Since Julio Rangel came to the United States from Mexico almost seven years ago, there only have been two periods when finding work was almost impossible: After 9/11 and in 2007.
DALTON, Ga. — Towering American Chestnut trees once covered 200 million acres of eastern forests in the United States, according to the American Chestnut Foundation, feeding humans and animals year-round with their tasty nuts.
DALTON, Ga. — The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department is one of the latest additions to the federal program that trains local officers to enforce immigration law.
Amid the mayor’s crusade to cut taxes, the City Council here voted to hold a November referendum giving voters the chance to eliminate a special property tax dedicated to city recreation.
A 3-year-old boy found alone in rural Whitfield County waited for two hours in a tiny restaurant Monday while authorities searched for his parents.
Last week, 17-year-old Manuel Montelongo volunteered for the first time. He worked in a food pantry, played with children at a nonprofit daycare, and toiled in the mud to build a Habitat for Humanity house.
The three Mexican nationals arrested in Whitfield County as part of a statewide sweep led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, belonged to the Fifth Avenue gang and Tiny Winos gang, federal agents said.
When Francisco Palacios first came to the United States from Mexico, he said he was offended if an American business owner said to him, “Thank you for your business.”
Recently, Gov. Sonny Perdue blocked a scheduled jump in the state sales tax charged on motor fuel.
Eighty-one-year-old Earl Dayton brings his 7-year-old grandson to Civitan Park in Dalton, Ga., every day during the summer, where the boy eats a nutritious meal for free. Money has been tight, Mr. Dayton said.
DALTON, Ga. — Since 1992, Sheriff Scott Chitwood, a Democrat, has held the sheriff’s office here.
Responding to criticism of the bus system, Whitfield County officials recently released results of a public transportation survey distributed to social workers.
Sixty-four years to the day after he landed on the beach at Normandy, France, on D-Day, Dalton native Monroe Blackwell was buried Friday with full military honors in Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Every fall, third-grade teacher Marian Pinson tests students’ reading levels to determine whether their skills have declined over the summer.
DALTON, Ga. — In late March, George Woodward resigned as president of the Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce for personal reasons.<
DALTON, Ga. — Giggling, 10-year-old Gaby Duchesne recalled dipping her fingers into the gooey ingredients required to construct make handmade English collages.
DALTON, Ga. — After just 15 months on the job, Brooke Bennett is leaving her position as the first-ever communications director serving both Dalton and Whitfield County.
Nearly two months after the mayor gave them a notice of eviction from City Hall, the Downtown Dalton Development Authority’s employees began moving out Wednesday.
By next week, the media in Dalton will be missing two of their point people: Dalton/Whitfield spokeswoman Brooke Bennett and Dalton Police public relations specialist Kristy Hunter.
Walking the streets of East Dalton, Edwin Cuna pushes a cart with “Paleteria La Reyna” stenciled in red letters on its side. He rings bells that beckon children from home to search for their favorite flavored icicles.
The Memorial Day slaying last year of 16-year-old Andre Johnson shook this city.
Fifty-two teenage mothers have walked the halls this year at Dalton High School.
DALTON, Ga. — Social work scholar Mary Bricker-Jenkins first fell in love with the Southeast 25 years ago, when she came to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for a one-year stint teaching social work.
On a recent evening, County Commission Chairman Brian Anderson was enjoying a springtime run when two dogs charged at him.
Seventeen-year-old Cody Barton has lost count of the retail stores, fast-food shops and discount giants where he has fruitlessly applied for a summer job.
Half of the Dalton Fire Department sat in on a City Council meeting recently, filling the seats of City Hall because of concern about mergers with the county.
As a boy in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Franco Martinez climbed a tamarind tree and tasted a beanlike fruit so tart it almost knocked him to the ground. But, he held on, he said, and savored the fruit’s tangy juices.
