Lumpkin BOC replaces Windstream with NGN

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Government is done with Windstream. Following complaints that ranged from high charges to internet connectivity issues, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to replace Windstream as its phone and DSL service provider with North Georgia Network.

Commissioners say the county’s contract IT administrator has worked with Windstream and has conducted numerous tests based upon the information provided by Windstream and has discovered that even during the night or early in the morning when there is limited usage of the county’s network, there is an issue with the bandwidth and the ability to have a stable connection.

There are also severe issues with the services on Red Oak Flats Road that cause the phone and internet connectivity to drop as much as eight times a day.

In December 2018, the county received a bill for over $11,000 in long distance charges for calls routed through AT&T for long distance.  This same issue occurred in July and Windstream provided a credit for those charges but failed to issue a credit for the December charges.

In searching for a solution to the network and phone issues being faced by the county, staff asked its IT administrator to reach out to NGN to see if they could provide services to the county.  After several meetings it was determined that NGN could provide not only internet service to the county but PRI/phone service to the majority of our facilities.

Lumpkin County currently pays Windstream $8,500 a month for phone service, (ten thousand minutes of long distance) and internet service. NGN can provide more dedicated internet, the dedicated IP addresses needed, the PRI functions for the phone and ninety-two thousand long distance minutes for $5,550 a month.

There is a one-time cost of $5,140.  This would be recouped in approximately two months.  The county would not be able to move every phone line as NGN is not in all areas but would be able to move the bulk and save approximately $3,000 a month. The project would be completed in a three-phase approach.  The internet connection would be upgraded at the Justice Center and Administration Building.

Next, the phone system would be migrated followed by the off-site locations that could be served by NGN.

The upgrade in the internet to a more stable platform is also expected to provide some relief to operations on Red Oak Flats until such time the phone system can be fully migrated.

 

 

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BOC honors first responders for Clay Creek rescue

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. –Tuesday’s Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners meeting started with a heartfelt tribute to the county’s first responders who saved the lives of a woman and her baby in a dramatic swift-water rescue from the flood-swollen waters of Clay Creek in December.

Commission Chairman Chris Dockery read a resolution in honor of their professionalism and bravery of EMS employees David McWhorter, Daniel Morris, Chris Maloney, Jason Edwards, Derrick Haynie, Josh Hunter, Keith Gilreath, Ryan Leach, Laura Coleman, Lola Gipson and Ransom Ash and Sheriff’s Office employees Danny Rider, Mark Sutton, Kyle Nix, Alex Blaisdell, Isaac Fortner, Jacob Wise and Dianne Kimmel.

Their action attracted national attention. The woman’s Ford Ranger splashed into Clay Creek and rising flood water nearly submerged the vehicle but first responders worked together to extend a ladder to the bed of the truck and bring the woman and her child to safety.

Each commissioner offered their personal appreciation.

Commissioner Jeff Moran, a retired U.S. Army major and combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, said, “I want to publicly thank you for the incredible service you provide each and every day. I’m retired military and really the military receives glory when we are overseas but you are in harm’s way every single day when you respond to a fire or pull a car over. You never know what you are going to come upon. You did a great job. It was incredible watching the video and incredible that it made national news. You made us all proud.”

In other business, the Board:

  • Appointed Elizabeth Curley, Allen Storey, R. Ridge Rairigh Jr., Lewis Houser Bruce Hoffman and Damien Vanlaningham to the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee;
  • Appointed Melanie Taylor to the Board of Health;
  • Approved a resolution authorizing the TSPLOST General Obligation Debt Intergovernmental Agreement;
  • Accepted Hannah’s Crossing Subdivision Road into county maintenance program;
  • Approved a resolution revising and adopting the Land Use Code;
  • Approved a contract with North Georgia Network (NGN) to provide phone and internet service to county government;
  • Approved a revision to the State Fire Marshal agreement;
  • Renewed the lease agreement with Canoe Georgia (Commissioner Rhett Stringer recused);
  • Elected Commissioner Stringer vice chairman;
  • Approved an alcohol beverage license application for VAHO Enterprise, LLC;
  • Approved the naming of certain library facility rooms the David and JoAnn Luke Tutor Room.

 

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Thankful Hearts hosts sixth-annual Take & Bake

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LUMPKIN, CO

Thankful Hearts Lumpkin held their sixth-annual “Take & Bake” on Tuesday, where they handed out thanksgiving groceries to local families in need of assistance this holiday season. Founding member, Amberly Enich, explained to Fetch Your News that the charity started seven years ago, with a single idea on how to help Dahlonega families who could not afford groceries for Thanksgiving.

Photo courtesy of Thankful Hearts Lumpkin

Photo courtesy of Thankful Hearts Lumpkin

In the spring of 2012, Enich and James, along with founding members, Stephanie Jones, Molly Jackson, Bridget Barker, and Michele Grainger, hosted their first annual Thankful Hearts charity event; their goal was to raise enough money to feed at least 10 Lumpkin County families, but they surpassed that goal, and they were able to feed 29 families. Each year since, they have exceeded their goal, and 2018 was their highest year so far, providing groceries to 78 local families. 

Throughout the past six years, Thankful Hearts has earned support from local businesses such as, Walmart, Dahlonega Funeral Home, and Refrigiwear, through monetary donations, food donations, and even food storage.

Take & Bake is the event held each year, in which the receiving families are able to pick up their groceries from Thankful Hearts. Enich expressed her gratitude for the people and businesses who help feed locals each Thanksgiving, “This was just an idea that started, and I truly never imagined that it would turn into this. We’ve never had to beg for money or be stressed over nominations. There’s a true need in LC & we’re just so thankful that we are able to help fill that need”

Thankful Hearts is a division of Lumpkin County Family Connections, and everyone is welcome to volunteer or donate.

