Early voting for Dahlonega City Council underway until Nov. 1

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Early voting is underway for the City of Dahlonega Nov. 5 General/Special Election. Registered voters may cast their ballot Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Nov. 1 at the Lumpkin Couunty Elections and Voter Registration Office at 56 Short Street in Dahlonega..

Tony Owens and Johnny Ariemma are competing for the Post 4 seat on the City Council currently held by Bruce Hoffman who will not run for reelection.

Dewey Moye is challenging incumbent Ron Larson for the Post 6 seat while incumbent JoAnne Taylor is unopposed for the Post 5 seat.

There is also a referendum question: Shall the governing authority of the City of Dahlonega be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverates for beverage purposes by the drink from 11 a.m. until 12:30 am.

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Collins submits resume to Governor Kemp for Senate Seat

Featured, Politics
Ga Rep Collins

Georgia, – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp began a process to fill U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat this week. The Governor set up a website requiring the potential candidates to submit a resume. FYN has learned Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has submitted his resume for consideration. The seat will be filled following Johnny Isakson’s retirement effective December 31, 2019 and the chosen applicant will serve for the remainder of his unexpired term.

Rep. Collins is a United States Representative from Georgia’s 9th congressional district. Collins has served the 9th District since 2013. Previously he was a state representative in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 27th district, which includes portions of Hall, Lumpkin, and White counties.

Collins is considered to be a front runner for the Senator seat. Because this would leave a vacancy we question who will replace Collins. So who will be the new US Representative in the 9th District? According to our information as a result of Collins receiving the appointment, that would trigger a special election. What names will surface in the 9th District hoping to take Collins’ place? FetchYourNews will follow closely and update as more information becomes available.

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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Lumpkin County Coroner announces plans to run for reelection in 2020

Community, Election, News

LUMPKIN CO., Ga. — Lumpkin County Coroner Jim Sheppard announced to Fetch Your News Friday that he will run for reelection in 2020.

Sheppard has helped put Lumpkin County on the map during his current term as coroner by earning prestigious accolades for his outstanding performance while in office, which earned him the honor of being named the 2018 Coroner of the Year for the State of Georgia by the Georgia Coroners Association.

Sheppard told FYN that being named 2018 Coroner of the Year was, “A fantastic honor, but the cool thing about it was the partnership we’ve created with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, the Lumpkin County District Attorney’s Office, the fire department, and so many other players who were involved.”

Sheppard served 28 years with the Dekalb County Police Department and when he was asked about his current term as county corner, he expressed his deep gratitude to the community, “I’m incredibly grateful that the people of Lumpkin County elected me as their coroner…It’s not my office, I’m just the one who holds it. It’s the public’s office – I serve these folks.”

When asked what goals he wished to accomplish if he is reelected in 2020, Sheppard explained, “I’d like to work with the state somehow, some way, to expedite autopsy reports.” Sheppard further explained that he makes sure that he is available 24-7 to the families who have experienced loss. They are given his contact information and encouraged to contact him with any questions, no matter the day or time.

The 2020 primary election is May 19 with a runoff (if necessary) set for July 21. The general election is Nov. 3.

Follow FYN election news for the latest in local election coverage.

 

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Diversionary Tactics

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DIVERSIONARY TACTICS

 

In a wartime situation, a general might create a diversion on one side of the battlefield in order to perform a flanking movement on the enemy and take advantage of the element of surprise.

In Desert Storm, General Norman Schwarzkopf employed a series of deceptions in his battle plans.

He used many tactics to fool the Iraqi army. He would create publicized military maneuvers and release “news” to the press to throw a smoke screen as to his true intentions for his next attack.

In this way, he practiced deception and attacked at a completely different area, confusing his enemies. http://articles.latimes.com/1991-02-28/news/mn-2834_1_war-plan

The Florida election voter recount is an example of very devious sleight of hand with nefarious intentions. It would seem that the 2000 Presidential election was once again upon us.

Oh wait, maybe it is, Brenda Snipes is still in charge of the election process. Wouldn’t you think that she would have been canned for that 2000 boondoggle and if not, then destroying the ballots in the 2016 election for Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The total incompetence and or alleged corruption of Brenda Snipes is well known. She and her team have defied recent court orders nonchalantly with a blatant disregard for law as in previous instances.

The Governor’s race and the Senate race recount antics are a diversionary tactic to camouflage the Democrats real need to change the voting results of the Department of Agriculture Commissioner.

Why would such a big deal be made over a relatively minor position you might ask?