On May 2, the deadline for candidates to qualify for Georgia primary elections, a delayed flight stranded Rick Tanner in Chicago and kept him from delivering his notice of candidacy.
DALTON, Ga. — At first glance, the Military Vets Motorcycle Club looks like any other band of bikers: leather vests, bald heads or bandanas, goatees, nicknames like “Li’l Red” and “Bigwood.” But this motorcycle club has mission.
DALTON, Ga. — Amid criticism an increased scrutiny of the bus system here, the agency that runs the six buses said Thursday it will quit.
As cities around the country mark National Tourism Week, Dalton officials are looking at ways to tap into the historic and cultural resources to attract visitors — and their dollars — to the Carpet Capital.
As Georgia’s two-year drought drags on, Dalton’s major carpet companies are touting — and sharing with one another — the water-saving measures that some industry leaders say predate the water crisis.
State officials eased water use restrictions across much of Georgia last week.
Despite a few last-minute no-shows, the city’s first Downtown Dalton Saturday Market drew about a dozen vendors Saturday.
DALTON, Ga. — The young golden retriever stared ahead, his tail limp. Unlike a few of the strays barking and wagging their tails, the quiet golden’s owners had left him at the Whitfield County Animal Shelter — where he was likely killed.
DALTON, Ga. — At 13, Christy Ware satisfied her curiosity about sex by having it. She’s 25 now and regrets the decision that she said created instability for her 10-year-old son, the consequence of that early encounter.
DALTON, Ga. — As the hunger for locally-made goods spreads across the U.S., Downtown Dalton premiers its own outdoor market today, bringing farmers, artisans and other crafters to a district notoriously quiet on the weekends.
DALTON, Ga. — After relaying his 10-year vision for the city, Mayor David Pennington pledged Thursday to take an immediate step to trim the city’s budget: Bid major Dalton roads projects out to private contractors.
On Saturday, letter carriers across the nation will coordinate a “blitz against hunger,” collecting goods to restock local food pantries, kitchens and shelters that experience increased need as more people struggle economically.
At separate meetings Monday, Whitfield County and Dalton adopted discrete resolutions to consider merging city and county road repair, maintenance and construction projects to cut costs and run more efficiently.
DALTON, Ga. — Just more than a week ago, Dalton State College student Maria Guijon became president of the city’s Coalition of Latino Leaders, or CLILA, following the departure of its founder, America Gruner. Ms. Gruner left Dalton for a job in Atlanta.
DALTON, Ga. — For two years, 41-year-old Deborah Hall lived here without a car, spending $200 a month on cab fares and paying acquaintances for rides.
A few months ago, local artist Jerry Morrison created his artwork mostly using a computer. Now, with the help of art teacher Nicole White, the disabled artist works with real paint — smiling as he finishes each piece.
As a little girl in Mexico, Laura Rojas dutifully placed her pesos in her Winnie the Pooh piggy bank. At 18, she has written a children’s book that explains, “A savings account is a place where the bank keeps your money.”
Election and registration offices throughout Northwest Georgia were busy accepting papers from candidates for local elected offices as qualifying began Monday. The qualifying period ends at noon Friday.
As a national debate over immigration raged in early 2006, Mexican immigrant America Gruner founded a grassroots organization to engage this city’s Hispanics amid growing anti-immigrant sentiment.
DALTON, Ga. — Donning Pilgrim costumes and waving tiny flags, students from the city’s International Academy this week staged a program with patriotic songs and re-enactment of the immigration trends that have shaped America.
DALTON, Ga. — Back in the 1950s, Dalton residents voted to approve a special tax dedicated to recreation.
Flying high above the Conasauga River, local elected officials aboard small airplanes on Tuesday saw the effects of human activities such as agriculture and development on the region’s main water source.
DALTON, Ga. — Amid the inequities of the segregated South, Dalton native Patricia Patton Rivers recalls fondly her education during the 1950s and 1960s at the city’s tiny school for black children, the Emery Street School.