This summer communities across the nation have seen the highest gas prices in seven years, increasing the stress on family budgets and small businesses. In Dawson County, gas prices jumped more than 30 cents per gallon over a matter of days in late August.
Third grade teacher Beth Murray has been serving Dawson County Schools for 14 years; long enough to watch three of her classes graduate high school. "I started teaching in 1999 for Dawson County after I was a student teacher. I really love it here," she said last week.
Younger and older generations came together last Friday at the First Grade Grandparents' Luncheon at Black's Mill Elementary School. The event invited students' grandparents, or "Memes," "Papas," "Nanas," "Poppies" and "Grannies," as student's called them, to join their grandchild for story time, a craft activity and lunch.
In just three years the Dawson County High School JROTC Department has seen more than a 30 percent increase in student enrollment. According to Lt. Col. Johnnie Sweatte, who has overseen the program since its launch, JROTC currently has 134 students, up from the 87 in its first year.
Five candidates will vie for two seats on the Dawsonville City Council this fall. Those who have qualified for the Special Election on Nov. 6 include: Frank Craft, Alan Metzel, Tom Schaide, Angie Smith and Mike Sosebee.
Cassie Tallant recalls loving her middle school experience, even amidst her awkward teenage years. Now as a sixth grade language arts and reading teacher at Riverview Middle School, she aims to give her students the same satisfaction.
Lanier Technical College's Dawson County Adult Learning Center recently welcomed a new full-time lead instructor. Sharon Clark, 53, who first started working in adult education in 2005, began as lead instructor in August.
Dozens of local residents gathered last week to hear the unpublicized, long-kept-secret history of a 1920s Dawsonville murder. The Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society met at the local library on Aug. 21 to hear David Wallace, a great-grandson of Etna Parks, share his family's story on how Parks shot the county sheriff.
While paintbrushes and canvases were absent, food of all shapes, colors, smells and tastes was aplenty at Bowen Center for the Arts. The "Let's Decorate with Food" workshop held Thursday by the Dawson County Arts Council offered art enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs a chance to mix their mediums.
Practicing under the hot summer sun for hours every week, Dawson County High's marching band is dedicated to generating school spirit. "Marching band helps us reach out to the community to show that we care about our county," said Brice Darnell, senior drumline member. "We can give them a good time and show them we care."
Although she is only in her third year teaching at Dawson County High School, social studies teacher Anne Hyams, 47, is well-known for her passion, creativity and exceptional test scores. Hyams was selected as the school's 2012-13 teacher of the year in May. She said she was shocked because of all the other hardworking teachers in the school.
Several drug and DUI offenders gathered at the Dawson County Courthouse last Thursday to celebrate reaching a new phase in their life. With tears, smiles and anticipation, eight participants in Dawson County Treatment Court's DUI and drug tracks received plaques recognizing their program completion.
Cards will be tossed, dice will be rolled and wagers will be made on Saturday at the Dawson County Humane Society's Lucky Dog Casino Night. The third annual event benefits the animal shelter, which currently houses about 200 homeless cats and dogs.
Candidates seeking a seat on the Dawsonville City Council can begin qualifying Aug. 28 for the Nov. 6 special election. The election is required to fill the unexpired terms of former Councilmen James Grogan and Calvin Byrd, who both resigned to run for mayor following the death of Joe Lane Cox in March.
Although the youngest instructor in the school, sixth grade language arts teacher Caroline Bridges, 26, has been named Dawson County Middle School's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year. Bridges said she was surprised and humbled to win the honor.