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Kemp Closes K-12 Public Schools Through April 24

Atlanta, GA – MARCH 26. Today Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order 03.26.20.02 closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020. Students may return to school on Monday, April 27, 2020. “I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents […]

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Fauci says US needs to be prepared for coronavirus to be cyclical

AP NEWS — Americans need to be prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 could become a seasonal disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Wednesday (March 25). Fauci told reporters during a White House briefing that more cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus have begun to appear in the Southern Hemisphere, which is transitioning […]

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Blue Ridge Declares State of Emergency

By Elaine Owen, Editor — March 25, 2020. Blue Ridge City Council passed via teleconference an official State of Emergency Ordinance for citizens and business owners. The ordinance was effective beginning noon Thursday, March 26 and will expire April 15, 2020. The ordinance allows for City Council to extend the duration of the ordinance, if […]

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Gov. Kemp Signs Midyear Amended Budget

AP News ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a midyear amended budget that includes $100 million in emergency funding to combat the new coronavirus. The emergency money was pulled from the state’s $2.8 billion reserves for the budget that the governor signed Tuesday (March 17). Despite that new money, the […]

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Tax Deadline Extension: What You Need to Know

Due to the stress that the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is putting on the economic system and society at large, the federal government is giving Americans an extra 90 days to work on their taxes. That means everyone has until July 15 to prepare, file and pay their taxes. This means you can technically heave […]

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Fannin Excels at TSA Conference

By Bubba Gibbs Congratulations to the Fannin County High School (FCHS) and Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) students who were able to compete from March 11th through 13th at the Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Athens, GA. The TSA State Conference hosts over 2,000 students competing in events ranging from robotics, to electric cars, […]

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Bills that advanced or failed in Georgia General Assembly

By Elaine Owen, Editor — ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in the Georgia General Assembly faced a deadline last Thursday (March 12) to advance legislation from one chamber to the other. While issues can be resurrected later using legislative rules, the crossover deadline between the House and Senate tends to significantly narrow the issues in play. […]

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Kemp Declares Public Health State of Emergency

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp signed a public health state of emergency to address novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Georgia. Kemp gave a televised address to Georgians with the following remarks: “My fellow Georgians: Over the past few weeks, our state has been facing an unprecedented public health threat with the spread […]

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Trump Declares National Emergency To Fight COVID-19

By Elaine Owen, Editor President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday (March 13) to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up billions of dollars to fund the response and help states, small businesses and individuals while allowing for a broader federal role in coordination. The emergency declaration allows agencies to waive rules and allow […]

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Senate OKs bill to give Georgia voters say in daylight saving time

By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia residents could soon get to vote on whether to keep changing their clocks twice a year for daylight saving time under a bill that unanimously passed the state Senate on Monday (March 2). The bill, which passed 53-0, would add a nonbinding referendum question to ballots during this year’s November […]

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