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Mrs. Ruth Jarrard Cash

Mrs. Ruth Jarrard Cash, age 95 of Gainesville, passed away on Saturday June 8, 2013 at Emory Eastside Hospital in Snellville, Ga. following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, with interment following in Memorial Park Cemetery. Reverend Earl Pirkle and Reverend Brian Malcolm officiated.

Mrs. Cash was born on January 4, 1918 in Dahlonega to the late Ben and Elizabeth Jarrard. She attended Concord Baptist Church in Dahlonega, and was retired from New Holland, where she worked as a Spinner for 45 years. She grew up in Dahlonega but lived in Gainesville most of her life.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Fred Cash, sisters, Verbie Brewer, Agnes Free, Bessie Lee, Lena Nix, Cloye Duncan, brothers, Johnnie Jarrard, Bud Jarrard, P.J. Jarrard.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Albert Grizzle of Akron, Ohio; sisters, Faye Allison of Lawrenceville, Sydna Franklin of Atlanta; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Talmadge Winkler of Cleveland, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, Ga. 30504 was in charge of arrangements.

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Roland Lingerfelt

Mr. Roland Lingerfelt, age 84, of Monroe, Ga., died Friday June 7, 2013 at his home following a brief illness.

Roland was born Jan. 5, 1929 in Lincolnton, N.C. He lived in Tallahassee, Fla. from 1966 until 2001 when he moved to Monroe to live with his son and daughter-in-law. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 23 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Loganville, Ga.

Roland was the son of the late Walter and Alice Leatherman Lingerfelt and was also preceded in death by his wife, Martha Thornburg Lingerfelt; brothers, Doyle and Keith Lingerfelt; and sister, Joyce Lingerfelt.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Jill Lingerfelt, Monroe, Ga., Ron and Maggie Lingerfelt, Suches, Ga. and Randy Lingerfelt, Jasper, Ga.; sister, Audrey Herman, Lincolnton, N.C. Six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Roland were held Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Roger Lingerfelt officiated.

Interment followed in the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Suches.

Online condolences may be made at

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.


James “Frankie” Sims Jr.

Mr. James “Frankie” Sims Jr., age 54, of Dahlonega, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at his home following a short illness.

Frankie was born in Atlanta, August 4, 1958. He moved to Dahlonega seven years ago from Henry County.

He was the son of the late James Franklin Sims Sr. and Amelia Byrd Sims and was also preceded in death by his brother, Ernie Sims.

Frankie is survived by his wife, Tracy Sims, Dahlonega. Numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces/nephews and extended family and friends also survive.

A memorial service for Frankie was held Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Online condolences may be made at

In lieu flowers, donations are being accepted to help cover the cost of funeral expenses.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega is in charge of the arrangements.

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Some Achasta residents opposed to distillery
by Matt Aiken
Oct 01, 2014 | 2227 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A distillery could immediately produce up to 60 jobs.
A distillery could immediately produce up to 60 jobs.
The City of Dahlonega took the first step towards allowing a nationally known liquor producer to set up shop near the gates of Achasta, despite protests from members of the golf course community at last month’s meeting.

“We would like to ask that you delay any action on this proposed ordinance,” said Achasta representative Don Trice to the assemblage at the September session. “We at Achasta have not had time to consult with legal council to determine what we should do.”

During the debate, councilman Bruce Hoffman pointed out that this was just the first of many steps in a lengthy process that could allow for Spirits USA, or any company, to open a distillery in Dahlonega.

“Basically this is the first reading,” said Hoffman. “We understand that there are other issues.”

Currently the liquor producer is eyeing the land at the old Fieldale property on Highway 60 for future development, according to city officials.

It’s a business that could immediately produce up to 60 jobs and expand to more, said former city manager Bruce Georgia.

Yet, Trice said Achasta’s residents have voiced objections to a development that could also bring noise and traffic to a stretch of land that nears one end of the community’s golf course.

“We are extremely worried about the truck situation,” said Trice. “You will have those trucks taking turns to get out of there.”

The ordinance amendment that could ultimately allow for a distillery passed by a count of five-to-one with council member Terry Peters casting the lone dissenting vote.

Petition possibility

However, Mayor Gary McCullough added another twist into the proceedings when he said the city may not even be allowed to have a distillery if the matter is not approved by a referendum backed by a citizen-led petition.

“It’s not legal for us to do this without a referendum,” he said. “[City attorney Doug Parks] said if we were to do this and someone found out it wasn’t legal they could sue us and win.”

Parks, who is a resident of Achasta, said there is a discrepancy in the state law books that has led to a “divergence of opinions” by legal experts.

“They may be correct or we may be correct,” said Parks.

However, Senator Steve Gooch said that the law was recently changed to allow distilleries in cities where liquor by the drink is also allowed.

That’s why the county was able to approve the emerging Stillhouse Creek distillery in Frogtown last year, said Gooch.

“There’s nothing to challenge if it’s in accordance with state law and accordance with the Department of Revenue,” he said. “...We’d have that in writing from them. But I’m not a lawyer.”

The next reading of the distillery ordinance will be held at a future City of Dahlonega meeting.
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