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Runner awarded track scholarship

Dawson County senior Madalyn Walters became the first student in Dawson County High School history to sign a Division I cross country and track scholarship when she signed with the University of Georgia last week.

The high school held a signing ceremony in the media center at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 2.

February 08, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | High School


Students win theater awards

The Dawson County Arts Council earned national recognition during the 2012 Junior Theater Festival, a celebration of on-stage and backstage excellence last month in Atlanta.

"[The Junior Theater Festival] is the only festival of its kind," said Dawson County Junior Theater Director Nathan Gerrells. "It is a weekend of celebrating the achievements of kids who have chosen to participate in theater."

February 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Riverview honors vets through documentary

Seventh-grade students at Riverview Middle School have begun a semester-long project to interview veterans about their experiences during the Vietnam War.

Inspired by the 61 names listed on the Dawsonville Wall of Honor at Veterans Memorial Park, Maria Faircloth's gifted language arts class is calling the documentary "More than a Name on the Wall."

February 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


RELAY KICKS OFF

Despite the downpour outside, the Relay for Life kickoff drew a crowd to Dawson County High School on Thursday night.

Feeding off the success of 2011, organizers hope this year to raise $90,000, their largest goal to date.

February 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Speller goes to district

From Carol Helton's perspective, a positive new trend emerged in this year's Dawson County school system spelling bee.

"The thing I noticed that the contestants did differently was the number of times the contestant asked for a definition or a sentence," said Helton, one of the three judges in the bee Friday at Dawson County Middle School.

February 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Authority announces election for board post

The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority has announced an election for a seat on its board of directors.

After reviewing the nominations in December, the authority chose the only two nominees that qualified: veteran board member Linda G. Townley and newcomer Jere D. Allen.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Amerson breakfast is Saturday

State Rep. Amos Amerson will host a breakfast meeting Saturday for local residents.

The event will be at Ryan's restaurant near the intersection of Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Veterans Affairs swears-in vice president

Veteran Army Reserve Col. Don Brown was sworn in last week as vice president of Veterans Affairs of Dawson County.

"As a veteran he brings knowledge and experience to the table," said Veterans Affairs President Pam Hamalainen. "We rely on our veterans to keep us on protocol because we do not want to do anything that is not right. He keeps us on the right path."

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Systemwide spelling bee is set for Friday

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January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Authority offering incentive

As a business incentive, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority is prepared to offer new commercial developments a year's worth of free water and sewer service.

"We are trying to encourage development inside the county," said Brooke Anderson, general manager of the authority. "We are doing something that to my knowledge has never been offered before."

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


100 and counting

Riverview Elementary kindergarten and first-grade students celebrated the 100th day of the school year by dressing up as if they were 100 years old.

Kindergarten and first-grade classes lined-up in the main hallway at 9 a.m. Monday and paraded outdoors as students in the higher grades gathered in the hallway to watch.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Couple thankful for ACS program

Dawsonville residents Frank and Angie Huber know what it is like to personally benefit from the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

After Frank Huber was diagnosed with tonsil cancer known as "squamous cell carcinoma" in August 2010 he was offered a place to stay for his seven week treatment last summer at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Atlanta.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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