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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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Sandra Mercier

Little Free Library Dedication: Sandra Mercier

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. The FCHS English Department, along with the Fannin County School System and Fannin County Board of Education, would like to invite you to the dedication of two Little Free Libraries in loving memory of Mrs. Sandra Mercier. Mrs. Mercier was a dedicated educator in the Fannin County […]

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Superintendent of Fannin County Schools Dr. Michael Gwatney and Deputy Superintendent of Fannin County Schools Betsy Hyde.

Fannin County Schools renew Charter application

By Elaine Owen, Editor In the last year of a school’s charter term, the school may apply for charter renewal. The State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC) charter renewal process is data-driven, meaning staff and commissioners consider the performance track record of the school as measured by the SCSC Comprehensive Performance Framework (CPF) and whether the […]

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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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Speaker David Ralston

Fannin County GOP Convention elects officers, hears update from Speaker David Ralston

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Fannin County Republican Party met Saturday, March 9 with Mass Precinct meetings beginning at 9 a.m., and the County Convention at 10 a.m. Thirty-two party-faithful braved the wet weather to meet with other voters in their precincts, elect a chairperson and secretary then attend the Convention where business was conducted. […]

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Five indicted for murder, conspiracy in McKinney shooting death

By Elaine Owen, Editor Five people have been indicted on a variety of charges in the Dec. 4, 2018, murder of Justin McKinney and shooting of Anna Franklin, both of Morganton. Those indicted include Stephan Blake Dickey aka Blake Dye, Hunter Nicholas Hill and Dalton Levi Manuel, all juveniles, along with Kevin Jack Chamaty and […]

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Chief Appraiser Dawn Cochran

Board of Assessors remind Taxpayers April 1 deadline approaching

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Chief Appraiser Dawn Cochran reminded the media at the March 8 meeting that April 1 is the deadline for filing tax exemptions with the Tax Assessors Office. These include Homestead, Forest Land Preservation, Soil Conservation and Historic property. Tax returns are also due for Personal Property tax such […]

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Georgia Bureau of Investigaton

GBI and Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Investigate Double Murder

Monday, March 4, 2019, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by the Fannin County Sheriff to assist in the investigation of a double murder occurring at 300 Underwood Road, Apartment 3A, Morganton, Fannin County, GA. The initial investigation revealed that Fannin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call of shots fired at […]

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