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Edna “Gamps” Stephens

Edna "Gamps" Stephens, 94, of Dawsonville, died May 14, 2012.

Born Sept. 25, 1917, to the late Seaborn and Nettie Ropers, she was a lifelong resident of Dawson County.

May 16, 2012 | | OBITS


Frances Harben Thurmond

Frances Harben Thurmond, 84, of Dawsonville, died May 11, 2012.

Born Feb. 26, 1928, to the late John Silvey and Flara Harben, she lived most of her life in Dawson County.

May 16, 2012 | | OBITS


To our wonderful community

The family of Christopher Blalock wants to express their sincere appreciation to all of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Kevin Tanner, Chaplain Mike Owens, Ted Bearden and son and Gordon Pirkle for their tremendous help and support to us during the loss of our son. You could not ask for a better community than we have.

It really means a lot to know we have such a caring community and our sincere thanks to all the citizens of our great community. A community we are very proud to call home.

May 16, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Skeeter finds out he has a lot to learn

Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Metropolitan Pooler, called me this week. That was an historic occasion. Maybe not man-landing on-the-moon historic, but pretty close to it. Skeeter rarely ever calls. I think it is because he thinks he knows everything. Being an industry leader in the tree stump removal and plow repair game can do that to a person.

"Hoss," Skeeter said with no preamble, "my associates around the state and I have formed an industry group, The Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair Association of Georgia and, naturally, they appointed me ...

May 16, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Heart and soul of Dawsonville

Last Wednesday morning I was eating breakfast with a friend at the Dawsonville Pool Room as I try to do several times a month. Barbara was there with her new knees looking good, as was GP and Gordon, who was out unusually early and in a suit.

I asked Gordon who's funeral he was attending as that was the only reason he was ever in a suit and since he was upright I didn't think it was for his, at least not today. Little did we know that in less than four hours, another loss would occur in ...

May 16, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Home of the Bully Burger under lockdown

Over the years I've heard many people say: "Gordon Pirkle is rich, he makes all kind of money."

Which might have been true if he had not given so much over the years.

May 16, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Pirkle a family man

First of all I have never written an editorial on anything in my life, I do admire the folks that do and have the guts to write and publish what they believe in.

I am the daughter-in-law of Gordon and Idilene Pirkle. I am married to their eldest son, Lawton.

May 16, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Forever grateful

Gordon's heart is so big. Gordon helped me claim and hold onto my family name! I hope he doesn't mind me telling this now.

Gordon has a unique love and understanding of family and the family name. Some people think a person's name is just what they are given at birth, but it's so much more. I was raised in a single parent household by my mom Myrna West, with help from her mom Ola West and her brother Lyndon West.

May 16, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Maurice A. “Tom” Thomas

Maurice A. "Tom" Thomas, 80, of Dahlonega, died May 1, 2012.

May 09, 2012 | | OBITS


Daffy Duck, UGA fishing team, Ralston

Just when my life seemed to have lost all meaning, up jumps our Ambassador to Outer Space, Cynthia McKinney, who has announced her intentions to run for Congress as a member of the Green Party this fall in Georgia's 4th District.

May 09, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What I share with my mama

I recently read an article in a magazine that talked about how the physical features you share with your mother reveal similar personality traits. Similar eyes meant you both were optimistic. Lips meant you both were openhearted; noses, equally trusting. The article offered some keen insights that I am sure for many, rang very true.

May 09, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Gene H. Anderson

Gene H. Anderson, 75, of Canton, died May 3, 2012.

May 09, 2012 | | OBITS


Overview: Board of Regents

In continuation of our budget series, we will now focus on the state's FY2013 budget appropriations for the Board of Regents.

May 09, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Are you ready for your Yottaflop?

It has been a few years since Vice President Joe Biden visited Dawson County to announce the grant award for the North Georgia Network, or NGN.

Since that time, construction of the all fiber optic network has almost been completed. The dream has become a reality.

May 02, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Contents of a woman’s purse

"What is in here?" Lamar will ask as he tries to move my bag to the floorboard of the back seat.

"Stuff I need," I reply.

May 02, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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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