-Shining a spotlight on The Nugget’s scandalous history

The Nugget has been in business since 1890.

If you’re keeping track that’s 129 years.

So that means a Nugget reporter has been covering the Dahlonega beat since before the invention of the diesel engine, the vacuum cleaner, the X-ray and the zipper.

That’s right. We’re older than the zipper. (We looked that one up.)

That’s a lot of Nuggets.

And that’s a lot of history.

So much that we can’t really keep track of it.

Good thing there’s Chris Worick.

The local historian is our go-to guide to all-things Dahlonega history, including our own. If we need a reference for a story, Worick (along with Anne Amerson) is always ready with some solid quotable facts.

Well on February 14th at 7 p.m, he’s bringing those facts to the Dahlonega Community House. 

And, heads up, he’s also bringing the scandal. That’s right Worick is delving into the scandalous side of Nugget reporting with a presentation deemed Soiled Doves of Dahlonega.

Or as Worick called it: Love and betrayal in a small town newspaper.

If you’ve read the recent classic crime reports we’ve been running ‘soiled doves’ is a term used by The Nugget editors of old as they breathlessly reported on the wild ways of certain local women who declined to play by the rules.

“From buggy rides with married men to walking the square with a loaded pistol, Lumpkin County’s bad girls kept the pages of The Nugget alive with intrigue.”

In essence this was the tabloids of yesteryear mixed with the crime beat of today mixed with the rough and tumble ways of Dahlonega’s early days.

It’s not just a look back. 

But a look at how far we’ve come since the first pages of The Nugget were hand-cranked off the press.

Whether you’re a history buff or not, it’s sure to be entertaining.

The event is free and open to the public.

And don’t worry. We don’t care who you catch a buggy ride with to get there.

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The Dahlonega Nugget

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 36,
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Phone: 706-864-3613
Fax: 706-864-5812