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Impact of new plant felt here

According to officials, a local steel fabrication supplier has recently been approved to provide parts to a massive Caterpillar assembly plant being built near Athens.

The news followed an announcement that the plant will focus on suppliers in a 50-mile radius that includes Dawson County.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Folk art flourishes

Known for offering an array of folk art and crafts, the seventh annual Folk Art Family Reunion will be held this weekend at Around Back at Rocky's Place.

More than 20 artists from around the Southeast sell drawings, pottery and other creations during the festival. Co-owner Robin Blan said the festival is an outpouring of artistic creativity.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Senior Center water aerobics underway

Stepping into the pool at Veterans Memorial Park, seniors gathered last week to begin a water-logged aerobics class hosted by the Dawson County Senior Center.

In only its second year, the SilverSneakers "Silver Splash" aerobics class has had an outpouring of community citizens attend.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Chamber to celebrate 35 years

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 35 years of community service next week.

In celebration, the chamber will host the monthly Business After Hours event at 5 p.m. June 26 at the chamber offices on Ga. 400.

June 20, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Storyteller entertains at Jimmy Carter Library

Local storyteller Tracy Walker entertained a crowd of more than 100 people Saturday night at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta.

A seven-year member of the Southern Order of Storytellers, Walker was asked to be the introductory teller at "Love, Lies and Laughter," an evening performance featuring national humorist Kim Weitkamp.

June 20, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Kids served free meals in June

For the second year, the Dawson County School System is offering free lunches this month to all children.

Funded through the National School Lunch Program and sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, the program is offered to systems with high percentages of students who eat free and reduced lunch during the school year.

June 20, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Bocce court opens at park

An ancient game has started a new history in Dawson County.

June 13, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | SPORTS


Authority pushes for proposed reservoir

The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority continues to make plans for a reservoir along Shoal Creek, although the property owner hasn't agreed to join in the project.

June 13, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Teen-directed play opening Friday

The Dawson County Arts Council is presenting the musical production "Once on This Island Jr." this Friday at Riverview Middle School's auditorium.

June 13, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LIFE


Financial future grim for school system

The Dawson County Board of Education approved a $35 million budget for fiscal year 2013 on Monday.

June 13, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


City dedicates room to late mayor Cox

The community room at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex was designated as the "Joe Lane Cox Community Room" on Thursday in memory of the late mayor.

Cox, who was 72, was three months into his third term as mayor when he died on March 9.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Runner passes on scholarship for ministry

A decorated high school distance runner has turned down an historic athletic scholarship to pursue ministry and missions.

In February, Madalyn Walters became the first Dawson County High School female student to sign a Division I cross country and track scholarship.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | High School


Soldier’s death brings sadness to Dawsonville

DAWSONVILLE - A staff sergeant from Dawsonville who was killed in Afghanistan last week is being remembered as a loving family man and dedicated soldier.

Alexander G. Povilaitis, 47, died when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Defense.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Regional commission holds appreciation dinner

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission held a legislative appreciation dinner Thursday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

Members of Dawson County's state legislative delegation were joined by more than 100 regional delegates, politicians, representatives and guests.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Hamalainen receives award

Pam Hamalainen, president of Veterans Affairs of Dawson County, was surprised last month when she received a certificate from Gov. Nathan Deal appointing her "Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp Governor's Staff formed for the defense of the State."

"It was very unexpected. I was humbled, I didn't feel I had done that much," she said.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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