Dahlonega declares state of emergency

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. –– During a special called meeting at 4 p.m. on March 25, the Dahlonega City Council concluded its state of emergency discussions which began during a special called meeting on Monday. The Council unanimously adopted the emergency declaration which covered a number of areas specific to city operations and not currently addressed as part of Governor Kemp’s state directives and the County’s emergency declaration earlier this week.
“We believe this action helps further ensure public health and safety,” said Mayor Sam Norton. “It also makes it possible for our city staff to continue their work on behalf of our residents.”
Among the emergency measures adopted by the Council:
  • Boards, commissions and agencies of the city are permitted to conduct meetings and take votes by teleconference.
  • The city manager, with approval of the mayor, is authorized to take necessary actions to protect the public health and safety including temporary closures of city facilities, cancelling certain city functions, and allowing staff and business to be conducted at alternative locations, among other administrative and emergency actions necessary to protect the public health and perform essential functions.
  • Restaurants must suspend dine-in services, but are permitted to continue delivery, drive-thru, or take-out services. Patrons, employees and contractors must maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance. Restaurants licensed to sell beer or wine for consumption on premises, may sell unopened containers of beer or wine with the purchase of food for take-out consumption off-site, during the state of emergency.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and entertainment facilities are required to close immediately and must remain closed until the state of emergency has been amended or lifted.
  • Public and private gatherings of more than 10 people, occurring outside a household are prohibited (This provision does not prevent business activity or the delivery of medical and other health services unless otherwise specified, but it does prohibit any public gatherings on city-owned or controlled properties for the duration of the emergency.).
  • Following the City Charter and Dahlonega’s current form of government, the finance director is designated to succeed the city manager in the event he is unable to perform his duties. If both the city manager and the finance director are unable to perform these duties, the mayor as chief executive officer of the city will assume the city manager duties.
  • The bid and competitive portions of the City’s procurement policy are temporarily suspended, authorizing single-source purchases by the City Manager with mayoral approval and Council-reporting, for COVID-19 related needs.
The full emergency declaration is available here. The Council plans to meet weekly and revisit the declaration as needed and as circumstances change.
“I appreciate our Council’s leadership during this difficult time,” said City Manager Bill Schmid. “These aren’t easy decisions, but we’re trying to take the necessary steps at the most appropriate time.”
The city’s emergency declaration follows both state and county restrictions announced earlier in the week, aimed at curbing the spread of the Coronavirus. According the Georgia Department of Public Health daily status report website, Lumpkin County currently has three reported cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as of the March 25, 7:00 p.m. update.
“Health officials tell us the numbers will grow across Georgia, so how our community responds now is important,” said Norton. “I’m hopeful that if we take steps now, we can possibly get back to normal sooner rather than later.”
Additional resources:
FEMA’s Coronavirus Rumor Control – https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control
Georgia Department of Public Health – https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
District 2 Public Health Department – http://phdistrict2.org/

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Elva Louise Burt: Obituary

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Elva Louise Burt, age 85, passed away on February 24, 2020 in Dahlonega, Georgia surrounded by family after an extended illness.

She was born on June 1, 1934 in Hazel, Kentucky to the late Vondrell and Minnie Sledd. She loved the Georgia Bulldogs, traveling, flowers and her family and friends. Mrs. Burt was Mrs. Mary Kay for many years. She also worked in gifts and decorative accessories sales and was a nurse at Babyland General, where she delivered the Cabbage Patch Babies. She was of Baptist faith.

 

Mrs. Burt was preceded in death by her parents, Vondrell and Minnie Sledd; Sister, June Hertell; Grandsons, Clay Free and Max Vincent; Grandson-in-law, Robert Dean.

 

Surviving are her loving husband of 32 years, Jerry Burt, Dahlonega; Children, Denyse Vincent Hollingsworth (Dan), Signal Mountain, Tennessee and Chuck Vincent, San Gregorio, California. Grandchildren, Katie Dean, Gainesville and Henry Vincent, Ashland, Oregon. Great Grandson, Cooper Dean; Brothers, Seldon Sledd (Barbara) and Kenneth Sledd (Susan); Her beloved nephews and niece and a number of other relatives.

 

Interment will be Friday, February 28 at 9:30 am at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. The Family will receive friends on Friday February 28 at 2pm at Dahlonega Funeral Home in Dahlonega, Ga. A celebration of Life will immediately follow at 3 pm.

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George Cameron Thompson: Obituary

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Mr. George Cameron Thompson passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020.  George was 78 years old.

