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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Secretary Raffensperger Opens Investigation into Fulton County Elections

(ATLANTA) – The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has opened an investigation into Fulton County elections procedures after an incident of an unsecured voting location lead to the theft of two Express Poll Books, which are used to check voters into their respective polling locations. “Security should be everyone’s top priority,” said Raffensperger. “It is […]

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Rep Doug Collins

Collins seeks appointment to Isakson seat

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) confirmed Friday (Sept. 20) that he is seeking to be appointed to replace retiring GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who is slated to vacate his seat at the end of the year. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) will pick Isakson’s successor, who will then face an election in November 2020. Kemp […]

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The Blue Ridge Lodging Association and the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce hosted the ninth annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival Sept. 21 in downtown Blue Ridge. Among those participating were, from left, Greg Spencer, musician Carl Pruitt with the Crossroads Band and Emcee Rob Kaser.

Blues and BBQ draws over half million for 9th Annual Fest

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer An estimated 7,500 attendees rolled into downtown Blue Ridge Sept. 21 for the ninth annual Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival. Eighty-seven volunteers along with the Blue Ridge Lodging Association (BRLA) organized five bands who performed dozens of rocking blues tunes in downtown Blue Ridge for more than nine […]

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GM workers across the country walked out at midnight Monday.

Massive Strike hits General Motors as 46,000 Workers Walk Off

HuffPost – REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION General Motors workers across the country walked out of plants at midnight Monday as the largest U.S. auto strike in more than a decade got underway. The United Auto Workers called for the work stoppage after the union failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement covering some 46,000 workers […]

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Chairman Stan Helton and Forest Supervisor Betty Jewett.

Former U.S. Forest Service Toccoa Work Center Transferred to Fannin County Schools

The U.S. Forest Service announced the sale and transfer of property formerly used as a work center by the old Toccoa Ranger District Sept. 13. The work center site became excess several years ago due to district consolidations. The disposal of the work center site, which consists of approximately 38 acres of land and 4 […]

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Mayor proclaims October 3–7 Vietnam Traveling Wall Days in Blue Ridge

PROCLAMATION WHEREAS, The Vietnam Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War; and WHEREAS, The Vietnam Traveling Memorial was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be […]

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Red Flag Laws Explained to Mountain Patriots

Red Flag Laws Explained to Mountain Patriots

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Over fifty people attended the September 5 Mountain Patriots meeting in the Fannin County Senior Center. A light meal was provided. Sheriff Dane Kirby said Chairman Lane Bishop asked him to speak to the group about Red Flag Laws and Kirby replied, “Lane, I don’t know a thing […]

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FDA warns Juul for marketing with unproven safety claims

FDA warns Juul for marketing with unproven safety claims

By Elaine Owen, Editor U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned e-cigarette maker Juul Monday (Sept. 9) to stop marketing its vapes as much safer than other tobacco products without sufficient evidence this is true. Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a news release, “Juul has ignored the law, and very concerningly, has made […]

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Guest speaker Sarah Rogers sent a message on the importance of knowing, standing up for and sharing your beliefs in God

Message of 9-1-1: Remember the fallen, move forward as Christians and don’t forget those who gave their lives for our nation

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer As the bell tolled last Saturday afternoon in remembrance of all those who fell 18 years ago at the World Trade Center Towers giving aid to the injured, the silence was deafening. The 11th Annual Regional 9/11 Awake America Prayer and Memorial Service sent a message of “I believe” […]

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Speaker David Ralston Thanks Senator Johnny Isakson

Speaker David Ralston Thanks Senator Johnny Isakson

ATLANTA – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) issued the following statement on the news that Georgia’s senior United States Senator Johnny Isakson will resign from office at the end of the year: “The loss of Johnny Isakson from public life will leave a void in Georgia which is beyond comprehension. While I respect his reasons, […]

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