Award-winning pub gears up for annual Shucking for Shamrocks fundraiser

Community, News

LUMPKIN CO., GA

Shenanigans Irish Pub, located right off the historic Dahlonega square, is getting ready for their annual Shucking for Shamrocks fundraiser with some beneficial renovations.

Renovations at Shenanigans Irish Pub (Photo Courtesy of David Jordan)

The owner, Deb Rowe, told FYN that the most significant changes made to the pub were enclosing the patio, protecting their outside courtyard from water drainage from the street, and adding new ramps, making the entire patio and courtyard wheelchair accessible. Rowe explained how the community will benefit from the new improvements, “Now, everyone can get from the courtyard, to the deck and to the patio; the courtyard is all accessible.”

Renovations at Shenanigans Irish Pub (Photo Courtesy of David Jordan)

The renovations have taken place just weeks before their upcoming 11th annual Shucking for Shamrocks fundraiser event, which Rowe started as a way to raise money for research on Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cystic Fibrosis. The weekend-long event includes a silent auction and fresh Florida oysters that are shucked on-site. Rowe revealed that this year they are extending the event space into their parking lot, giving them an additional 40×40 square feet of room.

Rowe also explained that during the first year of the fundraiser, they raised $6400, which has grown to $40,000 ten years later, “Originally, the first few years we were raising $6,000 to $8,000, and it was just for Muscular Dystrophy. Then my sister was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and even though Cystic Fibrosis is relatively rare, I know several people who have it.” In 2018, Shenanigans earned the Community Involvement Award from the Georgia chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for their contributions resulting from Shucking for Shamrocks.

Fresh oysters are the main item on the menu during Shucking for Shamrocks

The event will be from August 31 until September 2, and community members are encouraged to sign up to volunteer for the event, “Above and beyond making donations to the silent auction and spending money at the event, we have an inter-active volunteer sign-up link [on their Facebook page]. We really just need additional bodies to help.”

Taylor announces plans to run for re-election in 2020

Election, Politics

DAHLONEGA, GA

Current Post 5 councilwoman, JoAnne Taylor, has confirmed that she will run for re-election for Dahlonega City Council in 2020.

Taylor told FYN that her most important accomplishment during her current term was, “Tax reduction of 5.14% for the proposed 2020 budget.” She further explained that the City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 15, at 4:00 p.m., followed by a City Council meeting on September 3 at 6:00 p.m., “to adopt the budget resolution.”

According to Taylor, water, sewer, sanitation, and recycling costs for in-city residential customers will not increase, “We will continue a high level of service, make needed infrastructure improvements, and deliver new amenities to our community within the proposed budget.”

Taylor credits the tax reduction to the “teamwork and focus by the Mayor, City Council, and dedicated Staff on reducing costs,” and she also explained that her main focus item was reducing costs, “I have participated in all budget meetings. I also lent my business expertise to the staff in evaluating much-needed new financial application software…The new application, when fully implemented, will increase overall efficiency and improved citizen communication.”

Taylor also expressed to FYN her appreciation for being voted into the City Council, “I have been enormously privileged to be a public servant to Dahlonega. My $400 salary, net taxes, has been donated to local not-for-profits. I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given to serve.”

If re-elected, Taylor said her main focus would be, “Containing costs and managing growth while preserving the very special place we call home, Dahlonega.” Taylor further explained that she would focus on continuing to add amenities to Dahlonega, such as the Gold Adventures All-Abilities Playground in Hancock Park, the Farmers Market, and the Wimpy Mill picnic area, “We need to balance the significant costs of infrastructure, such as stormwater management, with providing improved amenities…I will continue to welcome feedback from our citizens, a vital form of government. Thanks in advance for your support!”

Gold Adventure All-Abilities Playground in Hancock Park.

City Council votes in favor for Occupational Tax amendment

Community, Police & Government

DAHLONEGA, GA

The Dahlonega City Council voted in favor, 6-0, of the amendment to “increase occupation tax rates to defray general fund expenses,” after a public hearing held on Monday. City Councilman, Bruce Hoffman, motioned for the proposed ordinance, and Councilwoman, JoAnne Taylor, seconded the motion.

