LEFT: Kevin Meek, Executive Vice President of Sitepoint Healthcare Partners, explained the concept of a “community hospital” to curious Lumpkin Countians during a forum on what the county’s new hospital will likely offer. New technology that could change the way people receive care was also discussed at the large gathering. RIGHT: Over 150 people attended last week’s forum on plans for the new North Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin campus at the Highway 400/60 intersection.

New hospital facility plan revealed

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to medical care. That’s one reason why Lumpkin County’s upcoming medical facility will be based on the concept of a “neighborhood hospital,” said Kevin Meek, Executive Vice President of Sitepoint Healthcare…

Downtown parking meter plan approved


A $14,000 parking meter pilot program received an official nod of approval from members of the Dahlonega City Council during a special called meeting last week, a little more than a week after the

From honey to wine

A local agriculture operation is venturing into the wine and mead making business. Lloyd Allison, who owns Allison’s Honey, is working on opening Tesnatee River Winery and Meadery. The business will feature a farm winery and on-site tasting room. “With the tasting room, the best way to get...

A woman ahead of her time

Helen Dortch Longstreet was no stranger to controversy or fighting for the causes she believed in by the time the Georgia Railway and Power Company began work to dam Tallulah Falls in the 1910s. By that time, Longstreet had fought and won a change to state law to allow women to be state...

UNWIND: Living in the Lavender

“It’s about giving back to the community.” For Tina and David Duffey, operating the Red Oak Lavender Farm is a way to interact with the community and to stay active postretirement. Originally from Atlanta, Tina has always preferred the outdoors and living in the country. Ten years ago, she...