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‘Holy place’

The rusty chains of the porch swing gently squeaked as Carolyn Dooley relaxed outside her family's Lumpkin Campground tent.

"Campmeeting is something I would never miss," said Dooley, 54. "And in my life I have never missed one."

July 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Farmers offer fresh fare

Dawsonville resident Grace Collett has been selling her homegrown vegetables during the Dawson County Farmer's Market for nearly 10 years.

Tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers and eggplant were among the produce offered at her table July 11.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Arts council presents first adult musical

Opening this Friday, the Dawson County Arts Council is presenting its first adult musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

Based on the popular 1988 film, the musical is a comedy revolving around playful banter, mischievous scams and sudden twists.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Early voting under way

Advance voting for the July 31 general primary is currently under way and continues through July 27.

According to Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson, a total of 639 early votes were cast in a span of five days last week.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Campmeeting is set for next week

Lumpkin Campground will hold its annual summer revival next week.

Known as campmeeting, the week-long event traditionally features two services each day that include prayer, singing, music, Bible readings, preaching, personal testimonies and altar calls.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Student participates in CNN program

Dawson County High School junior Miranda Abe recently returned from an exclusive CNN program that teaches students about media skills and journalistic professions.

Abe, the academics editor for the high school yearbook, was one of 75 students statewide to be invited to the seventh annual "Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience."

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Time for honey

With bees swarming around her head in the hot morning air, Jean Schilling prods and picks at the growing hive.

Unfazed and unafraid, the local beekeeper is dressed from head to toe as she swings the smoking canister to calm the bees. It's all part of the routine to check her five hives.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Lanier Tech campus nearing completion

After 10 months of construction, Lanier Technical College is nearing completion on a major expansion project that will more than double the educational space at its Dawson County campus.

"Our schedule is still moving along. We are still looking at mid-July to take occupancy of the building," said Tim McDonald, dean of the Dawson campus.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Community mourns death of local historian

The Dawsonville community is mourning the death of a local historian, retired school teacher and beloved family man this week.

Lifelong resident Charles Finley passed away July 4 due to complications from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle wreck June 15. He was 64.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Chestatee artists show works

Bowen Center for the Arts is bursting with paintings, drawings, carvings and other independent creations reflecting the local landscape.

The Chestatee Artists, based in Lumpkin County, are presenting a collection that shows mixed mediums through the end of July.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


System outpaces state CRCT averages

Dawson County students generally exceeded the state averages on the Criterion-Referenced-Competency Test, according to systemwide scores released this month.

The test measures third- through eighth-graders in math, science, English/language arts, reading and social studies.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Council changes date for election

The Dawsonville City Council voted unanimously on Monday to change the date for the special election to fill the unexpired terms of two council posts.

The special election has been moved from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6.

July 04, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Celebrating freedoms

In celebration of Independence Day, Dawson County residents often flock to Lake Lanier, local parks, area attractions and traditional fireworks extravaganzas.

Dressed in patriotic colors, many families relish the opportunity to spend time together with picnics, activities and traditions.

July 04, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Gun park sound study complete

After reviewing a study measuring sound volumes at a controversial gun club, the Dawson County commission last week voted to erect some barriers near the noisiest areas.

The sound study, which began in January and lasted about four months, included eight locations around Etowah Valley Sporting Clays in southeastern Dawson.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Sparks in the Park set for Tuesday

The whistle and cracks of firecrackers will once again resound through Rock Creek Park on Tuesday night as Dawson County celebrates Independence Day.

In its fourth year, Dawson Day Sparks in the Park is set to begin at 5 p.m. with activities for the entire family.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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