LCHS students hold a peaceful walk-in to show support for the principal

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Several students at Lumpkin County High School held a peaceful walk-in on Wednesday, to show their support for the LCHS principal, Billy Kirk.

Students at LCHS give cheer on orator in support of principal

The Lumpkin County Board of Education announced to employees on Monday, March 11, that Kirk had resigned without revealing the cause of his resignation. Once this news went public, LCHS students, parents, and staff began sending emails, letters, and phone calls to the Board of Education advocating for Kirk to be reinstated. Other Lumpkin County residents have even begun a petition titled, “Prevent Principal Billy Kirk From Leaving,” which has collected almost 400 signatures in the few hours since it has gone live.

Students at LCHS give cheer on orator in support of principal

Students at LCHS decided to hold a peaceful walk-out to show their support for Kirk. LCHS officials required that students host a walk-in, held in the LCHS gym, for the safety of the students. According to LCSS Chief Financial Officer, Shannon Christian, “We are allowing the students to hold a peaceful protest in the gym, but it is the desire of the principal for no press to be in attendance.” Although all press was denied access to the event, Fetch Your News was able to obtain a video and images of the event.

There were a number of students who spoke out, in support of Kirk, and the crowd erupted when one orator stated, “There are a lot of people at this school who look up to Mr. Kirk as a father figure.”

Lumpkin County Sheriff, Stacy Jarrard, stationed himself outside the LCHS entrance to further ensure the safety of any student that may have decided against going to the gym. Jarrard also told the press, “Let it go on the record that it is not the decision of LCSO to deny media access to this event.”


LCHS students plan walk-out to support their principal

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Lumpkin County High School students are planning a walk-out at 12:30pm on Wednesday, March 13, to protest the resignation of the LCHS principal, Billy Kirk, according to the #weneedbilly social media page.
It was announced on Monday, March 11 that Kirk had resigned. School officials are remaining quiet in regards to the reason for Kirk’s resignation. Angry students are planning to walk out of the school, in a peaceful protest against the Board of Education’s decision.

This is an ongoing story; please follow Fetch Your News for updated information.

Lumpkin County BOE announces called meeting for Monday morning



Lumpkin County School Schools have announced that they will hold a called meeting held on Monday, March 18, at 7AM

When asked about the purpose of the meeting, LCSS Superintendent, Dr. Robert Brown, stated that it would be for “personnel recommendations.” The public is welcomed to attend. The location will be the LCSS central office, located at 56 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533.

LCHS Academic Team to compete on local student quiz show

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The Lumpkin County High School academic team will compete in their second High-Q appearance on, Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

High-Q is a popular local student quiz show that is broadcast throughout the United States. Various local high school teams earn the chance to compete on the show, by answering questions based on high school subjects. According to the LCHS Facebook page, the academic team was also recognized in December, by City of Dahlonega Mayor, Sam Norton, and the City Council, for, “Tremendous leadership and accomplishments so far this year.”

LCHS will compete on student quiz show, High-Q

Aaron Hopper, LCHS teacher and Academic Team coach, explained to FYN that they apply each year to be on High-Q, which is an honor to earn since they have a limited number of slots. Hopper also explained, “We were invited this year to play Griffin High School in the first round. Since because we beat Griffin, we will go to the next round, which is today against Northview High School in Fulton County.” He also added, “We’re really excited to going to the next round and we are ready to compete, and I have full confidence in the team to the best job that they can!”

LCHS principle, Billy Kirk, also expressed his support, “Our Academic team continues to surpass expectations each opportunity they get to compete. Mr. Hopper does an unbelievable job preparing his team for the rigorous academic challenges and  represents LCHS and our community in a tremendous way. I get excited when we get to compete on a state stage such as High Q and go toe to toe with schools much larger than us and win. We are looking forward to our next round of competition to show the state what our team has to offer.”

Lumpkin County School System Superintendent, Dr. Rob Brown, told FYN, “We are extremely proud of our LCHS Academic Team! They have represented us very well all season and they were outstanding against Griffin on High-Q. Regardless of the outcome in the next round of High-Q, we are confident that Mr. Hopper will have our team well prepared and they will make Lumpkin County Schools proud!”

The show will air March 2, 2019 on WSB-TV Channel 2.

LCSS names Vulcan Materials as November Partner in Education

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According to a press release from Lumpkin County School System PR Coordinator, Jason Lemley, the Lumpkin County Board of Education and Superintendent, Dr. Rob Brown, recognized Vulcan Materials Company as the October Partner in Education.

Lemley stated that the Partner in Education program, “welcomes the involvement of all of our stakeholders, (students, faculty, staff, parents, and community). A partnership is a mutually agreed upon arrangement where both the school and the business, individual or organization is intended to benefit our schools, our students, our faculty, staff and families.”

