Winter Weather Advisory in effect in Lumpkin, White until Thursday morning

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ATLANTA — A Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service will remain in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 17) until 7 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 18).
* WHAT…Freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations up to a tenth of an inch.
* WHERE…Fannin, Union, Towns, Lumpkin and White Counties.
* WHEN…From 7 PM this evening to 7 AM EST Thursday.
* IMPACTS…Very slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges are possible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

Lumpkin Co. sweeps White Co. Region 7-3A championship

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The Lumpkin Co. swept the White Co. Warriors 3-0 to win the Region 7-3A championship. Both teams will host playoff games in the 3A state tournament.

Shortly before the match began, White Co. senior Dasha Cannon injured her left leg and was unable to play in the championship.

Despite losing a starter, the Warriors fought hard. The first set had a few huge momentum swings as both teams were able to get leads of at least three. However, with the set tied at 21, the Indians took over and scored the final four points to win the first set 25-21.

Junior Addie Rucker serving the ball.

The momentum from the first set carried over for the Indians as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead. White Co. responded by fighting back to tie the set at 11. Despite losing their lead, Lumpkin Co. continued to play hard and slowly pulled away from the Warriors. Leading 21-18, the Indians again scored the final four points of the set to win 25-18 and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

With their backs against the wall, White Co. gave it everything they had. They started out hot as they took a 12-6 and seemed to take the momentum from Lumpkin Co. This time, it was the Indians that fought back and tied the set at 14. The set remained competitive, until Lumpkin Co. was able to take a 21-20 lead. For the third set in a row, the Indians scored the final four points of the set to win it 25-20 and win the region championship.

Lumpkin Co. advances to Region 7-3A semifinals

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The Lumpkin Co. Indians defeated the Gilmer Bobcats and the White Co. Warriors to advance to the Region 7-3A semifinals. The Indians won both matches 2-0 in the tournament that was hosted at White Co. high school.

Junior Addie Rucker spiking the ball against Gilmer high school.

The 5th seed Indians played the 4th seed Bobcats in the first round of the region tournament. The first set started off with the teams trading scores. Neither team gained any separation on the scoreboard until Lumpkin Co. used a 7-0 run to take a 15-7 lead. The remainder of the set remained close at Lumpkin won 25-20. The second set went similarly to the first. It started off close with Lumpkin gaining an 8-7 advantage before the Indians won 17 of the final 22 volleys to win the set 25-12 and the match 2-0.

Senior Isabel Davenport serving against White Co.

After advancing to the next round, the Indians faced off against the top-seeded White Co. Warriors. The entire match had an intense playoff atmosphere as both teams scored back and forth. A 5-0 run by the Indians helped give them an 18-12 lead that they held onto to win the set 25-20. The second set was even more tightly contested than the first. A 5-0 run halfway through the set gave Lumpkin Co. an 11-5 lead. However, the Warriors fought hard and clawed their way back to make it a 21-20 game in favor of the Indians. After excellent volleys by both teams, Lumpkin Co. held on to win the set 25-23 and the match 2-0.

With the win, the Indians advanced to the Region 7-3A semifinals, where they will face Cherokee Bluff at 4 p.m. tomorrow at White Co. high school.

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.

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.

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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

Sports talk Thursday with Lauren Hunter- Thank a coach!

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Over the last week and a half BKP and I have been going from school to school interviewing head football coaches for our North Georgia Coaching Series. Now if any of y’all know BKP, you’ll know what I mean when I say that he’s been doing most of the talking and I’ve been doing most of the observing. But this doesn’t bother me, it gives me a chance to learn more about the programs I’ll be spending a lot of time with this fall.

With that being said, there’s one thing in particular I’ve been noticing in our interviews, and that’s how much these coaches truly care about their players and their programs.

Now me saying that might make some of y’all think, “Well, duh. That’s what they’re supposed to do.” Well, maybe. But I like to think I’m pretty good at picking up when someone is just putting on an act for appearances. And I can say with all sincerity that none of these coaches are doing that.

