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Fannin County Board of Education members Lewis DeWeese, Terry Bramlett, Chad Galloway, Mike Cole, Bobby Bearden with Principal Erik Cioffi, Supt. Dr. Michael Gwatney, Benny Long and Resource Officer Darvin Couch at Board meeting.

Can one penny make a difference? Here’s how a one cent sales tax will help Fannin County schools

ESPLOST Referendum March 19 – Early voting Feb. 25 thru March 15 By Elaine Owen, Editor Some pennies are thrown in a jar on a counter. Some are found lying on the ground in parking lots. Some stay buried at the bottom of a purse or in a drawer. What if those pennies could purchase […]

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Pictured from Back Left are: Cady Finley, Hope Parris, Larissa Hughes, Victoria Tanner, Sierra Reynolds, Sydney Tarpley. Front Left: Bobbi Pippin, Chloe Clemmons, Alexis Hill, Courtney Earls, and Lisa Thomas.

Fannin County High School FCCLA Advances to State Competition

By Lauren Owenby, FCHS Family and Consumer Sciences, Early Childhood Education Pathway, Nutrition and Food Science Pathway, FCCLA Advisor Fannin County High School FCCLA participated in Region STAR Event Competitions on Saturday, February 9 at Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Combined, the students participated in 9 competitive events. (Listed Below) All students scored in […]

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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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First Lady Sandra Deal has visited schools in all 159 counties

First Lady Deal completes 1,000th school visit

First Lady Sandra Deal has visited schools in all 159 counties First Lady Sandra Deal was today joined by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs to visit The Academy Child Development Center in Oakwood, marking Mrs. Deal’s 1,000th school visit since Gov. Nathan Deal took […]

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Sandra Mercier, Water Authority Board member.

Community says goodbye to beloved teacher, friend

By Elaine Owen, Editor It didn’t take long for the news to spread that rainy Saturday morning. Many had just arrived at Veterans Park and were waiting for the Veterans Day ceremonies to begin. For a moment, time stood still as they repeated, one after another, “Did you hear about Sandra Mercier? She passed this […]

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UNG receives $2.1 million federal grant to fund new program for freshmen

The University of North Georgia (UNG) recently received a federal grant of more than $2.1 million to establish a new program that will build on the success of orientation, Weeks of Welcome and academic advising programs. By meeting the eligibility requirements, UNG plans to establish a Success Oriented Academic Reform (SOAR) program on all five […]

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Georgia Speaker of the House of Representatives David Ralston addresses the crowd Oct. 17 at the groundbreaking for UNG’s new standalone Blue Ridge Campus. Ralston helped secure $5.5 million in the 2019 fiscal year budget for the campus.

UNG breaks ground for new Blue Ridge campus

By Elaine Owen, Editor The University of North Georgia (UNG) broke ground Oct. 17 on a new standalone Blue Ridge campus, located off Hwy 515 about three miles from the current Blue Ridge campus, with over 150 community members, state officials, and university representatives joining President Bonita C. Jacobs to mark the occasion. Located on […]

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Lora Gwatney Fannin Country Hight School Marching Band

Fannin Marching Band earns Straight Superior Ratings at Central-Carroll Band competition

By Darrin Conner, Band Booster ~~ CONGRATULATIONS to the Fannin County High School Marching Band for earning Straight Superior Ratings from all judges and in all captions in Class 4A at the Super Bowl of Sound Band Competition at Central-Carroll High School on Saturday, Oct. 6. Superior ratings were earned in Band, Drumline (percussion instruments), […]

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ECIGS–Image provided by Office of District Attorney

District Attorney warns of dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes

Like cigarettes, vaping is illegal to people under 18 years of age. By Elaine Owen, Editor Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee warns of dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. In a press release Sept. 6, 2018, Sosebee said during the last week, several teens in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties have experienced medical […]

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Senator Steve Gooch

Sen. Steve Gooch appointed Chair of Senate Study Committee

ATLANTA (Aug. 31, 2018) | Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) has been appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to serve as Chair of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools. “As we celebrate Labor Day each year as the unofficial end of summer, most of our public […]

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