Best Small towns in America

Best Small towns in America

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Lovin every minute of it

Jefferson, GA

#1 Mar 24, 2013
Looks like we will have to wait until next year. Hiawassee didn't make the list this year. If you read about the places that did make the list you read about culture, good schools, family and clean active towns.
Hiawassee has banjos and fiddles, crappy schools run by cronies, family trees with no branches and five continuous miles of vacant rundown buildings sprinkled with fruit stands and thrift stores.
Oh well maybe next year.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-20-B...
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Young Harris, GA

#2 Mar 25, 2013
Interesting article. Sadly however, the elected leaders of Towns County have never shown an interest in making the place more inviting and welcoming, much less more attractive, just enriching themselves any way they can, at anyone's expense.

This sums up what Towns County isn't.

"...Happily, the top towns also boast heartwarming settings where the air is a little fresher, the grass greener, the pace gentler than in metropolitan America. Generally, they’re devoted to preserving their historic centers, encouraging talent and supporting careful economic growth. There’s usually an institution of higher learning, too.

"Most important are the people, unpretentious people with small-town values and high cultural expectations—not a bad recipe for society at large. As a sign on a chalkboard in Cleveland, Mississippi (our No. 2) puts it,“Be nice. The world is a small town....”
Future

Jefferson, GA

#3 Mar 25, 2013
Comment wrote:
Interesting article. Sadly however, the elected leaders of Towns County have never shown an interest in making the place more inviting and welcoming, much less more attractive, just enriching themselves any way they can, at anyone's expense.
This sums up what Towns County isn't.
"...Happily, the top towns also boast heartwarming settings where the air is a little fresher, the grass greener, the pace gentler than in metropolitan America. Generally, they’re devoted to preserving their historic centers, encouraging talent and supporting careful economic growth. There’s usually an institution of higher learning, too.
"Most important are the people, unpretentious people with small-town values and high cultural expectations—not a bad recipe for society at large. As a sign on a chalkboard in Cleveland, Mississippi (our No. 2) puts it,“Be nice. The world is a small town....”
Hiawassee has all the ingredient to make the list. A college, lake and the mountains. What it lacks are leaders with integrity, a healthy school system, non-bias local media and the ambition to improve. That will never change until the voters take the time to educate themselves on the issues and individuals running for office. The honest voter does out number the dishonest, corrupt regime supporters in this county. They simply believe the propaganda garbage the regime controlled newspaper prints instead of researching the issues and people involved. Media outlets such as TOPIX and e-books are opening many eyes.
Soon there will be an online news source. Several families are currently working on it and one man offered to fund it. Three retired people with actual journalism backgrounds are volunteering their time to help it get going. That's three more than the entire staff of the Herald has. It's still a month or so away. Stay tuned.
SPot

Commerce, GA

#4 Mar 25, 2013
Future wrote:
<quoted text>Hiawassee has all the ingredient to make the list. A college, lake and the mountains. What it lacks are leaders with integrity, a healthy school system, non-bias local media and the ambition to improve. That will never change until the voters take the time to educate themselves on the issues and individuals running for office. The honest voter does out number the dishonest, corrupt regime supporters in this county. They simply believe the propaganda garbage the regime controlled newspaper prints instead of researching the issues and people involved. Media outlets such as TOPIX and e-books are opening many eyes.
Soon there will be an online news source. Several families are currently working on it and one man offered to fund it. Three retired people with actual journalism backgrounds are volunteering their time to help it get going. That's three more than the entire staff of the Herald has. It's still a month or so away. Stay tuned.
Nothing like Floridiot moveins trying to do the news..
Parent

United States

#5 Mar 25, 2013
SPot wrote:
<quoted text>Nothing like Floridiot moveins trying to do the news..
I think it was a former Floridian who put up the money. But two of the families involved are about tenth generation Towns County. More locals than you think are sick of what is going on and finally doing something about it. Count me in that group.
SPot

Commerce, GA

#6 Mar 25, 2013
Parent wrote:
<quoted text>I think it was a former Floridian who put up the money. But two of the families involved are about tenth generation Towns County. More locals than you think are sick of what is going on and finally doing something about it. Count me in that group.
No matter what "you" try and do it doesn't matter. You will never change this town. We proved that with Gerdes.
Naw

Jefferson, GA

#7 Mar 25, 2013
SPot wrote:
<quoted text>No matter what "you" try and do it doesn't matter. You will never change this town. We proved that with Gerdes.
You may be right. But, what we will do is expose those who are responsible for making what could be a wonderful place to live into a corrupt, economically and morally bankrupt spot on the map.
Hold you heads high as you walk through town. Everyone is laughing at you behind your back. Everyone now knows what dreadful human beings you are. Soon we will expose the rest of your supporting cast. Do the right thing, or pay the price of exposure to the world.
Foster Stephen

United States

#8 Apr 1, 2013
Everyone wants to blame the "Outsiders, and "Moveins" for the towns problems. It's always been the locals holding this place down, and back.
Resident

Young Harris, GA

#9 Apr 1, 2013
Naw wrote:
<quoted text>Do the right thing, or pay the price of exposure to the world.
Anybody got change for a dime? That should cover the tab.

