Lumpkin County Indians Volleyball off to historic start

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Head Coach Haley Dibble led the Lumpkin County Indians to their best season ever in her first season as head coach last year. In 2019, the team racked up a 22-21 overall record, and became the region runner-up. This year with coach Dibble at the helm, the Indians are poised to make a deep run into the playoffs if they stay at the pace they are on, as they are off to a historic start, posting a 10-1 record through their first 11 games. The Indians are riding a 9 game win streak heading into their next contest on Thursday night, where they face the Fannin County Rebels.

Seniors Reagan Spivey and Mackenzie Caldwell seem to be the heart and leadership of this team, leading hem on and off the court.

Juniors Addie Rucker and Kiersta Trammel are also playing a big part in the Lady Indians successful season.

Below are the box scores from each of the games that the Indians have played in this season. Box scores are provided by Maxpreps.com.

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 Wins
Lumpkin County 25 17 15 0 0 2
Flowery Branch 18 25 12 0 0 1
S1 S2 S3 Wins
Lumpkin County 25 26 16 2
North Oconee 16 28 14 1
S1 S2 Wins
Lumpkin County 19 16 0
North Forsyth 25 25 2
S1 Wins
Lumpkin County 2
Tallulah Falls 1
S1 S2 Wins
Varsity Opponent 19 20 0
Lumpkin County 25 25 2
S1 S2 S3 Wins
Habersham Central 27 11 15 1
Lumpkin County 25 25 17 2
S1 S2 Wins
Lumpkin County 25 25 2
Elbert County 8 7 0
S1 S2 Wins
Rabun County 6 11 0
Lumpkin County 25 25 2
S1 S2 S3 S4 Wins
Lumpkin County 25 25 16 25 3
Chestatee 17 23 25 19 1
S1 S2 Wins
Lumpkin County 25 25 2
Rabun County 23 23 0
S1 S2 Wins
PACHS 22 23 0
Lumpkin County 25 25 2

 

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 status report 8/27

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Updated 8/27 at 3 p.m.

ATLANTA – Georgia Department of Public Heath (DPH) reported at 3 pm Thursday (Aug. 27) there have been 263,074 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 5,393 deaths and  24,127 hospitalizations in the state.

There are 656 confirmed cases of coronavirus  in Lumpkin County  that have resulted in 12 deaths.

The DPH updates statistics daily at 3 p.m.

Lumpkin County reports first coronavirus death

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Departmnet of Public Health (DPH) reported the first coronavirus death in Lumpkin County today (Apr. 27). The patient was a 58-year-old male with underlying causes. State officials did not release any additional information.

Lumpkin County Emergency Services Director David Wimpy said he had not received that information yet. However, Lumpkin County Public Health Office Manager Linda Truelove said she did receive confirmation.

Tornado warning for Lumpkin County

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Tornado Warning
Tornado Warning issued April 13 at 1:07AM EDT until April 13 at 1:30AM EDT by NWS Peachtree City GA
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Tornado Warning for…
Lumpkin County

Southern Gilmer County in north central Georgia…
Northwestern Dawson County in north central Georgia…
East central Gordon County in northwestern Georgia…
Northern Pickens County in north central Georgia…

* Until 130 AM EDT.

* At 107 AM EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado
was located over Ranger, or 13 miles east of Calhoun, moving east
at 60 mph.

HAZARD…Tornado.

SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.

IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree
damage is likely.

* Locations impacted include…
Jasper, Ellijay, East Ellijay, Talking Rock, Fairmount, Ranger,
Sequoyah Lake, Talona, Fausett Lake, Cartecay, Blaine, Oakman, Roy,
Hinton and Roundtop.
TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a
mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter
and protect yourself from flying debris.

If you see wind damage…hail or flooding…wait until the storm has
passed…and then call the National Weather Service toll free
at 1 8 6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6 or tweet us your report at NWSATLANTA.

Counties request governor to close state parks in their counties

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Chris Dockery is one of a dozen North Georgia county commission chairmen who signed a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp requesting that all state parks in their counties be closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The letter reads, “As County Commissioners in North Georgia, we are writing to request that you issue an Executive Order closing down all of the state parks located in our area for the duration of the Statewide Shelter in Place Order.”

