]

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2018-19 New FCHS National Honor Society members

2018-19 New FCHS National Honor Society members

74 seniors receive National Honor Cords at FCHS ceremony By Theresa Dillard, Assistant Principal Curriculum & Instruction Fannin County High School’s annual National Honor Society Installation, Induction and Honor Cord Ceremony was recently held in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Officers for the 2019-20 School year who were installed include: Hannah Cruse, President; Lora Gwatney, […]

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Music, art and drama teacher Ben Sexton paired up with fellow sponsor Cindy Hicks and a team of students to propose a fully functioning theater workshop at West Fannin Elementary School for the Ignite Education Grant ceremony March 21. Sexton and Hicks’ group included Bentley Cole, Ella Lackey, Cooper Mathis, Hailey Stewart, Jonah Strobel and Ella White. They were among three of the Fannin School System winners who took home $14,200 in grant and award monies.

Fannin schools awarded over $46,800 at Ignite Education Award Ceremony

Thunderous applause erupted Thursday evening, March 21, at the third annual Ignite Education Grant Award Ceremony hosted by ETC and The Harrison Foundation where Fannin schools swept in three of four grants awards gaining over $46,800 to support individual school and student led projects. Nine of the 16 finalists competing for the four $13,500 grants […]

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Sandra Mercier

Little Free Library Dedication: Sandra Mercier

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. The FCHS English Department, along with the Fannin County School System and Fannin County Board of Education, would like to invite you to the dedication of two Little Free Libraries in loving memory of Mrs. Sandra Mercier. Mrs. Mercier was a dedicated educator in the Fannin County […]

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Superintendent of Fannin County Schools Dr. Michael Gwatney and Deputy Superintendent of Fannin County Schools Betsy Hyde.

Fannin County Schools renew Charter application

By Elaine Owen, Editor In the last year of a school’s charter term, the school may apply for charter renewal. The State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC) charter renewal process is data-driven, meaning staff and commissioners consider the performance track record of the school as measured by the SCSC Comprehensive Performance Framework (CPF) and whether the […]

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Teachers retirement

Lawmakers again try to change the state teacher retirement system

Associated Press News After pouring nearly $600 million into Georgia’s teacher pension system in recent years to make it more financially stable, lawmakers are making another big push this session to make changes in a program that they say is unsustainable. This year’s retirement legislation–which has been written and rewritten–ensures two things that will likely […]

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