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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


Fundraiser benefits boy recovering from surgery

A barbeque fundraiser Dec. 3 benefits a local 4-year-old boy who is recovering from heart surgery.

Proceeds will go toward medical and travel expenses Nathan Tolbert's family has incurred during the ordeal.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Churches serve holiday meal

The local Alliance of Churches is expecting several hundred guests today for the annual community Thanksgiving feast at the Lakeview Center.

"We just know that in this economy that there's a lot of people that are struggling and trying to manage very tight budgets, who may not have the means to provide a nice Thanksgiving banquet type meal for their families because of money concerns," said Doug Powell, an alliance volunteer.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sales on Sunday strong

Russ Marcotte was still a little apprehensive Sunday afternoon as he prepared to open City Liquor.

But within the first twenty minutes, he had tallied 25 sales.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Toy run rumbles through town

Santa and nearly 450 of his elves roared into Dawsonville on Sunday during the annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run.

Jones, a former Cumming police chief who also worked for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, started the toy drive after seeing a lack of charities helping families with presents at Christmas.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Big crowds of shoppers expected Friday

With the official start of the holiday shopping season just hours away, thrifty shoppers and bargain hunters have begun looking for those special deals.

Black Friday, as the day after Thanksgiving shopping tradition is known, draws its name from an accounting term that indicates retailers have made a profit, or are "in the black."

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Florida woman is county’s fifth traffic death in 2011

A 72-year-old Naples, Fla., woman was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle wreck at Hwy. 53 and Elliott Family Parkway.

According to authorities, June Schuh died at the scene of the collision, which occurred about 11 a.m. Nov. 19.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


State submits waiver for No Child Left Behind

Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter is hopeful the state's No Child Left Behind waiver will be approved in the near future.

"We are very appreciative of the Georgia Department of Education submitting the NCLB waiver. Almost all systems and schools would be designated as failing over the next two years without changes to the law," he said.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Governor to speak to Republican Party

Gov. Nathan Deal will be the guest speaker Tuesday night at the Dawson County Republican Party's monthly meeting.

Co-sponsored by the Dawson County Tea Party, as well as the Republican parties from Forsyth and Lumpkin counties, the meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Lakeview Center on Dawson Forest Road.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Midyear budget looks promising

A review of Dawson County's midyear budget shows the local government appears to be in good financial shape.

"We feel like we'll be able to end the year flat, without taking any money from fund balance," said County Manager Kevin Tanner during a presentation to officials last week.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Veterans honored

A crowd of hundreds lined the streets of downtown Dawsonville on Friday afternoon to pay tribute to veterans of all ages.

Held on the 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th year, the seventh annual Veterans Day celebration began with a formal ceremony at Dawson County Middle School, followed by a parade.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sophomore receives leadership award

Dawson County High School sophomore Miranda Abe was named the 2011 Hugh O'Brian Leadership Award recipient Monday.

Presented annually by the Dawson County Woman's Club, the award recognizes outstanding students for their leadership and service to community.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


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Group collects tons of old electronics

Volunteers with Keep Dawson County Beautiful want to make sure outdated electronics stay out of landfills.

May 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City takes steps to find source of water odors

Jim Watson has changed out his hot water heater. He's flushed the tanks with bleach. He's sent water samples off to labs for ...

May 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Candidates tout qualifications, experience at forum

Early voting is underway for the May 24 General Primary.

May 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville woman injured burning leaves dies

Funeral services for a Dawsonville woman who died from injuries sustained when she was burning leaves in her yard last month will be held May ...

May 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Veteran deputy facing termination following DUI arrest

A veteran Dawson County deputy is on unpaid administrative leave following his DUI arrest in Lumpkin County last week.

May 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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