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President Trump awards Medal of Honor to Master Sgt. Matthew Williams

By Kyle Rempfer, Army Times President Donald J. Trump awarded the nation’s highest combat medal to Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams during a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday (Oct. 30). Williams, a Green Beret weapons sergeant from 3rd Special Forces Group, was presented the award for his actions “going above and beyond the […]

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A Judge Ruled Eight Years Of Trump’s Tax Returns Must Be Turned Over To A Grand Jury

In a ruling Nov. 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied President Donald Trump’s request for a preliminary injunction protecting him from a grand jury subpoena for his tax returns W A S H I N G T O N — President Donald Trump’s accounting firm must turn over eight years […]

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Dale Dyer tells Fannin Middle School about his Army Air Corps Adventures

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer In a unique display of honor, Fannin County Middle School ushered in its Veteran guests Nov. 8, paying honor to those no longer with us, soldiers who fought as far back as the War of 1812, to present day battles at their annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Special guest speaker […]

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Georgia DOT Reminds the Public: Don’t Post Signs on State Right of Way

It’s a Matter of Safety ATLANTA, GA – Whatever your message, GDOT has a message for you: Posting unauthorized signs on the state’s right of way are a safety hazard and illegal. Whether it’s a political sign, yard sale, real estate, or goods and services, signs on the state highway system – interstates and state […]

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“Bank on Blue Ridge” loan program launched by the Blue Ridge DDA

The City of Blue Ridge’s new Downtown Development Authority (DDA) would like to encourage participation in the “Bank on Blue Ridge” program, a loan program to encourage the economic development of the Central Business District. Through the Georgia Cities Foundation and GA Department of Economic Affairs, the program provides below market-rate gap financing to spur […]

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Left to Right, Front Row: Pioneer RESA Executive Director Justin Old and Superintendent Michael Gwatney. Back Row: Thomas Arp, Morgan Arp, and Christie Gribble.

Pioneer RESA’s Annual “Pioneers in Education” Awards Ceremony

By Dr. Michael Gwatney, Superintendent Fannin County Schools The Pioneer Regional Service Agency (RESA) held its annual “Pioneers in Education” awards ceremony last Friday, November 1. These awards are presented by Pioneer RESA to individuals who go “above and beyond” to make a difference in education. Congratulations to Retired Superintendent Morgan B. Arp for being […]

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Tulsi Gabbard Drops the Congressional Race to Focus on the Presidential One

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says she will focus on her White House bid and not run for reelection to her congressional seat. The congresswoman from Hawaii made the announcement early Friday (Oct. 25). While lagging behind in a crowded Democratic presidential field, Gabbard has gotten renewed attention lately […]

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Federal Budget increase

2019 US federal budget deficit surges to nearly $1 trillion, the highest in 7 years

AP NEWS – CBO WASHINGTON — The federal deficit for the 2019 budget year surged to $984.4 billion, its highest point in seven years, and is widely expected to top the $1 trillion mark in coming years. The 26 percent surge from the 2018 deficit of $779 billion that the government reported Friday (Oct. 25) […]

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October 25, on the steps of the Veterans Conference Center, a check for $6,300 was presented to Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Project Manager Elaine Owen and Fannin County Veterans Commander George Pletcher by Tournament Director Mike Panter (Left) and Chairman of the Golf Tournament Bob Renneke (Right). Second from Right is Georgia Combat Vet Commander Rob Denison. The money was raised from the Veterans Annual Golf Tournament held October 5 at Copper Basin Golf Club and will be used to help pay expenses for bringing the Wall to Blue Ridge.

Veterans First Annual Golf Tournament Raises $6,300 to help bring Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Blue Ridge

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer To help raise money to bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Blue Ridge, Veteran Bob Renneke organized a community golf tournament at the Copper Basin Golf Club. Tournament Director Mike Panter and Renneke welcomed dozens of supporters October 5 as they gathered on the course that was built […]

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Seaman Recruit Chase Trentham

McCaysville Recruit Earns Military Excellence Award at Recruit Training Command

By Alan Nunn, Recruit Training Command Public Affairs GREAT LAKES (NNS) — Seaman Recruit Chase Trentham, Division 387, graduated as the top Sailor from Recruit Training Command, earning the Military Excellence Award on October 18. T r e n t h a m , from McCaysville, Georgia, said he joined the Navy to serve others […]

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