Former Nugget editor Pendleton remembered
Former managing editor of The Dahlonega Nugget Mike Pendleton is being remembered as an outstanding and well-liked individual.
He passed away December 29 in Norton, Va. at the age of 61.
His son Daniel said Mike came to Dahlonega from the Rome News Tribune in 1983 to work at The Nugget.
During his time in Dahlonega, Mike covered sports and news for The Nugget, and later moved to Calhoun, where he was editor of the Calhoun News Dispatch, according to Daniel.
A life-long sports enthusiast, Mike went to West Georgia College on a partial soccer scholarship, where he majored in Journalism, Daniel said.
"He played baseball and soccer all through his life, and even fast pitch softball up until a few years ago," Daniel added.
Former mayor of Dahlonega Haines Hill remembers Mike from the days Hill was with the Chamber of Commerce and North Georgia College, as well as with the City.
Back in the 1980s Dahlonega was a "very peaceful little town," he said.
Hill recalled Mike as an "outstanding individual," as the two had the chance to interact with Hill serving as mayor in 1985-90 and again in 1995-2000.
"He always got the story right," Hill said. "We were very happy with that."
Hill said Mike was one of the individuals who arranged for the Olympic Torch to pass through Dahlonega in 1984.
Jimmy Anderson, retired Postmaster of Dahlonega and local historian wrote articles for The Nugget during the time Mike was managing editor.
"I remember Mike well, [we were] personal friends." Anderson said. "He was a good guy."
Anderson remembers that it was a bit unusual for the editor of The Nugget to be someone from out of town.
However, Mike "seemed to like Dahlonega and fit in really well," Anderson said. "Lumpkin liked him."
Mike's son Daniel added that his mom and dad "were almost celebrities in town. Everyone embraced them, and they loved the people and town, and made lots of friends."
Daniel said his dad passed away after a long battle with heart and kidney failure. In addition, he had battled juvenile diabetes for 54 years.