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Collins introduces legislation to expand rural broadband

Collins introduces legislation to expand rural broadband

By Elaine Owen, Editor U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) last week introduced H.R. 427, the Connect America Fund (CAF) Accountability Act of 2019. The bill will help rural communities access broadband services by outlining additional guidelines for the Federal Communications Commission program that incentivizes broadband carriers to provide service to underserved or rural areas. “For […]

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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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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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November 3 was Habitat’s “Frame in a Day” where we hoped to frame a house in one day

Habitat Hosts almost 50 Volunteers!

By Chris Hall, Habitat for Humanity November 3 was Habitat’s “Frame in a Day” where we hoped to frame a house in one day. We had an awesome turnout and hosted almost 50 volunteers. It was a perfect day to work and everyone worked together to accomplish what we set out to do. Sheila Waldron […]

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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Georgia! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in January 2019.

American Pickers to Film in Georgia

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Georgia! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in January 2019. AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of […]

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President Trump

Trump says new proposal will lower some US drug prices

AP NEWS REPORT WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump on Thursday (Oct. 25) announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to pay much more than people in other countries for the same medications. “We are taking […]

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Social Security scam calls

Social Security warns of new ‘Spoofing’ Scam

Fraudsters are using caller ID to make you think the agency is calling SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION Yet another Social Security scam is surfacing. This time the Social Security Administration (SSA) is warning that fraudsters are imitating the agency’s phone number to lure people into answering the phone. If you receive any phone call with the […]

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Medicare changes

Changes to Medicare 2019

The program’s 60 million members, primarily 65 and older, are expected to enjoy additional improvements beginning Jan. 1. Medicare just keeps getting better with age, expressed AARP in September. Improvements are expected in 2019 for the 53-year-old federal health insurance program. Medicare already receives a high satisfaction rate. Yet, the program’s 60 million members, primarily […]

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Ford recalls nearly 1.3M Focuses because engines can stall

Ford recalls nearly 1.3M Focuses because engines can stall

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 1.3 million Focus compact cars in the U.S. because a fuel system problem can cause the engines to stall without warning. The recall covers cars from 2012 through 2018 with 2-liter four-cylinder engines. Ford says a valve can stick open, causing too much vacuum, and an engine control […]

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Scam calls epidemic

Scam calls are ‘epidemic’ — and getting worse

A new report says nearly half of mobile calls will be fraudulent by next year By Sarah Elizabeth Adler, AARP Scam calls are getting more frequent — and quickly. By next year, nearly half of all calls to mobile phones will be fraudulent, according to a new report from telecommunications firm First Orion. The company […]

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