Chris Dockery

Many of the counties they represent had already issued their own emergency orders but the Governor’s Shelter-in-Place Order issued April 2 supersedes those and prohibites them from enacting stricter laws. Dockery called that “very unfortunate” and added that he is concerned about increased traffic in the area.

The letter further states, “A significant portion of this increased traffic is coming from COVID-19 hot spots such as Atlanta or from areas outside our state. During normal times, we are very thankful for the many Georgians and other tourists who visit and explore our area and frequent our state parks. As public awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased, there has been a recent surge in visitors to our area. It appears that these nonresidents believe our area is a safe haven because of its rural nature. To the contrary, the influx of people into our communities has had a staggering detrimental effect on our resources. Our communities simply do not have enough hospital beds or medical personnel to care for the inflated population. Similarly, there is not enough food, dry goods, fuel and other supplies to adequately provide for the numbers we are experiencing.

“Many County Commissioners in our area are actively discouraging any and all nonresidents from visiting our area until the pandemic has resolved itself. The United States Forest Service has taken steps to discourage the influx of people by closing down all of its “sited” campgrounds, but the continued operation of the state parks is stressing our community’s resources in a substantial manner.

“On behalf of the many citizens that live in North Georgia who entrust us as County Commissioners to represent their interests, we respectfully ask you to close all of the state parks located in our area immediately.”

The letter is signed by the county commission chairmen from Franklin, Habersham, Towns, Rabun, White, Gilmer, Dade, Lumpkin, Fannin, Stephens, Union and Banks counties.

Fetch Your News is a hyper local news outlet that covers Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns and Murray counties as well as Cherokee County in N.C. FYN attracts 300,000+ page views per month, 3.5 million impressions per month and approximately 15,000 viewers per week on FYNTV.com and up to 60,000 Facebook page reach. If you would like to follow up-to-date local events in any of those counties, please visit us at FetchYourNews.com

 

 

 

 

Lumpkin County reports first case of coronavirus

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported at 7p.m. today (March. 21) that Lumpkin County has its first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

DPH updates its list of confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus at noon and 7 p.m. each day. Today’s 7p.m. update shows the number of confirmed cases in Georgia climbed from 555. The state’s death toll has now reached 20 Health Department officials expect the number of cases will increase dramatically as more people are tested.

Nearby Hall County has had nine confirmed cases and Dawon County has one.

 

 

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BOC issues statement on COVID-19

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Coronavirus Press Release

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners released this statement on the Coronavirus situation Wednesday (April 11)

Community and Employee Services Director Alicia Davis released the following press release Wednesday (April 11).

There are no known cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in our 13-county health district. Lumpkin County is communicating daily with our state and community partners. We have emergency procedures in place and our leadership is prepared to pro-actively address the issues related to this unique virus.

Additionally, our Emergency Services department is prepared to respond appropriately to emergency calls, should the need arise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus are the official sources of information for mitigating your risk.

Should new developments occur we will post information on the County’s Facebook page and our website www.lumpkincounty.gov.

UPDATE candidate qualifying Day 4

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. The following is a list of candidates who have qualified to run for political offices at the county, state and federal levels through Thursday:

COUNTY RACES
Sheriff — Stacy Jarrard (I), Jack Jones
County Commission Chairman — Chris Dockery (I)
District 1 — County Commissioner David Miller (I)
District 2 — Commissioner Bobby Mayfield (I)
District 1 — Board of Education Mera Turner (I), Ryan Scott
District 3 — Board of Education JimMcClure (I)
Clerk of Superior Court Rita Harkins (I)
Coroner — Jim Sheppard (I)
Tax Commissioner – Mike Young
Non-Partisan
Probate Judge Michael Chastain (I)
Chief Magistrate Judge Randall Pruitt (I)

STATE RACES
REPUBLICAN

District 9 State Rep. — Clint Smith, Will Wade, Steven Leibel, Zack Tumlin, Doug Sherrill, Tyler Tolin

DEMOCRAT

Sharon Ravert

FEDERAL RACES
Republican

Ninth District U.S. Congress –Michael Boggus, Andrew Clyde, Matt Gurtler, Maria Strickland, Kevin Tanner, Ethan Underwood, John Wilkinson
Qualifying will continue through March 6 at noon. Continue to read fetchyournews.com for daily updates until qualifying ends.

