Chestatee Artists Group announces new Folk School



The Dahlonega Chestatee Artists Group has opened registration for their upcoming Folk School from now until September 27, 2019. The first classes of the Folk School will be held the weekend of October 11 through October 13, beginning Friday evening at 7p.m. until 9p.m. and ending Sunday around 11:30a.m.

Credit: Beth Stull Morning Glow

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, September 12 for those interested in learning more about the mission of Chestatee Artists, the Folk School, and to meet the instructors. The meeting will be at 6p.m., in the United Community Bank Community Room.

According to their website, a variety of categories will be offered to the public, “Our Folk School classes will be held in our beautiful city of Dahlonega twice a year with some of the finest instructors in many exciting categories. Leatherwork, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, wire wrapping, jewelry making, weaving and more.”

Instructor, Oscar Rayneri, teaching at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts



For those who cannot attend in October, a second Folk School will be offered in March of 2020.





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Dahlonega City Council announces public hearing to discuss millage rate



The Dahlonega City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 15, to discuss setting the 2019 millage and the adoption of the 2020 Fiscal Year Budget. The meeting will take place at the Dahlonega City Hall at 4:00p.m., immediately before the City Council Work Session.

The Work Session will cover department reports from the following:

  • Dahlonega City Marshal
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Finance Department
  • Public Works Department
  • Water and Waste Water Plants Department
  • Cemetery Committee

Other topics to be discussed:

  • 2019 LMIG Off System Safety Vendor Selection for Signs & Stripes
  • Ordinance 2019-14 Dilapidated Structure
  • Memo RE DOR (Department of Revenue) Sales Tax Information
  • Banking Services Contract Renewal


Boil water advisory in effect for Crooked Creek Subdivision

Community, Health


According to a press release from the Lumpkin County Water and Sewerage Authority,

“LCWSA experienced a water main break in the Crooked Creek Subdivision which caused a localized loss of system pressure. When this occurs a potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from backflow of water of unknown quality into the water system. In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all Crooked Creek residents that live on High Creek Drive, White Oak Trail and Oak Springs Trail that have experienced a water outage and/or low pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Once LCWSA has tested the water and confirmed that the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption, LCWSA will post a message on Lumpkin County’s Website and at High Creek Drive to notify the public that the boil water advisory has been lifted. If you have questions please call LCWSA at 706-867-6580.” 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

Walter Donald Anderson: Obituary


Mr. Walter Donald Anderson, age 78, of Dahlonega passed away Monday, August 12, 2019.

Mr. Anderson was a native and lifelong resident of Lumpkin County.  He was born on November 26, 1940 to the late Elmer Carl and Willie Mae Early Anderson.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughters Donna Butler and Rhonda Stephenson; his sister Brenda Grizzle; and his brother Heyward Anderson.

Mr. Anderson retired as a truck driver and he was a member of Cavender Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his grandchildren Jonathan and Danielle Butler, Jade and Will Gates, Adam and Holly Ray, and Reanna and Dillion Brown; great-grandchildren Jase Butler, Kade Butler, Beau Butler, Kayton Gates, and Mason Ray; brothers and sisters-in-law Tony and Susan Anderson, Melvin and Deborah Anderson, and Dudley and Suzanne Anderson; sister-in-law Joyce Anderson; brother-in-law Tracy Grizzle; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home.  The Rev. Stephen Adams will officiate.  Interment will follow in Cavender Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the funeral hour Wednesday at the funeral home.

To share a memory of Mr. Anderson or a condolence with the family visit

Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega


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

Community, News


Shenanigan’s 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 Shenanigan’s Irish Pub (Photo Courtesy of David Jordan)

The owner, Deb Rowe, told FYN that the most significant changes made to the pub was 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 Shenanigan’s 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, Shenanigan’s 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.”

Jacqueline Sare Shuler: Obituary


Jacqueline Sare Shuler age 72 of Gainesville, Ga passed away on August 9, 2019. She was born in Riverside CA to Jack and Wanda Sare and a graduate of Norte Vista HS. Mrs. Shuler was a member of Berea Baptist Church where she was an active part of (as her family stated)… literally everything! She loved her Yorkies, her beautiful lakehouse, and all of her kids, but more than anything she loved her soulmate Harry. She was so kind, generous, and was loved by all. She will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Shuler is survived by her spouse of Harry Shuler, her children Michelle Adas (Jack), Bob Congrove (Cindy), step children Julie Schwausch (Steve), Russell Shuler, Mark Shuler, and Laura Johnson, her grandchildren ; Aaron (Toni) Anna, and Alyssa Adas, Hannah, Abbey, and Emma Congrove, Tommy Schwausch, Stephanie Boatwright, Jared and Austin Shuler, Savannah and Stirling Johnson, and several great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday August 17th at 1:30 pm at Berea Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 12:30pm until service time at the church.
Online condolences may be expressed at
Arrangements by the professional staff of Dahlonega Funeral Home 20 Gibson Road Dahlonega, GA 30533 706-864-DOVE (3683)


Carmen Waters Seitz: Obituary


Mrs. Carmen Waters Seitz, age 89, of Dahlonega, died Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Mrs. Seitz was born August 25, 1929 in Lumpkin County, the daughter of the late Andrew Robinson and Orphia Melinda Weaver Waters. She was a homemaker and member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Her parents, husband, Dean Seitz and son, Bob Seitz preceded her in death.

Survivors include: sons; Stanley and Larry Seitz both of Dahlonega, daughter; Joyce Hutcheson, Richmond, KY , sister; Bonnie Waters Milton, Dahlonega, 7 grandchildren, Ellen McMahan, Mindy Whitley, Jessica Cambron, Jason Seitz, Tracy McKinney, Gretchen Gentry, Stephanie Clifford, 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00pm from the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Calvin Ward officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The body will lie-in-state at the church from 1 until 2pm Monday.

The family will meet with friends Sunday from 4 until 8pm at Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Anderson Underwood Funeral Home announcing as a courtesy for Bernhardt Funeral Home, 163 River St., Ellijay, GA 30540


Robert W. Somers: Obituary


Mr. Robert W. Somers, age 75, of Dahlonega passed away at home with his friends by his side on Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Robert had lived in North Carolina most of his life and had lived in Dahlonega for a number of years.  He loved to restore antique cars and attend car shows.  Robert left behind his faithful friend Sally, his beloved dog.

He is survived by his children Kacey Somers, Lisa Somers, and Neil Somers; his sister Edith Somers Neil; and his brother William “Billy” G. Somers, all of North Carolina.

Robert’s wishes were to be cremated and the family will have a private memorial service at a later date.

To share a memory of Robert or a condolence with the family visit

Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega

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