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Spiritual revival

Sitting in a swing on the front stoop of his family's tent at Lumpkin Campground, Michael Hughes leans back and closes his eyes.

"This is an enchanted place for me, a place of reflection where time stands still," he said. "I do a lot of traveling, but no matter where I am in the world, when it's time for campmeeting, this is where I am."

July 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE

Campmeeting a 181 year tradition

An annual tradition will light up Lumpkin Campground on Sunday as families and friends gather to whitewash tree trunks in preparation for a weeklong spiritual revival known as campmeeting.

"We painted the trees so we wouldn't run into them before we got electricity," said Thelma Byrd, who has attended campmeeting each summer for more than eight decades.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE

Market opens for season

With a cowboy hat to block the summer sun and a truckload of fresh vegetables he's not old enough to drive into town, Jacob McPherson looks like a veteran as he approaches a customer at the local farmer's market.

"That's a Grenadier cabbage," said the 12-year-old, who credits his grandfather for instilling his love for gardening. "I grew it, and I picked it all last night."

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE

Family moves into new Habitat house

Walking into her new home Saturday, Bethany Berg said she thanked God for giving her something so perfect and special.

"The house is absolutely perfect ... everything about it is everything I could have wanted," she said.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE

Firefighter remembered

Dawson County residents mourned the loss of a longtime local firefighter last week.

April 27, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LIFE

Church welcomes aboard new pastor

Christ Fellowship Church in Dawson County is welcoming Todd Smith, who recently accepted the position of senior pastor.

January 12, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LIFE

Grace Presbyterian receives charter

The congregation at Grace Presbyterian celebrated Sunday as the newest church in the Cherokee Presbytery.

November 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE

Holiday benefit helps local group

Last year's inaugural holiday fundraiser at Providence Bible Church was such a success, organizers decided to do it again this year.

November 24, 2010 | Frank Reddy | LIFE

Veteran grateful for holiday

Looking back, some U.S. veterans say that deciding to serve in the military was a tough but defining decision in their lives.

November 03, 2010 | Frank Reddy | LIFE

Residents ready for holiday

Wondering which night to take children trick-or-treating this weekend?

October 27, 2010 | Frank Reddy | LIFE

Man’s best friend

Strider is a wonder in the lives of many.

August 11, 2010 | Frank Reddy | LIFE

‘Closest place to heaven on earth’

Dawson County resident Kris Rowan doesn't need a time machine to travel to a bygone era.

July 14, 2010 | Frank Reddy | LIFE

‘Such a success’

The threat of rain may have forced Relay for Life inside Dawson County High School, but little could have dampened the celebration.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE

Local man comes back from Iraq

A journalist from Dawson County embedded in the front lines of the Iraq War came home earlier this month after a 15-day stint following American troops in the desert.

May 26, 2010 | Frank Reddy | LIFE

Memorial Day service planned for Monday

Five flag poles stand at attention at Dawson County Veteran's Memorial Park.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE

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