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Month: December 2018

From left: Secretary of State-elect Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden, state Rep. Barry Fleming, Secretary of State’s general counsel Ryan Germany and Rockdale County Elections Supervisor Cynthia Welch listen to a presentation of the Professional Licensing Boards Division of the Secretary of State’s Office in Macon. (Commission provided image)

No consensus over replacing Georgia voting system

A group responsible for vetting a more secure and trustworthy Georgia voting system struggled Wednesday (Dec. 12) to reach agreement over whether to pursue hand-marked paper ballots or touchscreen machines that print ballots. The group of election officials, state lawmakers, political party representatives and voters debated the state’s options to replace its 16-year-old electronic voting […]

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From all the staff at the Fannin Sentinel

From all the staff at the Fannin Sentinel

By Elaine Owen, Editor We all view Christmas in a different way. For those who do not celebrate it, Christmas is just one of many federal holidays that offers a few vacation days away from work. Even for Christians, the day often has different meanings and feelings attached to it. Children may see Christmas only […]

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Cohen sentenced

Cohen sentenced to 3 years, fines

By Elaine Owen, Editor (compiled from AP News Reports) An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday (Dec. 12) to 3 years behind bars for what a Manhattan federal court judge called a “veritable smorgasbord” of criminal conduct, including making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs […]

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Gov. Brian Kemp

Kemp calls for Unity in UGA Speech

By Elaine Owen, Editor Gov.-elect Brian Kemp called for unity Tuesday (Dec. 11) in his first major speech since winning a close and hard-fought election. Taking a different tone than what voters heard on the campaign trail, Kemp appealed to state legislators to “put politics behind us.” Kemp was the final speaker at the UGA […]

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Hemp growing in Georgia

Cannabis farming a legitimate business in Georgia?

By Elaine Owen, Editor Cultivation, manufacture and distribution of medical marijuana products will likely be considered by the Georgia General Assembly during its 2019 legislative session, which begins next month. Georgia has allowed patients to use medical marijuana since 2015, but state law still prohibits buying, selling or transporting it. A House study committee voted […]

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Trump Administration and other government officials

Thirty-eight administration officials who’ve resigned or been fired under Trump

President Trump set a record for White House staff turnover in the first year. Here’s an ongoing list of staff who have quit or been fired under Trump FIRED Sally Yates. Deputy attorney general. Days with administration: 11. Refused to enforce Trump’s entry ban. Preet Bharara. U.S. attorney. Days with administration: 51. Part of purge […]

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Telephone scams

Another scam telemarketers are using

Scammers can mimic your area code and phone number prefix to make their calls look local. If you’ve been getting inundated with incoming phone calls that look a lot like your own number, you’re not alone. This year has seen a spike in the practice dubbed “neighbor spoofing”—scammers and telemarketers using Voice over Internet Protocol […]

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White House officials decision reverses past IRS policy

City approves Downtown Development Authority

By Elaine Owen, Editor Tuesday, Dec. 11, Blue Ridge City Council approved by Roll Call voice vote to proceed with plans for a Downtown Development Authority as proposed at the Nov. 13 meeting. See complete story in next week’s Fannin Sentinel.

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Blue Ridge, Georgia

Citizens question Blue Ridge’s proposed Vacation Rental Ordinance

By Elaine Owen, Editor NOV. 13, 2018. Blue Ridge City Council held a special called meeting last week with Downtown Development Authority (DDA) expert Ann Arnold to answer questions about the proposed DDA. During this meeting, discussion of a proposed “Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance” showed many citizens did not understand and many did not […]

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Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee

County recognizes Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee

Larry Joe Sosebee was elected Post 2 Commissioner in 2010. For eight years, Sosebee showed up for commission meetings, returned phone calls from citizens, answered their questions and proposed solutions. He has truly been a “People’s Commissioner.” At the last meeting of 2018 (Dec. 11), Sosebee was honored by Commission Chairman Stan Helton with a […]

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