Obviously when BKP and I go into these interviews, he asks questions about what the teams have been doing during the summer and how they’re planning to prepare for the regular season. But he also asks the coaches if they can highlight a few players that have really stood out. This point in the interview, I believe, is where a coach who didn’t care would possibly just say a couple names and move on.

But these coaches not only name the players, they tell us about why they stand out. And it’s a sign of the hard work of these athletes, but there’s also a sense of pride from these coaches as they name them. A couple of coaches have mentioned that it’s hard to name just a few, because all of their players have worked hard. And it’s not that the rest of the team doesn’t matter or that they don’t care about them, but the ones that they mention they do so without hesitation because they’ve been there with them through the summer truly coaching them. There’s no so-so about the commitment these coaches make- they’re all in.

Another thing that has amazed me about these coaches, not just in the interviews but learning about them off the field, is how much they care about their community as well. A couple of them, such as Chad Cheatham at Fannin County and Chad McClure at Hayesville, are natives to their communities. It’s home to them, and they’re not going to be just halfway in their commitments to their programs.

When Coach Caleb Sorrells of the Lumpkin County Indians was first named as head coach, the school hosted a meet and greet for him. It was one of the first stories I covered in this position.

In his address to the parents, Sorrells promised to not only invest in the team as players and athletes, but as men who would one day be employees and fathers. I remember being caught off guard at first because I was expecting him to talk about plans for the future of the program, the summer schedule and what not. He did talk about these things, but I believe by telling the parents that he was going to invest in the players as men showed that it was going to be a priority.

Although I know more about the commitment that Sorrells has made because I’m positioned in Lumpkin County, he’s not the only one in the area who gets involved in the community and works to build up the athletes’ character.

Tim Cokely with the White County Warriors has an entire wall of his office decorated with signs of good character qualities to instill in the team. Chad Cheatham, who I mentioned earlier, referees basketball in the football off-season just because, and the community loves him for it. I’m sure that many of the other coaches in the area do similar things and I just don’t know about it yet.

These are commitments that we see played out by coaches in movies and don’t always think to look for in real life. And because I grew up in Gwinnett County, population one million, if there was this sort of commitment by coaches I didn’t always see it because there were so many people. I love living up here in North Georgia in a smaller community where an act of kindness, especially where sports are concerned, rarely goes unnoticed.

We think about football as a sport that instills a since of discipline, but why is that? Because there’s a coach that sets that standard and inspires the team to do the same. As a community we love football and we love our team, and we can thank a coach for that.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Habersham County, GA

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Rep. Doug Collins meets with farmers, visits farms

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) met with members of the White County Farm Bureau Thursday to discuss challenges facing the local agriculture industry and provide an update on key issues in Washington. During the meeting, Collins answered questions on a variety of issues ranging from compliance to immigration.

“Our farmers here in White County and throughout Northeast Georgia are working day and night to put food on our tables, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to hear from them directly on the issues facing the agriculture industry,” said Collins. “As part of a family farm, I understand the challenges our farming communities are dealing with, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf as Congress works to support American farmers.”

While in Cleveland, Collins toured London Farms, Seabolt Farms, and Nix Farms, where he cut silage, shucked corn, and visited a sheep farm.

“The farms we visited this week have been family-owned and operated for generations, and it’s incredible to see firsthand the heart and soul these Georgia farmers pour into their products,” said Collins.

 

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Positive Rabies Alert in White County

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White County Public Safety released a statement advising that several dogs had come in contact with a rabid skunk in the Bill Presley Road area. The skunk was examined by the Georgia Public Health Lab – Virology Section in Decatur, and White County Environmental Health was advised on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 that it tested positive for rabies. This is the seventh confirmed case of rabies in White County in 2018.

Officials will post positive alert signs in the area where the skunk was located. Anyone who has concerns of rabid animal exposure is instructed to contact White County Environmental Health at, 706-348-7698, and animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies.

