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Theft suspect sentenced

A contract worker who admitted taking nearly $82,000 from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office will spend the next two years in prison.

Justin Curtis Disharoon, 24, was sentenced Tuesday by Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville celebrates veterans

Hundreds lined the streets of downtown Dawsonville 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 11, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Court tosses appeal

The Georgia Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge from a local couple against the city of Dawsonville over construction of a motorsports park in western Dawson County.

According to the order handed down in Atlanta on Monday, West and Helen Hamryka, whose home and horse farm sit adjacent to the park site on Duck Thurmond Road, failed to follow the discretionary procedure when filing their appeal.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


County approaches whiskey maker

Officials hope Dawsonville's storied moonshine history will be a factor if Jack Daniels considers leaving Lynchburg, Tenn., in the wake of a possible barrel tax.

When Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon learned about the levy the Lynchburg government has proposed, he saw what could be a boon for the local economy.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman pleads guilty to assaulting mother-in-law

A woman accused of attempting to kill her mother-in-law by suffocating her with a pillow last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

Catherine Lucille Hlavenka, 62, received a sentence of 10 years probation from Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Shoal Creek reservoir makes ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

A statewide environmental group considers a proposed reservoir in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area one of the 12 biggest threats to Georgia's waterways.

In its inaugural "Dirty Dozen," the Georgia Water Coalition listed the proposed 2,000-acre Shoal Creek reservoir with the Glades Reservoir in neighboring Hall County at fifth on the list.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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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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