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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 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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Local authors, from left, Connie White, Kathy Williams, Kathy Thompson and Brent Warburg set up in front of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Fannin County Courthouse at the ninth annual Arts in the Park to share their love of words in the books they have written.

Fall Arts in the Park brings thousands to Blue Ridge

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer The ninth annual Fall Arts in the Park festival flooded downtown Blue Ridge Oct. 12 and 13 with thousands coming to see the 140 vendors who support the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. Executive Director Nichole Potzauf said this year’s Fall Festival had record-setting attendance with preliminary numbers estimated […]

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General Electric freezing pension plan for 20,000 of its U.S. employees

By Tomi Kilgore, MarketWatch (Reprinted with permission) General Electric is freezing the pensions of 20,000 U.S. salaried workers to reduce billions in future pension obligations and trim debt. About 700 employees in its supplemental pension program, geared toward executives, will also have their pension benefits frozen. The company said the change won’t impact already retired […]

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Trump’s Executive Order on Medicare: Brainstorm Health

By Sy Mukherjee, Brainstorm Health-Fortune (Reprinted with Permission) The Trump administration made a pretty significant move today (Oct. 3) on health care policy—President Trump issued an executive order on Medicare aiming to further privatize the public program, which covers some 60 million elderly and disabled Americans. To be clear, Medicare already contains a significant private […]

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Steve Gooch, Elaine Owen and David Ralston.

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Impacts Thousands Over Five day Stay in Blue Ridge

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer The faces and lives of the 58,307 men and eight women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War are forever etched on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC serving as a memorial and healing place for family and friends. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall came to […]

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Citizens update BOC on Cellular 5G Dangers

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Two citizens addressed the Board of Commissioners during the public commentary portion of the September 24 meeting. Jacqueline Howard began, “I am here today to express a great concern not only to myself, but to many Fannin County residents.” Howard then explained 5G stands for 5th generation wireless […]

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Walmart Health’s first “super center for basic healthcare services” opened Sept. 13, 2019 in Dallas, Georgia.

Walmart’s First Healthcare Services ‘Super Center’ Opens

Walmart is opening its first 10,000 square-foot “Walmart Health” center that features an array of primary medical services, dental care, and behavioral health services as part of a new model expected to eventually be replicated in other markets. The first such “Walmart Health” brand center opened Friday (Sept. 13) in Dallas, Georgia, as a health […]

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Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney, along with, from left, Board Member Bobby Bearden, Assistant Superintendent Robert Ensley, Board Chairman Lewis DeWeese, Gwatney, Board Member Mike Cole, Dyer, Deputy Superintendent Betsy Hyde, Fannin County High School Principal Erik Cioffi, Board Vice Chairman Chad Galloway, Assistant Superintendent Darren Danner and Board Member Terry Bramlett, presented 2021 Teacher of the Year Jill Dyer with her award.

FCHS teacher Jill Dyer named 2021 Teacher Of The Year

By Bree Collar, Fannin Sentinel Writer Since 1989 the Fannin County School System has highlighted the foundation of its educational approach to select and honor a county- wide Teacher Of The Year (TOTY). Fannin County High School (FCHS) Jill Dyer took the 2021 win. Runner- up was Ashley Coffinger from Blue Ridge Elementary School (BRES) […]

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Presidential Proclamation on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, 2019

Issued on: September 27, 2019 Every life lost in service to our country is precious and irreplaceable. Our deepest sympathy, utmost respect, unwavering support, and profound gratitude go to the families who must endure the ongoing pain of such loss. On Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, we solemnly honor these families and pray for […]

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