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Proposed Regulations for the New Buck Shoals WMA Available for Public Review

Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed hunting regulations for the 2016-2017 season at the new Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area and make plans to attend a scheduled public hearing.

“The Buck Shoals property, located in White County, recently was acquired by the Wildlife Resources Division from Georgia State Parks,” said John Bowers, chief of the Game Management Section.  “Our vision is to operate the area as the state’s first youth-focused wildlife management area, and we are seeking comments on our proposed hunting regulations for the area.”

The public notice and synopsis of proposed rule changes are available on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division webpage at .

Hunting on the area will include deer, turkey, dove, and squirrel youth hunts.  Some of the opportunities will be “Hunt & Learn” events designed for the novice hunter, while others will be adult-child quota hunts.

A public hearing is scheduled to provide the public an opportunity to share comments on the proposed hunting regulations.  The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. at the White County Senior Center, 1239 Helen Hwy., Cleveland, GA on April 19, 2016.

Any participant at the meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants must register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement. Those unable to attend a meeting may submit input either electronically or in written statement form.  Input must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on April 29, 2016.

  • Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section; Attn: Don McGowan; 2070 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025.

These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities.  To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact Don McGowan at (770) 918-6404 no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 18, 2016.

For more information or to view the proposed regulation changes, visit .

Georgia DOT invests $13.8 million on Bridges and Road Resurfacing in Northeast Georgia

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces five projects awarded in Northeast Georgia to improve mobility.

Dawson County’s State Route 9 Bridge over the Etowah River will be replaced by a wider bridge with 8 feet paved shoulders giving room for vehicles in distress or in a crash to move out of the travel lanes. The bridge was built in 1955. A detour will not be needed during construction. A traffic signal will direct traffic across the bridge throughout construction, one lane will be open at all times. The contract completion date is September 30, 2018 for $3,878.343.10 by Southeastern Site Development Inc. of Newnan.

One contract was awarded for maintenance on two bridges. Both bridges will be painted, the driving surface will be repaired along with the beams, bearings and joints. The Elbert County SR 72 Bridge spans the Savannah River portion of Richard Russell Lake. The Hart County Bridge is the State Route 77 Spur Bridge over Cedar Creek. Work must be complete by October 31, 2016 at a cost of $3,438,887 by The L.C. Whitford Company of Alpharetta.

Three resurfacing projects totaling $6.6 million were awarded to Contractors. State Route 8/US 29/Crogan St/Winder Highway in Barrow and Gwinnett Counties from Stanley Court in Lawrenceville just into Barrow County. This 7.39 mile long project will be complete by September 30, 2016 at a cost of $2,902,175.40 by C.W. Matthews Contracting Company of Marietta.

Also in Gwinnett, State Route 13/Buford Highway from Old Peachtree/Rodgers Bridge Roads to State Route 20. This 9.3 mile long project will be complete by September 30, 2016 at a cost of $2,599,235.50 by E.R. Snell Contractor of Snellville.

White County will have State Route 75 Alternate from SR11/US 129 in Cleveland to SR 17/SR 75 in Helen resurfaced. The shoulders alongside SR 75 will be repaired improving safety by giving vehicles a recovery area at the same grade as the road if needed.  This 8.1 mile long project will be done by September 30, 2016 at a cost of $1,100,614.99 by Colditz Trucking Inc. of Blairsville.

Construction start dates have not been determined yet.


Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner, Russell McMurry proudly announces the Winter Weather Response Teams were honored at this year’s District Employee Appreciation Day with the 2015 Commissioner’s Merit Award. The Area One and Area Four Winter Weather Teams responded boldly in Dawson, Lumpkin and White Counties February 16, 2015 to open access in spite of winter precipitation.

Monday, February 16th winter weather isolated Dawson and Lumpkin Counties. Ice began to accumulate at 6 p.m. and within 30 minutes trees were falling into the roadway bringing down utilities and shutting off access to all state routes in Dawson and Lumpkin Counties. Motorists were stranded in their vehicles trapped by fallen trees and utility lines.

McMurry said, “Maintaining access on our network of state routes during emergency weather situations ensures the safety of our Citizens and Families. These GDOT Teams worked 18 hour shifts to plow snow, spread salt and remove debris. The trees had to be cut and pulled from the roadway by hand, one at a time. This backbreaking work in frigid temperatures was a heroic response to me. Georgia DOT opened our routes for use allowing emergency responders and utility companies into the area within 24 hours of the start of icing. Join me in congratulating these Teams for their outstanding work despite the dangerous conditions in Dawson and Lumpkin Counties.”

Members of the Winter Weather Team:

Bryan Addis
Jerry Allen
Travis Bennett
Robert Berry
Anthony Boggs
Frank Boggs
Robert Bradshaw
Jody Bridges
Robbie Brittain
Danny Broome
Shane Brown
Johnny Cantrell
Eli Cash
Jesse Chamblee
Robert Chappell
Jimmy Chester
Will Cole
Bryan Corazzini
T.J. Cowart
Danny Crane
Timothy Davenport
Jerry Davis
Rex Edwards
Michael Eller
Justin English
Scott Frederick
Greg Free
Daniel Freeman
Slade Gabriel
Mitch Garmon
Rodney Gilreath
Jerry Gilreath
Darren Gilreath
Glen Gosnell
Andy Goss
Andrew Goss
Doug Grizzle
Lamar Grizzle
Toby Hammonds
Tim Henry
Farrell Henslee
Robert Hodnett
Sam Holden
Henry Houck
Greg Houck
Paul Jackson
Max Jananeh
Greg Johnson
Steve Jones
James Lovell
Robert Lunsford
D.J. McClure
Terry McDonald
Bobby Miller
Bryan Morgan
John Newberry
Frank Nichols
Jody Norton
Ryan Osborne
Charlie Painter
Sam Panah
Scott Parker
Kris Phillips
Michael Pierce
James A Plott
Joel Posteen
Mike Reems
Ricky Richardson
Phil Satterfield
Dwayne Sexton
Michael Sheppard
Lynn Shook
Ken Simpson
Steven Singleton
Jimmy Smallwood
Ethan Stephens
Chad Stewart
Danny Stover
Jerry Thomason
Steve Thompson
Roger Toney
Mark Turpin
Derek Wade
Todd Watson
Josh Welborn
Don Welborn
Charles Wilson
Doug Wood
Reggie Wright
Shaun York

The Commissioner’s Merit Award honors exceptional service and high quality work that resulted in a positive impact for the People of Georgia.