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Month: September 2019

Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer

County Attorney Makes a Mint

OPINION By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer After questioning a check for over half a million dollars to Doss & Associates, which ended up being for real estate purchased by Fannin County, I wanted to know just how much our County Attorney made from county entities. The Water Authority reported paying Doss & Associates […]

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Robert C. O’Brien

Trump To Name Robert C. O’Brien National Security Adviser

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to appoint Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, as the next national security adviser. O’Brien is set to replace John Bolton, who last week announced he is leaving the White House. Trump said he fired Bolton. Bolton said he was resigning following […]

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Walmart e-cigs sales halt

Walmart To Quit Selling E-Cigarettes Amid Vaping Backlash

AP Report Walmart is getting out of the vaping business. The nation’s largest retailer said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. when it sells out its current inventory. The nation’s largest retailer said the move is due to “growing federal, state and local […]

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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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This photo shows destruction from Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, the Bahamas, Sept. 4, 2019.

Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of the Bahamas

The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas could cost “hundreds of millions, if not billions” of dollars to repair, according to the deputy prime minister, as aerial images showed whole neighborhoods destroyed. With at least seven reported dead and scores more still missing, helicopters operated by the U.S. Coast Guard among others were […]

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