It was with great disappointment that I read that the Dawson County Commission had voted to notify the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that it opposes the Etowah Habitat Conservation Plan - an effort on the part of numerous local governments along the Etowah River to protect endangered fish species that live in the river and the creeks feeding it.
Since 2002, local governments and their partners in the Etowah Watershed have devised a proactive plan to address development impacts on federally protected fish. If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves it, and participating cities and counties implement it, the plan would require new subdivisions, retail centers and offices to meet construction standards that keep pollution out of the river and its streams.
The Georgia Mountain Food Bank will hold a USDA Mass Food Distribution from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of Hollis Transport in Flowery Branch.
Leyland Cypress trees have become very popular in the past 10 years. The following article by Willie Chance, University of Georgia extension agent from Houston County, gives and excellent overview of common disease problems of Leyland Cypress.
Dawson County school and safety officials are urging calm in the wake of the first confirmed case of H1N1 virus, or swine flu.
School is back in session, summer is almost over and fall is around the corner. With the arrival of fall comes time for the second annual Dawson County Citizens Academy.
Is there a billboard somewhere in Dawson County that says "Hurry and Buy a House Before It's Too Late?"
The Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind recently held its "Lions Day at the Camp," an event that gives the Lions of Georgia an opportunity to visit the camp while it is in session, so they can observe campers participating in the various activities.
A. Roll call
Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda G. Townley has been elected to the board of directors of Tax Commissioners' Technology Council of Georgia.
Sanitation is an important and often overlooked practice to control diseases in the home orchard. Many fruits can be grown more successfully and with less dependence on chemicals by using good sanitation.
I've never been stuck in an elevator, but I'd rather not. I'd also prefer not to get stranded at the top of one of those double-decker Ferris wheels. Even on one of those chance rides with a pretty girl.
Eight-year old Kenneth Stewart III has become a local celebrity in the community, and has recently picked up the nick-name of "Soldier Boy of Dawsonville."
Richard Darnell, 48, of Cumming, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009.
Refugio Jesusita Hernandez, 87, of Dawsonville, formerly of Montezuma, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009.
Marjorie Stowers Bishop, 96, of Dawsonville, died April 11, 2014.
Eldon O. Miller, 74, of Dawsonville, died April 9, 2014.
"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.
Edith Angela Ashe Pirkle, 90, of Cumming, died April 9, 2014.
Most young Georgians have never heard of Bo Callaway, a gentleman from Georgia.
Hydrangeas are a staple in most southern gardens. Bigleaf hydrangeas, also known as Japanese, French and snowball hydrangeas, bloom in colors of blue, pink or different shades in between. Did you know that the bloom color of hydrangea can be changed?
I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.
April is traditionally known for showers, blooming trees and shrubs and early flowers. We have had our share of those (including the pollen) and are enjoying the "popping out" beauty.
Bill Elliott's career
James W. Ray Sr., 73, of Dawsonville, died April 2, 2014.
Nancy Beaver has been named Lanier Technical College's vice president for student affairs.
Pauline Ivey, 97, of Cumming, died April 3, 2014.
Gary and Kim Porter of Dawsonville announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lindsay Porter, to Chris Holmes. He is the son of Barry Holmes of Sharpsburg and Devin Holmes of Alpharetta.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.
Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.