John has been thrilled to call Dahlonega home for two decades. He has been with The Dahlonega Nugget / Community Newspapers Inc. for nearly 15 years. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor’s in English. As a part of the local newspaper he has enjoyed many aspects of community coverage, including sports, local interest, and school news. He is also responsible for planning, budgeting, and editing. He has helped The Nugget team earn several Georgia Press awards for writing, design, and general excellence. Seeing Lumpkin County prosper is very rewarding for him, as the area becomes a more beautiful community year after year. John enjoys being outside, and loves bringing along his camera to capture good sunrises and sunsets. His wife Melissa has been an elementary school teacher for 20 years for the Lumpkin County School System. They live in Dahlonega with their two boys.