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Update on solar power, nuclear power and coal in Georgia

As chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, I get many opportunities to see up close and personal what's happening in Georgia with all the energy options we have available. I had not realized that Atlanta has so many solar installations until I toured some of them recently.

Turner Enterprises has covered their Luckie Street parking facilities with 25 solar canopies that can provide 228,000 watts of electrical power annually. We were not told the cost of the installation, but these canopies are expected to provide 25 percent of the power needs at a savings of $30 ...

November 09, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Shout-outs to Bryant, Charlie and Valerie .....

Oops! I left the "t" off the Rev. Bryant Wright's name in last week's column about the possibility of the Southern Baptist Convention dropping "Southern" from its name.

I was just so excited to learn that whatever the organization's future nomenclature, the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern (sic) Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., will continue to favor us with his observations on such critical theological issues as yoga and women preachers. (Al doesn't approve of either and I don't approve of Al, but that's a topic for another day).

November 09, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


In touch with local government

As we enter November, we are concluding two of Dawson County's very successful programs for the year.

The third annual Dawson County Citizens Academy graduated 24 participants on Nov. 1. The 10 week program gives participants an in-depth look at how their local government operates.

November 09, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Time to consolidate

I was struck by the irony of a comment attributed to Dawsonville Mayor Pro-tem James Grogan as to the reason the city passed an ordinance prohibiting pigs and chickens.

"To avoid having agricultural businesses that could be a nuisance to residents," was cited in a front page article in the Dawson Community News titled "Local farmer considers de-annexation from city."

November 09, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Learn how to drive

I am hoping you will allow me to express my concern. I think people are forgetting how to drive. Two issues I see most often are confusion at roundabouts and failing to use blinkers. I would like to remind everyone that roundabouts require you to yield to traffic already in the roundabout (aka the vehicle that might wreck into you). Find a gap in traffic and enter the circle. You can only go right in roundabouts. Keep an eye out for pedestrians.

As for blinkers, I am not sure when it happened, but apparently we do not use them anymore ...

November 09, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Mama said there’d be days like this

The tabloid headlines recently screamed that Kim Kardashian's decision to file for divorce was a shocking surprise.

Really? Did anyone not see this coming? In fact, I can almost bet their wedding vows were taken to an oath of Nielsen ratings and media deals.

November 09, 2011 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dawson teams win championships

Dawson County Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the results of the 2011 North Georgia Youth Football Association Super Bowl.

For the first time ever Dawson County's youth football program was well represented with four teams earning spots in the association's Super Bowl.

November 08, 2011 | For the Dawson Community News editor@dawsonnews.com | Parks & Recreation


Dawsonville man dead after wreck

November 04, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regionall staff | LOCAL


Keys for planting perennials

Planting perennials properly and at the right time can determine whether and how prolifically they bloom the first year.

For shrubs, fall is considered the best time to plant perennials in the South.

November 02, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Change your clocks, batteries

Dawson County Emergency Services urges residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarm when they change their clocks as daylight savings time ends Sunday.

"Having a working smoke alarm reduces your chances of dying in a fire by nearly half," Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield said. "Batteries in smoke alarms should be replaced twice a year. Change your clocks, change your batteries."

November 02, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Free health fair is Saturday at church

Dozens of healthcare professionals will offer free health screenings Saturday at Cornerstone Christian Church in Dawsonville.

Free health screenings will be available to everyone beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at 236 Etowah River Road.

November 02, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


KARE taking applications for assistance this Christmas

KARE for Kids is now accepting holiday assistance applications for the 2011 Christmas season.

Applications will be accepted through Dec. 5 at Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 100 Lumpkin Campground Road South, Dawsonville.

November 02, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dispose of scrap tires this weekend

Each year, hundreds of scrap tires are illegally dumped along roadways, creating threats to the environment, public health and safety.

In an effort to decrease the number of scrap tires in the area, Keep Dawson County Beautiful offers Dawson County residents a scrap tire amnesty day from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Dawson County Transfer Station.

November 02, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Lawana Bruce Brown

Lawana Bruce Brown, 82, of Marietta, formerly of Dawsonville, died Oct. 25, 2011.

Born Oct. 21, 1929, to the late John and Rena Bruce, she lived most of her life in Dawson County before moving to Marietta in 1994.

November 02, 2011 | | OBITS


Alfred Hans “Al” Jorgensen

Alfred Hans "Al" Jorgensen, 77, of Dawsonville, died Oct. 28, 2011.

Born May 1, 1934 in South Gate, Calif., to the late Peter and Anna Christine Jorgensen, he had lived in Dawson County for 20 years, having moved from Dunwoody.

November 02, 2011 | | OBITS


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Betty Bearden

Betty Bearden, 70, of Gainesville, died March 26, 2017.

March 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Jerry Lee Blalock

Jerry Lee Blalock, 73, of Dawsonville, died March 24, 2017.

March 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Eloise Pinion Bramblett

Eloise Pinion Bramblett, 90, of Dawsonville, died March 23, 2017.

March 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Billy Brooks

Billy Brooks, 90, of Cumming, died March 25, 2017.

March 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Stephen J. “Steve” Brown

Stephen J. "Steve" Brown, 60, of Dawsonville, died March 22, 2017.

March 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Clifford D. “Bob” Merritt

Clifford D. "Bob" Merritt, 79, of Dahlonega, died March 23, 2017.

March 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Anita Lorraine Ray Prichard

Anita Lorraine Ray Prichard, 50, of Dawsonville, died March 24, 2017.

March 29, 2017 | | OBITS


Annual 4-H Rabies Clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital, and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on Saturday, April 22. It will ...

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Busy week headed toward session's end

The Georgia General Assembly reconvened under the Gold Dome on Monday, March 20 for day 36 of the 2017 legislative session. Sine die is this ...

March 29, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Atlanta Motorsports Park is here to stay and wants more

The county originally turned the AMP rezoning request down, so in 2007 the City of Dawsonville went slipping through the wood all the way from ...

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dressing Up

A couple of years ago, a national book tour dropped me in Oxford, Mississippi, on a Friday afternoon before an Ole Miss home football game ...

March 29, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Fast Approaching Sine Die

This week marks Day 38 of the 40-day legislative session. We have reached the point where committees are no longer meeting and we are working ...

March 29, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Hair of the dog

Dog hair is my arch nemesis.

March 29, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Dawson County can now better service people experiencing mental illness, developmental disabilities

Formerly Georgia Mountains Community Services, Avita is a public agency that was created by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Avita opened ...

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Suspect leads deputies on hours-long foot chase Gainesville wanted man still not located

What started with a medical visit ended with an hours-long foot chase and no arrest in Dawson County on March 17 when one man presented ...

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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