• School Superintendent Opposes State Takeover of Public Schools

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Georgia voters will decide in November if they would like to maintain local control of “low performing” public schools or place them in state-run system for up to 10 years. Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District (OSD) would enable a state takeover of public schools that score below 60 on the Georgia […]

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  • One Killed, 4 Injured in White County Wreck

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — A one-year-old child was killed and four other people injured in a midday crash on the Appalachian Parkway in Cleveland Monday. Aubrey Papa, of Dahlonega, died of injuries suffered in the collision and 4-year-old Annalise Papa, also of Dahlonega, was air lifted to an Atlanta hospital. The accident occurred when a 2005 […]

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  • Fortner Case Goes to the Jury

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Both sides delivered closing arguments Friday in the case of Lumpkin County Coroner Ronald Fortner who is charged with 18 counts of felony theft by deception, 18 counts of misdemeanor theft by deception and violation of oath of office. On Thursday, defense attorney Jeff Wolff moved for a directed verdict of acquittal […]

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  • Fortner Trial Continues Friday

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The state rested Thursday in its case against Lumpkin County Coroner Ronald Fortner who is charged with 18 felony counts of felony theft by deception, 18 counts of misdemeanor theft by deception and  violation of oath of office. Enotah Judicial District Attorney Jeff Langley called Lee Croxton, a former instructor of coroners […]

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  • Opening of New Ga. 400 Lane Delayed

    CUMMING — Commuters from Atlanta to Dawson, White and Lumpkin counties will have to wait a little longer for the third northbound lane of Ga. 400 to open. Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) officials, who expected to have the new lane between McFarland Parkway (Exit 12) and Peachtree Parkway (Exit 13) finished by September, now […]

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  • County’s Private Probation Company Accused of Threats and Intimidation

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Lumpkin County residents beware! Break the law – even a minor traffic violation like an expired tag — and you could find yourself at the mercy of Sentinel Offender Services, a private, for-profit, misdemeanor probation company that provides probation services to Lumpkin and White County counties. Sentinel has been sued more than […]

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  • Lumpkin County Coroner Goes on Trial

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. –Day 1 in the trial of Lumpkin County Coroner Ronald Fortner on charges of theft by deception and violation of oath of office started Wednesday and was dominated by the testimony of Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Amanda Duttry and two audio recordings she made in 2013 while interviewing the defendant at […]

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  • Northeast Georgia Health System to Open Dahlonega Urgent Care Center

      DAHLONEGA, Ga. – State Senator Steve Gooch brought welcome news to the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday evening. Northeast Georgia Health System will open an Urgent Care center in Dahlonega early next year. The facility will be located in the Home Depot Shopping Center on Longbranch Road at the corner of Ga. […]

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