After a friend told me she had waited three-and-a-half hours recently to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk that could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that. I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to. Where else are we going to go to get our driver's licenses renewed? Burger King?
In the late summer of 1968 I sat down on the floor of my grandparent's ranch house to watch television with my father and uncle. I did not get to watch what I wanted because the Democratic Convention in Chicago was on all the channels. Back then there were only three channels.
Editor's Note: This is the second of several articles by Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle designed to give readers a better understanding of applicable state laws and responsible firearms ownership.
The families of Miranda Martin and Bobby Satterfield announce the engagement and approaching marriage of the couple.
Pansies are the quickest and easiest way to add color to a dull fall landscape. They are a hardy winter annual native to Europe, and most likely a hybrid of Johnny Jump-up flowers. Millions of pansies are grown each year for the Georgia market, and with more than 300 varieties to choose from, you will most certainly find a pansy color to suit your taste.
By nature, I am not a jealous person. Never have been, and don't really see that changing in the future. I believe it to be a supremely petty emotion and the only thing that has ever given me a near pang has been a sassy pair of shoes I spotted on a lady once.
Virginia Abi Garrett, 100, of Cumming, died Oct. 2, 2013. She was an active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church since 1925.
The Ninth District Head Start program was open Tuesday, thanks to private funding. Staff and parents were notified Monday that the preschool program was reopening, said Kay Laws, Head Start director for Ninth District Opportunity.
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and to celebrate, Riverview Elementary is giving dimes away.
All but one of the subdivisions in Dawsonville has cleaned up its retention pond over the past month at the request of the city, officials said, with the lone holdout possibly requiring further action. "We've had reported to our street department and to the mayor numerous problems with the retention pond at the Howser Mill subdivision," City Attorney Dana Miles told council members during their meeting Monday night.
Reda Kay House, 65, of Dawsonville, died Oct. 5, 2013. Born Feb. 25, 1958 in Hall County, she lived most of her life in Dawson County. A 1976 graduate of Gainesville High School, Reda earned her degree in nursing from Lanier Tech and worked most of her career as a healthcare professional at the area hospitals and for more than 10 years with Magellan Health Services.
Lois Virginia Bowen Hester, 85, of Dawsonville, died Oct. 2, 2013. She liked to sew, read and loved the outdoors.
Dawson County has a new assistant registrar to help out with elections. Chief Registrar Glenda Ferguson announced that, starting Monday, long-time county employee Rachelle Thurmond would be taking the place left by former Assistant Registrar Karen Armstrong.
Dinner with a smile was served to everyone at the Lakeview Center on Sept. 30 when Young Life of Dawson County held its annual fundraising reception and banquet.
Nathan Len Headrick, 36, of Cumming, died Oct. 2, 2013. Born in Atlanta, he was the son of Gary and Bonnie Headrick of Cumming.
I've tried to cultivate an attitude of gratitude lately. It's not as corny as it sounds. But I had read something a while back that stated that the more we are thankful for, the more we will have to be thankful for.
During a Nov. 12 joint work session and board meeting, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority voted on several financial matters, two of which go hand-in-hand.
In the center of Riverview Elementary School stands an intersection where the entrance meets the media center and splits into two wings for classrooms.
Jack Lisenby, 75, of Dawsonville, died Nov. 21, 2013.
GAINESVILLE - Hundreds of residents from across the region turned out Monday morning to hear from a panel of professionals and members of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee on how the Affordable Care Act is affecting local doctors, insurance companies, small business owners and families.
Ivan Lee Martin, 82, of Cumming, died Nov. 20, 2013.
Voncile Mooney, 88, of Cumming, died Nov. 22, 2013.
Douglas Windsor Frederick died Nov. 19, 2013.
Despite the brisk weather, motorcyclists filled the parking lot of the Dawsonville Municipal Complex on Sunday during the 22nd Annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run.
Area residents could get a taste of winter weather this holiday week.
Roger Padgett, 69, of Dawsonville, died Nov. 17, 2013.
Recently Rep. Kevin Tanner wrote about how great it is to live in Georgia.
Instead of traveling with elves by sleigh, Santa arrived in Dawsonville last year with smiling men and women dressed in leather jackets and riding motorcycles.
With the burn ban in Dawson County lifted and a fair amount of rain the past few months, residents have been burning leaves and other trash in their yards more frequently.
When you date someone for longer than three months, people want to know when you're getting married.