Stringer and Moran discuss goals for upcoming term

Business

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, Sports

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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UPDATE: Suspects in Lumpkin County home invasion currently being held without bond

Community, News

LUMPKIN CO., GA
Four suspects in a Lumpkin County home invasion on August 17 are currently being held at the Lumpkin County Jail without bond.

Preston Andrew Anderson (18), Quintin Chase McConnell (18), Blake Mitchell McKinzie (17), and Gavyne Anthony Sowell (17) were arrested on August 17 for a home invasion that took place in Lumpkin County.

Suspects in Lumpkin County home invasion held without bond

According to Lumpkin County deputy, Kyle Rosso, he responded to reports of a prowler off Margaret Drive, where upon arrival, he reported seeing an orange Chevrolet Cobalt. When he approached the vehicle, he states, “I observed a male subject frantically exit the vehicle and run into the woods.” The owner of vehicle was later identified as James McConnell. When questioned about the whereabouts of his Chevrolet, Mr. McConnell told Rosso that, “his son and a few of his friends had taken it from the home earlier that night.”

Russo also states seeing a, “dark in color four door passenger car drive down Old Ellijay East. The vehicle stopped in the road and began to turn around at the intersection of Old Ellijay East and Margaret Drive.” During the rush to turn the vehicle around, Russo reports that it “struck the bank as it was in reverse backing up.”

  The occupants of the vehicle, Steven Lewis and Eric Odum, reported to Russo that unknown, masked individuals had entered the front door of his residence, and they had were brandishing firearms. Lewis reported that he had “ran from his home and banged on the neighbors house” for help. The homeowner did not answer the door, but they did call 911, according to the police report.

Russo, along with Investigators Jason Canupp, Aaron Norrell, and Lumpkin County Deputy Sutton found McKinzie and McConnell hiding in a creek bed near the crime scene. Sowell was taken into custody and transported to Lumpkin County Detention Center later that night, after police responded to a 911 call where a citizen had reported an unknown person, dressed in all black walking down Highway 9 south near Siloam Church Road. Sowell admitted to participating in the home invasion earlier that evening.

Anderson was taken into custody the next day by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Items reported missing were a watch and speaker; a mask that possibly belonged to one of the suspects was retrieved from Lewis’ home.

 

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Lumpkin officials hold special called meeting to discuss road improvements and maintenance

News, Police & Government

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — City and county officials met on Tuesday to discuss a potential single-county transportation special purpose local option sales tax (TSPLOST) to fund local road improvements and maintenance.

Association of County Commissioners Georgia representative, Kathleen Bowen, presented data regarding the TSPLOST to members of the City Council, Board of Commissioners, and other government officials.

Before the tax can be collected, however, it would have to be approved by voters in a March 19 referendum. If voters approve, a one percent sales tax could be collected for up to five years beginning in June 2019.

Officials decided to hold a public involvement meeting Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. to allow citizens to ask questions and offer ideas on which roads need to be repaired. The intersection at the end Oak Grove was discussed as one potential repair project.

Dahlonega Mayor, Sam Norton, explained that this would also give tourists and students at the University of North Georgia-Dahlonega the chance to “give back” to the county, because they contribute to increased sales in Lumpkin County, providing more funds available for road improvements. Norton also expressed the importance of listening to the citizens on which road projects should be added to the list.

The estimated timeline for TSPLOST referendum is as follows:

  • August-September: County and City develops project lists with public input.
  • Early September: Send letter to City of Dahlonega regarding official meeting in late September.
  • Late September: Official meeting to discuss project list.
  • October 2, and October 16: County and City vote on their list of projects.
  • November 6, and November 20: Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) approved by the Board of Commissioners.
  • December 4, and December 18: Resolution approved by the Board of Commissioners.
  • February 6, 20198: Call to paper
  • March 19, 2019: Election

 

 

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Lumpkin County Board of Education announces called meeting for August 24

Community, News

LUMPKIN, CO., GA

11 days after they voted on the current millage rate, which will result in a property tax increase, the Lumpkin County Board of Education announced that they will hold a called meeting on August 24. The announcement came after local media and local citizens questioned the integrity behind previous public hearings that involved the millage rate vote.

According to their Facebook page, the purpose of the meeting is to, “hear community feedback regarding millage rates, school system budgets, and school finance.” They also stated that, “all community members are encouraged to attend and to provide feedback or ask questions.If you are unable to attend, but wish to provide feedback, please email our school board members.”

In a separate post on social media, Superintendient, Dr. Robert Brown, released the following statement, “It is ridiculous for anyone to suggest that our school board is not welcoming of public input or attempted to avoid feedback provided at the millage hearings. Our school board members receive phone calls and emails from concerns and supportive citizens on a regular basis. They welcome and seek feedback from a variety of sourced in our community, all in an effort to continue providing a premier education for all students in Lumpkin County.” However, according to a local Dahlonega resident, several attempts at contacting members of the board and the superintendent were all left unanswered.

FYN also called and emailed each board member, as well as the superintendent, but did not receive a response.

The meeting will be held at the Lumpkin County Central Office at 6pm.

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