Dahlonega celebrates Christmas with holiday photos, performances, and proposals

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LUMPKIN, CO

Lumpkin County celebrated its annual lighting of the Downtown Square on Friday, November 23, with preformances by the local elementary schools, carriage rides, and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause.

Blackburn Elementary School Drama Club

The festivities kicked off with a performance from the Blackburn Elementary School Drama Club, featuring classic Christmas favorites sang by students and led by art teacher, Karen Harwood. Meanwhile, patrons had the opportunity to enjoy a cozy carriage ride around the historic square as well as have their photos taken with Santa.

For Dahlonega native, Chase Samples, the event was the perfect opportunity for him to propose to his girlfriend, Erika Worley. Worley told Fetch that she was completely surprised by the romantic moment, and when he got down on one knee,

Worley says ‘yes’ as Santa cheers them on

 

“Everything just went mute, and it was like no one else was there but Chase and I. It was the most perfect thing that had ever happened to me!”Samples said he was so nervous, but when he began to propose, he, “felt like it was only us two there at that moment in time.”

The Dahlonega/Lumpkin County annual Christmas ornament was also revealed during the lighting celebrations, and other limited edition Christmas ornaments were available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Community Helping Place.

 

 

 

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Preview of upcoming City Council meeting

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

The Lumpkin County officials will discuss Ordinance 2018‐16 during September’s City Council meeting.

The ordinance will be to amend Ordinance 77‐1, Chapter 32: Traffic, Article II: Stopping, Standing and Parking, Division 1: Generally, Section 32‐29: Violations. The amendment could result in a change to the Parking Violation Fee Schedule.

Preview of the work session agenda

Other discussion topics scheduled for Thursday’s meeting include: community development, Key Club Little Free Library, the Community Helping Place, Historic Preservation Commission, and tourism promotion services.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 4pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lumpkin officials hold special called meeting to discuss road improvements and maintenance

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — City and county officials met on Tuesday to discuss a potential single-county transportation special purpose local option sales tax (TSPLOST) to fund local road improvements and maintenance.

Association of County Commissioners Georgia representative, Kathleen Bowen, presented data regarding the TSPLOST to members of the City Council, Board of Commissioners, and other government officials.

Before the tax can be collected, however, it would have to be approved by voters in a March 19 referendum. If voters approve, a one percent sales tax could be collected for up to five years beginning in June 2019.

Officials decided to hold a public involvement meeting Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. to allow citizens to ask questions and offer ideas on which roads need to be repaired. The intersection at the end Oak Grove was discussed as one potential repair project.

Dahlonega Mayor, Sam Norton, explained that this would also give tourists and students at the University of North Georgia-Dahlonega the chance to “give back” to the county, because they contribute to increased sales in Lumpkin County, providing more funds available for road improvements. Norton also expressed the importance of listening to the citizens on which road projects should be added to the list.

The estimated timeline for TSPLOST referendum is as follows:

  • August-September: County and City develops project lists with public input.
  • Early September: Send letter to City of Dahlonega regarding official meeting in late September.
  • Late September: Official meeting to discuss project list.
  • October 2, and October 16: County and City vote on their list of projects.
  • November 6, and November 20: Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) approved by the Board of Commissioners.
  • December 4, and December 18: Resolution approved by the Board of Commissioners.
  • February 6, 20198: Call to paper
  • March 19, 2019: Election

 

 

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New mayor, council members take oath of office

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Judge Raymond George administers the oath of office to Dahlonega’s new Mayor Sam Norton.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Dahlonega City Council will take on a slightly different look in 2018.

Mayor Gary McCullough officially ended nearly three decades of service to the city, including three terms as mayor, during Tuesday’s council meeting. Sam Norton was sworn in to replace him. Norton served as the Post 5 councilman before stepping down to run for mayor.

Norton paid tribute to his predecessor, saying, “The city and all its accolades are a direct reflection of previous governments, which you were an important part of, and I want to thank you again for your service.”

Norton also thanked Mayor pro tem Bruce Hoffman for taking over after McCullough suffered a stroke.

“I want to thank Mayor pro tem Hoffman,” Norton said. “He was a very good mayor pro tem for the last couple of years. He got leaned on a lot more than I think he signed up for. You did a very good job and thank you for doing that.”

Helen Hardman, retired tourism professional and grant writer, is the newest addition to city council.

She took the oath of office along with incumbent councilmen Roman Gaddis and Mitchell Ridley.

Jeff Brannon was sworn in as city marshall. He has a strong background in law enforcement, having worked for sheriff’s offices in Hall, Clarke and Lumpkin counties and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

During the first meeting of 2018, council unanimously adopted a new eight-page ethics ordinance.

Council also reappointed Vivian Morse to the Lumpkin County Board of Health and Janet Tolbert to the Dahlonega Housing Authority.

 

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City/County Officials Host GMRC at Camp Merrill

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City/county officials from all across north Georgia attended the GMRC meeting at Camp Frank D. Merrill last week.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners and the City of Dahlonega hosted the monthly meeting of the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC) Thursday in the dining facility at Camp Frank D. Merrill, the US Army Ranger facility.

The GMRC serves local governments of the Georgia mountains region by improving the quality of life through economic development, community planning, information technology, and workforce development to support and enhance the region’s prosperity.

Named for the famous Ranger General of World War II in the Burma Campaign, Camp Merrill is the home of the US Army’s 5th Ranger Training Battalion, where Ranger candidates receive mountain warfare training.

Lumpkin County staff and elected officials attend GMRC meeting.

Lumpkin County Commission Chairman Chris Dockery welcomed city and county officials from all across north Georgia. County Manager Stan Kelley, a former Army Ranger, Commissioners Bob Pullen, David Miller, Rhett Stringer and Bobby Mayfield attended along with Fire Chief David Wimpy and Public Works Director Larry Reiter.

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Michael Hack briefed the audience on the rigorous training regimen ranger candidates undergo in order to accomplish their mission of providing logistical support, training, mobilization, deployment, supporting, sustaining and reconstituting forces.

Roseann Kent, director of the Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia, explained how the center provides students with a unique opportunity to discover the arts, history, music and nature of southern Appalachia through community engagement, service learning, undergraduate research and creative activities. The center is located on the Dahlonega campus across the street from Price Memorial Hall in the Historic Vickery House.

Lumpkin County Mayoral candidate Sam Norton (right) receives recognition during Small Business Week for his Picnic Cafe.

Dahlonega City Councilman Sam Norton, who is running for mayor in the Nov. 7 election, was given special recognition by Congressman Doug Collins’ office for during Small Business Week for the small business he started in Dahlonega called Picnic Café.

The GMRC also held a Workforce Development Board Meeting in the second floor conference room of the Lumpkin County Administrative Building in Dahlonega.

 

 

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13 Candidates Qualify for Dahlonega City Elections

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Dahlonega voters will have a large field of candidates to choose from in the November 7 municipal general election as 13 candidates qualified to run for 5 seats on city council.

Sam Norton, Michael Glenn Clemons and Rajpal Sagoo will compete for mayor. Current Mayor Gary McCullough, who has been dealing with health issues, announced earlier this year he will not seek another term.

In Post 1, the candidates are John Blaze Ariemma and incumbent Roman Gabriel Gaddis. Helen Fincher Hardman and Penelope Sharp will challenge for the Post 2 seat.

Lining up for the Post 3 seat are Wesley Barron, Dewey Moye and incumbent Mitchell Floyd Ridley.

Three candidates will compete in Post 5 where Sam Norton is stepping down to run for mayor. That field of candidates includes Alan Roach, Noah Steinberg and JoAnne Taylor.

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