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The following sources offer a variety of updates and/or information that may be of interest during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you have other sources and/or suggestions, please share them with our readers and email them to editor@bigcanoenews.com

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After reviewing the executive order of Governor Brian Kemp and consulting with the Pickens County Board of Health, the Department of Public Health and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital officials, the Board of Commissioners declared a local state of emergency and enacted emergency ordinances thi…

If you happen to be in the Dawson County Detention Center on a Sunday afternoon, you might wonder what the cheerfully decorated table covered with stacks of new books is all about. The books are there for the children visiting a parent who is a Dawson County inmate. Volunteers, like myself, …

If you have been wondering what this food truck craze is all about there is a new truck (a.k.a. restaurant) in Ball Ground that is worth checking out. Dominic’s Truck and Dine opened last June and has a permanent location in what was once Martin’s General Store at 340 Gilmer Ferry Road.

The news is just plain depressing: Coronavirus spreading fast. Hospitals overwhelmed. Ventilators and masks in short supply. Rules, regulations and restrictions at every level of government seem to take away our individual sense of control. News reports and social media parrot bad news, rumo…

“I didn’t do anything special.” Those are the words Rona Simmons, a North Georgia resident and published author, heard repeatedly as she interviewed veterans across the country for her latest book, “The Other Veterans of World War II”.

Two candidates have entered the race for Chairman Dawson County Board of Commissioner: Rene Duren and Billy Thurmond. Both are running on the Republican ticket. Billy Thurmond is seeking re-election. He is being challenged by Renee Duren. Smoke Signals presented the candidates--listed in alp…

When Karen Rickards took her two dogs to meet friends at the dog park one recent Saturday, she had no idea that she would be returning with six new dogs.

Big Canoe Fire Chief and Public Safety Director Ricky Jordan said Monday, March 16, Fire Station #3 in the Village is now closed to visitors. A person may enter the lobby and speak through the glass to the dispatcher, but no one is allowed beyond that area. He said the stakes are changing we…

The start of my term as a director on the POA board has been quite eventful. Assessment of the Bobby Jones Links agreement, a decision to delay a property owner vote on the Creek 9 renovation, a plan for a measured approach for another property owner vote on a capital contribution fee (CCF) …

Colonel Bob Priest, USAF (Ret) treated the North Georgia Veterans in their March meeting to a strategic overview of the current U.S. strategy for military and economic supremacy and its evolution over the decades since the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

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The Federal Reserve yesterday announced an emergency interest-rate cut of one percentage point, bringing the Fed’s target rate nearly to zero for the first time since its 2008-2015 stay at that level following the financial crisis. Below, you can find some key statistics that help illustrate…

Tigger came to us with a greatly enlarged nose, hence the name Tigger. He suffered from an infection called “pillow foot,” which caused an enlarged nose and paw pads. He has been successfully treated for this condition and although his nose has decreased considerably in size, it will probabl…