DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – Three days before the start of advance voting in one of the two most important Senate races in the country, Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) brought her campaign to Dawsonville Friday. Her message to Republicans was a stark warning: “If we don’t turn out to vote we will lose the country.”
Loeffler faces Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock in the Jan. 5 runoff. In the other key race, Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) faces Democrat Jon Ossoff. At stake is which political party will control the U.S. Senate. Republicans currently hold a 50-48 majority. If the Democrats win both races, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris could cast a deciding vote to break any ties. Georgia has not elected a Democrat Senator since Max Cleland in 1996.
Dawson County is in Georgia’s 9th Congressional District, one of the most conservative districts in the country. As Congressman-elect Andrew Clyde pointed out in introducing Loeffler to the 100 or so people in attendance, “We are the mighty 9th Congressional District. We are 83 percent Republican. There are more Republicans in the 9th District than any other Congressional District in Georgia.”
Loeffler delivered an explosive no-holds-barred speech filled with the red meat many in the crowd had come to hear, referring to her opponent as a “radical liberal” and reminding them of his own words.
“He called our police gangsters, thugs and bullies and a threat to our children,” she said. “He also said we should empty our prisons, get rid of cash bail and turn dangerous, violent criminals out on our streets, leaving Georgians to fend for themselves while he waters down our Second Amendment rights. He said you can’t serve in the military and serve God. I resent that attack. It’s completely wrong. We will always stand with our heroes who have held the line of freedom for us. We have 700,000 of them in our state right here.”
She also said, “It’s not just the radical things he says, but the people he has celebrated. He invited Fidel Castro into his church, the Marxist, communist, murderous dictator Fidel Castro. He also celebrated Jeremiah Wright, the anti-American, anti-Semetic Jeremiah Wright.
She spoke about last Sunday’s debate with Warnock during which he sidestepped questions about his comments in support of Marxism and his willingness to pursue court packing.
“I gave him a chance to renounce Marxism and socialism,” she said. “He declined to do that. He wrote a book praising Marxism over 100 times.” Loeffler was referring to the 2014 book he authored entitled “The Divided Mind of the Black Church.”
“We have to stand up for our conservative values,” she said. “I have fought from Day 1 against the radical left, the cancel culture, big taxes and China. I stood up to defend innocent life, the Second Amendment, the border, law enforcement and the military and to make sure we put America first.”
She concluded by stating, “If we don’t turn out the vote we will lose our country. Together, we are going to stop socialism in its tracks. Together, we are going to save our country and the American dream.”
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Chase Elliot arrived in his hometown of Dawsonville to celebrate his NASCAR Cup Series. It was just yesterday that Chase earned his first championship cup win.
Chase is currently known as NASCAR’s most popular driver – a very cool thing to share, Chase said. Since it is Chase’s first championship, it means a lot to him as well as the town of Dawsonville.
“There’s no other driver that would come home to a situation like this,” Chase said. “This community is so supportive of what we do. I really respect the racing history in our family…what else could you ask for? I’m honored, humbled and glad to be home.”
Chase’s father – Bill Elliot – has continued the legacy, with Bill also being a championship winner. Chase is the third-youngest Cup Series champion alongside Bill Rexford in 1950 and Jeff Gordon in 1995.
Michael Garrett, family member of the Dawsonville Pool Room was excited to have Chase back in his hometown to celebrate, as did the other residents.
“I don’t know how many hometowns have a parade the day after they have somebody win a championship,” Garrett said. “This is unreal for the community and for us as a whole; especially for us and the Pool Room.”
Dawsonville has a lot of NASCAR roots, much more than the Elliot family, and Garrett said it is simply ‘neat’ to have such history in Dawsonville as well as carrying it through the Pool Room.
Chase owes it to his parents and said he is grateful they could share that special moment with him – especially following in his father’s footsteps.
“It’s not an everyday thing. That’s not a once in a lifetime that might be once in 50 lifetimes,” Chase said. “It’s a very emotional moment and to see where this racing journey started…I am grateful for all of their hard work.”
Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville
During the 4th weekend in October, KARE For Kids of Dawsonville, GA proudly presents
the 53rd Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival! They welcome over 100,000 visitors to
experience vintage race cars, revenuers, and more authentic moonshine-hauling cars than
you’ll ever see gathered in one place anywhere in the US! With a huge car show with judging
and awards, a parade, many great vendors, kids activities, two stages of entertainment, and great
food, there is something for everyone!
The weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct. 23 at 8 am with the start of the Car Show. At 10 am the
12th Annual Moonshine Run will be leaving from Bearden’s Funeral Home in Dawsonville to travel
the routes the moonshine runners raced through in years past, traveling to R.M. Rose Distillers in
Dillard, GA. Expect to be back in the City of Dawsonville by mid-afternoon just in time to
attend the Moonshine Festival activities. On Saturday, Oct. 24 at 9 am, a parade of vintage
race cars and moonshine era cars will present 2020 Grand Marshal David Ragan followed by
Opening Ceremonies and this year’s Moonshine Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.
Live music, arts and craft vendors, food, children’s activities, and exhibits continue through
Sunday evening, Oct. 25 at 5 pm. You can purchase Mountain Moonshine Festival souvenirs,
taste real moonshine at the Dawsonville Distillery and tour the GA Racing Hall of Fame.
This festival is a reunion of sort for many well-known race car drivers and owners, so you
never know who you may see milling around! The event is free; parking is $10 per car.
Shuttles will be running. Bring your entire family, your cameras, and be prepared to stay
all-day or weekend to see what Dawsonville and the North Georgia mountains have to offer.
The Mountain Moonshine Festival adheres to Covid-19 guidelines, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, and hand sanitizing.
For more information, 706-216-5273 or www.kareforkids.org. All proceeds go directly to helping children in need in Dawson County.
We Thank You & Are Most Grateful for Your Support!!