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Navy veteran one of last survivors of USS Arizona

Pearl Harbor survivor Donald G. Stratton is 97 and lives in Colorado Springs. He is one of three living survivors of the USS Arizona. After 98-year-old Lauren Bruner‘s September death, only three people who were on the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941, during Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, remain alive. On Saturday (Dec. 7), […]

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Fannin County Remembers Pearl Harbor

By Elaine Owen, Editor On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the American Army and Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy and lead to great losses of life and equipment. More than 2000 American citizens were killed […]

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White House Counsel Pat Cipollone

White House tells Dems it won’t cooperate with Judiciary impeachment hearings

Top lawyer tells Congress to end proceedings By John T. Bennett White House Counsel Pat Cipollone signaled to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler Friday (Dec. 6) that President Donald Trump will not have his attorneys take part in his panel’s remaining impeachment hearings. “As you know, your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated […]

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World War II Veteran, Local Historian Dale Dyer Celebrates 100th Birthday

Soon-to-be centenarian Dale Dyer celebrated his 100th birthday Nov. 30 with family, friends and community members at the First Baptist Church Youth Center. Dozens of well-wishers flowed in throughout the three hour celebration greeting Dyer and his friend James Watkins who share a birth date of Dec. 8. Dozens of accolades were on display where […]

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County Budget Vote Postponed

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer The Board of Commissioners met for a budget hearing Tuesday, Nov. 26 before the normally scheduled board meeting. All three commissioners were in attendance. Chairman Stan Helton said, “Let’s go over some of the highlights. The grand total revenues that we are proposing, total budget is $28,564,665. For […]

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Light Up Blue Ridge Celebrates 20 Years of Holiday Cheer

By Bree Collar, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Thousands flowed into downtown Blue Ridge this past weekend celebrating the 20th annual Light Up Blue Ridge festivities. The annual kickoff celebration to the holiday season began Nov. 29 with Blue Friday where downtown merchants offered special discounts for the Christmas season along with entertainment and town wide […]

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Financial Report a Bone of Contention at Board of Commissioners Meeting

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Fannin County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Nov. 26. Chief Financial Officer Robin Gazaway presented the monthly financial statements. Tensions between her and Post I Commissioner Earl Johnson in the earlier held budget hearing seemed to spill over into the regular meeting. One slide showed $732.476 which Gazaway […]

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Report: Kemp resisting pressure from Trump on Senate appointment

Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is resisting pressure from President Trump on who to appoint to an interim U.S. Senate post, according to people familiar with the selection process, The Wall Street Journal reports. In recent days, the president has spoken to Kemp at least twice — once face-to-face in Atlanta and once on the […]

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The Splendor and Excitement of Colonial Life Returns with the Opening of Inola Blue Ridge

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer The magic of Christmas starts later this at Inola Blue Ridge with a myriad of activities brightening the holiday season starting Friday, Nov. 29 and running through Sunday, Jan. 5. Developer Rick Skelton and Susie Council in sales and marketing, both serve as town founders renovating, reengineering and redesigning […]

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BRES announces Kids Heart Challenge Winners

By Holly Ross, BRES Parent Liaison Congratulations to our top three Kids Heart Challenge fundraisers. Austin Prieto (left) raised $340.00. Cooper Patterson (middle) raised $1,050.00. Annabelle Ward (right) raised $370.00. They are pictured with Mrs. Minear, Blue Ridge Elementary PE coach. In total, our students raised $3.484.30 for Kids Heart Challenge which supports the American […]

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