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Yearbook staff wins top awards

Dawson County High School's 2012 Tiger Yearbook Staff recently received two national awards for the 2012 Tiger album.

Walsworth Publishing Company announced last month that the 2012 Tiger was going to be included in its Gallery of Excellence, meaning the book will be showcased with other top books in both printed form and on the Web.

October 10, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education

Get lost in fall

Whether it's navigating rows of corn, picking through thousands of pumpkins or hiking up mountains covered in fall foliage, autumn is filled with outdoor activities.

October 10, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

Citizens to gather to pray for nation

Community members are invited to join in an open prayer session Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The "Heal Our Land Day of Prayer" will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the park's gym.

October 03, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

Young Life celebrates 10 years in Dawson

Young Life Dawson County, a Christian organization focused on sharing "the truth of God's love" with local adolescents, celebrated 10 years of service on Sept. 23.

Hosting a banquet at First Baptist Church of Dawsonville, nearly 100 people were served dinner while hearing about the organization's decade of local growth and expansion.

October 03, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

Band invited to perform at bowl

The Dawson County High School Tiger Pride Marching Band will ring in 2013 with style after making its national debut on New Year's weekend.

In mid-September, the band was officially invited to perform at the nationally-televised Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

October 03, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education

Farmer up for national award

Bradley Weaver was sinking his hands into dirt and learning how to farm long before he started kindergarten.

Now 21, Weaver is one of four finalists in a national contest for farmers who have mastered skills in production, finance, management and research.

September 26, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education

Kilough Elementary names top teacher

Melanie Spooner, teacher at Kilough Elementary School, remembers the first time she wanted to be a teacher.

"My first grade teacher was very young, pretty and sweet. I think it was her third year teaching and I just thought she was perfect in every way. That was the first year I remember thinking, 'I am going to be a teacher.' And I never thought of doing something else," she recalled.

September 26, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education

Adults take on youth for fundraiser

For the sixth consecutive year, adults from across Dawson County will gather Thursday to prove they are indeed smarter than a 10-year-old.

The "Are You Smarter Than a 10-year-old" competition, which benefits the Reading Education Association of Dawson County, is set up much like Jeff Foxworthy's game show, "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader," asking questions taught at the elementary school level.

September 26, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

Giving goes glam Saturday

Fall fashions will take the runway Saturday at the Dawson County Woman's Club's "Giving goes Glam" fashion show and luncheon.

Residents are invited to enjoy a stylish afternoon reviewing the season's hottest fashion trends along with a silent auction and other activities.

September 26, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

Kilough students reenact Civil War

More than 50 students descended upon a grassy lawn in blue and gray vests last Friday holding fake muskets stuffed with marshmallow bullets.

Fifth graders at Kilough Elementary School heartily reenacted the battle of Gettysburg as part of the school's second annual Civil War Day.

September 19, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education

Lanier Tech to celebrate new facility

Community leaders will gather Thursday morning to celebrate the new Lanier Technical College facility in downtown Dawsonville.

After 10 months of construction, the college completed the $5 million expansion project in August and will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for it at 10 a.m.

September 19, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education

Black’s Mill Elementary receives gold medal

Black's Mill Elementary was recently awarded a gold medal through the Governor's SHAPE Honor Roll program for the school's commitment to the health and well-being of its students.

As one of only 39 schools in Georgia to receive the distinction, Principal Cindy Kinney said she is proud of the school and honored to be a part of the program.

September 19, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education

Black’s Mill names teacher of the year

Born and raised in Dawson County, Felicia Stephens is a graduate of the local school system to which she is now a part.

Stephens, who is entering her 15th year as a teacher, was announced in May as Black's Mill Elementary School's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year.

September 19, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education

Superintendent speaks to Democratic Party

Dawson County Schools Superintendent Keith Porter spoke to the Dawson County Democratic Party on Aug. 13 about the state charter school amendment that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Ballots will ask voters in November if they would like the Georgia Legislature to amend the constitution to allow the state to approve and provide funding for charter schools.

September 19, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

City alcohol referendum discussions postponed

After further review, it appears the city of Dawsonville won't ask voters on Nov. 6 to consider allowing sales of distilled spirits by the drink on Sundays.

A second public hearing on the topic ended Monday night with the city council voting to postpone further discussion until November. That means the matter is unlikely to make the ballot until at least March.

September 12, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government

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