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Litigation begins over Georgia’s near-total abortion ban

Litigation begins over Georgia’s near-total abortion ban

Saporta Report by Maggie Lee Friday, Georgia joined the list of mostly Republican-led states that have been brought to federal court over moves to cut the length of time that people can seek abortions. SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is the lead plaintiff on a list that includes individual Georgia doctors plus groups […]

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Senator Johnny Isakson

Georgia’s Sen. Johnny Isakson sponsors legislation to erase disabled vets student loan debts

By Elaine Owen, Editor Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is sponsoring new legislation that would see disabled vets student loan debts erased. Nearly 34,000 disabled veterans who haven’t paid back their federal student loans could see that debt automatically erased under bipartisan legislation proposed last week. The proposal follows moves last year […]

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Tom and Maureen Escott escorted Grand Marshals Elaine and Jim Owen in the July 4 Old Timers parade through downtown Blue Ridge. They were among the more than 62 participants in this year’s event.

Blue Ridge celebrates America’s birthday in grand style

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Dozens of parade participants and onlookers gathered July 4 in downtown Blue Ridge to celebrate the United States of America’s 243rd birthday in true red, white and blue fashion. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association (BRBA), the parade kicked off the July 4 weekend with almost 50 entries […]

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Agr Sec Sonny Perdue

Agriculture secretary says Farmers ‘are one of the casualties’ of Trump’s trade war

By Katie Lobosco and Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue acknowledged this week that farmers are getting hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade war, but expressed optimism that a deal would be struck with China by the end of the year. American farmers “are one of the casualties here with trade disruption,” Perdue told […]

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Celebrate July 4th Fannin Sentinel

Celebrating Independence Day

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer The Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations go back to the 18th century and the American Revolutiony. Fannin County and surrounding areas will kick off 2019 events celebrating our country’s Independence with fireworks, pancake breakfast, Miners Homecoming festivities, parades and lots more. The following event schedule can help guide […]

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New Georgia Laws 2019

New laws go into effect July 1 in Georgia

By Elaine Owen, Editor Governor Brian Kemp signed 21 bills into law April 15 to take effect July 1. These laws cover issues from human trafficking to flag displays. Here is a summary of some of those laws that take effect July 1: HB 25 will provide military service members civil relief concerning certain contractual […]

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Following the ‘three-second rule’ saves lives, Scearce and Scherer tell Kiwanians

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer “Buckle-up, allow three seconds between vehicles and arrive safe” was the message that Blue Ridge Police Chief Johnny Scearce and Program Supporter Ron Scherer gave to the Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge June 24 during their weekly meeting. Scherer, a volunteer firefighter and supporter of the “Drive the Three-Second […]

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Governor Brian Kemp

Gov. Kemp makes first trip to South Korea to lure business to Georgia

PRESS RELEASE SEOUL, South Korea — Governor Brian Kemp is in South Korea for his first international trip in office to try and lure more business from the county to Georgia. Kemp posted about the visit– which was covered in a front-page spread in English-language newspaper Korea JoongAng Daily- on Sunday (June 23). “Governor Kemp […]

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Office of Attorney General Chris Carr

Carr: U.S. Supreme Court Rules World War I Veterans Memorial Cross Can Stay

ATLANTA, GA – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the presence of a World War I memorial cross on public land in Maryland does not violate the Establishment Clause, and that in fact, destroying the nearly century-old memorial “would not be neutral and would not further the ideals of respect and tolerance embodied in […]

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DPH Urges Georgians to be Vaccinated Before Traveling

Measles Confirmed in Overseas Traveler

DPH Urges Georgians to be Vaccinated Before Traveling Press Release ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated metro Atlanta resident who recently traveled overseas. DPH is notifying individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and may be at increased risk for developing […]

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