• City Council Holds Hearings on Millage Increase

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Dahlonega City Council held its first two public hearings on a proposed one mil increase to 6.781 to support the Fiscal Year 2017 budget Tuesday. The increase is 17.26 percent over the rollback millage rate. Council held a morning and evening session. There were no public speakers at the meeting. In […]

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  • Broadband Study Committee Meets in Toccoa

    TOCCOA, Ga. – A study committee headed by State Senators John Wilkinson (R-Cornelia), Don Parsons (R-Marietta) and Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) will examine the conditions, needs, issues and problems of high-speed broadband internet access critical to the economic development of Georgia’s communities Thursday. Public participation is encouraged at the meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. at North […]

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  • Commissioners Discuss Taxes, Road Improvement During Work Session

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners discussed a wide range of issues during Tuesday’s work session, including the Fiscal Year 2017 budget and millage rate and funding for the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) road program. District 4 Commissioner Bob Pullen said it might be worthwhile for commissioners to consider hiring […]

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  • Jury Finds Coroner Guilty

    DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Sources tell Fetch Your News that a Superior Court jury found Lumpkin County Coroner Ronald Fortner guilty of theft by deception and violation of his oath of office Friday evening. Fortner has been sentenced to 15 years with three to serve in jail and 12 years on probation. He will have to […]

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  • 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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