Lived there

Young Harris, GA

#228 Aug 14, 2012
money money wrote:
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You are the problem, just ask any business owner. The move in retired citizens are cheap, don't like to spend money and want something for nothing when they do. You can't build a community on the cheap, we have way to many retired people for the population of this county. You want to help the economy, move out or spend some money.
How so? They pay the same for utilities as everyone else, and insurance (rates), and groceries, and God knows they eat out three or four times what the average person does, or can afford to do and are accustomed to leaving a 10 - 15% tip.

They pay the same tax rate on their homes as the rest of us, the same price at the gas pump, for electronic toys at Radio Shack and when they need something done around the house, they hire whoever will work at the prevailing rate, and sometimes more.

They are the ones who built houses and now they're the ones who are making additions and upgrades, using local contractors.

Chances are they also tithe more than their expected share, and donate to fund raisers (as long as they aren't scams) and the food pantry, and the animal shelter, and the.... And volunteer? Of course they do! And do they get involved in politics? Not very often.

What do you expect - for them to stand on a corner and hand out money? Or pay a premium price for sub-par merchandize (or knock-off purses), out of the goodness of their hearts?

And one other thing - their retirement checks make up a huge percentage of money coming into the area!

Without the retirees, this county would be in a world of hurt, not that it isn't already.
Move-n

Dawsonville, GA

#229 Aug 14, 2012
That would be an interesting chapter...telling how local banks leave construction loans open after the customer closes on them and then runs the balance up into the millions! Not forgetting how this local bank is "in charge" of developing a subdivision using a Florida based "developer" and does not actually follow through (like other branches of said bank) with proper protocol to ensure contractors are paid, the building process is on schedule, etc. Allowing this " developer" and bank to screw people over who actually were not educated enough to know what was going on...until this developer gave his sales pitch to a client who in-turn stuck it out and then called their bluff. Shady bank, shady developer, shady contractor, shady closing attorney, and shady lending company all in such a small community...pathetic. The part of this that should be interesting to Hiawassee haters is that these shady individuals are not from here, but they prey on innocent people that they assume will not check into who they are. A lot of people think that just because one lives in such a secluded area as this everyone is "cut from the same cloth" and will go along with lies just because a so called professional said it was right, well they are wrong. Not everyone that lives here is naive.
match point

Clarkesville, GA

#230 Aug 14, 2012
Move-n wrote:
That would be an interesting chapter...telling how local banks leave construction loans open after the customer closes on them and then runs the balance up into the millions! Not forgetting how this local bank is "in charge" of developing a subdivision using a Florida based "developer" and does not actually follow through (like other branches of said bank) with proper protocol to ensure contractors are paid, the building process is on schedule, etc. Allowing this " developer" and bank to screw people over who actually were not educated enough to know what was going on...until this developer gave his sales pitch to a client who in-turn stuck it out and then called their bluff. Shady bank, shady developer, shady contractor, shady closing attorney, and shady lending company all in such a small community...pathetic. The part of this that should be interesting to Hiawassee haters is that these shady individuals are not from here, but they prey on innocent people that they assume will not check into who they are. A lot of people think that just because one lives in such a secluded area as this everyone is "cut from the same cloth" and will go along with lies just because a so called professional said it was right, well they are wrong. Not everyone that lives here is naive.
Don't know that story but I do know some involving locals on local bank boards loaning themselves money to buy property that was foreclosed on that nobody else could borrow money to buy. Then there is the one about the local bank board who built a golf course with borrowed money then dumped it. Then there is the one about local Carpenters who decided they were developers and borrowed five times what the property was worth then handed the keys back to the bank with no consequences. Then there is the one about one of Hiawassee's finest who hooked up with some South Florida Money and New York money and bought up everything they could borrow money on. Then sold a few lots to friends and family at large prices to run the values up. Then borrowed more money on those new values to build in another state and dumped the local stuff on the local market causing it to collapse. Then the local banks bleed those properties bank into the market through auctions, knocking the floor out every time values begin to rise. Every developer in Towns County went broke except three that I know of. One local and two out of towners. The circle of life in Hiawassee. No need for someone to write a fiction story. Hell is right here in good ol Hiawassee
from here

