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Month: March 2020

DPH Confirms First Case of Coronavirus in Fannin County

By Elaine Owen, Editor Fannin County, Blue Ridge, Georgia Department of Public Health, DPH, Coronavirus, Covid- 19, First Case Confirmed The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed Tuesday, March 24 in their 7:00 p.m. update, that Fannin County has recorded its first confirmed case of Coronavirus (Covid-19). The first confirmed cases of Coronavirus in […]

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Appalachian Judicial Circuit Update

STATEMENT From Appalachian District Attorney Alison Sosebee “In regard to the status of current criminal court proceedings in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, on March 14, 2020, Governor Kemp declared a Public Health State of Emergency based on the potential infection and continued transmission of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. As a result, the Georgia Supreme Court declared a […]

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A MESSAGE FROM TODD REHM, GEORGIA PUNDIT

The last few days, I’ve watched and listened as a pair of House Finches is nesting in the light fixture on the front porch. As an avid bird watcher, it’s been a nice distraction. Today, as I walked the dogs, and listened to the birds in the trees all around, I was reminded of this […]

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Gov. Kemp Signs Midyear Amended Budget

AP News ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a midyear amended budget that includes $100 million in emergency funding to combat the new coronavirus. The emergency money was pulled from the state’s $2.8 billion reserves for the budget that the governor signed Tuesday (March 17). Despite that new money, the […]

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Tax Deadline Extension: What You Need to Know

Due to the stress that the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is putting on the economic system and society at large, the federal government is giving Americans an extra 90 days to work on their taxes. That means everyone has until July 15 to prepare, file and pay their taxes. This means you can technically heave […]

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Fannin Excels at TSA Conference

By Bubba Gibbs Congratulations to the Fannin County High School (FCHS) and Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) students who were able to compete from March 11th through 13th at the Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Athens, GA. The TSA State Conference hosts over 2,000 students competing in events ranging from robotics, to electric cars, […]

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City Approves $750,000 Purchase to Move Maintenance Shop

By Bree Collar, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer — A $750,000 purchase of property to relocate the City of Blue Ridge’s maintenance shop was approved March 10, opening up new possibilities for the current shop location. A city shop move, rezoning request approval and steps toward enacting a storm water management ordinance and watershed protection plan […]

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Kemp Authorizes Call of Georgia National Guard for COVID-19 Response

Atlanta, GA – Today (March 14) Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order 03.14.20.02 authorizing Adjutant General Tom Carden–at the request of Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Homer Bryson–to call up as many as 2,000 Georgia National Guard troops to State Active Duty to address novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Georgia. “Through extensive […]

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Bills that advanced or failed in Georgia General Assembly

By Elaine Owen, Editor — ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in the Georgia General Assembly faced a deadline last Thursday (March 12) to advance legislation from one chamber to the other. While issues can be resurrected later using legislative rules, the crossover deadline between the House and Senate tends to significantly narrow the issues in play. […]

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Kemp Declares Public Health State of Emergency

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp signed a public health state of emergency to address novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Georgia. Kemp gave a televised address to Georgians with the following remarks: “My fellow Georgians: Over the past few weeks, our state has been facing an unprecedented public health threat with the spread […]

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