Lemley also explained that Vulcan Materials was recognized this month due to their “recent donation, delivery and placement of a spirit rock for Long Branch Elementary School.” The LBES spirit rock will allow the school to show their school spirit and “encourage pride in the tribe!”

Plant Manager, Bill Wilson, and company mechanic and LBES parent, Josh Kilpatrick, are representing Vulcan Materials during this recognition. attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month for ad server. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and has between 15,000 to 60,000 per week Facebook page reach. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or visit


Lumpkin County Schools lands top 10 finalist for inaugural Governance Team of the Year Award

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The Lumpkin County School System has been named one of the top ten finalists for the inaugural Governance Team of the Year Award, presented by the Georgia School Boards Association.

Lumpkin County Schools named top 10 for GSBA Governance Team of the Year

Lumpkin County Superintendent Dr. Rob Brown, told Fetch that, “We are proud for the Lumpkin County School System to be selected as a Finalist for this award. To be recognized in the Top 10 out of 180 school systems for any award is an honor. While always keeping the best interests and needs of our students in mind, our school board and our leadership team are always working to support our incredibly talented group of educators in Lumpkin County. This recognition is a small reflection of the many great things happening in Lumpkin County Schools.”

Lumpkin County Board of Education member, Mera Turner, also expressed her excitement over receiving the honor, “Proud that we were 1 of the 10 systems in Georgia selected for this award.  I want to thanks all the Governance teams for their hard work and dedication to the students of Lumpkin County Schools.”

GSBA President and Rockdale County Board of Education member explains that, “This group of ten school districts from all over Georgia exemplify what it means to achieve at the highest levels. We are very pleased with this inaugural class for the Governance Team of the Year.”

According to the GSBA website, the award will be presented on December 6, 2018, during the banquet at the 2018 GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference in Atlanta, “To one Georgia public school district’s board of education and superintendent who have achieved all-around success in their district.” attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month for ad server. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and has between 15,000 to 60,000 per week Facebook page reach. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or visit

Lumpkin County class of 2018 ranks top 25 in ACT scores

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In a press release submitted by Lumpkin County School Superintendient, Dr. Rob Brown, the Lumpkin County class of 2018, “outperformed all other Pioneer RESA districts ” on the ACT test.

LCHS class of 2018 earned a composite score of, 21.7, exceeding the national average score of 20.57. Out of all of the districts in the state of Georgia, Lumpkin County ranked 13th, putting them in the top 25 district scores of 2018.

Lumpkin County Superintendient, Dr. Rob Brown, stated in regards to the outstanding performance that, ““We are extremely proud of our high school and the outstanding performance of our students. We have amazing educators at LCHS who push all students to reach their full potential. Although ACT scores are usually tied to a high school, this score is a reflection of our entire school system and the great work teachers in ALL of our schools do each day. Despite being a district that spends fewer dollars per student than most districts in our RESA, we are performing at the top. And we are proud of that!”

The American College Testing (ACT) is a standardized test that records general educational development of high school students.

Georgia on the ACT.


Rank Pioneer RESA



Composite Score

1 Lumpkin County 21.7
2 White County 21.5
Georgia Average 21.4
3 Habersham County 21.3
4 Hall County 21.2
National Average 20.8
5 Towns County 20.6
Pioneer RESA Average 20.57
6 Banks County 20.5
7 Dawson County 20.5
8 Rabun County 20.5
9 Union County 20.4
10 Franklin County 20.3
11 Stephens County 20.2
12 Hart County 20
13 Fannin County 19.8
14 Gainesville City 19.5


Georgia’s Top 25 District Scores 2018

Rank Georgia

School System


Composite Score

1 Decatur City 24.6
2 Forsyth County 24.5
3 Oconee County 24.2
4 Fulton County 23.7
5 Buford City 23.5
6 Fayette County 23.4
7 Cherokee County 23
8 Cobb County 22.8
9 Columbia County 22.8
10 Gwinnett County 22.6
11 Bryan County 22.3
12 Jefferson City 22.3
13 Lumpkin County 21.7
14 Bremen City 21.6
15 Gilmer County 21.6
16 Oglethorpe County 21.5
17 Pike County 21.5
18 White County 21.5
19 Coweta County 21.4
20 Effingham County 21.4
21 Morgan County 21.4
22 Dalton City 21.3
23 Habersham County 21.3
24 Haralson County 21.3
25 Pickens County 21.3 attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month for ad server. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and has between 15,000 to 60,000 per week Facebook page reach. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or visit

The Music Modernization Act Will Provide a Needed Update to Copyright Laws

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ICYMI: The Music Modernization Act Will Provide a Needed Update to Copyright Laws

WASHINGTON—This op ed by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) first appeared in The Hill on January 11, 2018.