The world doesn't give a damn about Towns County. Neither does the country, or the state of Georgia. Or our elected officials.
MCdude

Dawsonville, GA

#10 Apr 1, 2013
Naw wrote:
<quoted text>You may be right. But, what we will do is expose those who are responsible for making what could be a wonderful place to live into a corrupt, economically and morally bankrupt spot on the map.
Hold you heads high as you walk through town. Everyone is laughing at you behind your back. Everyone now knows what dreadful human beings you are. Soon we will expose the rest of your supporting cast. Do the right thing, or pay the price of exposure to the world.
How long has this "expose" threat been going on around here on Topix.? You people have never "EXPOSED" anything. We're still waiting.
Sort of

Jefferson, GA

#11 Apr 1, 2013
MCdude wrote:
<quoted text>How long has this "expose" threat been going on around here on Topix.? You people have never "EXPOSED" anything. We're still waiting.
I think TOPIX and Hellawassee.com have done a tremendous job of exposing the nepotism, cronies, thieves, corruption, ignorance, poor schools and this overall crappy place to call home.
If nothing else it took a little bounce out of some of their step. For example last Sunday I heard several people crack jokes about a couple of our School Board members. Being re-elected and the joke of the town can only happen in Towns County. That makes us unique.
Taking action

Young Harris, GA

#12 Apr 2, 2013
413 of what will be 10s of 000s of personalized, well written and hopefully convincing e-mails went out yesterday, urging individuals to be leary of this place for a reason they will relate to. Another 200 will be sent in a few minutes.

It's easy and has a purpose. The goal is 1,000,000 emails by July, 3X that number by Christmas. Once reduced to nothing, perhaps then the town can be rebuilt, if it is His will.
MCdude

Dawsonville, GA

#13 Apr 2, 2013
Taking action wrote:
413 of what will be 10s of 000s of personalized, well written and hopefully convincing e-mails went out yesterday, urging individuals to be leary of this place for a reason they will relate to. Another 200 will be sent in a few minutes.
It's easy and has a purpose. The goal is 1,000,000 emails by July, 3X that number by Christmas. Once reduced to nothing, perhaps then the town can be rebuilt, if it is His will.
Sounds like you need a job?
MCdude

Dawsonville, GA

#14 Apr 2, 2013
Sort of wrote:
<quoted text>I think TOPIX and Hellawassee.com have done a tremendous job of exposing the nepotism, cronies, thieves, corruption, ignorance, poor schools and this overall crappy place to call home.
If nothing else it took a little bounce out of some of their step. For example last Sunday I heard several people crack jokes about a couple of our School Board members. Being re-elected and the joke of the town can only happen in Towns County. That makes us unique.
And what part of Florida are you from?
Taking action

Young Harris, GA

#15 Apr 2, 2013
MCdude wrote:
<quoted text>Sounds like you need a job?
Thanks but I already have the only one I could ever want.
Stuck here

United States

#16 Apr 2, 2013
MCdude wrote:
<quoted text>And what part of Florida are you from?
I don't know where they are from but I agree with them. If not for TOPIX we wouldn't know half the bad stuff that goes on around here.
Oh and by the way, I am from a part of North Carolina that has good schools and honest elected officials. We had a School Board that advertised job openings and hired qualified people. We had a board of Commissioners who didn't buy land at three times its value from friends. We have a town that takes pride in its clean streets and well maintained buildings. We have voters who hold their elected officials accountable. We have a newspaper that writes the truth regardless of who it might make mad.
I was forced to come here wih my two children four years ago to care for my elderly parents. As soon as I can I am moving back and never coming back to Hellawassee or Hiawassee however you want to spell it.
I care

Dawsonville, GA

#17 Apr 2, 2013
Get the GOP out of here and we will be ok.
MCdude

Dawsonville, GA

#18 Apr 2, 2013
Stuck here wrote:
<quoted text>I don't know where they are from but I agree with them. If not for TOPIX we wouldn't know half the bad stuff that goes on around here.
Oh and by the way, I am from a part of North Carolina that has good schools and honest elected officials. We had a School Board that advertised job openings and hired qualified people. We had a board of Commissioners who didn't buy land at three times its value from friends. We have a town that takes pride in its clean streets and well maintained buildings. We have voters who hold their elected officials accountable. We have a newspaper that writes the truth regardless of who it might make mad.
I was forced to come here wih my two children four years ago to care for my elderly parents. As soon as I can I am moving back and never coming back to Hellawassee or Hiawassee however you want to spell it.
Hopefully that will be soon..
Fed up

Young Harris, GA

#19 Apr 3, 2013
I care wrote:
Get the GOP out of here and we will be ok.
Get the local "bred and born" parasites, regardless of which party they control (one is no different than the other), out of office (and our wallets) and while that alone won't make things better, at least the county might not go the rest of the way down the drain, which is the direction it's been heading in for years.
Naw

Hiawassee, GA

#20 Apr 3, 2013
Stuck here wrote:
<quoted text>I don't know where they are from but I agree with them. If not for TOPIX we wouldn't know half the bad stuff that goes on around here.
Oh and by the way, I am from a part of North Carolina that has good schools and honest elected officials. We had a School Board that advertised job openings and hired qualified people. We had a board of Commissioners who didn't buy land at three times its value from friends. We have a town that takes pride in its clean streets and well maintained buildings. We have voters who hold their elected officials accountable. We have a newspaper that writes the truth regardless of who it might make mad.
I was forced to come here wih my two children four years ago to care for my elderly parents. As soon as I can I am moving back and never coming back to Hellawassee or Hiawassee however you want to spell it.
Naw, Dumbo, you're our very own village idiot and a "lier" or liar, however you want to spell it.

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