City Council approves contract for beautification of Main Street Park


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawsonville City Council last week unanimously approved a contract with Tri Scapes, Inc for beautification of the Main Street Park Area, including installation of sod, irrigation, planting of trees and shrubs in the amount of $126,775.51.

Council also approved a staff request to apply for the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant Emergency Fund to repair Main Street to the park. The estimated cost is $140,000-$150,000. If the grant is awarded, the city would provide a 30 percent match.

Requests by Jeremy Porter, owner Atlanta Motorsports Park, for a conditional use permit to build garage condos at the facility located at 20 Duck Thurmond and a site plan update to construct a driving center parking lot were postponed until Sept. 9.

Council unanimously rejected Mostafa Elahy’s appeal to Planning Commission’s May 13 denial of a variance to the minimum lot width and front setback at 280 Maple Street South.

Council also held a first reading of a broad range of land development ordinances that regulate how subdivisions can be developed, what standards are in place for roads, including road widths, materials used on roadways, water and sewer specifications and what type of pipes are used for drainage systems. A second reading of the ordinances is scheduled for July 15.

Council agreed to authorize a design guideline committee to begin planning what the citizens want to see in building design in the future.

By a vote of 3-1, council approved the firm of Alexander, Almand and Bangs to perform the city audit. Councilman Mark French made a motion to approve Mauldin & Jenkins, but the motion died for lack of a second.

Council also voted to postpone a decision on appointing a citizen representative to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission. David Headley has held that position, cut as Dawson County Manager, council decided Headley did not qualify as a citizen representative.


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Howard Lee Carnes: Obituary

Howard Lee Carnes

October 07, 1935 – December 02, 2018

Howard Lee Carnes, age 83, of Gainesville, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Mr. Carnes was born in Forsyth County to the late Soloman Robert and Margaret Self Carnes.  He was preceded in death by sisters and brothers, Martha Carnes, Ausbon Carnes, Leota Carnes, John Carnes, and Marshall Carnes.  Mr. Carnes was a textile worker at New Holland Mill for 45 years.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Margaret Renee Carnes, Gaffney, South Carolina; son, Vince Carnes, Gainesville; daughter, Sony Jones Lopez; grandchildren, Victoria Carnes, Justin Carnes, Jessica Carnes, Casey Jones, Heath Jones, Cody Lopez, Dallas, and Angel; sister, Kathleen Dorsey, Gillsville; brothers, William Carnes, Cleveland, and Robert Carnes, Banks County.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Doug Merck will officiate. Interment will follow in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery in Cumming.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Monday, December 3, 2018 at the funeral home.

To leave a message or condolence with the family, visit

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

David Stanley Duncan: Obituary

David Stanley Duncan

August 01, 1947 – November 30, 2018

David Stanley Duncan, Sr., age 71 of Cornelia, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018.

Mr. Duncan was born on August 1, 1947, in South Carolina, to the late Frank and Martha Long Duncan. He was a carpenter.

Survivors include his daughter, Alicia Duncan, Cleveland; son, David Stanley Duncan, Jr., Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Blake Summers and Candace Duncan; sister, Loretta Wade (Keith), Carnesville, and Sylvia Dove, Oakwood.

No services are planned.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland

Loney Jim Gravitt: Obituary

Loney Jim Gravitt

May 13, 1948 – November 30, 2018

Mr. Loney Jim Gravitt, age 70, of Cleveland, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018.

Mr. Gravitt was born to the late Luther and Fannie Mae Williamson Gravitt. He was preceded in death by parents, brother, David Gravitt, and sister, Linda Gravitt.  Mr. Gravitt was a Line Engineer for AT&T and a member of County Line Baptist Church.

Survivors include wife of 49 years, Glenda Gravitt, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery Gravitt and Elizabeth Almond, Sandy Springs; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Chris Roden, Cleveland; son, Rodney Gravitt, Cleveland; grandchildren, Harley Gravitt, Luke Gravitt, Olivia Gravitt, and Craig and Heather Roden; sister-in-law, Peggy Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4:30 PM Sunday, December 2, 2018 from the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home.  The Rev. Steve Williamson will officiate.  Interment will follow in Mossy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 PM Saturday, December 1, 2018 and 3:30-4:30 PM Sunday, December 2, 2018.

To share a memory or leave a condolence with the family, visit

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Mary Alice Kapise: Obituary

Mary Alice Kapise

July 07, 1948 – November 30, 2018

Mary Alice Kapise, age 70 of Cleveland, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018. Mrs. Kapise was born in Thomaston, Georgia to the late Charlie Will and Virginia Lynch Franklin. She resided in Macon, Georgia as well as Lizella, Georgia before moving to White County in 1986. Mrs. Kapise was of the Methodist faith and loved doing her crafts such as sewing and painting.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step son Danny Kapise.

Mrs. Kapise is survived by her husband Thomas Kapise Sr. of Cleveland; her daughter Jennifer Tomlin of Cleveland; step son Barry Kapise of Manchester, Tennessee, step daughter Tammy Pettinato of LaVerne, Tennessee, and Tommy Kapise Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in law Frances (Bruce) Hawkins of Pontotoc, Texas and brother and sister-in law Billy (Ann) Franklin of Thomaston, Georgia; her granddaughters Lexi and Aly Tomlin; as well as 15 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M Saturday, December 8, 2018 at The Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home with the Rev. Tony Elrod officiating.

Flowers will be accepted or a donation may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950.

To share a memory of Mrs. Kapise or to send a condolence please visit

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Nicole Parker: Obituary

Nicole Parker

August 17, 1978 – November 29, 2018

Nicole Parker, age 40 of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Ms. Parker was born August 17, 1978 in White County to James and Shirley Sullens.

Survivors include her parents, James and Shirley Sullens, Dahlonega; brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Patty Sullens, Dahlonega; brother, David Sullens, Dahlonega.

No services are planned.

To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Paul “Nelson” Chambliss: Obituary

Paul “Nelson” Chambliss

July 10, 1941 – November 28, 2018

Paul Nelson Chambliss, age 77 of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Mr. Chambliss was born on July 10, 1941, in Macon, Georgia, to the late Paul and LaVerne Chambliss.  He worked as a pharmaceutical representative but his passion was gun shows and World War II memorabilia.  Paul was of the Baptist faith and loved his daughter dearly.

Survivors include his daughter, Stephanie Chambliss, Cleveland; grand dog, Sonny Chambliss; great grand dog, Sammy Chambliss.

Memorial services are scheduled for 3:30 P.M. Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home 118 N. Brook St Cleveland, Ga 30528.  The Rev. Dennis Turner will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 – 3:30 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association – P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit


Thelma Leigh Lance: Obituary

Thelma Leigh Lance

December 16, 1941 – November 26, 2018

Thelma Leigh Seabolt Lance, age 76 of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Mrs. Lance was born on December 16, 1941, in Union County, to the late Arch and Julia Wilkins Seabolt. She retired from Talon and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Thelma was preceded in death by her brothers, J.D. Seabolt and Fletcher Seabolt; sister, Gladys Wehunt.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Jerry Lance, Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrie and Tracy Allen, Cleveland, and Debra and Darryl Moler, Cleveland; grandchildren, Morgan and Blake Daniel and Trey Allen; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Ronald Connery, Altamonte Springs, FL; sisters, Callie Copelan, Mt. Airy, and Hilda Fain, Helen; sister-in-law, Sarah Hamilton, Jonesboro; sister-in-law, Francis Seabolt, Hartwell; special friends, Robby Owenby and Barbara Owenby; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Brandon Hester will officiate. Interment will follow at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Tuesday and from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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