 

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Nita Cagle speaks about life on the campaign trail

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Georgia’s current Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle continues to make his way across the state in his bid to become Georgia’s next governor. Recently, Cagle made stops through north Georgia as part of his campaign on a two-week venture dubbed the “Cagle Country Bus Tour.”

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Nita Cagle speaks to a group of youths in Blairsville, Georgia.

While supporters and undecided voters alike packed venues to hear the candidate speak in their hometown, many were surprised to see another Cagle family member emerge from the bus to give her take on why Casey Cagle, her husband, should be Georgia’s next governor.

Nita Cagle has been by Casey’s side for 32 years. In those 32 years, the Cagles have raised three sons and are currently enjoying the addition of three grandchildren to the family, but raising a family and having a life in politics has not always been easy.

Cagle holds the title of Second Lady of the State of Georgia, but she said what she is most proud of is her title as wife, mother and now grandmother of the Cagle household.

“I’m the inaugural member of team Cagle,” Georgia’s Second Lady joked as she spoke of the family’s early years in politics.

Casey Cagle first ran for Georgia Senate District 49 in 1994. At that time, both of the Cagles were in their late 20s and just beginning a family.

“Casey had helped a friend run a campaign,” Cagle spoke of how their life in public service began. “Over the next couple of years, I saw the spark start.”

Cagle admits that when she first noticed Casey was showing interest in this field, that she was “a little hesitant” to jump on board but says that her faith changed her attitude.

“I had many nights, many talks, and eventually a calmness just came over me, and I was okay with it. So when he came to me and said this is something that is on my heart, I already knew,” Cagle spoke candidly of her acceptance to stand by Casey as he joined the political arena.

When asked if she felt she had known of Casey’s intentions before he spoke openly of them, Cagle laughed and said, “Actually, he probably already knew. It was just ‘How am I going to tell Nita?'”

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Nita Cagle rallies the crowd for her husband at Glenda’s in Cleveland, Georgia.

This career move was not always smooth as Cagle had to adapt to managing her time: “The boys were young. You’re divided because you want to be with them both, be a mom and be a wife.”

Ultimately,, through family discussions, Cagle decided that she would become a strong foundation for her family at home.

“You only get one time at it,” Cagle explained of the decision and the importance of having an active role in a child’s life. “You don’t get a do-over.”

This decision did pose obstacles for the Cagles to overcome as the now Lt. Governor was often called away for his job and for campaigns, but Cagle explained these obstacles are no different than what many families face: “Whether it’s politics, any job is going to put stress. No marriage is going to be without stress.”

Cagle explained that she has been blessed in that despite the calling of Casey’s career, he has always put his family first: “He’s a homebody, and if it is humanly possible to come home, he is coming home.”

With their children grown, Cagle said being on the campaign trail this time has a much different feel: “It absolutely was harder as they were younger. It got a lot easier as they got older. I’m really energized. I’m really enjoying it.”

Having grown children poses a set of new and exciting challenges when it comes to time management, as Cagle announced that their youngest son recently proposed to his girlfriend and would like to wed in the fall shortly before the November General Election.

This announcement did not slow Cagle down as she smiled and enthusiastically explained, “What better thing to do in the middle of all this craziness, than to shut it all down and to celebrate family, remember why we do it to start with, and welcome a new daughter-in-law into our family.”

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Casey Cagle takes time to boast on his wife Nita via social media.

Cagle added that having been in a house of men for so long, and with her two older sons already married she is excited for the wedding and glad that the male to female ratio is evening out.

With the prospect of becoming Georgia’s First Lady, Cagle has given a lot of time to her platform and her mission if given this duty: “I have several things that I have thought about, and I may or may not narrow down.”

Having obtained a degree and having a background in early childhood education, Cagle taught preschool for a number of years.

“I specifically love the preschool age,” Cagle smiled as she discussed one of her goals if given the title of First Lady of Georgia.