Democrat Devin Pandy, Dan Wilson

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Lumpkin County candidate qualifying: Day 2

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Commission Chairman Chris Dockery qualifies for re-election Monday

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. The following is a list of candidates who have qualified to run for political offices at the county, state and federal levels through Tuesday:

COUNTY RACES

Sheriff — Stacy Jarrard (I)

County Commission Chairman — Chris Dockery (I)

District 1 — County Commissioner David Miller (I)

District 2 — Commissioner Bobby Mayfield (I)

District 1 — Board of Education Mera Turner (I), Ryan Scott

District 3 — Board of Education JimMcClure (I)

Clerk of Superior Court Rita Harkins (I)

Coroner — Jim Sheppard (I)

Tax Commissioner – Mike Young

Non-Partisan

Probate Judge Michael Chastain (I)

Chief Magistrate Judge Randall Pruitt (I)

 

STATE RACES

District 9 State Rep. — Clint Smith, Will Wade, Steven Leibel, Zack Tumlin

FEDERAL RACES

Ninth District U.S. Congress –Michael Boggus, Andrew Clyde, Matt Gurtler, Maria Strickland, Kevin Tanner, Ethan Underwood.

Qualifying will continue through March 6 at noon. Continue to read fetchyournews.com for daily updates until qualifying ends.

 

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Flash Flood Watch in effect for Lumpkin County

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The National Weather Service at Peachtree City has issued a flash flood watch until 1 p.m. today (Thurs., Feb.13)for the following counties: Dawson-Lumpkin-White-Dade-Walker-Catoosa-Whitfield-Murray-Fannin-Gilmer-Union-Towns-Chattooga-Gordon-Pickens-Dawson-Lumpkin-White-Floyd-Bartow-Cherokee-Polk-including the cities of Calhoun, Dahlonega, Cleveland, Rome, and Cartersville. The Flash Flood Watch continues for portions of north central Georgia…northeast Georgia and northwest Georgia…including the following areas…in north central Georgia…Cherokee…Dawson…Fannin…Gilmer… Lumpkin…Pickens and Union. In northeast Georgia…Towns and  White. In northwest Georgia…Bartow…Catoosa…Chattooga… Dade…Floyd…Gordon…Murray..Polk…Walker and Whitfield.

 

* A cold front will move southeast across the forecast area today.  This front will bring another round of locally heavy rainfall to   much of north Georgia. Rainfall amounts of one to two inches  will be possible, with locally higher amounts possible. Soils   remain saturated and several rivers, creeks and streams remain   near or in flood, so any additional rainfall will only create  run off and exacerbate ongoing flooding conditions.

 

* Flash flooding and minor to moderate flooding of larger creek  and rivers is expected. This will close some roads and could  flood homes and businesses in flood-prone areas. Along larger  creeks and rivers, flooding could last for several days.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Motorists stranded in the midst of winter storm

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Dahlonega, Ga. – Many motorists are finding themselves stranded as winter weather sweeps across our area.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard has been keeping citizens up-to-date via Facebook on the happenings in the county.

“Please be advised that the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office is experiencing a HIGH volume of calls for accidents,” Jarrard stated in an earlier announcement. “I have checked the roads this morning and they are slick. Please stay off the roadways unless it is an emergency.”

Jarrard went on to say that the Lumpkin County Roads Department and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) can more effectively and efficiently treat roadways when they are clear of other motorists.

Despite the warnings to stay off roads, motorists ventured out and many have now become stranded as some roadways are now impassable.

Among the roads that have been marked impassable are Cavender Creek Rd,Town Creek Church Rd, Calhoun Rd, Crown Mtn Dr, Morrison Moore Pkwy (east and west), N. Grove St, Auraria Rd, Burnt Stand, S. Chestatee, Hwy 52 W, Red Oak Flats, Hwy 400.

Travel has become treacherous not only from ice/snow but also due to the numerous vehicles that have been abandoned.

Lumpkin County Government released the following statement:

“County crews are out treating bridges and known problem areas. Throughout the day we will continue treating, but unnecessary travel is not recommended. Additionally, it does not appear that there will be an opportunity for the roads to clear overnight so black ice is a strong possibility. We will continue to keep you informed of conditions, but be careful!”

All Lumpkin County Emergency Personnel are still  urging residents to stay off roadways unless absolutely necessary to get out. Please call 911 for all life threatening emergencies and for all others needing assistance please call the county’s non-emergency number at 706-864-3633.