The cost of a business license in Dahlonega is based on the number of people employed by the business. Taylor explained to FYN that, “The City’s fee structures are all being examined since some have not been changed in over 15 years. This fee change does not affect businesses with one employee. The change puts Dahlonega in the average for cities our size. We expect a small impact to our General Fund revenues.” 

A public hearing was held on Monday, August 5, before the City Council meeting to, “accept comments on the proposed new occupation tax schedule to be incorporated into the City’s code pertaining to occupation taxes.” According to Taylor, “We held a  public hearing on this topic [proposed Occupational Tax amendment] but to date have received no feedback.”

According to the ordinance outline, the tax increase is expected to bring in an additional $13,900 in revenue to help alleviate the “increased cost for general fund operations.” Changes went into effect on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

 

 

 

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Local art to be featured at Art in the Park

Community, Lifestyle
Original print by Lily Payne Art that will be available at Art in the Park

Lumpkin Co., GA

The Dahlonega Art Alliance is hosting “Art in the Park” on Saturday, August 10, from 1p.m. until 5p.m. at Hancock Park, located behind the Dahlonega square.

Original print by Lily Payne Art that will be available at Art in the ParkVarious local artists will have their work on display and available for purchase to the public; there will also be different mediums of art presented, such as live art, Plein air painting, photography, and music.

Local artist, Lily Payne Art, told FYN that she plans on showcasing her newest sunflower prints, “Art in the Park” will be local artists presenting their work to the public for sale. There will be several tents featuring different styles and mediums.”

Original print by Lily Payne Art that will be available at Art in the Park

Payne also explained that the Dahlonega Art Alliance is a “new alliance for local artists. It is to help local artists get more exposure and support each other through meetings and events.”

 

UNG women’s basketball athlete celebrates 1,000th career point

Business

Dahlonega, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG’s Tamera Thorpe scored her 1,000th career point during their game against Flagler; however, the No. 20 UNG women’s basketball team fell to their opponent in overtime, 74-70.

With a jumper at the 4:15 mark in the third quarter, the senior transfer notched point No. 1,001 with her 14th point of the game to put UNG up, 43-42, at that point. From there, the two teams went back and forth before Flagler took a four-point lead with 40 seconds to play in regulation.

Flagler controlled the overtime period, though, retaking the lead right away and never relinquishing it.

 

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UNG women’s basketball team defeats Clark Atlanta 87-55

University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, 10 members of the UNG women’s basketball team earned a spot in the scoring column as the No. 16 Nighthawks downed Clark Atlanta, 87-55, Wednesday night in the UNG Convocation Center.

The Nighthawks hd a strong 7-0 start before the Panthers, increasing that to a 12-0 run later in the first quarter, with the Panthers unable to outscore UNG.

 

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LCSS names Vulcan Materials as November Partner in Education

Community, News

LUMPKIN, GA

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.

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UNG women’s cross-country team runners up at PCB Championship

Business

BEECH ISLAND, S.C.

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the UNG women’s cross-country team finished in second place on Saturday at the PCB Championship.

UNG junior, Aleah Johnson, led three All-Conference runners to second place behind Flagler Saturday morning at Redcliffe Plantation. Johnson finished in fourth place overall after running a 5K time of 18:40. UNG junior, Bree Hammond, finished in sixth place at 18:51, while sophomore, Kaylee Haake, finished in 15th at 19:09. All three earned All-Conference honors.

Flagler won the race, finishing with 46 points, followed by UNG at 60 points. Columbus State, Georgia College and Augusta rounded out the top five.

This is UNG’s fifth top-2 finish in a row after claiming runner-up honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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UNG freshman sets new rifling record as No. 19

Business

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG freshman, Ricky Medina, shot an aggregate score of 1170, beating the previous aggregate scoring record by four points as the No. 19 UNG rifle team defeated the University of Alabama Saturday at the COL Raymond C. Hamilton Rifle Range. Clemson also shot in the event, but they do not count in the results, due to the Tigers competing as a club sport.

Medina tied the smallbore scoring record, firing a 584 in the discipline. He was perfect in the prone position, scoring two perfect 100 strings in the process. He coupled that with a 586 in the air rifle discipline to defeat the field by 19 points in the aggregate scoring.

UNG shot a season-high 4617 as a team, finishing just five points off the school record in aggregate, and had the top three shooters with Medina, Tobin Sanctuary and Kimberlee Nettles.

