Lumpkin Co. picks up first win of season against Chestatee


The Lumpkin Co. boys played a complete game in their 67-43 win against Chestatee on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Dahlonega. They won every quarter and only allowed six points in the second quarter. Their defense stifled the War Eagles with plenty of blocked shots and an excellent effort on the boards.


Patrick Jackson shoots the corner three.

Patrick Jackson was all over the court for Lumpkin tonight with 19 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Jacob Cumbie put up 16 points and five rebounds, and Peyton Polk had 11 points, six boards, and a plethora of blocks.

The Indians opened the game on an 8-2 run to get the quick lead. After Chestatee ended the run with a 3-pointer, Chandler Pulley responded with a 3-pointer of his own. Lumpkin had a 20-12 lead after one quarter of play.

The defense of the Indians clamped up the Chestatee offense in the second. They outscored them 15-6 in the quarter to take a commanding 35-18 lead into the half.

Lumpkin County opened the second half with a dunk by Polk, and they never looked back. The scoring in the quarter was fairly even, but the Indians had all the momentum. They led 52-29 at the end of the third.

Chandler Pulley handles the ball at the top of the key.

The Indians won the fourth quarter 15-14 in an almost equal quarter of play. The game started to get physical, but Lumpkin County played strong and won the game 67-43.

Their next game is Friday against Banks County at 8:30 PM.

Lumpkin Co. girls defeat Chestatee 48-27 to move to 3-0


The first half was close, but the Lumpkin Co. girls outscored the Lady War Eagles 13-3 in the third quarter to pull away and win the game. Kate Jackson lead the way for the Lady Indians with 17 points in the game. Lexi Pierce also chipped in 12 points as the two girls outscored the entire Chestatee team.


Madisyn Echols sets up the offense.

The first quarter was a defensive battle, with Chestatee coming out with a 5-4 lead. Makenzie Caldwell and Madisyn Echols each scored to keep the Lady Indians in the game.

The offenses shook off the rust in the second quarter. Lumpkin took an 11-8 lead before the Lady War Eagles went on a quick 6-0 run to take a 14-11 lead. The Lumpkin Co. girls responded well with two buckets to take the lead into the half. Pierce stole the ball and got a layup to end the half, giving her team the 15-14 halftime lead.

The second half was all Lady Indians, as they scored the first five and last eight points of the third quarter to take a 28-17 lead into the final quarter.

Kate Jackson shoots a free throw in the fourth quarter.

Chestatee tried throwing a press at the Lumpkin girls, but they broke it with ease. The Lady Indians put up 20 points on the final quarter to extend their lead to a comfortable margin. They scored the last six points of the game and won their home-opener 48-27 over Chestatee.

The Lady Indians’ next game is Friday as they play host to Banks County at 7:00 PM.





LCHS students hold a peaceful walk-in to show support for the principal

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Several students at Lumpkin County High School held a peaceful walk-in on Wednesday, to show their support for the LCHS principal, Billy Kirk.

Students at LCHS give cheer on orator in support of principal

The Lumpkin County Board of Education announced to employees on Monday, March 11, that Kirk had resigned without revealing the cause of his resignation. Once this news went public, LCHS students, parents, and staff began sending emails, letters, and phone calls to the Board of Education advocating for Kirk to be reinstated. Other Lumpkin County residents have even begun a petition titled, “Prevent Principal Billy Kirk From Leaving,” which has collected almost 400 signatures in the few hours since it has gone live.

Students at LCHS give cheer on orator in support of principal

Students at LCHS decided to hold a peaceful walk-out to show their support for Kirk. LCHS officials required that students host a walk-in, held in the LCHS gym, for the safety of the students. According to LCSS Chief Financial Officer, Shannon Christian, “We are allowing the students to hold a peaceful protest in the gym, but it is the desire of the principal for no press to be in attendance.” Although all press was denied access to the event, Fetch Your News was able to obtain a video and images of the event.

There were a number of students who spoke out, in support of Kirk, and the crowd erupted when one orator stated, “There are a lot of people at this school who look up to Mr. Kirk as a father figure.”

Lumpkin County Sheriff, Stacy Jarrard, stationed himself outside the LCHS entrance to further ensure the safety of any student that may have decided against going to the gym. Jarrard also told the press, “Let it go on the record that it is not the decision of LCSO to deny media access to this event.”


LCHS students plan walk-out to support their principal

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Lumpkin County High School students are planning a walk-out at 12:30pm on Wednesday, March 13, to protest the resignation of the LCHS principal, Billy Kirk, according to the #weneedbilly social media page.
It was announced on Monday, March 11 that Kirk had resigned. School officials are remaining quiet in regards to the reason for Kirk’s resignation. Angry students are planning to walk out of the school, in a peaceful protest against the Board of Education’s decision.

This is an ongoing story; please follow Fetch Your News for updated information.

