Several nonprofit organizations showcased their group's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library. The expo was held following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting and was free to the public.
For the past week volunteers have been painting, cutting, gluing and stapling decorations all over the interior of the Bowen Center for the Arts in preparation of Saturday morning's "Sail Away to Neverland" children's event. Each of the facilities three main rooms will be decked out with paintings and trimmings inspired by Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" storybook.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Friday. The evening, which is titled "USS Dawson Cruise to Italy," will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lakeview Center on Dawson Forest Road, with a cocktail hour; followed by a seated dinner at 7 p.m. "with the captain."
Like any other 4-year-old, Easton Hall loves to pretend he is a superhero and play with toy trucks. Yet unlike most kids, he has a rare birthday.
Long-term substitute teacher Phil Branson was honored last week for his work with special needs students at Riverview Middle School. Branson was selected by peers to be a district-wide ambassador during the March 2, Philip Wright Award ceremony in Cleveland. Seven other Dawson County teachers and school employees were nominated.
Dawson County High juniors and seniors caught a glimpse of various occupational options last week during the high school's annual career day. Hosted by the Dawson County Rotary Club, more than 30 volunteers showed up early Feb. 16 to speak to classes about their jobs and to answer questions.
A new state champion tree, submitted by Mark Short, was recognized on Arbor Day by the Dawson County Tree Preservation committee. The Chestnut Oak measured 164 inches in circumference and was 96 feet tall, according to Tony Page of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
In light of rising insurance premiums and increasing stress on budgets, Dawson County school officials met recently with leaders from other districts to discuss the possibility of pulling out of government health care. Other north Georgia school systems including Gwinnett, which took part in the meeting at Dawson County Middle School, are reportedly researching the matter.
For the first time, Dawson County voters will be able to cast ballots for an election on a Saturday. Thanks to a new state law, polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Dawson County Board of Elections office, 96 Academy Ave.
A local agency was recently awarded a $62,500 grant to improve young driver safety. Based in Cleveland, the Pioneer Regional Educational Service Agency reports the Students Against Destructive Decisions grant has been awarded to Dawson County as well as Gainesville City Schools and 11 other north Georgia counties. The effort is to "involve Georgia students in reducing injury and death to young drivers."
Dawson County school officials applauded the recent federal waiver that frees Georgia from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind act and grants it flexibility in how to prepare and evaluate students. "I'm extremely happy amendments are being made to the original law," said Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter.
Dawson County and Riverview middle schools are starting after-school tutoring programs for qualified students this week. Through funds provided by The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Grant, Dawson County Schools have been able to offer specialized services to children classified as "homeless," which is defined as any student without a stable residence.
Local sculptor and outdoorsman Allen Ferg and fellow hiker Bob Miller are preparing to begin an enormous undertaking of 2,184 miles. The duos estimated six-month journey from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail is set to benefit the Dawson County Arts Council, Bowen Center for the Arts and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ.)
Fellow volunteers are quick to praise Penny Putnam's contributions to the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County. "Although Penny came into our service with no background in the medical field she has learned everything and is doing a superb job," said Doug Powell, treasurer of the nonprofit center that provides free non-emergency health services to uninsured residents.
More than three years after Gold Creek Golf Club closed, the property's overgrowth and expanding nuisance wildlife population have stirred concern from neighbors. Monday night, the Gold Creek Homeowners Association presented a formal complaint about the situation to the Dawsonville City Council.