DAWSONVILLE - A staff sergeant from Dawsonville who was killed in Afghanistan last week is being remembered as a loving family man and dedicated soldier.
Alexander G. Povilaitis, 47, died when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Pam Hamalainen, president of Veterans Affairs of Dawson County, was surprised last month when she received a certificate from Gov. Nathan Deal appointing her "Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp Governor's Staff formed for the defense of the State."
"It was very unexpected. I was humbled, I didn't feel I had done that much," she said.
The Chestatee Regional Library System kicked off a new outreach service last month that aims to bring books to children in remote locations in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.
The Booker Mobile, named after the library mascot Booker the Dog, will visit locations after school and during the summer to allow children to check out up to five books and learn about library services.