 

Visitation will be held Monday, February 24 at the Dahlonega Funeral Home from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

 

A celebration service will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 2:00pm at the Dahlonega Funeral Home.

 

George was born in Dahlonega, GA on April 15, 1941 to Wesley David and Susie Brookshire Thompson.  He attended Lumpkin County schools in Dahlonega, Georgia. George worked for General Motors in Doraville, Georgia for 13 years.  In 1980, George started working for Farm Bureau in Dahlonega, GA. When he retired in 2006, George’s office had a book of business that exceeded $6 million.

 

George is preceded in death by his brothers Ollie, David and Charles Thompson and his sisters Leila Stowers, Yvonne Patton, Ann Phillips, Marion Hogwood, and Billie Woodall. Nephew and Nieces: Max Woodall, Beverly Phillips Wimpy, Tammy Phillips Martin, and Debbie Woodall Casey.

 

George is survived by his wife Peggy Thompson and his children Janssen Thompson and his wife Becky of Houston, TX and Vivian Street of Nashville, TN and Drew Bardenwerper and his wife Leigh of Tuscaloosa, AL and Danielle Witherington and her husband Will of Lexington, KY.  George is also survived by his grandchildren Jeffery Street and his wife Shannon of Boise, ID; Kyle Street of Boise, ID; Sarah, Laura, Caroline and Andrew Witherington of Lexington, KY; Scott and Ryan Bardenwerper of Tuscaloosa, AL; Ashley Justice of Galveston, TX and Sarah Paul Thompson of Edwall, WA.  George was the proud great-grandfather of George Huckleberry “Huck” Street of Boise, ID. He leaves behind a host of family and friends including nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. He has created many memories with us all that we will treasure and remember.

 

In lieu of flowers, George’s family would be honored if donations were made to two institutions that were dear to his heart:

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE FOUNDATION INC (Tax ID: 621844686)

1525 UNIVERSITY AVENUE

KNOXVILLE, TN 37921

Program Name: GEORGE C. THOMPSON SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT

 

Wilbur Fortner

℅ Cane Creek Baptist Church

813 Fred Ash Road

Dahlonega, GA 30533

 

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Elizabeth Clark: Obituary

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Elizabeth Clark

March 6, 1947 ~ February 25, 2020 (age 72)

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Geneva B. Truelove: Obituary

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Mrs. Geneva B. Truelove, age 94, of Dahlonega passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Mrs. Truelove was born in Pickens County on October 14, 1925.  She is preceded in death by her husband Benny Truelove, son Robert Truelove, mother Mary Glass Wright, four brothers and two sisters.  Mrs. Truelove was a loving mother and grandmother.  Having become a widow at a young age, Mrs. Truelove raised her seven boys with love and hard work.  She loved to shop with her oldest sister, collect dolls, and spend time with her family.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Mitchell and Brenda Truelove, Gainesville, Marcus Truelove, Dahlonega, Roger and Harriett Truelove, Cleveland, David Michael Truelove, Arizona, Tony Truelove, Savannah, and Paul Truelove, Dawsonville; daughter-in-law Frances Sosebee, Dahlonega; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Chris Anderson will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Historic Dawsonville City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to the service hour Tuesday at the funeral home.

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James “Hub” Arnold Dockery: Obituary

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Mr. James “Hub” Arnold Dockery, age 92, of Dahlonega passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Mr. Dockery was born in Murphy, N.C. on March 8, 1927 to the late Claude Harvey and Birdie Christy Dockery.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Henry Dockery.  On November 20, 1945 Mr. Dockery responded to faithful duty to serve his country in the United States Army.  While serving his country on the heels of WWII, he was carefully and diligently discharging the duty of Corporal.  He served honorably and was discharged on November 12, 1948.

During the war Mr. Dockery learned auto mechanical and electrical repair.  He took his trade to civilian work at the International Harvester Sales and Service in Gainesville, GA.  Mr. Dockery then went to Dollar Carburetor and continued his trade.  He worked for Story Trucking in Alabama for several years and then worked for himself until he retired.  Mr. Dockery loved to hunt and fish.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law Dianne and Charles Stephens, Dahlonega, and Debbie and Mike Walters, Cleveland; son Kevin Dockery; grandchildren Jessica Holloway, Sarah Herrin, William Stephens, Daniel Stephens, Rachel Stephens, Jordan Dockery, and Ashley Dockery; great-grandchildren Jayden, Jessie, Josie, Stella, Oliver, Carter, Cash, and Haidyn; nephew Shane Dockery; and niece Mary Ann Dollyhigh.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Friday, February 28, 2020 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home.  The Rev. Nick Rice will officiate.  Interment will follow in Philippi Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to the service hour Friday at the funeral home.

