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Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Georgia election officials accused of deleting evidence

An election watchdog group is accusing Georgia election officials of intentionally destroying evidence that showed unauthorized access to the state election system and potential manipulation of election results. The Coalition for Good Governance is suing the state, arguing the touchscreen voting machines used in Georgia are vulnerable to hacking. The group said the state began […]

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Col. George Pletcher presents check to Blue Ridge Dairy Queen in support of Children’s Miracle Network Day. Pictured from Left, Back Row: Greg Coffone, Paul Hunter, Chris McKee, Richard Pierce, John Grizzell, Rod McIntyre. Front Row: Thelma Coffone, Sonny Payne, Joe & Cilla Cipolla, Richard Crosley, Col. George Pletcher, Hospital Representative Stephanie Wittler-Beavers, Ellen Grizzell, Bill Stodghill, Barbara Stodghill. In Front: Barb and Bill Stodghill’s grandkids.

Blue Ridge Dairy Queen raises $5,373.73 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

By Elaine Owen, Editor Sixty-two children enter a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital for treatment every minute. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, Children’s […]

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Senator Johnny Isakson

Senator Isakson hospitalized following a fall at new apartment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) remained in the hospital Thursday (July 18), two days after falling and fracturing four ribs. The Republican’s office said he would likely remain at the George Washington University Hos- pital in downtown D.C. for at least another night for “continued observation and pain treatment.” “He is in good […]

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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens testifies in April 2014.

Justice John Paul Stevens, Who ‘Left Us a Better Nation,’ Dies at 99

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said, “He brought to our bench an inimitable blend of kindness, humility, wisdom, and independence. His unrelenting commitment to justice has left us a better nation.” Justice John Paul Stevens, whose decisions during almost 35 years on the U.S. Supreme Court triggered a revolution in criminal sentencing and curbed government […]

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New UNG Blue Ridge Campus a year from opening

New Blue Ridge Campus a year from opening

By Clark Leonard, Communications Specialist, University of North Georgia In the mountains of Fannin County, the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) new standalone Blue Ridge Campus continues to take shape. The main roads have been paved, and utilities have been installed and will be tied into city mains. Site grading has begun, and construction on […]

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Veterans Affairs abandoned 200,000+ health care applications this year

Veterans Affairs abandoned 200,000+ health care applications this year

Reprinted with Permission Georgia Health News An arm of the Veterans Affairs Department in Atlanta eliminated 208,272 applications from across the country for health care early this year amid efforts to shrink a massive backlog of requests, saying they were missing signatures or information about military service and income, according to records reviewed by The […]

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U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly overhead as people gather on the National Mall for Trump’s 4th of July Salute to America.

Rough total for Trump’s July 4th extravaganza: $5.4 million

By Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press (Reprint Military Times) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s July Fourth extravaganza — featuring tanks, a military flyover, and a Trump speech at the Lincoln Memorial — cost an estimated $5.4 million, according to rough figures Thursday (July 11). Interior Secretary David Bernhardt provided the latest share of costs, $2.45 […]

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Local Coordinator Shelly Bishop and her brother Kenny Stuart read from Court House steps.

Bible reading across the state became a reality Sunday morning in Fannin County

Shelly Bishop leads reading in Fannin By Elaine Owen, Editor One woman’s vision that the Bible be read across the state of Georgia became a reality Sunday, July 14 as groups in all 159 counties read portions of scripture at each of their county court houses. A total of 14 states volunteered to join in […]

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Litigation begins over Georgia’s near-total abortion ban

Litigation begins over Georgia’s near-total abortion ban

Saporta Report by Maggie Lee Friday, Georgia joined the list of mostly Republican-led states that have been brought to federal court over moves to cut the length of time that people can seek abortions. SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is the lead plaintiff on a list that includes individual Georgia doctors plus groups […]

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Senator Johnny Isakson

Georgia’s Sen. Johnny Isakson sponsors legislation to erase disabled vets student loan debts

By Elaine Owen, Editor Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is sponsoring new legislation that would see disabled vets student loan debts erased. Nearly 34,000 disabled veterans who haven’t paid back their federal student loans could see that debt automatically erased under bipartisan legislation proposed last week. The proposal follows moves last year […]

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