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14 states, D.C., NYC sue US Ag Dept. over new food stamps rule

Fourteen states, plus New York City and the District of Columbia, are suing the US Department of Agriculture over regulations that will require more food stamp recipients to work in order to receive benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, already requires working-age adults without dependents or disabilities to consistently hold a job to […]

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A 104-year-old Marine Corps veteran is asking people to send him Valentine’s Day cards

By Ellen Gordon, AP Writer A 104-year-old US Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II is asking people to send him cards for Valentine’s Day. Maj. Bill White, a California native, has had a lifetime full of unforgettable experiences. He has collected objects and filled scrapbooks to remind him of special memories which […]

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Art Gallery Hosts Opening Reception Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Doors opened Jan. 16 at the North Georgia Autism Foundation (NGAF) Art Gallery, splashing a mixture of colors from various local artists on its walls. Eleven artists from Fannin and Gilmer counties showcased pieces last Thursday at the gallery opening reception located at 11 Overview Drive in Blue Ridge […]

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Tornado Touches Down Saturday in Cooper Creek Area

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Reporter –A Personal Experience– Thousands remained without power days after storms ravaged the North Georgia area, blasting through Cooper Creek Saturday evening, Jan. 11. Fire Station 9 Captain Melvin Turner and Justin Turner with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Department joined by neighbors Sam and Connie Miller assessed damages Saturday evening […]

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Impeachment Standoff Could Be Coming to a Close

BY ALANA ABRAMSON , PHILIP ELLIOTT AND MOLLY BALL, TIME ‘He Gave Us No Choice.’ Nancy Pelosi Opens Debate on Trump’s Articles of Impeachment Before Vote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off the debate on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying he “gave us no choice” but to charge him […]

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Ralston says Let Georgians Vote on Gambling

By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia’s annual legislative session began Monday (Jan. 13). Speaking to news media last Thursday (Jan. 9) House Speaker David Ralston says voters should decide whether to expand gambling in Georgia, a major topic for state lawmakers during this year’s legislative session. Ralston signaled a willingness for the General Assembly to put […]

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Islamist Militant Group al Shabaab Attacks Kenya Base Used by Kenyan, US Forces

SUN, JAN 5 REUTERS NEWS KEY POINTS ● Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group attacked a military base in Kenya Sunday, Jan. 5. ● The base is used by both U.S. and Kenyan forces and published pictures of masked gunmen standing next to an aircraft in flames. ● U.S. Africa Command confirmed an attack on the […]

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Ralston Speaks to Mountain Patriots About Library, State Budget & Legislative Session

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer Over $1 million dollars is set to funnel into Fannin County from the State of Georgia to aid in building a new pubic library. Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston spoke to the Blue Ridge Mountain Patriots Jan. 2 at their monthly meeting, telling them of the $1.3 […]

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Trump: U.S. Killed Qassem Soleimani to ‘Stop a War’

By Elaine Owen, Editor President Trump denied on Friday afternoon (Jan. 3, 2020) that the U.S. drone airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on Thursday was intended to “start a war.” Trump reiterated that Soleimani, whom he called the “number one terrorist anywhere in the world,” was planning “imminent and sinister attacks” against U.S. […]

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Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

Speaks out against “inhumane detention camps” The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa. The pope told tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans gathered […]

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