The rivalry between Dawson and Lumpkin counties is expected to heat up Saturday night when sheriff's deputies from each county face off in a charity basketball game. "We've always had kind of a rivalry with the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office, so this is going to be interesting," said Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle. "It's definitely going to be a competition."
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its upcoming Leadership Dawson program. Established in 1992 as a joint program between the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and the local University of Georgia Extension office, more than 150 local residents have graduated from Leadership Dawson.
Family members and countless friends are mourning the sudden death of a woman many called an "angel among us." Margie Weaver, who served as director of the Dawson County Senior Center for nearly three decades, died Monday at age 74.
A former county employee is among two men facing charges in an animal cruelty probe involving malnourished horses in northwestern Dawson. Tyler Jones of Dawsonville and Jim White of Dallas were cited last week with three counts each of animal cruelty by the Dawson County Marshal's Office.
A wreck on War Hill Park Road claimed the life of a Dawson County woman Saturday night. Emergency officials said Edna Gazaway, 81, was traveling alone when her 2009 Chevrolet HHR left the road before clipping a mailbox, a stop sign and landing on its right side.
Officials with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce hope a new logo unveiled last week will change the perception of the business organization. "The chamber really turned a corner last year, not just in that we hired a new director, but also that we have a new staff that's come on," said Peter Hill, board chairman. "With the transition and renovation, it's a perfect opportunity to rebrand and put a new face with the organization."
Kroger employees believe in giving back. For the last seven years, Dawsonville Kroger has led the way with United Way for Dawson County contributions, this year collecting nearly $20,000 for the local campaign.
Dawson County Emergency Services, like many other departments across the nation, are reevaluating and refocusing its efforts to recruit new volunteer firefighters. "Take a look across the board, nationwide, volunteerism in fire service is on the downslide," said Fire Chief Lanier Swafford. "Economics is tougher, more people are working extra jobs and you've got an enormous amount of competition for volunteerism."
Dawson County's beloved "Soldier Boy" died Monday night after a more than five-year battle with cancer. Funeral services for 12-year-old Kenneth "Kenny" Webster Stewart III are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Bearden Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Moss Memorial Gardens.
Despite a hard-fought loss Saturday, the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers returned to Dawsonville with their heads held high, proud of their second-place finish and knowing they gave it their all. Senior Kenna Seitz described the season, which ended with Saturday's 77-55 loss to St. Pius X in the state Class AAA championship, as a "Cinderella story that almost came true."
The lore of Dawsonville's unique moonshining history will have the community seeing stars come October when moonshiners from Discovery Channel's hit cable series of the same name will be in town to serve as grand marshals for the 46th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival. "We're excited to be coming to Dawsonville for the Moonshine Festival," said Jeff Waldroup, who was in town Thursday with his sidekick Mark to make the official announcement and promote the festival ...
A family was displaced Thursday after a fire destroyed a home on A.T. Moore Road in southern Dawson County. While the cause of the blazed has not been determined, Dawson County Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield said it appears to be electrical.
An area real estate and economic expert views Dawson County as a beacon for shoppers and encouraged the community to pay close attention to the "tremendous potential" of Ga. 400. "You're attracting retail here, which is attracting housing here, which will attract business here, which will improve here," Frank Norton Jr. said. "We are now mecca - not to worship, they are coming to spend money."
A Dawson County couple has been arrested in connection with what authorities are calling a set fire to a home off War Hill Park Road. James Henry Raines is charged with first-degree arson. He and wife Gloria Ann Raines, both of whom are 31, were taken into custody Feb. 28 in Dawsonville, according to jail records.
A Dahlonega man died Sunday after a wreck on Ga. 400 in northern Dawson County. Clayton Patterson, 69, was flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta following a single-vehicle crash, which occurred about noon near the Dawson-Lumpkin County line.
A nationwide manufacturer of custom hotel and hospitality millwork announced last week it will relocate to Dawson County. "We're excited to be coming home to Dawson County," said Eric Sutton, president of Five Star Architectural, an industry leader in commercial and residential cabinetry.
The owner of a local restaurant and bar has until April 22 to submit corrected calculations documenting her sales after initial reports showed she may have sold more alcohol than food in 2012. Dawson County's alcohol ordinance requires eateries to draw 50 percent of their gross sales from food.
A longstanding county rivalry deepened Saturday night when the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office topped the Dawson County Sheriff's Office in a charity basketball game. After the 51-37 win in Dahlonega, Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said he was proud to take home the coveted pig-shaped trophy.