Other highlights from the event were personal records for Veronica Stanley in smallbore (567), Eric Azotea in air rifle (573) and Lucas Gilliland in air rifle (582).

UNG sophomore named PBC pitcher of the week

UNG Baseball
UNG

 

LUMPKIN, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG sophomore, Nick Clarno, was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came after Clarno hit a homerun all three games against Palm Beach Atlantic. 

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics


Clarno his .455 against Palm Beach Atlantic over the weekend, driving in six runs as the Nighthawks ran their record to 6-0. Clarno had a 1.364 batting percentage, and he opened with a solo shot in the first game before going for 2-for-4 in the second and third games. He also added a double during the finale, scoring a total of four runs and striking out only once in 11 at-bats. 

Clarno leads the PBC in slugging percentage, is tied for second in home runs and is seventh in total bases. This is his first weekly honor of his career.

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UNG Athletics releases 2019 track and field schedule

Team FYN Sports

DAHLONEGA, GA
Tom Williams, head coach of the University of North Georgia track and field team, has announced the 2019 Nighthawks schedule of events.

The Fifth Annual Cougar Invitational will kick off the season on February 23 and will be hosted by Columbus State. The Nighthawks will then travel to Berry College for the Victor Icebreaker Duals held on March 2.

UNG will then go to Columbus for the Adonica Ferguson Classic on March 9, before going to Emory the weekend of March 22-23 and also March 29-30. The final regular season meet will be in Jacksonville, Alabama, at the JSU Invitational on April 6.

The Nighthawks will then head down to Daytona Beach for the Peach Belt Conference Championships from April 17-19.

UNG women’s soccer seniors earn all-region honors

University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to press release from the University of North Georgia Athletic’s Department, UNG women’s soccer seniors, Renee VanHorn and Asa Thorsen, were announced as the newest members of the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region team. VanHorn earned second team honors, and Thorsen was named to the third team.

VanHorn finished in fourth place at the Peach Belt Conference, with 12 goals for the season. She also added three assists, bringing her collective total to 27 points and six game-winning goals.

Thorsen scored two goals, assisted on three other goals, and was a key player in the midfield for UNG.

 

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UNG will host 32-team high school basketball showcase

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN, CO., GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG and Adrian Penland Basketball are coming together to host the North Georgia High School Showcase that will be held on Saturday, December 1 in two facilities across campus.

North Georgia Medical Center’s Orthopedic Services is sponsoring the event, which will feature a face-off between 32 of the state’s highest ranking high school programs in the state. There will be 16 games, of which wight will be held in the new Convocation Center, and the additional eight will be held in UNG’s Memorial Hall.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission, $5 for ages 6-17, and free to children five and under. One ticket is good for all 16 games, and it also includes admission into both facilities.

 

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

Community, Education

LUMPKIN, GA

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.”

 

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Nine UNG cross-country runners chosen for All-Academic team by Peach Belt Conference

University of North Georgia

AUGUSTA, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the Peach Belt Conference named nine UNG cross-country runners to the All-Academic team on Friday, October 26. The nine Nighthawks are a part of the 36-runner team. UNG had the most runners honored, followed by Georgia College with eight.

The Nighthawk honorees are: Emma Brown, Sarah Buckler, Maria Coughlin, Makayla Ellis, Bree Hammond, Aleah Johnson, Jordan Mund, Kenedi Rodney and Olivia Terwilliger.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee the program.

 

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UNG women’s soccer team endures loss to No. 3 Columbus State

Business

DAHLONEGA,GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the women’s soccer team lost 4-1, to No. 3 Columbus State Saturday night at the UNG Soccer Complex. The game was broadcast as part of the NCAA Division II Showcase.

Columbus State junior, Riley Clark, netted her first two goals within two minutes of one another starting at the 24th minute, when she took a cross from Kimmy May to put CSU up, 1-0. Clark struck with her second in the 26th minute with a back heel kick after Annie Mayo sent a low cross into the box.

In the 52nd minute, Clark capped off her hat trick with another goal off a May assist. Three minutes later, Columbus State scored their final goal of the contest when Brooke Nail beat her defender one-on-one and pushed the ball to the back of the net to put the Cougars up, 4-0.

North Georgia got on the scoreboard when Bailey Swindell, just seconds after checking into the game for the first time, headed in a corner kick from Rosie Embley.

 

 

 

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