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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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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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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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First Lady Marty Kemp Pet Adoption Day

First Lady Marty Kemp To Host Pet Adoption Day at Governor’s Mansion

Atlanta, GA – On Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion, First Lady Marty Kemp will host a pet adoption day for rescue cats and dogs. Mrs. Kemp has partnered with Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, and several humane societies, animal shelters, and pet rescues across the state to find […]

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Senator Steve Gooch

Bill addressing Broadband Expansion passes Senate

ATLANTA (Feb. 26, 2019) | The Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 66, sponsored by Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega), on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. This bill, also known as the “Streamlining Wireless Facilities and Antennas Act,” would address the use of public rights of way by wireless providers. SB 66 would streamline wireless broadband […]

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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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