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.
Sarah Tinsley was announced as the 2014 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership award winner during the Dawson County Board of Education meeting Nov. 11.
Second generation racer Chase Elliott, 17, has been named the 2013 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Driver of the Year.
Thanksgiving is next week and with that comes the official start of another tradition - holiday shopping.
Potted plants are a great way to add color and foliage to small spaces like decks and patios.
Last week, family and friends gathered in the small town of Chattahoochee Hills, south of Atlanta, to celebrate a life well-lived. Our late grandson, Zack Wansley, was honored at the dedication of "Zack's Glade," a pristine and picturesque piece of Cochran Mill Park near where he died while training for the Atlanta Marathon in 2008.
William "Perry" Cash, 72, of Cumming, died Nov. 17, 2013.
Johnny Hannah, 49, of Cumming, died Nov. 11, 2013.
Dawson County High School signed its first scholar athlete for the year on Monday.
Last week, Dawson County High School officials encouraged seniors to take the next step to higher education.
Students at Kilough Elementary got a chance last week to spend time with their mothers at school.
I've noticed a few things lately about myself. When I say I need to drop a few pounds, forgoing my daily candy bar and glass of wine doesn't cause the scales to nudge south.
A local man was flown to an Atlanta hospital Monday afternoon after he suffered serious injuries in a farming equipment accident.
Thank you to Amicalola EMC Foundation and to each and every person who takes part in Operation Round-up on behalf of Caring Hands Ministries and each person and family the Operation Round-up grant to Caring Hands will help us help.
That statement is more a "both/and" than an "either/or."
Over the past few years most everyone in our community has been affected in some way by the downturn in the economy.