 

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Stringer and Moran discuss goals for upcoming term

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LUMPKIN, GA

Rhett Stringer is re-elected for a second term in the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat, beating his opponent, Peri Lynn Gordon, and Jeff Moran wins the Lumpkin County BOC District 4 seat over Teresa Gay in Tuesday’s election.

Stringer told Fetch Your News that his main goal for the upcoming term is, “To see the board effectively and efficiently manage the growth coming our way while also being able to answer increased demand for county services, without raising property taxes.” He also explained that he plans to do what he can to “better the employees of the county, while not hitting the landowners anymore on property tax.”

Jeff Moran

Moran told FYN, that the most important goal he hopes to achieve during his term is, “To increase the economic development within the county.” He further explained that, “When we [LC citizens] are successful in increasing commercial and industrial growth in focused areas, we can create a sustainable, long term, revenue source, which will help in offsetting the demand for property taxes.”

Stringer is currently serving as the BOC representative on the Water Authority Committee, which he plans to continue. Moran stated he is, “Willing to serve in whatever capacity the Chairman feels I would be best suited for, based on my background, education, and interests…I would be very interested in serving one of the committees  that have to do with planning, development, or building, because it directly relates to my desire to effectively manage this County’s inevitable growth and increase economic development.”

“I really enjoy being a Commissioner and appreciate the citizens of Lumpkin County “hiring” me to do the job. I promise to give my all and follow my conscience and convictions to do the best job for our entire community.”

-R.Stringer 

With the effective management and planning of our inevitable growth, we can achieve economic development while still maintaining the charm of Dahlonega and preserving what is great about Lumpkin County.”

-J.Moran

 

Community Helping Place receives #Lumpkinmatters Initiative

Community, News

LUMPKIN CO., GA

Jessica Dudley, Executive Director of the Community Helping Place, gave a presentation on the 2GA Initiative, through the Healthcare Georgia Foundation,during the City Hall meeting on Thursday, September 20.

Dudley explained that the CHP has been apart of the 2GA Initiative Grant since 2016, which is a grant that allows and their local initiative is called #Lumpkinmatters. Through this, they work with the city, county, other local non-profit organizations, and anyone else who wants to be involved. The 2GA states on their website that they are a, “statewide, private independent foundation located in Atlanta, GA,” that, “supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia.”

With this grant, CHP provides community navigation events that encourage community outreach and educational services, such as: increasing literacy by pairing with the Lumpkin County Library, providing fresh produce to those in the community who do not have access, and also increasing healthcare access to uninsured patients.

CHP has to apply for this community-wide grant yearly; Dudley explained during the presentation that, “we were one of eleven communities in the state of Georgia [to be awarded the grant].” They received $65,000 from June 17-18, and another $100,000 from June 18-19.

For more information on volunteering with the Community Helping Place, click here.

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Dahlonega mayor, Sam Norton declares September 17-23 “Constitution Week”

Community, Police & Government

LUPMKIN CO., GA

Dahlonega mayor, Sam Norton, declared the week of September 17-23 as “Constitution Week,” during the City Hall meeting on Thursday, September 20.

Constitution Week was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1955, when DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. During Thursday’s meeting, Dahlonega mayor, Sam Norton, honored the petition with a proclamation, “I encourage all citizens to study the Constitution, and reflect on the privilege of being an American.”

Elizabeth Curley, Anne Converse, Susanne Daniel, and Dr. Donna Whitfield, members of the Trahlyta Chapter, were present to receive the proclamation. DAR is the oldest women’s service denomination in the United States. The Trahlyta Chapter has 55 members, and according to their website, “The objectives of the Trahlyta Chapter NSDAR are to promote historic preservation along with encouraging active participation in educational and patriotic endeavors.”

In order to become a member of DAR, direct, blood lineage to someone who served in the American Revolution is required.

 

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Preview of upcoming City Council meeting

Police & Government, Politics

LUMPKIN CO., GA

The Lumpkin County officials will discuss Ordinance 2018‐16 during September’s City Council meeting.

The ordinance will be to amend Ordinance 77‐1, Chapter 32: Traffic, Article II: Stopping, Standing and Parking, Division 1: Generally, Section 32‐29: Violations. The amendment could result in a change to the Parking Violation Fee Schedule.

Preview of the work session agenda

Other discussion topics scheduled for Thursday’s meeting include: community development, Key Club Little Free Library, the Community Helping Place, Historic Preservation Commission, and tourism promotion services.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 4pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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University of North Georgia announces men’s basketball schedule

Community

DAHLONEGA, GA

By UNG Athletics Communications

The University of North Georgia Athletic Communications department has released the 2018-2019 men’s basketball schedule. Head University of North Georgia men’s basketball coach Chris Faulkner has announced the 2018-19 schedule of contests that includes a nationally televised game on January 9, 2019, against Columbus State in the UNG Convocation Center.

The season gets started with three straight home games, beginning with an exhibition matchup against Emory on November 4. The regular season gets going on November 9 as the Nighthawks host the Peach Belt / Conference Carolinas Challenge with matchups against North Greenville and Erskine.

After a quick trip to Lee, the Nighthawks return home for two more home games against Southern Wesleyan (November 17) and West Georgia (November 20.)

Peach Belt play starts on December 1 as UNG travels to Francis Marion before the final non-conference game of the year on the road at Emmanuel. After finals, the Nighthawks will have four out of five at home in league play, including the matchup with Columbus State on ESPN3.

North Georgia will finish the regular season with five home games out of the last seven, starting with Spirit Night on February 13 against Young Harris.

To view the schedule, click here.

 

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