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Tax exemption puts ‘happy’ back into happy birthday

During the 2012 Legislative Session, the Georgia General Assembly adopted HB 386, a comprehensive tax package aimed at creating a friendlier tax structure for Georgia families and businesses.

One of the most discussed portions of House Bill 386 will eliminate the "birthday tax" Georgians pay on vehicles each year.

June 06, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Leaders to discuss future of 400

An economic development luncheon that aims to provide the region's business leaders and elected officials an opportunity to discuss the future of Ga. 400 will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 7 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

The 2012 Ga. 400 Summit will address numerous questions, including how the region's leaders can help reduce congestion and how they can improve the road's qualities.

May 30, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Think twice about apartment project

As an ex-city council member and ex-county commissioner, I understand some of what things cost and what pays in Dawson County.

For instance, what it costs per person in Dawson County for infrastructure.

May 30, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


H. Dean Hallman

H. Dean Hallman, 67, of Dawsonville, died May 24, 2012.

Born April 27, 1945 in South Carolina, he had lived in Dawson County for the past 20 years.

May 30, 2012 | | OBITS


Ida Mae McBrayer Lingerfelt

Ida Mae McBrayer Lingerfelt, 61, of Cumming, died May 21, 2012.

She was a lifelong resident of Cumming and was a member of Four Mile Baptist Church in Pickens County.

May 30, 2012 | | OBITS


Sara Cox Roper

Sara Cox Roper, 63, of Cumming, died May 24, 2012.

Born Aug. 20, 1948 in Dawson County to the late Wayne and Nellie Cox, she had lived in Forsyth County most of her life.

May 30, 2012 | | OBITS


James Marvin Whitmire

James Marvin Whitmire, 81, of Dawsonville, died May 22, 2012.

His parents, Jim and Minnie Whitmire; and a son, Glenn Clay Whitmire; preceded him in death.

May 30, 2012 | | OBITS


My son, the future president of 2038

The first grade class voted a few weeks ago and it was announced during awards day that the "Most Likely to be President of the USA" was my child.

Cole's teacher, Mrs. Robin even declared that Cole would be one to get things done if he was in the White House and she'd vote for him tomorrow if he ran.

May 30, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Alliance continues meeting needs of Dawson community

You may have been aware of the Alliance of Churches of Dawson County as that group has prepared and served "open house" Thanksgiving dinners for the past two years. The dinners were especially for families who currently could not provide such a feast for themselves and for individuals who might otherwise be alone on that holiday.

The alliance is now offering assistance to those same citizens who may need minor home repairs.

May 30, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Fire blight on fruit trees

Backyard apple trees are popular in this area of Georgia.

Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home. While home fruit trees can be rewarding, they also require a lot of work. One reason for this is the prevalence of diseases.

May 23, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Elsie Campbell

Elsie Campbell, 92, of Cumming, died May 15, 2012.

Her husband, Paul E. Campbell, preceded her in death.

May 23, 2012 | | OBITS


Joanne Carol Fowler

Joanne Carol Fowler, 73, of Dahlonega, died May 12, 2012.

Born in San Diego, Calif. she was the daughter of the late Ole and Elizabeth Jensen.

May 23, 2012 | | OBITS


Horace Gayton

Horace Gayton, 74, of Dawsonville, died May 15, 2012.

Born Jan. 4, 1938, to the late Beecher and Aline Gayton, he lived most of his life in Dawson County.

May 23, 2012 | | OBITS


Sara Ellen Fowler Holbrook

Sara Ellen Fowler Holbrook, 80, of Cumming, died May 19, 2012.

Mrs. Holbrook was born on July 24, 1931, in Forsyth County.

May 23, 2012 | | OBITS


Brian Smith Nash

Brian Smith Nash, 50, of Cumming, died May 17, 2012.

Survivors include his wife, Raylynn Nash of Cumming; father, Col. Donald Nash (USAF Ret.) of New Orleans, La.; mother, Willette Borden of Dawsonville; sister, RuthAnne Rossback of Dawsonville; brother, Greg Nash of Sarasota, Fla.; various other relatives also survive.

May 23, 2012 | | OBITS


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Fuel spill blocks both Ga. 400 northbound lanes

UPDATE: Both lanes of Ga. 400 northbound have been cleared as of 7:45 p.m.

June 26, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Father and son drown at Lumpkin waterfall

A 38-year-old man and his 6-year-old son both drowned Tuesday afternoon while swimming at Dicks Creek Falls in Lumpkin County, according to a press release ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Recent high profile events are proof you can’t fix stupid

So, what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the President of the United States?

June 21, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Will the United States be left behind?

Earlier this month, Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. While his action may score political points with the ...

June 21, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Always remember

It's time once again to celebrate our great country's independence and freedom.

June 21, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The legend of Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker was the most memorable kid in my first grade class. I spent 12 years matriculating with Bobby but it was in the first ...

June 21, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


That’s not how I would do it – and maybe that’s a good thing

I have become that which I used to dread.

June 21, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Covington earns finance officer certification

Beth Swafford Covington, who works with the Dawson County Board of Education, recently earned her Local Finance Officer Certification through the Carl Vinson Institute of ...

June 21, 2017 | | Education


Water authority board member appointed

Doug Schuster last week was sworn in as the newest member of the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority board of directors.

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County approves scrap tire storage ordinance

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week approved an ordinance that will contribute to the health and safety of county citizens by helping to ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Windstream continues speed expansion in north Georgia Cable upgrades, 1-Gig speeds coming to Dawson

More than 67,000 households in the area are expected to benefit from cable upgrades by internet service provider Windstream by the end of 2017.

June 21, 2017 | | LOCAL


Dawson Marketplace enters phase two of development

The Development Authority of Dawson County announced last week that three nationally recognized retail firms will be the main anchor stores for phase two of ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Paddle Georgia launches into weeklong Etowah trek

It has been 11 years since the Etowah River was chosen as the site of Paddle Georgia's weeklong canoe and kayaking trip, and a ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


City holds first hearing for new annexation fee

An amendment to the City of Dawsonville annexation ordinance that will allow the city to charge an additional fee for each property annexing into the ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Long range planning committee schedules first meeting

A committee recently reinstated and appointed by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners to provide public input on the future of the county will have ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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