Parents, students blast school system failure to communicate


DAHLONEGA, Ga. – “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

Parents and students say that memorable line from the  1960s movie Cool Hand Luke fits the Lumpkin County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Robert Brown like a glove.

Angry parents and students launched a scathing social media attack on the school system’s administration last week, saying it failed to warn them about an alleged threat against the high school. Most said they were completely in the dark until their children told them about after school.

A Lumpkin County High School student reported to administrators on the morning of Thursday (Sept. 20) that he overheard another student threaten to harm the school. But parents say no robo call was issued and nothing was posted on the school system’s Facebook page until many hours later.

When the school system finally did issue a press release, the message was factually inaccurate and extremely condescending.

Here is what the school system posted on its Facebook:

“Today a Lumpkin County High School student alleged that another LCHS student made a threat to harm the school. Law enforcement and school administrators took swift action to isolate the student in question and to conduct a thorough investigation.

“Conclusion: There is no evidence that a threat was ever made. Rumors perpetuated on social media have caused concern in our community, so we wanted to share the facts.”

That conclusion is simply not true. Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said his office was not informed about the alleged threat until he began getting calls from parents Thursday evening and he had not started an investigation until the next day.

Parents argue the school system’s assertion that “Rumors perpetuated on social media have caused concern in our community” is condescending and an attempt to silence their legitimate complaints.

A greater concern, they say, is a school superintendent and school board that refuses to listen to their complaints or take them seriously. Some have cited the school board’s failure to attend its own public hearing on the tax increase last month as evidence their elected school board members are not listening.

Here is what angry parents and students said about the school system’s failure to warn them of a potential threat:

Makayla Cantrell posted this.  “As a student at Lumpkin County High School, I feel like this situation is not being handled seriously. Me and a few of my friends brought it to administrators’ attention and some said, ‘He seems too nice to do something like that.’ I told another administrator I was scared and didn’t feel safe because what if this actually happens and I was told, ‘Oh yeah what if the sun don’t come up in the morning.’ This makes me feel like they are just brushing it off their shoulder and making it out as we as students are making a huge deal out of it. Which I think it is a pretty big deal because things like this actually happen. It also makes students not want to tell administrators because things aren’t being taken seriously. Parents should have been informed as soon as they heard about it. All they are worried about is drugs and vapes and not realizing what kind of threats are being made and what kind of environment they have us in. I really don’t feel safe at school with these kinds of threats being made. Social media is blowing up with it because students are looking out for fellow classmates because no one was being informed with anything and we have the right to know what is going on in our school environment. (Punctuation corrected).”

Marissa Dustin Allen posted this. “Threats were made on a student’s life last year in the form of text messages from one student to another and when it was brought to the LCHS Principal’s attention, he laughed and joked about it as if nothing happened. Completely swept under the rug. Just like a bunch of other stuff that has happened within the past year. Doesn’t look like anything is changing anytime soon.”

Axa Spencer posted this. “Parents should not have found out through Facebook or our kids at 10 at night when this happened at around 11to 12 lunch yesterday. The school needs a system for communications with parents not Facebook. It creates mass panic that way. What next, we see it on TV before we know? It’s just not fair and it’s not right. Parents, we need to expect timely answers about what’s happening and let the parent make the decision what they want to do with their child. (Punctuation corrected).”

Joey n McKinzey posted this.  “This is nothing to play with. The school should have done an all call today when they found out so us parents could be informed.”

Superintendent Dr. Robert Brown is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the schools. It would be easy to lay the blame for this failure to communicate at his doorstep alone. However, the buck does not stop there. Brown serves at the pleasure of the school board and board members are elected by the people. If the people’s anger persists into the next election, there could be a number of changes in the board’s makeup.




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Region 7-AAA Football Heats Up


Region 7-AAA play got underway this past Friday and by the looks of it, it’s anyone’s to win.

Fannin Rebels(2-2,0-0) had the week off to get prepared for their upcoming region match-up with Banks County(3-2,0-1). Banks is coming off a loss to Franklin County(2-2,1-0) last week, 7-14.  Banks was 8-14 passing for 83 yards. 36 carries for 175 yards and 8 catches for 83 yards. Franklin had no data posted.

East Hall(1-4,1-0)travelled to Lumpkin County(2-3,0-1) and made short work of the Indians, winning easily, 48-14. There were no available stats at present.

Dawson County(2-2,1-0) made a trip to defending Region 7-AAA champs, West Hall  Spartans(2-3,0-1) and shut them out, 14-0. No available stats recorded

This Week’s Games Friday Oct. 2

Fannin at Banks

Dawson at East Hall

Lumpkin at Franklin


Region 7-AAA Stats as of 9/25/2015

Offense Stats

Passing                    Receiving                    Total Yards

Rushing                   Scoring

Defense Stats

Tackles                     Sacks                           Interceptions

(Some stats are not recorded by various teams)


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