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Karl Porfirio published "My Daddy's Heart is Purple," a children's book that teaches children about the
Purple Heart medal.The story was inspired by Porfirio's relationship with his 8-year-old grandson Landon.
Man honors fallen airman son
by authoring children’s book
By Jessica Brown
“I know it’s going on eight years
but it seems like yesterday for me,”
said Karl Porfirio, his hand grip
ping newspaper clippings that
detail his son’s tragic fate.
In November 2009, Air Force
Senior Airman Tre Porfirio was
shot three times during an ambush
in Afghanistan. Desperate to save
the 21-year old’s life, doctors and
surgeons tested a groundbreaking
islet cell transplant procedure to
help the airman survive without his
The procedure was a success,
bringing international acclaim to
Tre Porfirio and his team of doc
tors as the story was picked up by
Karl Porfirio shows his original manuscript printed on computer
paper written nine months ago next to his newly published hard
Demolition of homes
on site to begin soon
Demolition and clearing of two home sites
between the city of Dawsonville municipal complex
and Dawson County Junior High School will soon
be underway after a vote by city council last week.
In place of the homes, the city is planning a farm
ers market which will include a 50 foot by 150 foot
covered pavilion for vendors to shelter their goods,
as well as 34 parking spaces, a picnic and play
ground area and a restroom.
Three companies submitted bids for demolition
See Market 17A
GOP runoff vote
set for Tuesday
From staff reports
Advance voting for the July 24 runoff primary elec
tion ends Friday.
Voting will be held from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through July
20 at the Board of Elections Office at 96 Academy
Avenue in Dawsonville.
The runoff will be held from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. July 24
at assigned voting precincts.
Republican runoffs will be held for the offices of
governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state.
Brian Kemp, Georgia’s current Secretary of State,
will face off against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for the
Republican nomination for governor. The winner of
this runoff will go against Democrat Stacey Abrams,
who secured her party’s position in May, in
Those who did not vote in the May primary will be
able to vote in the runoff. If you voted in the primary
you cannot switch party ballots.
A sample ballot can be found at www.mvp.sos.ga.
Weeklong revival will begin Monday
By Allie Dean
Steeped in history and time-hon
ored tradition, a weeklong spiritual
revival and celebration begins
Monday at Lumpkin Campground.
Now in its 188th year, campmeet
ing comes around this time each
summer and time seems to stop on
the hallowed grounds of Lumpkin
Campground. Worshipers from all
over the county, from various church
es and denominations, get together to
worship the one thing they all have in
common: a love of God.
Local Methodists began meeting
for summer revival at Lumpkin
Campground in 1830 after 40 local
men each donated $1 for its pur
Later, as Baptists married into
those founding families, Methodist
and Baptist ministers began sharing
“Even though this is a Methodist
campground there were as many
Baptists as Methodists,” camper
Carol Ransom said last year. “We
went to Baptist church all the time
and then we would come to camp
The tradition continues Monday
with the first service at 7:45 p.m.
Service will be held each day at 11
a.m. and at 7:45 p.m. The closing ser
vice will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 29.
Ministers this year will include
Rev. Charlie Green, Methodist, Rev.
Scott Gilbert, Baptist, and host pastor
David Sanders and the song leader
will be Reggie Stowers.
Allie Dean Dawson County News
Campmeeting under the arbor at Lumpkin
Campground starts Monday.
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