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Masons to lay cornerstone at new government center
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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.

Officers of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, F&AM, will conduct the 3 p.m. ceremony by placing the 12 by 24 inch stone at the new government center on Shoal Creek Road.

Donated by Etowah Lodge, the etched stone will include the names of Grand Master Jerry Moss and Worshipful Master Woody Harvey II.

A similar stone was set at the county's current courthouse in 1983.

The new government center, which will bring all offices of county government under one roof, is expected to open in January.

The public will also be invited to attend the center's grand opening ceremony, which will be announced at a later date, according to officials.