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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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Deputy Dustin Carder receives the “Back The Blue Award” for exceptional service in the line of duty. From left is former police officer Mike Holloway of Coldwell Banker High Country Realty presenting the award, Deputy Carder and his canine partner, Lucho.

“Back the Blue” Award presented to Fannin County Deputy Dustin Carder

Coldwell Banker High Country Realty has begun a new program to publicly recognize the exceptional efforts of law enforcement officers in each of the five communities we serve. The new program is called “Back The Blue,” and is anticipated to be awarded up to three times per year in each community. The first recipient of […]

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The first REACH class in the Fannin County School System from left, Harley Cox, Tasia Galloway, Joey Long, Chastity Seabolt and Alexis Ware received their shadow boxes and were inducted into the program in eighth grade in 2015.

Fannin REACH Scholars Leave a Legacy in 2020

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Seven months from now, five Fannin County High School seniors will make history, leaving a legacy as the first graduating class of Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) scholars. Joey Long, Tasia Galloway, Harley Cox, Chastity Seabolt and Alexis Ware have had opportunities to excel the past five years, […]

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Vietnam Traveling Wall 8-page Special

Vietnam Traveling Wall link A special section to this week’s Fannin Sentinel with stories from: Asa Dockery Stan Helton Jay Hughes Tom Jordan David Ralston …………..2 Steve Gooch………………3 George Nelson…………..4 William A. Robinson……5 Rick White……………….6 Stories from The Wall……7 Once In A Lifetime………8 Read, Download, Share these heart-warming stories that honor our Vietnam War Heroes. […]

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Readmission penalties for Medicare patients hitting dozens of Georgia hospitals

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News A Medicare initiative aimed at reducing readmissions of discharged patients is penalizing 88 percent of Georgia hospitals evaluated in the program. That’s a slightly higher percentage than the national average of 83 percent of hospitals penalized in the readmission program. The cuts in payments come as Medicare continues its […]

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Georgia Public Health Officials Confirm Second Death In Vaping Illness Outbreak

Georgia Public Health Officials Confirm Second Death In Vaping Illness Outbreak

BY SAM WHITEHEAD, Georgia Health News The CDC reports that more than 1,000 lung injury cases have been tied to e-cigarettes and vaping products. Another person has died from a vaping-related illness, as reported by Georgia health officials. This is the second death in the state tied to a nationwide outbreak of lung illness in […]

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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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