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Pepper Pettit named Rotarian of the Year

It's not often that Pepper Pettit finds himself speechless. But he couldn't seem to find the words when he was named Rotarian of the Year during the Rotary Club of Dawson County's June 18 meeting....

July 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

County discusses millage rate

A meeting Thursday will be the public's first of three opportunities to weigh in on a proposed increase to the county's millage rate. While a public notice states the rate will increase in the com...

July 02, 2015 | David Renner | Government

Public has one more chance to speak on social hosting ordinance

The public has one more chance to voice their concerns on a proposed county ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their ...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Dawsonville Heritage Days festivities this weekend

Take a step back in time and experience life of days gone by at Dawsonville's Heritage Days this weekend. Presented by the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery and held Friday and Saturday at the Geor...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Woman charged after alleged home invasion

A Forsyth County woman was arrested last week in connection with what authorities are calling a home invasion at a local mobile home park near Ga. 400. Angela Renae Hawkins, 24, remained in custod...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Local churches take stance on same-sex marriage

Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage drew both jeers and cheers, and was followed by ministers across the state taking the issue to the pulpit on Sunday morning. "Our stand is that w...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Hospitality Highway renamed for tourism pioneer

The north end of Ga. 400 will now be known as the Bill T. Hardman Hospitality Highway. A ceremony was held Monday to unveil signs that will be placed along the stretch that runs through Dawson and...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Lanier Tech receives $400,000 gift for scholarship fund

Pauline Ivey couldn't afford to get a higher education, but she wanted to make sure others could. Ivey, 97, of Cumming died last year, but her estate recently made a $400,000 donation to establish...

July 01, 2015 | By Kristen Oliver DCN Regional Staff | Education

Inventions take shape

Dawson County Middle School was home to a symposium of inventors and out-of-this-world creations last week. The middle school played host to the county's first Camp Invention. "We had over 106 el...

July 01, 2015 | David Renner | Education

Sparks fly for the 4th of July

The Independence Day celebration will once again rev into gear Saturday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display to wow spectators for miles away. Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan said t...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Forsyth County man killed in weekend crash

A Forsyth County man was killed Saturday night as he attempted to pull onto Ga. 400 from Nightfire Drive. John Joseph Dumphy, 78, died at the scene of the collision, according to Dawson County Eme...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Bagworm management

Are you having issues with distressed or dying evergreen trees in your landscape this year? Chances are you may have a bagworm infestation. Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive "spindle...

July 01, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists

The landline: Mama’s last bastion of communication

Who ever created texting, thank you. From the bottom of my introverted heart, I am grateful. I truly have grown to loathe talking on the phone. Phone calls have become more of a nuisance than a f...

July 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists

Former UGA president heads back to Malibu

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, Calif., to become chancellor, effective Aug...

July 01, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | VIEWPOINT

Truth never changes

About 30 years ago, when the Episcopal Church was debating whether or not to put their blessing on gay rights, I had the opportunity to dialogue with a young lesbian who was furious with me for my ...

July 01, 2015 | Reader submitted | VIEWPOINT

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