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Candidates for Board of Education Discuss Priorities, Accomplishments, Goals

By LYDIA BERGLAR News Editor This year, five candidates are running for the Dade County Board of Education. Johnny Warren (incumbent) is running uncontested for the District Three seat, Steve Forester and Carolyn Bradford (incumbent) are facing off for District Four, and Jayne Griffin (incumbent) and Patrick Hickey are competing for the At-Large seat. All…

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Story Walk Blends Literacy, Nature, and Activity in Jenkins Park

By LYDIA BERGLAR News Editor Visitors to Jenkins Park will notice the fresh addition of a “story walk” which brings reading to an outdoor setting. Mindy Haworth (library branch manager) said, “As a library, you want to put literacy in as many places as possible. The point of the story walk is to get people…

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Obituaries – April 10th Issue

FLO CASTLEBERRY Flora “Flo” Lee Castleberry, 88, passed away Friday, March 29, 2024. Flo was born Oct. 17, 1935, to the late Jess and Estelle Anderson Lynn. She was a well-known and talented seamstress who served the tri-state area for many years. She excelled in alterations and crafting a variety of garments ranging from baby…

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DG Market Coming to Sand Mountain and Railroad Work Begins

By LYDIA BERGLAR News Editor The April 4th meeting of the Dade County Board of Commissioner was a relatively short, straightforward meeting covering minor business items and several small announcements. The board reappointed Donna Street to the Historic Preservation Commission and approved a SPLOST purchase for the public works department (a side mower costing $22,500).…

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I-59 Paving Project Begins on Monday

By LYDIA BERGLAR News Editor One issue that Sheriff Ray Cross often receives calls about is the conditions of our interstates. Sergeant Chad Payne (public information officer) reported that Cross (among others) was one of the people who helped draw attention to the need for road repairs, and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is…

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Local Vendors Begin Monthly “Mingle on the Square”

By LYDIA BERGLAR News Editor This Saturday, April 6th, is the first ever Mingle on the Square – an event put together by a group of local entrepreneurial women. From April through November, locals can look forward to gathering on the first Saturday of each month for food trucks, local vendors, farm fresh goods, kids…

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Local Service/Tourism Business Owners Support Each Other Through Hospitality Meetups

By LYDIA BERGLAR News Editor In recent months, thoughtful, energetic, invested citizens from in and around Dade County formed a grassroots group focused on supporting each other and finding solutions to shared problems. The group’s gatherings are unofficially dubbed “Hospitality Meetups,” and the first two such meetings allowed the group to gather like-minded people (mostly…

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Board of Education Meeting Highlights Fine Arts, Optimist Oratorical Winners

By LYDIA BERGLAR News Editor The March 25th meeting of the Dade County Board of Education featured student performances and highlighted the value of the fine arts, especially music education. The American Legion also offered student engagement/history-related suggestions that the Legion members could help with. Superintendent Josh Ingle noted that March is “Music in Our…

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