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Blue Ridge to Host Town Hall Meetings on Parking Feb. 5

The City of Blue Ridge, along with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), will host two town hall meetings on parking Wednesday, Feb. 5. Parking, rezoning requests, crosswalks and replacement of retaining walls were among issues the Blue Ridge City Council discussed and approved Jan. 14 at their monthly meeting. DDA President Cesar Martinez and Mayor […]

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Social Security COLA increase 1.6 percent for 2020

The Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2020 is 1.6%, the Social Security Administration announced. The COLA, which went into effect in January, is down from the 2.8% COLA increase retirees and other beneficiaries received at the start of 2019. What Is a Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment? The Social Security Administration (SSA) is required by […]

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Trump Is Rushing to Make His Border Wall Look Like a Success Before November

By Zak Cheney-Rice, The Intelligencer Before Donald Trump announced his ultimately successful run for president in 2015, he was a blowhard real-estate magnate turned reality-TV host who couldn’t remember basic talking points about his own nascent campaign. Advisers knew he needed help, so in order to keep him on message regarding a key feature of […]

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14 states, D.C., NYC sue US Ag Dept. over new food stamps rule

Fourteen states, plus New York City and the District of Columbia, are suing the US Department of Agriculture over regulations that will require more food stamp recipients to work in order to receive benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, already requires working-age adults without dependents or disabilities to consistently hold a job to […]

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A 104-year-old Marine Corps veteran is asking people to send him Valentine’s Day cards

By Ellen Gordon, AP Writer A 104-year-old US Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II is asking people to send him cards for Valentine’s Day. Maj. Bill White, a California native, has had a lifetime full of unforgettable experiences. He has collected objects and filled scrapbooks to remind him of special memories which […]

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Art Gallery Hosts Opening Reception Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Doors opened Jan. 16 at the North Georgia Autism Foundation (NGAF) Art Gallery, splashing a mixture of colors from various local artists on its walls. Eleven artists from Fannin and Gilmer counties showcased pieces last Thursday at the gallery opening reception located at 11 Overview Drive in Blue Ridge […]

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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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House Speaker honors Rep. Jay Powell

On the first day of the 2020 legislative session, House Speaker David Ralston honored former Rep. Jay Powell. Powell, 67, was Chairman of the House Rules Committee. He died Nov. 26, 2019 after collapsing at a GOP leadership caucus retreat. Ralston said Powell loved the Georgia House of Representatives. “He regarded it as a place […]

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The UK threatens to abandon its alliance with Trump

Adam Bienkov, Business Insider The UK threatens to tear up its defense alliance with the US after Trump’s Iran crisis triggers a rupture between the two countries. UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace says that the UK is looking to forge stronger alliances with other international partners which share its priorities. He says the US risks […]

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Tornado Touches Down Saturday in Cooper Creek Area

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Reporter –A Personal Experience– Thousands remained without power days after storms ravaged the North Georgia area, blasting through Cooper Creek Saturday evening, Jan. 11. Fire Station 9 Captain Melvin Turner and Justin Turner with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Department joined by neighbors Sam and Connie Miller assessed damages Saturday evening […]

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