Covington, GA

#231 Aug 14, 2012
Move-n wrote:
That would be an interesting chapter...telling how local banks leave construction loans open after the customer closes on them and then runs the balance up into the millions! Not forgetting how this local bank is "in charge" of developing a subdivision using a Florida based "developer" and does not actually follow through (like other branches of said bank) with proper protocol to ensure contractors are paid, the building process is on schedule, etc. Allowing this " developer" and bank to screw people over who actually were not educated enough to know what was going on...until this developer gave his sales pitch to a client who in-turn stuck it out and then called their bluff. Shady bank, shady developer, shady contractor, shady closing attorney, and shady lending company all in such a small community...pathetic. The part of this that should be interesting to Hiawassee haters is that these shady individuals are not from here, but they prey on innocent people that they assume will not check into who they are. A lot of people think that just because one lives in such a secluded area as this everyone is "cut from the same cloth" and will go along with lies just because a so called professional said it was right, well they are wrong. Not everyone that lives here is naive.
who are you talking about? pls give initials
So true

Jefferson, GA

#232 Aug 14, 2012
This story is funny as hell and so very true! Especially the one about the subs at the school. Makes me miss the city so much more, there is way too much drama in this town, and people always trying to one up the other one, even their own "true" friends. I have never seen so many fake people in my life! I know, write a chapter about how the women around here leave their husbands to try and cash in someone better w/ an established name, these women will even go after someone gross looking just for money and the "name"!! Desperate!!!
Love Canton

Clarkesville, GA

#233 Aug 15, 2012
So true wrote:
This story is funny as hell and so very true! Especially the one about the subs at the school. Makes me miss the city so much more, there is way too much drama in this town, and people always trying to one up the other one, even their own "true" friends. I have never seen so many fake people in my life! I know, write a chapter about how the women around here leave their husbands to try and cash in someone better w/ an established name, these women will even go after someone gross looking just for money and the "name"!! Desperate!!!
The story is funny but sad. Like they say "you could not make this stuff up". The story changes from time to time. Stuff is added and stuff is removed. I hope it keeps changing for the better. I love the ending.
The chapter on the school really hits home. What's funny is, after the story came out some of the things they make fun of at the school changed. Like the retired teachers and weighted GPA. I guess positive change can be made through something like Hellawassee.com Maybe the GMF will read it and change too.
Holy Cow

United States

#234 Aug 27, 2012
I just forwarded this to the AJC and Atlanta Alive.
someone needs to do a story on this. Getting even. Maybe you can't fight City Hall. This just tore it down. Say what you will, this hurts. Over 10,000 hits back in August and climbing in search engines. How long has it been up?
Well Played

United States

#236 Sep 14, 2012
Vae victis
Selma

Jefferson, GA

#237 Sep 15, 2012
All of you all on here writing love this county, area, and its people. You know it, I know it, and the community knows it. Quit being silly and own up to the fact.
you love us. You Love Us. YOU LOVE US!!!!!!
Now go ahead and write silly stuff all you want but please just own up to the above fact!
You'll never move from here because it's better than anywhere else and you know it. Now just get over yourselves and continue loving us!
To Selma

Toccoa, GA

#238 Sep 15, 2012
OK,Get your face out of BKs butt and we all can make this a better place!We all know whats happening there.Its time to move on,put this Dem,Rep.crap in the trash can where it belongs.Lets make a choice on right,moral,decent,honest,ethi cal,open/honest government.Not,on how many votes a group/clan can provide.If he does go back in office for 4 more he will be almost 80 years old when his term expires!God help us all!This might as well be the obituary for TC.
Selma

Jefferson, GA

#239 Sep 16, 2012
To Selma wrote:
OK,Get your face out of BKs butt and we all can make this a better place!We all know whats happening there.Its time to move on,put this Dem,Rep.crap in the trash can where it belongs.Lets make a choice on right,moral,decent,honest,ethi cal,open/honest government.Not,on how many votes a group/clan can provide.If he does go back in office for 4 more he will be almost 80 years old when his term expires!God help us all!This might as well be the obituary for TC.
You love the people, the politics, and the place. You couldn't be run out of this community with a bucket of shit and a mop regardless of who wins the election and, when the election is over, you'll still love all of us and, more than likely, will still be on here rattling about some silly thought-up coruption crap.

