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Revised calculations ensure AYP

As it turns out, the Dawson County school system made adequate yearly progress after all.

The status change, announced last week, is a result of revised state calculations originally issued in July.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Ceremony on Friday pays tribute to veterans

Veterans of all ages and each military branch will be honored Friday during Dawsonville's seventh annual Veterans Day celebration.

Formal ceremonies will be held at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 11 in the gym at the Dawson County Middle School, followed by a parade through downtown Dawsonville that begins at 4 p.m.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County CERT director garners award

Dawson County Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, Director Richard Sims was awarded the Volunteer/Citizen of the Year Award on Monday at the Emergency Managers Association of Georgia's annual banquet.

The award is presented to those individuals who volunteer their time to improve the delivery of emergency management services within the community. Sims was one of three chosen to receive the award for 2011.

November 09, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Pre-teen is youngest academy graduate

Kaitlyn Tanner hasn't completed elementary school yet, but she is the youngest participant to graduate from the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

"I wanted to take the class to learn more about Dawson County," the 10 year old said last week. "It was fun. I learned a lot about the county government."

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Students clean up Amicalola river trail

Bradley Sullens would stay outside all day, every day, if he could.

"I love fishing, hunting, everything, you name it," said the Dawson County High School senior.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Gilleland receives Lake Gibson Leadership Award

As a teacher, coach, principal and school superintendent, Nicky Gilleland put the children of Dawson County first, often going above and beyond for his students.

"He led by example. I've seen him get up in the middle of the night to make sure that the roads were safe for kids. I've seen him drive students home from school in his own car when they missed the bus," said longtime friend and colleague Keith Porter.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Gaines, Power claim seats on city council

Voters in Dawsonville made two clear decisions Tuesday.

They wanted change on the city council and to be able to buy alcohol on Sundays.

November 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Council candidates discuss issues at forum

A forum Friday night gave Dawsonville voters a chance to learn more about municipal candidates before heading to the ballot box on Tuesday.

Sponsored by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, the forum at Dawson County Middle School featured three of five candidates running for city council.

November 04, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


School system makes AYP after all

After receiving initial word that the local school district failed to meet state standards, results released today show the Dawson County School System made adequate yearly progress, or AYP, after all.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind standards, Dawson County High School, Riverview Elementary and Riverview Middle School individually failed to meet the state test requirements over the summer. The schools' apparent failure to do so had affected the entire system.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


In Their Own Words

Christmas Eve will mark the beginning of Col. James "Lindy" Linder's 30th year in the United States Air Force.

"It has shaped who I am as a person. I have greatly appreciated my opportunities as I have served. From being an instructor and then evaluator, from a commander to a director, all the positions have been fascinating challenges," he said. "I have worked for all types of leaders and have learned from them all. My assignments have been all over the world, have pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and taught me an incredible amount."

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Driver injured in tractor trailer wreck

A tractor-trailer driver escaped serious injury Oct. 26 when his vehicle careened down an embankment on Hwy. 52, just east of Amicalola Falls State Park.

The driver, identified as 37-year-old Sherman Edward Corn of Cleveland, was able to crawl out of the truck and up to the road, emergency workers said.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local farmer considers de-annexation from city

Jack Forester was unaware of a city ordinance that prohibits chickens and pigs when he entered into a contract for a 30-acre farm north of Dawsonville.

He also didn't know the property, a foreclosure on Hwy. 9, falls inside the city limits.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Appeal filed in dispute

Dawsonville officials say they are not fazed that the battle over construction of a motorsports park in western Dawson County has shifted to the Georgia Supreme Court.

"We're sticking to our guns," Mayor Joe Lane Cox said of the appeal filed Oct. 26. "Judge [John] Girardeau ruled in our favor before and I think that will happen with this one, too."

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘A way of giving back’

It was a chilly Saturday morning, but not too cold for a motorcycle ride through the north Georgia mountains to help raise funds for children at Christmas.

"When we woke up, it was 38 degrees and had been raining just a couple hours earlier," said organizer Lt. Doug Boyle with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


High schools realign math curriculum

Just four years after integrating algebra, geometry and statistics into one course, Georgia high schools are realigning the math curriculum with a more traditional approach.

Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter said he was never an integrated math proponent.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


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PetSmart clear to operate at new shopping center

County commissioners last week approved a special use permit to allow PetSmart to operate at the new shopping center going in at the southeast intersection ...

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Day celebration offers free food, fun

Rotary Club of Dawson County invites the entire community out to Rotary Day at Rotary Island Saturday for a summer celebration featuring free food, music ...

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ministry aims to make sure kids won’t go to bed hungry

Children should go to bed happy, not hungry is the profound theme for volunteers with Meals by Grace

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ministry thrives to help women heal

Jada Fiorentino doesn't like to look back at the life she once lived, the life of drug addition, sexual abuse and self-destruction.

June 15, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Two downtown businesses to split city grant funds

A new art studio and an existing event venue in downtown Dawsonville are set to split $7,500 in grant funding from the city of ...

June 15, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


White primer on Historic Courthouse concerns residents

The past few weeks have had many residents in Dawson County in full fret mode as they have driven through downtown Dawsonville and seen the ...

June 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Water quality improved for Pigeon Creek

Water quality has improved for residents living in Pigeon Creek Estates following the city's move to reroute service through a new well.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


New church looks to find permanent pastor, location

A new church founded last year in Dawson County, is looking to hire a permanent pastor in the coming months.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Illinois company purchases Dawsonville label maker SleeveCo

A leading supplier of high-impact decorative labels announced last week the acquisition of Dawsonville-based SleeveCo.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Women charged in children's truancy

Warrants were issued last week for two Dawson County mothers accused of violating the state's school truancy law.

June 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Proposed city budget up $400,000 from current year

The park going in behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex and plans to continue with a downtown revitalization project top capital expenses in the city's ...

June 02, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Attorney for citizen journalist wants DA disqualified from criminal case

Counsel for a citizen journalist facing criminal charges over a ruckus at a political rally in 2014 has filed a motion in an attempt to ...

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Coalition forms locally to combat Zika

A local doctor is encouraging the community to take precautions against the Zika virus.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Upgrades planned for Dawson Forest Road

Commissioners are considering a plan to rehabilitate Dawson Forest Road.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Summer shines: Hot holiday weekend kicks off season

In a high-pitched squeak, 4-year-old Patience Finnegan ran toward her grandma.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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