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Dr. John Earl Raber: Obituary

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On Thursday, February 20, 2020, Dr. John Earl Raber went home to be with the Lord.  Dr. Raber was born in Altoona, PA on September 13, 1938 to the late George Dewey and Agnes E. Little Raber.  He is preceded in death by all of his siblings consisting of four sisters and two brothers.

Dr. Raber’s life has made an impact on this earth that has been felt far and near.  He graduated from Bucknell University and Lock Haven University then went on to the University of Georgia where he received his doctorate.  From there his passion for high school wrestling flourished.  Dr. Raber coached young men in high school and on the collegiate level.  He moved to Dahlonega, GA in the summer of 1971 and along with his precious family he brought his love for wrestling.  Dr. Raber played a direct role in establishing the Lumpkin County High School wrestling program.  He established and directed Dr. John’s Wrestling Camps that were hosted all over north Georgia.  Dr. Raber was a head wrestling official for the GHSA, NCAA, ACC, and SEC collegiate wrestling.  He recently accepted the distinguished honor as an inductee to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Dr. Raber fell in love with Dahlonega, GA.  He taught Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of North Georgia.  Dr. Raber retired after 23 years of educating and coaching at the college level.  Even though he was retired he never felt detached from the college he loved.  Dr. Raber continued to show the community he loved leadership and compassion.  He served on the Dahlonega City Council, two terms as Mayor, as a Lumpkin County Commissioner, and Lumpkin County Commission Chair, and as the Director of the Regional Development Council with the State of Georgia.  Dr. Raber along with many other great men established the Cooper-Green Prayer Group that still meets faithfully every Tuesday morning to pray for the needs in the community.

Along with all the compassion that Dr. Raber had he was also determined to show kindness in any way he could.  One way that he did this was with his “bread and sweet route”.  Dr. Raber picked up and delivered sweets and bread to various places dear to his heart such as the Rainbow Children’s Home, the Dahlonega Homeless Shelter, the Community Helping Place, and the NOA Women’s Shelter.

Survivors include his daughter Daina Raber, El Cajon, CA; sons and daughters-in-law Gregory and Lisa Raber, Dahlonega, Brian and Lynn Raber, Greenville, S.C., and Michael and Laura Raber, Dahlonega; grandchildren Easton Bajsec (Scott), Tate Justus, Jordan Moore (Jeremy), Keaton Raber, Caitlyn Raber, Lucas Raber, Daniel Wiggley (Jennifer), and Jessica Roberts (Brad); nine great-grandchildren; and his fiancé Juanita Tipton, Dahlonega.

Dr. Raber’s wishes were to be cremated and rather than having a single service to remember him by his wishes were that he be remembered every time a wrestling mat is pounded, and every time a kind deed is done in the town that he loved, Dahlonega, GA.

In lieu of flowers or gifts the family requests that contributions be made to the Community Helping Place, P.O. Box 712, Dahlonega, GA  30533.

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Donna Ann Thompson: Obituary

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Mrs. Donna Ann Thompson, age 67, of Dahlonega passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020.

Donna was born in Lumpkin County on December 15, 1952 to the late Robert Edward Conner and Frances Lorene Brookshire Conner.  Loving life and laughing much was what she enjoyed.  Donna also enjoyed a stroll through the outdoors.  She was an amazing cook and she loved to feed her family.  Donna was creative and she used her talent to paint.  She also made clothes for her boys when they were children.  They will forever remember her Halloween Costumes that she custom made for them.  Donna was a loving mother, sister, and friend.

Donna worked as a legal secretary for many years. Deep in her heart, Donna harbored an abiding faith in the Lord Jesus. Her generous and kind spirit will be missed by her relatives and friends.

Survivors include her sons Forrest Thompson, Lawrenceville, and David Thompson, Marietta; brothers and sisters-in-law Trent and Linda Conner, Dahlonega, and Ken and Joy Conner, Hayesville, NC, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 PM Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the service hour Sunday at the funeral home.

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Ronnie Taylor: Obituary

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Ronnie Taylor

February 21, 2020

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Herbert J Singleton: Obituary

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Herbert J Singleton

August 24, 1930 ~ February 20, 2020 (age 89)

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Rachael Sanders: Obituary

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Rachael Sanders

December 29, 1920 ~ February 18, 2020 (age 99)

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