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Winners selected in winter art show

Winners of the Dawson County High School Winter Art Show were announced Friday.

Senior Shelby Sage directed "The City of Ember," a salute to "steampunk," which she describes as "sci-fi in the Victorian Age, where everything ran on steam engines."

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Laying the cornerstone

Officers of the Grand Lodge of Georgia Free and Accepted Masons joined members of the Etowah Lodge on Sunday to lay a cornerstone at the new Dawson County Government Center.

Etowah Lodge donated the 12-by-24-inch stone that was placed in the front right corner of the building and includes the names of Georgia's Grand Master Jerry Moss and Worshipful Master Woodrow Harvey II of the local lodge.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Federal cuts leave local residents in the cold

A program designed to help low-income households with their heating bills has been postponed due to a lack of federal funding.

Ninth District Opportunity Inc., a nonprofit agency offering programs to low-income residents, learned last week that the anticipated $630,000 in funding had been suspended.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa has breakfast with kids

Santa Claus was making his list and checking it twice as he stopped for breakfast Saturday morning in Dawsonville.

"Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas," Claus chuckled.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sunday sales vote set for March ballot

A referendum on Sunday package alcohol sales in Dawson County is set for the March 6 presidential preference primary.

The ballot will also ask voters whether restaurants in unincorporated areas of the county should be allowed to serve distilled spirits on Sundays.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


County may hold vote on Sunday alcohol sales

Dawson County residents likely will have the opportunity in March to decide whether stores should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays.

County commissioners will take up the matter during their meeting Thursday night.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Deputies urge caution during holiday season

The recent arrest of a teenager in a theft case has Dawson County Sheriff's officials reminding residents to be cautious this holiday season.

"Just like when it's warm outside, as the weather changes near the holidays, we have an increase in criminal activity," said Capt. Tony Wooten.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Start to season

The Black Friday madness in Dawsonville started early as bargain hunters descended on North Georgia Premium Outlets for the center's annual Midnight Madness after Thanksgiving shopping event.

Many stores chose to open by 9 p.m. Thursday to accommodate the most dedicated bargain hunters.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Scuffle, theft lead to charges

A 26-year-old Gainesville man faces several felony charges after an alleged shoplifting scheme went awry in the early hours of post-Thanksgiving shopping.

Authorities said Steven Strickland was arrested after he reportedly tried to sneak a laptop computer out of the crowded local Walmart about midnight Thursday.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Breakfast with Santa is Saturday

Santa Claus is making an early stop in Dawsonville on Saturday morning to add a few more names to his nice list this Christmas.

The Jolly Old Elf plans to arrive at Rock Creek Park by 8 a.m. for his annual holiday breakfast.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Masons to lay cornerstone at new government center

The public is invited to attend a centuries-old tradition Sunday when members of the Free and Accepted Masons lay a cornerstone at the new Dawson County Government Center.

"It's a tradition of the Masons over the years, when requested, to lay cornerstones at public and charitable institutions, monuments and seats of learning," said County Commissioner James Swafford, who is also a member of Etowah Lodge F&AM No. 222.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Student grows pumpkin

A sixth grader at Riverview Middle School is the county-wide winner in the annual 4-H pumpkin growing contest.

The pumpkin Anna Dempsey grew in a flower garden at her grandma's house on Seed Tick Road weighed in at 54 pounds.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Shoppers experience ‘madness’ at outlet mall

The madness in Dawsonville started early Thursday as bargain hunters began arriving at North Georgia Premium Outlets for the center's annual Midnight Madness after Thanksgiving shopping event.

Jakia Hopgood drove in from Decatur hoping to find a deal on designer handbags.

November 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Governor talks about state's progress

Gov. Nathan Deal addressed issues Georgia is facing and highlighted several plans of action intended to position the state well in the coming years during a Tuesday night appearance.

"It's so nice to see so many friends from so many counties. You've done a great job of coming together and I appreciate that," said Deal, speaking at the Dawson County Republican Party's monthly meeting.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


City kicks off Christmas Dec. 9 with tree lighting

Santa Claus is expected to make an early stop in Dawsonville for the city's annual Christmas tree lighting Dec. 9.

Festivities including carolers and dancers beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, followed by the lighting of the 26-foot tree at dark.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Dawson County News moves to new office near downtown square

Dawson County News is on the move.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman and pet attacked by pack of dogs

City officials have made contact with the owners of three dogs that attacked a Dawsonville woman walking her small dog in her backyard Saturday morning.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City of Dawsonville receives $100,000 grant

The City of Dawsonville is among more than a dozen municipalities poised to receive thousands of dollars through the state's Recreational Trail Grants program.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting begins Monday for May 24 General Primary

The early voting period for this year's May 24 General Primary begins Monday at the Dawson County Voter Registration and Elections Office in downtown ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Political newcomer promises to bring new perspective to county commission

A political newcomer who's been active in the local Republican Party for the last several years promises to bring a fresh perspective and new ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


‘Olympians’ compete in special games

Student Olympians from across Dawson County were going for gold last week as they sprinted, tossed and bowled in some very special games held at ...

April 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Education


Congregation seeks volunteers to serve community

The congregation at Mountain Lake Church-Dawson invites the community to join them in a day of service.

April 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Adult siblings killed in head-on crash

Authorities have identified the two people killed in Monday's head-on collision on Kelly Bridge Road as adult siblings from Dawsonville.

April 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Toddlers die in Monday afternoon house fire

The Dawson and Lumpkin communities are mourning the deaths of two toddlers who died in a mobile home fire Monday afternoon.

April 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Two killed in Kelly Bridge Road head-on collision

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle is now confirming that two people have died from injuries sustained in the head-on collision this afternoon on Kelly Bridge ...

April 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drone bill waits Deal’s approval

A House bill awaiting the governor's signature has potential to set the stage for Georgia to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft industry.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners reject long-term hydrant contract

County commissioners last week said they were not comfortable approving a long term contract with the local water and sewer authority for hydrants.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Package found in lot deemed safe

Authorities investigating a suspicious package reported in the parking lot of Walmart in Dawsonville last week found no threat to the public.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man accused of rape

A local man has been charged with rape in connection with an alleged beating attack at his Dawson County home.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Low cost rabies clinics this weekend

Low cost rabies vaccinations will be available Saturday at various locations across the county.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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