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Dawson County officials looking into campaign sign fires
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A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrests of those responsible for torching campaign signs last week.

On April 23, emergency officials responded to reports of a fire on Ga. 9 near Dawson Forest Road.

“I got the call about 11:45 p.m. from someone who was driving by and saw the sign on fire,” said Sheriff Billy Carlisle, who is seeking a fourth term.

Someone also attempted to burn a second sign on Ga. 53 near Buddy Burt Road. Both signs belonged to Carlisle. A dozen or so of his smaller campaign signs were taken from private property that same night.

Carlisle is the only candidate for elected office to file a report about vandalized signs.

Dawson County Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield said his office is treating the case as arson.

“We’re going to investigate any suspicious fire set in Dawson County,” he said. “This fire was no different than any other set fire and that’s the way we are treating it.”

The Georgia Arson Control Program offers rewards up to $10,000 for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for planning or committing arson. Its hotline is 800-828-5804.

Anyone with information on the campaign sign fires may also call the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-344-3535.

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