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Obituaries (11-13 edition)
Nov 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 845 845 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alan E. Johnson

Alan E. Johnson, 56, of Dahlonega, passed from this life on November 3, 2013 in the presence of his wife, Nicki, sister, Helen Staniewicz, and other relatives.

Alan was educated at Sequoyah High School in Doraville, Ga. and Dekalb Technical College in Clarkston, Ga. His primary focus was automobile repair and soon after he finished his Dekalb Tech program he became an ASE certified technician. When he was in his early twenties, Alan took a job on the staff of The Mountain Camp and Conference Center near Highlands, N.C. where he primarily did vehicle repair work for them. It was here he first met his wife-to-be, Nicki Rhodes. He subsequently had several auto repair jobs.

Deciding that he preferred a more rural atmosphere to the city he purchased 12 acres on a hilltop near Dahlonega and moved there from Atlanta. He got re-acquainted with Nicki and in 1998 they were married. Alan’s home in Dahlonega became their home and they commuted to work at Nantahala Tire and Car Care in Highlands, where Nicki was the owner and Alan was the chief technician. They continued this arrangement for many years until health issues eventually caught up with Alan.

Alan is survived by his wife, Nicki; his parents, Jean and Roger Johnson; his sisters, Helen (Gregory) Staniewicz and Eleanor (Ed Knights) Johnson; his nieces, Ashley (Andrew) Estes and Natalie Staniewicz, nephew, Nick Staniewicz; step-daughters Julie Sherburn and Danielle (Robert) Heart; step-son Keil (Stacey) Rhodes; and his step grandchildren Shawn and Dakota.

A memorial service will be held at The Mountain Camp and Conference Center (Unitarian Universalist) near Highlands, N.C. at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

Donations in Alan’s memory may be made to The Mountain (, The Humane Society of the U.S.( or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cumming, Ga.

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Lady Indians ranked fifth in Class AAA
by Greg Finan, Jr.
Mar 18, 2015 | 15 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Celeste Norton dribbles around a defender in the Lady Indians' 3-1 victory over White County on Wednesday, March 11. Lumpkin remains undefeated and moved up to fifth place in Class AAA standings.
Celeste Norton dribbles around a defender in the Lady Indians' 3-1 victory over White County on Wednesday, March 11. Lumpkin remains undefeated and moved up to fifth place in Class AAA standings.
The Lady Indians soccer team continued their undefeated season and improved their overall record to 7-0-1 and their region record to 2-0 with a region win against Fannin County and a non-conference win over White County last week.

Lumpkin started the week with a match up against region rival Fannin County at the Burial Grounds on Tuesday, March 10.

The Lady Indians received two goals from Alexis Satterfield and Hope Foster and a goal from Celeste Norton to hand the Lady Rebels a lopsided 5-0 defeat.

Freshman Morgan Fagan recorded an assist on Satterfield's first goal of the contest. The second Satterfield goal was assisted by Norton to put Lumpkin up 2-0. Foster scored her first goal off a beautifully played ball by Satterfield to extend the Lumpkin lead to 3-0. Norton then broke free from the Lady Rebel defense to score the Lady Indians' fourth goal of the game with a well placed shot that found its way to the back of the net. Foster finished the score-fest for Lumpkin with a solid boot off a Lexy Tyler assist.

The decisive 5-0 victory gave Lumpkin keeper Ashlyn Atnip another clean sheet on the season and improved the Lady Indians' region record to 2-0.

Lumpkin followed their defeat of Fannin with a non-conference match up with White County the next evening at the Burial Grounds.

Having a stellar freshman year, Fagan continued to help the Lady Indians find a way to win with a nicely struck penalty kick that broke the 0-0 deadlock 10 minutes before halftime.

Lumpkin added to their 1-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second half. Once again Fagan blasted a perfect shot past the Lady Warrior keeper to extend the Lady Indians' lead to 2-0. The freshman showed her range and leg strength, as the shot was taken outside the 18-yard box.

The Lady Warriors cut the lead in half when they were awarded a penalty kick three minutes later for an apparent handball in the box. The strike off the Lady Warrior's boot went just wide of a diving Atnip, who guessed the right direction but was unable to get to the ball.

Leading 2-1, the Lady Indians drove the final nail in the coffin off Foster's third goal in two games. Foster fired a shot from outside the 18 that ricocheted off the White County goalie's gloves. Without hesitation, Foster followed her first shot with a punch in for Lumpkin's third goal in the match.

The Lady Indians' defense, led by the suffocating play of Abbie Hunt, once again proved themselves to be one of the best defensive lines in Class AAA.

The two victories moved the Lady Indians up two spots to number five in the Class AAA rankings and kept the team undefeated to this point in the season.

Lumpkin hopes to continue their dominance and extend their region winning streak when they host Banks County at the Burial Grounds on Friday, March 20. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
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