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Workforce development overview is Thursday

Unemployed and underemployed Dawson County residents interested in enhancing job skills through continuing their education are encouraged to attend a program offered Thursday by the Georgia Mountains Workforce Development Center at Rock Creek Park.

Sessions designed to give attendees information on services available through the workforce development center will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS

Newcomer announces bid for tax commissioner

A political newcomer with accounting and administration experience plans to run for Dawson County tax commissioner.

Karin McKee, 58, is the first candidate to announce her intentions to seek the position in the July 31 primary election. Qualifying is set for May 23-25.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Forsyth Dental Partners expands to Dawsonville

A dental practice that has built a reputation on individual needs and comprehensive care for nearly two decades in neighboring Forsyth County has expanded its services in Dawsonville.

Forsyth Dental Partners opened its second location April 3 at 2390 Thompson Road, Suite 200.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS

Moore named festival grand marshal

Championship car owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore will serve as grand marshal for the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

"We're real honored to have him," said Gordon Pirkle, a local racing historian and board member of KARE for Kids, which organizes the festival.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Electronics recycling event planned

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

Volunteers will be in the Dawsonville Walmart parking lot from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday to help unload personal computers, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, radios, telephones, circuit boards and fax machines, among other items.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Teams ‘Paint the Town Purple’

Volunteers painted the town purple Saturday with numerous events that raised cancer awareness and funds for Dawson County Relay for Life.

From car washes, yard sales and motorcycle rides to lemonade stands and cookouts, Relay for Life teams collected hundreds and helped spread the word about the fight against cancer.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Cow county’s first rabies case in ’12

Animal owners are encouraged to have their pets and livestock vaccinated after a cow in northeastern Dawson was confirmed last week as the county's first rabies case in 2012.

Local animal control officials received verification April 9 that a cow found near Stowers Road and Ga. 400 was infected with the virus.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Hughes Nix announces re-election campaign

Longtime Dawson County District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix recently announced her plans to seek a fourth term this year.

A lifelong county resident, Hughes Nix became the first woman elected to the commission in 1996. After taking four years off following her first term, she was re-elected in 2004 and '08.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Commission chair seeking third term

Mike Berg has announced that he will seek a third term as chairman of the Dawson County commission in the July 31 primary.

A Republican, Berg was first elected to the five-member board in 2004, when he outlined a series of goals based on a principle of balance.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Elderly man dies in wreck

An 89-year-old Dawsonville man died Monday afternoon from injuries he suffered in a wreck earlier that day.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone said Heinz Boehm failed to yield as he pulled his 1990 Nissan Axxess onto Hwy. 9 north from a private driveway near Apple Ridge 2.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Change coming to precinct boundary

Nearly 700 voters in western Dawson County will vote in downtown Dawsonville for future elections.

The shift came about Monday as the local elections board unanimously agreed to align local precincts with the district boundaries for the state House of Representatives.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

County dedicates time capsule

Future generations will get a glimpse of life in Dawson County circa 2012 when they open a time capsule buried last week at the county's new government center.

"How appropriate it is that we are burying a time capsule here at the government (center) and courthouse, because really, a time capsule is something that ties the past with the future," said Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Jason Deal.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Interim manager named

The Dawson County commission has appointed Cindy Campbell interim county manager.

Campbell, the county's chief financial officer, will oversee operations in the absence of County Manager Kevin Tanner beginning May 28, when he takes a leave of absence to run for state office.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Booths available for weekend yard sale

Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community. The series will also include articles on prevention, early detection and treatment options.

Booth space is available for a community yard sale this weekend at Rock Creek Park.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

YMCA looking to expand in Dawson

The Georgia Mountains YMCA is considering Dawson County for future expansion.

Rich Gallagher, YMCA president and chief executive officer, confirmed Tuesday preliminary plans are in the works for a standalone YMCA facility in Dawsonville.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS

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