thedahloneganugget.com $1.00 August 11, 2021 Volume 134, No. 47 Dahlonega, Georgia 8 4 25 September 29, 021 9 “The Gold of the News” Subscribe today by calling 706-864-3613. 52 weeks: $33 local, $43 out of county, $53 out of state. | thedahloneganugget.com Subscribers get the same great content online in the E-edition. Log on using the username and password on your mailing label. ONLINE LETTER WRITER: Please consider stability and safety in local zoning cases u Page 5A OUR VIEW: An early Election Day is on the way u Page 4A New clinic building on solid footing Candidates face o for Commissioner seat By Jake Cantrell The Nugget The race to ll Lumpkin Coun- ty’s District 1 seat in the Board of Commissioners is underway with early voting to start next month. The special election is set for November 2, and voters will be able to cast an early ballot begi n- ning on October 12, to determine who will take over the seat, which was left vacant after the passing of Dr. David Miller in May. The seat’s two candidates, Tucker Greene and Mitchell Rid- ley, recently took the time to an- swer a series of questions from The Nugget ranging from the current state of the county to the future of recycling to how to best regulate Land Use for the future of Lumpkin County. This is part of The N ugget’s series of Q&As designed to help readers get to know the candi- dates running for local of ces of See Candidates, 12A ELECTION 2021 By Matt Aiken The Nugget The dream of a new Community Help- ing Place clinic is slowly and surely be- coming groundbreaking reality on Rock House Road. “Just one year ago, Community Help- ing Place embarked on an ambitious journey,” stated CHP Director M elis- sa Line. “ After months and mon ths of searching for a new location that would See New clinic, 6A Joe Dickman gets to work on the future site of Community Helping Place’s new Anne Green Free Clinic. By Jake Cantrell & Jennifer Ramsay The Nugget After a month of consideration between an August public hearing and last Tuesday’s special called meeting, the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners voted against the proposed gun range off Porter Springs Road in a meeting that spanned around ve minutes. “As the commissioner represent- ing District 4, the area in which the application property is located, I would like to make a motion along with my reasoning,” Commissioner Jeff Moran told the board during the meeting. “...I cannot, in good con- science, vote in any way other than against this application. Therefore I make a motion to disapprove the proposed land use application.” The motion was quickly second- ed by Commissioner Bobby May- eld and voted on by the board with a 3-0 result. Once the proposal was denied, much of the packed meeting room burst into applause. However the decision still seemed to leave some in the community divided. Brian Hill, owner of The Com- plete Combatant self defense school, said he was shocked when he heard the decision to deny his Special Land Use Application. “We did everything they asked,” Hill told The Nugget. “...We had a pr esentation, we sent them packets of information of everything we’d done. We’ve been in contact with See Gun range, 3A INSIDE Owners frustrated with decision u Gun range proposal shot down ROLLING OUT Downtown hotel plan nixed by committee By Jennifer Ramsay The Nugget It appears there is no hotel immediately on the horizon for the long vacant old city school yard property at the North Park Street lot. The members of the Dahlonega Down- town Development Authority recently recom- mended that the City Council reject a closely watched proposal that could have paved the way for a new Hampton or Marriott hotel downtown. The proposal, which came from River- mont Hospitality, was an item of discussion at the DDA’s August meeting, where they heard further details about the development plans. At the September 20 work session, the of - cial recommendation was given to the council to reject the proposal. “[The DDA Board] concluded another ho- tel is welcome in town or even downtown, but do not view this site as appropriate for the Rivermont proposal,” read the DDA’s state- ment. Instead, there was a recommendation to hire a quali ed consultant “to perform cost/ bene t or other form of nancial feasibility analysis as part of coming to a decision about the site.” That part of the recommendation came from City Manager Bill Schmid, rather than the DDA bo ard as a whole, as was exp lained at the council meeting. “I thought that was a good list of criteria See Downtown, 7A ART IN THE PARK Chestat ee Artists present art fair Octob er 2 u Page 6A SIX GAP RIDE RETURNS TO TOWN With the sharp, 8 a.m. sound of a starter pistol, the riders of the 33rd Annual Six Gap Ride rolled out from Lumpkin County High School to begin their 104-mile journey through the nearby mountains of north Georgia. In all, 1,991 riders from all over the world registered to take part in the event, riding in either the Six Gap Century, ree Gap Fifty or the Valley Ride. Photo by Jake Cantrell/ The Nugget Submitted to The Nugget