It is well known that the Democratic agenda is to one day abolish the 2nd amendment and disarm the populace.

Obama made it very clear that he was for gun control and expected to have prevented the people from defending themselves by the end of his terms. Hillary was to carry on this desire and finish the 2nd amendment off when she won the election they tried to rig in her favor.

2nd amendment followers did not acquiesce to their desires, in fact, most went out and bought several more firearms and more ammunition.

The Department of Agriculture is where the process is started to apply for open carry and concealed carry of firearms.

The department that owns the PROCESS has the power to slow walk anyone’s application.

It is reminiscent of the IRS scandal with non-profit organizations during the previous Democratic administration.

On November 8, 2018, Democrat Nikki Fried trailed Republican Matt Caldwell by more than four thousand votes. By end of day she was leading by two thousand, nine hundred and fourteen votes. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article221362645.html

Fried has called for emergency donations and expects to lead the race to victory.

Has anyone heard anything about this particular race on the news?

While the public is focused on Scott and DeSantis, the crooked Snipes team is working its wiles on the Commissioner’s race for a Democratic win.

The people of Florida made their desires well known by the way they cast their votes on November 6, 2018.

Why is it so hard for the Democratic Party to accept the will of the people and try to gain power and position by ANY MEANS NECESSARY?

The races will be decided for Scott and DeSantis the way the people wanted. While the election committee grinds and dances, Nikki Fried will have been pushed up. Who knows if it is for real or if the race has now been contrived?

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NO RINOS NEED APPLY

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By: Candace Hardin

 

The 2016 election saw around 60 million people voting for Donald J. Trump for President.

All of his rallies show huge arenas packed cheek by jowl with supporters, as well as an equally
large crowd of enthusiasts outside of the building, watching screens set up for these people’s
viewing of the President and to hear his speech.

Voters turned out in record numbers to keep support for the current administration in the
midterm elections, gaining seats in the Senate, and only losing a few in Congress.
Unfortunately, the few gained seats in Congress caused a majority for Democrats, but, this
administration lost the least amount of seats in either house during a midterm election in about
one hundred years.

It is obvious that President Trump has a good base of support with the people.
There will be new people in Congress and the Senate.

One of those people will be Senator Mitt Romney, supposed Republican of Utah, also known as
Miss Also Ran in 2012.

Make the “L” sign with thumb and forefinger as you remember how he was a real wuss with
Barack Obama, preferring not to hit hard on the shortcomings of his opposition, pussyfooting
around and being polite. This caused him to lose his presidential bid, and be a loser. By refusing
to be tough, he let everyone who pinned their hopes on him down.

Romney feels that the President has not risen to the mantle of the presidency, and so he writes a
scathing op-ed to call him out on his job performance.

Exactly where does Loser Romney get off advising the first hard hitting, fight for the American
People President we have had in a long time on how to act and represent the United States?
The Democrats and the media are enough of an obstruction and a sideshow for this
administration to fight through without RINOS jumping on the bandwagon and selling out their
party because they “disapprove” of the President. As if it was their place to judge.

Most are just angry and fearful that he will discover how they are making deals and money for
themselves. They know he will call them out on it.

This was the exact reason so many of them retired this year. They were too whimpy and sheep
like to stand up for those they were supposed to represent. They didn’t want to lose their “in
crowd” card by taking the path less traveled and giving the popular kids in the Democratic Party
any push back.

Romney’s op-ed was so unpopular, even his own niece had to disavow it.
RNC Chairperson, Rhonna Romney McDaniel, felt that this kind of rhetoric from a freshman
senator was “disappointing and unproductive.”

The People sent Donald J. Trump to the White House. He is in line with their agenda.
Those Republicans who were voted into office have a DUTY to their constituents.
They have not been sent to work against the President.

There was always been plenty of that kind of obstruction.
The People want border security. BUILD THE WALL!!!!
The People want America First, first in prosperity, jobs and benefits for the people here at home.
The People want to stop being the policemen of the world.

The US cannot continue to project values and morality upon those who have no interest in
changing whatever it is that is ruining their own country. If you like it the way it was done “back
home,” go back there. Delta is ready when you are. The People do not want to turn our country
into the place immigrants found so odious that they were compelled to leave it.

The People do not want to foot the bill for the protection of the world.
The People write, email and call their representatives everyday!

It is time for the elected officials to use their head for something besides a hat rack and their ears
for listening.

The reason Trump is in the presidency is BECAUSE THE PEOPLE PUT HIM THERE!!!!!!
Remember who you work for and to whom you are beholden.

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

 

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