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Mary “Frances” Ravan Rider, age 90

Mrs. Mary “Frances” Ravan Rider, age 90, of White and Lumpkin Counties, passed away on June 7, 2021. She was born in White County on November 27, 1930 to the late Jim and Nannie Ravan. Frances was most well known for her restaurant in the 60’s and 70’s, Mountain View Restaurant, located in the Turners Corner Community of Cleveland, Georgia. It is now under new ownership and is currently known as JR’s BBQ & Ribs. Her famous cooking was not confined to the walls of that building. Her home was also known by many as a place to gather for great food as well as love, compassion, support, and great life advice. She was loved and well respected by all that were fortunate enough to know her.

Tire Amnesty Day

Make a note on your calendar: Saturday, June 19, 2021, Lumpkin County will be hosting a tire amnesty day at the Transfer Station located at 490 Barlow Road. This event will run from 8AM - 4PM and is open to Lumpkin County residents. Up to eight automotive and/or light truck tires will be accepted; no commercial or off-road equipment tires will be taken. If the event is canceled due to inclement weather, the alternative date is Saturday, June 26th.
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Outdoor market gets go-ahead after rebranding

After three scheduled public hearings and months of waiting, Tommy Rainey finally has approval to go ahead with his proposed weekend market. Although after all he’s been through, he says he still doesn’t believe it. The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 to approve Rainey’s Special Land Use Application...
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Pickleball offers fun, competition for all ages

There's a new sport in town that's not so new after all. Pickleball has swept the country over the past few years and there is a thriving local scene where players young and old (and everywhere in between) compete together. "It's a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong," said...

Mr. William Junior Simmons, Age 83 Dahlonega

Mr. William Junior Simmons, age 83, of Dahlonega passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021. Junior was born in Lumpkin County on February 3, 1938 to the late Cicero and Jeanette Lowman Simmons. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Harold Southern. Junior painted cars for several years before he began working at Torrington. He loved his job and the people he worked with and retired after many years of dedicated service. Junior was a member of Yahoola Baptist Church. He was loved deeply and will be missed by his friends and family.

Mrs. Annie Lois Smith, Age 71 Cleveland

Mrs. Annie Lois Smith, age 71, of Cleveland, formerly of Dahlonega, passed away Friday, June 11, 2021. Mrs. Smith was born in Lumpkin County on November 17, 1949 to the late Elmer and Fannie Fortner Lance. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Curtis Lynn Smith and special aunt Anna Lou Truelove. Mrs. Smith was a member of Salem Baptist Church.
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No new cases in COVID report

For the first time in over a year the continuously climbing local coronavirus count has ground to a much-welcome halt in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County. “Zero” was the official total of new COVID-19 cases reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health for the week. Seven days prior to that...
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New costs collide with County budget

The first look at the proposed 2022 budget for Lumpkin County left the Board of Commissioners hoping for a favorable digest to offset a nearly 10 percent increase in the 2021 numbers. The county…

Three drown in separate incidents in North Georgia

The Memorial Day holiday was marred by tragedy on North Georgia’s waterways as three people drowned, including a three-year-old boy. The child drowned in Carter’s Lake in Murray County in the northwest part of the state. Two people drowned in Northeast Georgia. Firefighters recoverd the body of a 15-year-old boy...
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15-year-old drowns after fall in Lumpkin County

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Crews have recovered the body of a teen who drowned in a north Georgia creek on Memorial Day. According to Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Mark McKinnon, a 15-year-old boy at Dick's Creek was swimming with family when he slipped on a rock and went under. Lumpkin County Fire ultimately recovered the victim a short time later. He was turned over to the county coroner.
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Officials: 15-year-old teen drowns in Lumpkin County creek

LUMPKIN County, Ga. (CBS46) -- A fun family day ended in a tragedy after a 15-year-old drowned in a Lumpkin County creek on Memorial Day. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the teen was swimming with his family in Dick's Creek when he slipped on a rock and went under water.
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DNR: Teenager drowns in Dick's Creek in Lumpkin County

A Memorial Day outing turned deadly in Lumpkin County when a 15-year-old drowned in Dick's Creek. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said the teen was swimming with his family when he slipped on a rock and went under. Lumpkin County Fire Department crews recovered his body a short time later. DNR officials did not give a specific time when the accident occurred.
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Lumpkin County woman finds military history, mystery in her vegetable garden

Digging for a vegetable garden in her yard may have led Melissa Zelenko of Lumpkin County to a piece of history with Hall County ties. She found a dog tag belonging to Barney C. Burson, who according to a 2009 article in The Times, served in World War II as a machine gunner with the 30th Infantry Division, which occupied the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
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Nic Anderson named Lumpkin's STAR student

Nicholas Anderson never set out to become Lumpkin County High’s STAR student. In fact, he didn’t even know it existed. “When they told me I was STAR student I just kinda blew it off,” he said. “Like it was cool but I didn’t know what it meant.”. Nicholas “Nic” Anderson...
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Student builders take LEGOs to the next level

LEGOs are a toy for some. But for 10 students at Lumpkin County Middle School, LEGOs are a tool. The Lumpkin County Middle School LEGO Team won the Tennessee Valley/North Georgia Region FIRST LEGO League competition as well as the Robot Performance Award, which was presented to the team during the last week of school.
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New county manager selected

After a lengthy executive session during the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners’ May meeting, the board emerged with a new county manager. The board voted unanimously to hire Alan Ours, previously…
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Road closure in Lumpkin County

Construction in Lumpkin County will close a busy section of road north of Dahlonega. Construction of a new roundabout will close State Route 60, locally known as North Grove Street. According to a Facebook post fromt he Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office, the closure will take place at the intersection of Oak Grove Road now through August 3. Until then, a detour will be necessary. The road will reopen on August 3, however there may still be some delays as construction continues.

Georgia sheriff: Loud buzz is Brood X cicadas, not alarms

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. - If you've been hearing loud buzzes whenever you go outside, you're not alone. A Georgia sheriff says people in his county have been confusing a buzzy bug's mating call with a loud alarm. After 17 years underground the cicadas of Brood X have emerged. While there...