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Remembering Our Veterans section of the Fannin Sentinel

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In honor of all Veterans near and far, the Fannin Sentinel offers this special section to our readers for this Veterans weekend & Holiday. We hope you enjoy it. Veterans Section

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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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Georgia Secretary of State’s Office Cleans Voter File by 4 percent as Required by Law

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office is making routine and legally required updates to Georgia’s voter file that will reduce the size of the voter roll by 4 percent. These updates are required by federal and state law in order to ensure that the state has the most up-to-date voter information. “Election security […]

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Georgia DOT Reminds the Public: Don’t Post Signs on State Right of Way

It’s a Matter of Safety ATLANTA, GA – Whatever your message, GDOT has a message for you: Posting unauthorized signs on the state’s right of way are a safety hazard and illegal. Whether it’s a political sign, yard sale, real estate, or goods and services, signs on the state highway system – interstates and state […]

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“Bank on Blue Ridge” loan program launched by the Blue Ridge DDA

The City of Blue Ridge’s new Downtown Development Authority (DDA) would like to encourage participation in the “Bank on Blue Ridge” program, a loan program to encourage the economic development of the Central Business District. Through the Georgia Cities Foundation and GA Department of Economic Affairs, the program provides below market-rate gap financing to spur […]

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Left to Right, Front Row: Pioneer RESA Executive Director Justin Old and Superintendent Michael Gwatney. Back Row: Thomas Arp, Morgan Arp, and Christie Gribble.

Pioneer RESA’s Annual “Pioneers in Education” Awards Ceremony

By Dr. Michael Gwatney, Superintendent Fannin County Schools The Pioneer Regional Service Agency (RESA) held its annual “Pioneers in Education” awards ceremony last Friday, November 1. These awards are presented by Pioneer RESA to individuals who go “above and beyond” to make a difference in education. Congratulations to Retired Superintendent Morgan B. Arp for being […]

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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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A Reckoning at VA Atlanta hospital after years of problems

Shakeup long overdue, say military veterans, whistleblowers By Christopher Quinn, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Reprinted With Permission) Dawn Brys got an early taste of the crisis unfolding at the largest Veterans Affairs hospital in the Southeast. The Air Force vet said she went to the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur last year for surgery on […]

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Seaman Recruit Chase Trentham

McCaysville Recruit Earns Military Excellence Award at Recruit Training Command

By Alan Nunn, Recruit Training Command Public Affairs GREAT LAKES (NNS) — Seaman Recruit Chase Trentham, Division 387, graduated as the top Sailor from Recruit Training Command, earning the Military Excellence Award on October 18. T r e n t h a m , from McCaysville, Georgia, said he joined the Navy to serve others […]

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