FYN will continue to bring you weather updates throughout the day.

 

Featured Image : Georgia State Senator Steve Gooch directs traffic along Hwy 19 where many motorists had to abandon their vehicles.

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Tornado watch in effect until 9 p.m.

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The National Weather Service at Peachtree Corners has issued a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m. for much of north Georgia and the metro Atlanta area, including the counties of Dawson; Lumpkin; White; Bartow; Carroll; Catoosa; Chattahoochee; Chattooga; Cherokee; Clayton; Cobb; Coweta; Dade; Dawson; DeKalb; Douglas; Fannin; Fayette; Floyd; Forsyth; Fulton; Gilmer; Gordon; Gwinnett; Hall; Haralson; Harris; Heard; Lumpkin; Marion; Meriwether; Murray; Muscogee; Paulding; Pickens; Polk; Stewart; Talbot; Towns; Troup; Union; Walker; Webster; White; Whitfield

UPDATE: Lumpkin County officer involved shooting

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard released a tearful statement this afternoon on today’s (Nov. 20) officer involved shooting on the Sheriff’s Office facebook page.

“I am familiar with a lot of people involved in this situation,” he said. “The officer, I have known all my life. The other people involved I am well familiar with that family. My prayers go out for all involved. I would ask that everybody remember them in prayer. I will release more as I can.”

Men’s basketball comes up short in Gainesville

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The atmosphere was electric for the basketball season opener at Chestatee High School on Tuesday night. Unfortunately that spark fizzled out for the Lumpkin County Men’s basketball team, who found themselves playing catch up to the War Eagles in the fourth period.

The War Eagles ultimately edged past the Indians 74-68, with Brenton Nicholson sinking eight three point shots throughout the game. Two of those were early in the fourth period to give the War Eagles a lead they refused to relinquish.

Lumpkin County’s Pat Jackson led the way in points for the Indians with twenty overall, as well as five assists. Peyton Polk and Jacob Cumbie contributed seventeen points each, and Gus Faulkner put up eleven.

The Men’s basketball team will be on the road again Friday night against rival White County. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.

Check out pictures from the game here on TeamFYNSports Facebook page!

Lady Indians win season opener; Dowse earns 200th career win

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The Lumpkin County Lady Indians basketball team celebrated for an extra reason on Tuesday night. Their 51-45 victory over Chestatee started their season with a win and earned head coach David Dowse his 200th career win.

The team stood together afterwards to take a picture with Dowse holding a special wooden sign in the shape of 200.

Mary Mullinax moves the ball up the court for Lumpkin.

Dowse was pleased with the effort the team put in the game, saying “To be a young group early in the season, I thought we competed extremely hard. And we made some really big plays to come out victorious.”

The 2019-2020 Lady Indians are a team of nine with six of those nine playing their first season as freshmen. One of those freshmen is Mary Mullinax, who contributed 18 points to the Lady Indians overall score. Junior Isabel Davenport put up the most overall at 19.

The Lady Indians went ahead early on and stayed in front of Chestatee for most of the game. But the lead was only by a few points. That gave the Lady War Eagles a chance to slip ahead, and they did just that late in the third period with a three point shot by Maggie McNair.

Lumpkin County was quick to come back with four points from Lexi Pierce and Mullinax, then extended that lead with back to back three point shots by Davenport and Mullinax.

Isabel Davenport added the most points for the Lady Indians with 19 overall.

Lumpkin County is on the road again Friday night against White County, and Dowse said between now and then the teams’ focus will be on mental toughness.

“It’s the mental piece. Sometimes I feel like we give into fatigue and we use fatigue as an excuse for perhaps not executing on the offensive end as well as we’re capable, or if we’re not communicating as well as we’re capable of on the defensive end…those are little things that I think we can learn and grow toward.”

Check out pictures of the game here on TeamFYNSports Facebook page!

TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week- Tucker Kirk, No. 7

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Congratulations to QB1 of the Lumpkin County Indians- Tucker Kirk! He is the Player of the Week for the last game of the 2019 season!

Tucker completed passes to gain yards all throughout the game against East Hall. Many of these passes were also for first downs. He proved his ability to run the ball as well with carries to gain yards.

Tucker was also responsible for several of the scores during the game with one passing touchdown and two rushing. After the scores he completed passes for two point conversions.

Congratulations again to Tucker!

Tucker

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