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The Dalton City Council has taken a step to stay in step with its fellow cities and governments across Georgia, clearing the way for local voters to decide if they want to change the hours alcoholic drinks can be served on Sunday.

It was a long time coming, but hopefully things have settled down now at the Mack Gaston Community Center with the DEO Clinic in place, ready to serve individuals in Whitfield and Murray counties who are uninsured and have limited financial resources.

Shay Higginbotham has been volunteering at City of Refuge only about a year-and-a-half but she has had a tremendous impact on the organization.

Rising Dalton sixth-grader Elyanna Quintero has been part of Girl Scout Troop 970 at Roan Elementary School since she was in the second grade. During that time, her mother Maria said her daughter has developed a deeper spirit of community and volunteerism through the example set by troop lea…

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It'll be two weeks on Sunday since the new "hands-free" law went into effect in Georgia, meaning it is illegal to have your cellphone in your hand while driving.

Being poor isn't a crime but some people are being held in jail because they do not have the money to make bail or the property to make bond.

Editor’s note: Valdosta Daily Times editor Jim Zachary is a board member, vice president and instructor with the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

For the past 27 years, the Family Support Council has hosted Camp AIM, a two-week day camp for children in Whitfield and Murray counties who have been sexually abused. The camp provides them an environment that is non-threatening and fun. Some 30 to 40 children take part each year.

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We are thankful that President Donald Trump saw the error of his ways and on Wednesday signed an executive order stopping his policy of separating children from their parents at the southern U.S. border when they were deemed to be illegally trying to enter this country.

A cold bologna sandwich. An apple or maybe some cut celery. Canned oranges and a half-pint of milk. It doesn't sound like a feast, but don't tell that to the hundreds of children in our area who get served similar meals for free during the summer.

Bebe Joyner, senior volunteer support manager for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta serving Whitfield, Murray and Gordon counties, says that during the last nine years, anything they have asked Whitfield County resident Mae Jensen to do, she has not only stepped up but excelled.

Every month during the school year, sometimes at least three times, Melody Shuford is at Roan School volunteering in JamieLou Phillips' kindergarten class.

Dalton High School student Jonathan Shaheen finished third in the Georgia High School Association 50-yard freestyle in helping lead the Catamounts to the Class 6A state championship in swimming earlier this year.

When Judy Kotch needed to take on raising three grandchildren, she didn't hesitate to do so, said her friend Joyce Parton.

This Saturday brings with it JeanneFest 2.0, the grand opening of the much anticipated Burr Performing Arts Park, named for Jeanne Burr, the Dalton philanthropist who donated $1 million to the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia for the building and maintenance of the park.

Multiple times in the last three years, people in the northwest Georgia area — but primarily from Ellijay, Calhoun and Dalton — have called, emailed or dropped in at the Times-Courier office in Ellijay to ask what’s going on in the “Calhoun prom case.” They’re talking about the May 10-11, 20…