cloudy
Monday August 31st, 2015 4:57AM

Gold miner statue arrives, is installed in Cleveland

By Dean Dyer WRWH Radio
CLEVELAND - The much-anticipated bronze gold miner statue recognizing the discovery of gold in White County finally has arrived.

The statue, made possible by a donation from Annette Adams of Cleveland in memory of her late husband Gene, was placed on the grounds of the Historic White County Courthouse Museum.

The announcement of the statue donation was made back in January and since then the artist creating it, Gregory Johnson, has been working on the project. The finished product was delivered Tuesday morning.

As workers prepared the base for the placement of the statue, Johnson said, "There's nothing like seeing it in bronze, in the situation, with the landscaping and the beautiful pedestal. It just frames it all with the mountains and the sky in the background - you just don't get the same feeling in the studio."

White County played a major role in the discovery of gold and the largest gold nugget found east of the Mississippi occurred there.

Adams attended the statue placement and expressed her thoughts about getting to this stage of the project.

"Well, I hope it will be a real asset to Cleveland," she said.

Historical Society President Judy Lovell said that organization soon will hold an official dedication ceremony and recognition program for the statue.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
No one hurt, but vehicle fire briefly shuts down highway
No one was hurt as a result of a vehicle fire that shut down a busy state highway north of Helen Sunday afternoon.
1:04PM ( 1 year ago )
White County battles fire at state park cabin
A Christmas Day fire did moderate damage to the main lodging cabin at Smithgall Woods State Park north of Cleveland.
9:24PM ( 1 year ago )
Remembering a simpler Christmas
Visitors to the Sautee Nacoochee Community Center recently were able to step back in time to enjoy a 19th Century Christmas.
7:02AM ( 1 year ago )
White County News
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Scientists studying how rising seas will reshape Ga. coast
Scientists are fine-tuning what they know about rivers and marshes flushed with saltwater by ocean tides so they can better predict how rising sea levels will reshape the Georgia coast over the next century.
By The Associated Press
7:07PM ( 9 hours ago )
Developmental disabilities group to hold public forum in Gainesville
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) will host a series of public forums between now and Sept. 30 in order to collect public input on its next strategic plan, including one in Gainesville.
By AccessWDUN staff
4:00PM ( 12 hours ago )
Cumming meeting to focus on plans for new interchange, other improvements to Ga. 400
The Georgia Department of Transportation and Forsyth County officials are developing a project to improve traffic flow on Georgia 400 at McGinnis Ferry Road.
3:24PM ( 13 hours ago )
Volunteers fill backpacks with meals for Gainesville, Hall students in need
Last week, employees of Wells Fargo Advisors Gainesville and Braselton branches came together to pack 225 backpacks with food for underprivileged families.
By Russell Brown
11:45AM ( 17 hours ago )
McDonald's has 200 part-time jobs available in Hall, Gwinnett counties
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help McDonald’s fill about 200 part-time jobs at restaurants in Hall and Gwinnett counties next week.
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:32AM ( 20 hours ago )