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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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First lady Melania Trump loudly booed at opioid event

AP NEWS First lady Melania Trump was greeted with resounding boos at an opioid awareness event in Baltimore Tuesday, Nov. 26. That reception came on the same day that her husband, President Donald Trump, donated his salary for the third quarter of the year to combat the opioid crisis. The crisis has been blamed 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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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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Happy Thanksgiving

By Elaine Owen, Editor It’s early Sunday morning, four days before Thanksgiving, and I am reminded of a Thanksgiving message I treasure that I would like to share with you. It was Abraham Lincoln who, in the midst of the Civil War, established the annual celebration of Thanksgiving. Lincoln had learned how important it is […]

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Street Performers Downtown Raise Concerns Among Business Owners

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Concerns of activity on sidewalks and conditions of a city street came from Blue Ridge residents Nov. 12 at the monthly Blue Ridge City Council meeting. “I just wanted to ask the council to please consider putting an ordinance in place in regards to restricting street performers and anyone […]

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Madison Denton wins the title of Miss FCHS

By Bree Collar, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer The annual Miss FCHS (Fannin County High School) pageant glittered with sequins and smiles Nov. 16 as 12 contestants competed in the Great Gatsby Roaring 1920s themed event. The Pageant gives the winning students a chance to represent their school in community events and parades throughout the 2019-2020 […]

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Awards, Partnerships and Test Scores Part of Nov. 14 meeting

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Four special awards and commendations in the Fannin County School System highlighted different departments Nov. 12 during the Board of Education (BOE) meeting last Thursday. Special awards and honors, monthly financial and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) reports and 2019 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) […]

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