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Troopers collecting Toys for Tots

Georgia State Patrol Post 37-Cumming is accepting gifts for the Marines' annual Toys for Tots drive.

Troopers will be at the Dawsonville Walmart from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 collecting donations and offering free car safety seat checks. The child does not have to be present, but it would be helpful to insure proper fitting.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Nordson donates bikes to children for Christmas

Nordson Corporation donated 30 bikes last week that will be given to area children this holiday season.

The bikes were distributed during KARE for Kids' annual Christmas campaign.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Longtime banker retiring

A prominent fixture in local banking is retiring next week after nearly 43 years on the job.

Senior Vice President Jimmy Bruce's last day at United Community Bank in downtown Dawsonville is Dec. 31.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Treatment coordinator appointed to state board

The coordinator for Dawson County Treatment Court was recently appointed to serve on the state's Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Robert "Bob" C. King to the 10-member regulatory practice board in November.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Couple celebrates 60 years of marriage

It was 60 years today that Francis "Tim" Webb vowed to spend the rest of his life with his sweetheart.

"We had known each other, and we used to tease when she came into the drug store about what a good looking girl she was," he said. "I had to call her two or three times to get a first date."

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Volunteers serve more than 300 meals

Volunteers served more than 300 meals at the second annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner last month at the Lakeview Center.

Organized by the Alliance of Churches of Dawson County, volunteers also delivered meals to several homebound seniors in the community Nov. 23.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


School system receives district achievement

The AdvancED Accreditation Commission has determined the Dawson County School System meets the Accreditation Standards for a Quality School System.

Superintendent Keith Porter read the commission's resolution and presented the school board with a plaque to mark the achievement during the board's monthly meeting Monday night.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Rotary honors top employees

Many service organizations tend to honor their own at end of the year banquets.

But with a motto of "service above self," Dawson County Rotary chooses instead to pay tribute in December to individuals who serve the community as county and city government workers.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC to revisit park plan

A consultant hired to review the parks situation in Dawson County has been directed to come back with a list of realistic projects.

The initial proposal, presented last week to the county commission, recommended acquiring land for new parks and updating existing ones.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Closure in clerk theft case

The state's cases against three people who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office came to an end Tuesday with the final suspect's sentencing.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced Donna Jeanette Sheriff to 10 years, with two to be served in state prison and the remainder on probation.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drive puts presents under trees

Through a recent boot drive, Dawson County Emergency Services raised nearly $9,000 to fulfill Christmas wishes this season.

Capt. Jamerson Kerby organized the campaign, which raised money for KARE for Kids.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Christmas coming

Santa, Mrs. Claus help light city tree

By Michele Hester

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Breakfast supports Christmas for seniors

The community is invited to the Dawson County Senior Center on Friday morning for a downhome country breakfast.

Director Margie Weaver said funds from the event will help provide Christmas presents for seniors who utilize the center throughout the year.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Longtime member of tax board steps down

After 14 years on the Dawson County Tax Assessor's Board of Directors, Sara Halstead is retiring at the end of this year.

She reported for her last board meeting Monday morning unaware her colleagues had planned a retirement party to follow the meeting.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Taste of Dawson High benefits school’s PTSO

Several local restaurants will showcase a collection of appetizers, entrees and desserts during the third annual Taste of Dawson High on Saturday.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the commons area at Dawson County High School. Admission is $5 per person, or a maximum of $20 per family. Children younger than five are free.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


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Officials confirm rabies case in Dawson County

A Dawson County woman is receiving treatment after being bitten by a rabid dog Friday.

June 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Joint committee to tackle rural Georgia’s high-speed internet challenges

Members of Dawson County's state delegation have been tasked with tackling rural Georgia's high-speed internet challenges.

June 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Hundreds cool off at Rotary Island on hottest day in four years

On the hottest day reported in four years, hundreds cooled off at Rotary Island Saturday and enjoyed a summer day at the park.

June 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Firefighters battle three blazes in two days

Two people are in custody in connection with a house fire on Amicalola Church Road that has been ruled arson.

June 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


4th fireworks roar Monday at motorsports park

Organizers are asking Independence Day revelers to RSVP to Monday's fireworks extravaganza at Atlanta Motorsports Park in western Dawson County.

June 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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