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.
Fall is a busy time in the forests and woodlands of north Georgia.
Benny Moore, 79, of Cumming, formerly of Alpharetta, died Oct. 30, 2013.
Curtis Ross Ragan, 75, of Dawsonville, died Oct. 28, 2013.
Rita Streetman, 82, of Suwanee, died Oct. 29, 2013.
In their latest round of talks about a new service agreement, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority has made Dawsonville an offer it's unlikely to accept - sell the authority the city's system.
Mama, for the most part, has always been right about just about everything. Don't dare tell her that, or I will never hear the end of it.
One of three state-sponsored clubhouses in Georgia has officially opened its doors to Dawson County students.
With all the ballots counted, Dawsonville has elected its incumbents back into office for city council. Long-time councilman Mike Sosebee, who previously served more than 30 years on the council, and Angie Smith, who was elected last year after being appointed to fill an unexpired term, garnered the top two highest amounts of votes in the election.
Three Dawson County youth football teams competed in the elite eight of the North Georgia Youth Football Association playoffs recently.
A man was reported shot at a Dawson County residence shortly after noon Thursday.
Jean K. Shaw, 90, of Lilburn, died Oct. 27, 2013.
Pamela Kay Thompson died Oct. 25, 2013.
"Mama, do you believe in ghosts?"
The city of Dawsonville is testing a new technology system designed to give residents additional Internet options.
One of the biggest collections of hot rods was on display this weekend in Dawsonville during the 46th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.