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Keith Sumner, middle, along with the seven other builders involved in showcasing 19 homes at the Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes tour April 6 showed the homemade wooden plaques built for event sponsors. Builders participating in the 2019 event included Buzz Quintrell with Log Homes of Yellowstone, Ron Coleman and Travis Coleman with Coleman Custom Log Homes, Marc Nicholson with Nicholson Home Builders, Don Clement with Homestead Mountain Builders, Kevin Teague Homes, Tommy Wosyluk and Ron Lomonaco with Satterwhite Log Homes.

Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes made history in 2019

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Eight builders, nineteen unique homes, some within minutes of downtown Blue Ridge, all with an upscale mountain look and a mountain background, fueled the excitement for the dinner kickoff at Willow Creek Falls & Vineyard Friday evening. Custom-made canvas paintings of the homes presented to sponsors and other select […]

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McCaysville Properties Investor Mike Galinski cuts the ribbon March 23 at the celebration of the opening of the “Riverwalk Shops” in the McCaysville and Copper Basin area. The renovated area has three restaurants and 12 stores in a building designed to preserve the mining history of the Copper Basin.

Riverwalk Shops open to huge crowd and much enthusiasm

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Designed to capture the spirit of Copper Basin’s mining history, the restaurants and retail stores of “Riverwalk Shops” celebrated their opening March 23 with a ribbon cutting. The joint celebration, organized by Chambers of Commerce from Fannin and Polk counties as well as McCaysville Properties investor Michael Galinski. Three […]

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Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods

Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods recognized as one of four 2019 Georgia Small Business ROCK STARS

By Elaine Owen, Editor Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods in Blue Ridge was one of four ROCK STAR Small Businesses in the state of Georgia for 2019 as determined by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA). Gov. Brian Kemp joined the GDEcD and GEDA to recognize Georgia’s […]

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Changes in Federal tax deductions

Taxpayers can no longer claim these 4 deductions

TurboTax Tips As Americans get ready for the upcoming tax season, sweeping changes are going to affect how individuals and families file this year—including which deductions and credits they can claim. While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the standard deduction for both individuals and married couples filing jointly–meaning fewer people are expected to […]

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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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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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FINANCIAL NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

FINANCIAL NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

The US stock market has been rising since March 9, 2009. There have been ups and downs, of course, and there have been flirtations with a correction, or decline of 20 percent or more. But even with all the turbulence since the start of October, we are still in a bull market — one that […]

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Commission Chairman Stan Helton

Commissioners, Assessors and GMASS discuss future of Fannin County Assessors Office

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Last week there was no county business to discuss, so BOC Chairman Stan Helton cancelled the regularly scheduled BOC meeting. Later he called a special meeting for Monday, Nov. 19 with all three commissioners, staff from Gmass, Board of Assessors and employees of the Assessors office. Tensions ran […]

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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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