Cagle would like to see preschool education expanded and offered throughout Georgia. She cited the importance of teaching children at a young age and how this early nurturing can carry over throughout their life.

Knowing that not every child is able to receive this kind of early start at home, Cagle would like to see this program offered in more areas, stating that the work put into a child at an early age will benefit society for generations to come.

Cagle would also like to put a focus on small businesses throughout Georgia. She and husband Casey got their start by establishing a small business, so she knows first-hand the struggles that entrepreneurs face.

“I would like to champion them, and spotlight them,” Cagle said, explaining her passion for this area. She noted that small businesses make up a large portion of the Georgia economy, and she would like to see “mom and pop shops” continue to set up and succeed in our state.

Finally, Cagle discussed an issue that has come up time and time again on the campaign trail and that is of the opioid epidemic that is not just facing the state of Georgia but affecting countless families nationwide.

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Nita Cagle is all smiles as she introduces her husband Casey Cagle to the crowd gathered in Habersham County.

From speaking with residents in Georgia, Cagle is left with one strong impression when it comes to the opioid epidemic: “It’s everywhere. It does not discriminate. We hear the same story over and over. It’s repeated everywhere.”

While Cagle admits that she is by no means an expert when it comes to this crisis, she says that she cannot deny the need to address the issue and “get the conversation going.” She stated that by hearing the heartbreaking stories from families affected by opioid addiction she understands the depth of the problem and that it will not be an easy one to combat.

Being a multifaceted issue with a number of areas that need to be addressed, Cagle said, “If we are blessed enough to be elected, the platform is going to put me in a position to do good and open doors for the people that know about it.”

Cagle would like to increase awareness of the opioid epidemic and at least on one front open the doors for mentoring programs where families struggling with this issue can speak with former addicts on how to help loved ones.

Cagle also acknowledged the successes being seen through Georgia’s Drug Courts and would like to study the impacts of possibly expanding these programs.

Nita Cagle beams a confidence and sincerity in all that she speaks of, but perhaps her biggest conviction is in that of her husband’s ability to make a great governor of Georgia.

“The best way to know the kind of leader or character a person is going to have is to look into the home, and that is what I bring to the table,” Cagle stated, smiling at her husband. “I’ve been married to a man that is consistent every single day.”

She spoke of his competitive drive and his ability to connect with people but said he is also a fair man and one she is proud to have spent the last 32 years by his side.

Cagle’s birthday is May 23, just one day after the General Primary, and she stated this year she doesn’t want any gifts from her husband but instead, “I just want a good clean win on the 22nd with no run-off.”

“He says it’s mathematically virtually impossible,” Cagle said, explaining her husband’s response to her wish, but she then added with her contagious smile, “I have seen him do the impossible before.”

 

 

 

 

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Lumpkin County Indians defeated by longtime rivals White County

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It was the fiftieth time the Lumpkin County Indians and the White County Warriors have met up on the gridiron. In what has developed over time as a big rivalry game for the two schools, the Warriors jumped ahead with an early lead and ultimately won 49-6.

The Indians were the first to receive, and a fumble on second down turned possession over to the Warriors on the Indians 41 yard line. In a matter of three plays the Warriors had carried for a first down and a touchdown to take an early lead 7-0.

The Indians offense couldn’t get anything past the Warriors defense during their next possession and were forced to punt. The Warriors took over at their 44 yard line, and a combination of passing and rushing game scored the Warriors their second touchdown of the night. The Warriors led 14-0 with plenty of playing time still in the first quarter.

Lumpkin County again struggled to move the ball past the Warriors defense. With no gain of yardage the Indians were again forced to punt from their 18 yard line. White County took over and carried in for another touchdown to extend their lead 21-0.

Quarterback Tucker Kirk completed several passes for gain of yardage during the game. He also filled in as the punter for the Indians.

