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Northwest Georgia posts record in September

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Northwest Georgia region dropped its unemployment rate in September to a new record low. At the same time, the annual and monthly numbers for labor force and employed residents increased in September for the 15-county area, preliminary numbers show. “Georgia had an amazing month in September,” […]

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Veterans more likely to be targeted by sophisticated financial scams

Military Times WASHINGTON — Veteran LaVerne Foreman believed he was helping fellow service members at risk of suicide, but a fake veterans’ aid fund was taking his money and diverting it robbing him of the much-needed financial means instead. “I am proud to be a veteran,” Foreman, 82-year-old Army and Air Force vet from Herndon, […]

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Telemarketers Still Have Your Phone Ringing? You Can Fight Back.

AARP Fraud Watch Network How It Works • The Federal Trade Commission manages the National Do Not Call Registry, 1‑888‑382‑1222, which is intended to stop unwanted sales calls; it’s free, and you can add all of your numbers to it. • Your registration does not expire. • Legitimate companies are not permitted to call you […]

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What to Know About Social Security Changes for 2020

Here’s what’s happening with your benefits next year Monthly benefits will increase Social Security recipients will get a 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in their monthly benefits starting in January. The average individual retired Social Security beneficiary is expected to see a monthly benefit jump from $1,479 to $1,503, an increase of roughly $24 per […]

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October 25, on the steps of the Veterans Conference Center, a check for $6,300 was presented to Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Project Manager Elaine Owen and Fannin County Veterans Commander George Pletcher by Tournament Director Mike Panter (Left) and Chairman of the Golf Tournament Bob Renneke (Right). Second from Right is Georgia Combat Vet Commander Rob Denison. The money was raised from the Veterans Annual Golf Tournament held October 5 at Copper Basin Golf Club and will be used to help pay expenses for bringing the Wall to Blue Ridge.

Veterans First Annual Golf Tournament Raises $6,300 to help bring Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Blue Ridge

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer To help raise money to bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Blue Ridge, Veteran Bob Renneke organized a community golf tournament at the Copper Basin Golf Club. Tournament Director Mike Panter and Renneke welcomed dozens of supporters October 5 as they gathered on the course that was built […]

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The Veteran’s Crisis Line -- available to veterans, troops and their families -- operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Zachary Hada/Air Force)

New veteran suicide numbers raise concerns among experts

By Leo Shane III, AIR FORCE TIMES Researchers this year changed a key metric in how they track veterans suicides in an effort to better explain the scope of the problem, but mental health advocates say it still doesn’t tell the full story. In the last four years, the official government estimate on the number […]

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Social Security Rate Increase Fannin Sentinel

Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2020 is 1.6

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Social Security Administration (SSA) just announced a slight rise in monthly benefits for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. The October 10 announcement of the 1.6 percent hike in benefits is in line with what most Social Security watchers expected. Social Security Cost-of-Living Raise for 2020 The SSA […]

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Family Matters

Are your kids listening to you?

FAMILY MATTERS By Mary Migliaro, M.Ed., Educator and Parent Mentor In their book, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk, authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish take readers through important techniques parents can use to ensure good communication with their children. These internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents […]

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Sexual Preference Discrimination Discussed

Sexual Preference Discrimination Discussed

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Fannin County Democrats met October 7 in the Senior Center. Vice Chair Connie Galloway was the guest speaker. Galloway introduced her spouse, Dixie Carter and stated they had been together over 19 years. Galloway played a video she made in 2015 explaining how she was fired because of […]

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Walmart e-cigs sales halt

Walmart To Quit Selling E-Cigarettes Amid Vaping Backlash

AP Report Walmart is getting out of the vaping business. The nation’s largest retailer said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. when it sells out its current inventory. The nation’s largest retailer said the move is due to “growing federal, state and local […]

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