The public is invited to attend a centuries-old tradition Sunday when members of the Free and Accepted Masons lay a cornerstone at the new Dawson County Government Center.
"It's a tradition of the Masons over the years, when requested, to lay cornerstones at public and charitable institutions, monuments and seats of learning," said County Commissioner James Swafford, who is also a member of Etowah Lodge F&AM No. 222.
The local Alliance of Churches is expecting several hundred guests today for the annual community Thanksgiving feast at the Lakeview Center.
"We just know that in this economy that there's a lot of people that are struggling and trying to manage very tight budgets, who may not have the means to provide a nice Thanksgiving banquet type meal for their families because of money concerns," said Doug Powell, an alliance volunteer.