The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events of the year. Tickets are still available for the Reverse Raffle that will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. Only 300 tickets at $100 each will be sold for this year's raffle drawing party, which gives ticket holders the chance to win $10,000 cash.
The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame hosted the fifth annual Lakewood Speedway Reunion on Saturday in honor of the hundreds of racers who competed on the famed Atlanta track. "This is the kind of reunion I want to have more of," said racing historian and board member Gordon Pirkle. "One where you sit among the cars, watch racing footage on the TV's and visit with one another."
With backpacks stuffed with sharpened pencils, crisp notebook paper and shiny folders, more than 3,300 children fresh from summer break poured into Dawson County schools Thursday. "The first day is fun, exciting, anxious all rolled into one. They are so excited and they love it," said Leslie White, kindergarten teacher at Black's Mill Elementary.
The Dawson County community is mourning the death of a civic volunteer and retired business leader. Linda Williams, longtime president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, died Aug. 8 after a period of declining health. She was 64.
Rebecca Wilson, 31, was surprised when she was announced as Robinson Elementary School's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year. "I found out at the end of last school year at a yearbook assembly," she said. "I was actually videotaping the event when they announced my name so I was very shocked."
The Dawson County community is mourning the death of a local civic volunteer and retired business leader this week. Linda Williams, longtime president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, died Wednesday after a period of declining health. She was 64.
After 29 hours aboard airplanes and packed vans, several Dawson County residents arrived in eastern Uganda to "spread the love of Christ." The locals teamed up with Helping Hands Foreign Missions, a Gainesville-based Christian ministry, to visit Ugandan schools, churches and bush villages for two weeks last month.
James Grogan was sworn in as Dawsonville's mayor Monday night. Grogan, who has served as acting mayor since April, staked an early lead in the July 31 primary, with the final results tallying 318 votes, or about 62 percent, to former councilman Calvin Byrd's 196 votes, or about 38 percent.
Economic hardships have made it increasingly difficult for some families to provide their children school supplies. To address the need, Dawson County Family Connection will host its annual school supply drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart.
The Dawson County Board of Education voted at its July meeting to keep local property taxes at the same rate for 2013. Last year, the board approved a resolution to raise the millage rate by 1.9 mills to reportedly offset an expected budget deficit.
The Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery has received the go-ahead to begin manufacturing moonshine. The long-awaited permission from state inspectors July 20 followed the approval of federal and local agents.
Campmeeting concluded its annual weeklong festivities at Lumpkin Campground on Sunday evening. Filled with church services, singing and fellowship, the event gathered dozens of local families and friends together for seven days in the rustic, wooded setting.
The Dawson County school system has begun preparations for the new school year that starts Aug. 9. Teachers and faculty are holding open houses for students and parents early next week.
Dawsonville resident Tristan Melton, 13, has garnered national recognition for his performance in various recent rifle competitions. A rising eighth-grader at Dawson County Middle School, Melton has earned three first-place medals, been named a state champion and set a National Rifle Association record in his sub-junior class. All since April.
The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority has officially entered into a 50-year contract to help build and operate a reservoir along Shoal Creek, although the property owner hasn't agreed to join in the project. The proposed 2,000-acre reservoir would be built on the hilly, wooded landscape of Dawson Forest, a 10,000-acre tract the city of Atlanta has owned since the early 1970s.