The Indians took over at their 20 yard line, and this time were able to gain some yardage with a completed pass from quarterback Tucker Kirk to Roy Bennett. Kirk carried for a gain of 5 yards on second down, followed by a carry by Drew Allison for the Indians first down. Kirk threw a pass to Allison for another first down, and BoJack Dowdy carried the ball for a gain of one yard. Unfortunately the Indians couldn’t make it any further into Warrior territory, and punted on fourth down from the Warriors 49 yard line.

The Warriors ended the first quarter on a high note- a huge 45 yard pass from quarterback J.Ben Haynes. The Warriors would ultimately score again on that drive and put another seven points on the board for a 28-0 lead.

Lumpkin County took over on their 35 yard line and drove for a few yards before being forced to punt again on fourth down. The Indians defense came to life to force the Warriors back for a loss of 5 yards to prevent another touchdown, and the Warriors kicked a field goal for a 31-0 lead.

Although neither team put anymore points on the board before halftime, Lumpkin County had several highlights for their offense. A big pass from Kirk to Aaron Hopkins resulted in a gain of 16 yards and a first down during the Indians next possession, and just before halftime Dowdy carried for a gain of 19 yards.

Coming out of halftime the Warriors scored again for their fifth touchdown of the night and a lead of 38-0. Lumpkin County took over at their 23 yard line, but a snap that was recovered in the endzone resulted in a safety. The Warriors were stopped in by the Indians in four plays, and Lumpkin County took over at their 35 yard line.

Although the Indians couldn’t get much movement in their next possession, a fumble by the Warriors during their next possession was recovered by Bennett. Unfortunately for the Indians, the Warriors regained possession after a snap was over the head of Kirk.

The Indians defense again fought to push back the Warriors offense from another touchdown. A great play by the Indians Jason Chamblee helped prevent the Warriors from scoring from their position at the two yard line. The Warriors went for a field goal on fourth down, and got it to make the score 43-0.

The Indians Drew Allison carried multiple times for gain of yardage.

The Indians first and only touchdown of the night came during their next possession. Kirk found Brian Cunane along the sideline for an incredible pass and gain of 12 yards. After Allison carried for a gain of four yards, Kirk completed a 16 yard pass to Cunane for the Indians touchdown. The score was still 43-6, but the Indians had a reason to celebrate as the third quarter came to a close.

The Warriors scored their final touchdown of the night during their next possession, but the extra point attempt was blocked by the Indians J.T. Thomas. The Warriors led 49-6 early in the fourth quarter, and neither team scored the remainder of the game.

The Indians are 0-2 on the season, but with plenty of football left to play. They will travel to Jackson County to take on the Black Panthers next Friday night. The Warriors are 1-0 as this game was their season opener. They will travel to face Habersham Central next Friday.

 

Lumpkin baseball finishes summer league season strong with win

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The Lumpkin County Indians baseball team closed their summer league season with an 8-5 win over White County at home yesterday.

This game was a bounce-back for the Indians, who lost 6-0 the day before in a home game against the Chestatee War Eagles.

Lumpkin County broke out with a four run lead in the bottom of the first. A single by Andrew Segars and Caleb Childs each along with a triple by Harris Taylor assured the Indians a comfortable lead early on.

The Lumpkin County Indians finished out their summer league season with an 8-5 victory over the White County Warriors on Thursday.

Dalton Caldwell started on the hill for the Indians, and closed out two innings before the Warriors got two runs on the board in the top of the third.

Those two runs were from a deep drive out to center field by Warrior Kyler Mayo, earning him two RBIs and the first runs of the day for White County.

Lumpkin got the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, thanks to another single by Segars and a double by Nick Turner. From there it was a matter of getting runners across the plate, and singles from Harris Taylor and Caleb Childs brought the score up to 8-2.

The White County Warriors fell to the Indians 8-5 on Thursday at Indian Park.

White County brought in three more runs in the top of the sixth, but in the end the Indians triumphed to finish out the summer.

“Today was a big confidence builder for these guys,” said Head Coach Jonathan Gastley. “We gotta just keep working and doing the little things that we’re doing.”

 

 

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