I spent my northeast Georgia youth replaying tracks from “Bat Out of Hell” and “Hotel California.” And, of course, staples from Steely Dan. I welcomed the evolution from the 8-track to cassette to CD, but the LP and 45 vinyl predate even me. So, I was stunned to learn, as a member of the House Judiciary Committee—which has jurisdiction over intellectual property rights—that some of the copyright law governing music licensing was actually designed to regulate the player piano and has endured more than a century without meaningful update.

An overview of the music licensing landscape reveals that the status quo isn’t serving industry stakeholders, so the question becomes one of sustainability. Can music lovers count on a robust pipeline of tunes to carry them into the future? Absent substantive changes to the system that has disenfranchised creators, songwriters, publishers and even digital providers have their doubts. But efforts to unify these creators, digital streaming services and other key players around a path forward have faltered until recently. Very recently.

This December, countless hours of collaboration and cooperation came to fruition in a compromise that would be the most substantial update to copyright law since 1998. Today, our jeans pockets are more likely to be lined with iPhones than lint balls, yet the laws that currently regulate how tech giants like Spotify pay songwriters were cemented before the concept of digital streaming was born. The Music Modernization Act (MMA) would literally usher copyright laws into the 21st century.

The bill tackles four dimensions of music licensing. First, the bill addresses the fact that digital music companies regularly fail to pay songwriters and copyright owners properly for interactive streaming services. The trouble often arises from inefficiencies and information gaps.

Tech companies like Amazon Music, Spotify, and Google Play frequently file bulk Notice of Intentions (NOIs) with the Copyright Office that allow them to obtain a license for music for which they can’t locate ownership information. Since this process became available in 2016, some estimated 45 million NOIs have been filed with the Copyright Office.

This “bulk NOI” shortcut has taken millions of dollars in income out of the pockets of songwriters who rely on streaming services to find the proper owners of music and issue those owners prompt and appropriate payment. It’s also left tech companies legally exposed when they use music without knowing or paying its owners.

The MMA renovates the NOI process so that music creators get paid and digital companies reduce their liability and increase operational efficiencies. The legislation would establish a Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) that would accurately compensate songwriters for the mechanical royalties they earn through interactive streaming. In exchange, the collective would afford digital providers—which would fund the collective—with blanket usage licenses for songs.

The MLC would accomplish this by providing the digital services with efficient access to the information they need in order to know which songwriters to pay for which songs. Though songwriters have never had a seat at the music licensing table, both publishers and songwriters would sit on the board of the MLC to ensure it operates transparently.

The MMA also provides songwriters a chance to get fair-market mechanical royalty rates (the rate paid for the reproduction and distribution of a song) in the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) proceedings that set those rates every five years. As it stands, songwriters can’t set prices for their own work. Instead, CRB judges determine royalty rates based on an outdated test that has depressed rates for decades. The MMA changes the standard the board uses to a “willing buyer/willing seller” consideration. In other words, the CRB would set the rates to reflect the market value of the corresponding use of a song.

Finally, the bill improves the process through which performance royalty rates (the rate paid to song writers when their music is played for an audience) are set for BMI and ASCAP, the two largest performance rights organizations. Currently, ASCAP and BMI cases are each assigned to a respective judge. The MMA would implement a rotation of the judges who decide ASCAP and BMI cases and would enable the rate court judges to consider relevant market-based evidence when determining performance rates for songwriters. Again, this change moves the industry toward a fairer, freer market for music licensing, and that benefits music creators, music providers and music lovers alike.

The MMA is unprecedented not only for what it sets out to do, but for who has signed on. The Digital Media Association (DiMA)—representing Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify and YouTube—and the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA)—representing U.S. music publishers and songwriters—both support the bill.

Songwriters groups including ASCAP, BMI, the Nashville Songwriters Association International, Songwriters of North America and others have also welcomed this legislation as a compromise that benefits a cross-spectrum of stakeholders.

So, too, have labels and artists, as reflected in the support of the Recording Industry Association of America, American Association of Independent Music, American Federation of Musicians, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, SoundExchange and the Grammys.

Knowing that today’s music ecosystem suffers under heavy-handed government intervention and defunct copyright policy, I’m grateful that my colleagues Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) look past partisanship toward solutions that will take music licensing from the dark ages into the digital age.

The agreement that creators and digital providers have struck also testifies to the leadership of Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who made copyright reform a priority for the House Judiciary Committee. As we look forward to a markup of the Music Modernization Act in the coming weeks, the question is not whether we have a viable resolution to an industry stalemate but whether we have the resolve to see that agreement through. I believe we do.

Rep. Doug Collins has represented Georgia’s 9th District since 2013. He is the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference and a member of the Judiciary and Rules Committees. - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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