I remember four years ago some on here were screaming doom and destruction and writing things like, "the lid's getting ready to blow off the pot. Everything will be brought into the light soon." Well, here we are four years later and the courthouse is still standing, the commissioner is still in office, the county is still running, and nothing has been exposed. As you mentioned; it's time to move on and quit trying to prop up dead and rotten rumors about corruption and Bill Kendall.

Like I wrote many times around four years ago, either get your ducks in a row and come out publically with hard evidence and proof or shut up about it.

Anyway,you love it here regardless...
Towns County Mom

Cleveland, GA

#240 Sep 22, 2012
While there was some truth to your "fictitious" tale, I found it rude and uncalled for. Your grammar was atrocious and I found your tale to be typical of someone who comes to an area, finds things not as they expected, and wanting to change things. Perhaps you should go back to where you came from. And by the way, I too am a move-in, but I don't feel the need to slander the people here and criticize. Like any place on earth there are good and bad things that happen. How about getting down off your Floridian high-horse and keep your thoughts to yourself.
Towns County Mom

Cleveland, GA

#241 Sep 22, 2012
if only wrote:
If only you morons had half the talent of the writer of hellawassee, if only.
What talent? The grammar was horrible. An elementary school student could have done better. His professor-wife should have gotten her red pen out and corrected it all before letting him publish it.
Towns County Mom

Cleveland, GA

#242 Sep 22, 2012
So true wrote:
This story is funny as hell and so very true! Especially the one about the subs at the school. Makes me miss the city so much more, there is way too much drama in this town, and people always trying to one up the other one, even their own "true" friends. I have never seen so many fake people in my life! I know, write a chapter about how the women around here leave their husbands to try and cash in someone better w/ an established name, these women will even go after someone gross looking just for money and the "name"!! Desperate!!!
Maybe you should go back to the city.
i dont think

Dahlonega, GA

#243 Sep 22, 2012
Towns County Mom wrote:
<quoted text>
What talent? The grammar was horrible. An elementary school student could have done better. His professor-wife should have gotten her red pen out and corrected it all before letting him publish it.
Who do you think wrote it?
I don't think he has a "professor-wife".
I believe he has a redneck, uneducated girlfriend.
He is from Florida.
Bad

Dawsonville, GA

#244 Sep 23, 2012
Towns County Mom wrote:
While there was some truth to your "fictitious" tale, I found it rude and uncalled for. Your grammar was atrocious and I found your tale to be typical of someone who comes to an area, finds things not as they expected, and wanting to change things. Perhaps you should go back to where you came from. And by the way, I too am a move-in, but I don't feel the need to slander the people here and criticize. Like any place on earth there are good and bad things that happen. How about getting down off your Floridian high-horse and keep your thoughts to yourself.
"And by the way, I too am a move-in, but I don't feel the need to slander the people here and criticize" Looks to me like you are doing that very thing. If you don't like it don't read it. Sometimes I wonder how people get through life.
Fly on the wall

Dawsonville, GA

#245 Sep 24, 2012
Hellawassee.com is a prime example of people taking matters into their own hands. Things like this expose real problems that some people want forgotten and covered up.
People in power around here need to start doing the right thing or expect to be exposed for the cowards and crooks they really are.
pow

Canton, GA

#246 Sep 24, 2012
Fly on the wall wrote:
Hellawassee.com is a prime example of people taking matters into their own hands. Things like this expose real problems that some people want forgotten and covered up.
People in power around here need to start doing the right thing or expect to be exposed for the cowards and crooks they really are.
oh blow it out your ass
LMFAO

Young Harris, GA

#247 Sep 24, 2012
Bad wrote:
<quoted text>Sometimes I wonder how people get through life.
Barely?
flpkd

Jefferson, GA

#248 Oct 13, 2012
you blow it out your butt

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