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Dawsonville man drowns after jumping off lake bridge

August 18, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Randall P. ‘Beetle’ Bailey

Randall P. "Beetle" Bailey, 66, of Dahlonega, died Aug. 10, 2011.

His wife, Mary Bailey; and his parents, Leon and Edith Turner Bailey, preceded him in death.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS


Julia Ann (Judy) Wheeler Chadwick

Julia Ann (Judy) Wheeler Chadwick, 62, of Cumming, died Aug. 13, 2011.

She was a member of Coal Mountain Baptist Church.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS


Rose Mary Hocking

Rose Mary Hocking, 71, of Dahlonega, died Aug. 9, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS


Merlin ‘Mike’ Melancon

Merlin "Mike" Melancon, 86, of Dawsonville, died Aug. 11, 2011.

Born June 27, 1925 in New Orleans, La., to the late Emile and Corrine Melancon, he had been a resident of Dawson County for the past 18 years.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS


Martha Mezick

Martha Mezick, 75, of Dawsonville, died Aug. 9, 2011.

Born Dec. 2, 1935 in Rabun County to the late Wesley and Lola Stubblefield, she lived in Dawson County for more than 35 years, having moved from Austell.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS


Horace L. ‘Hoss’ Whitmire

Horace L. "Hoss" Whitmire, 76, a lifelong resident of Cumming, died Aug. 12, 2011.

He was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS


Slaton celebrates years with wife, company

It has been a year of anniversaries for Roger Slaton.

In June, Slaton celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Loretta, and followed that by celebrating 30 years as a State Farm Insurance agent Aug. 1.

August 17, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Getting a head start

Like many high school students around the world, Kara Sue Hafermalz dreams of attending Harvard University.

After her performance on two tests last spring, there seems little doubt that the Dawson County High sophomore will one day walk the halls of the Cambridge, Mass., campus.

August 17, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Treatment Court makes a difference

By all accounts the Dawson County Treatment Court is a huge success. However, no one should be misled to think that the Drug Court is easy for the participants.

The requirements are stringent, there is no tolerance for noncompliance, all personal search rights are waived, and if the participant fails to meet the criteria and is removed from the program, they face full sentencing for the original drug charges.

August 17, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


House, Senate maps posted on Internet

The Georgia Constitution requires that the Legislature reapportion the General Assembly, as well as the Congressional seats in the year following the decade census. The Special Session started on Aug. 15, and already the House redistricting map has been introduced. You can see the proposed House and Senate maps at www.legis.ga.gov and click the link to the reapportionment maps.

The 2010 census found that 68 current House districts had too many people and 112 House districts had too few when compared to the ideal of 53,820 people.

August 17, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dawson Dash running soon

The sixth annual Young Life Dawson Dash 5K and Fun Run will be held this Saturday at Rock Creek Park.

Men, women and children of all ages and ability are invited to attend.

August 17, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


New exhibit opens at local art center

The Bowen Arts Center recently held a reception to celebrate the opening of its newest exhibit, 4 Southern Artists.

The exhibit features sculptures, drawings and abstract paintings from four Atlanta artists: Tom Wood, Dick Henderson, Jerry Sullivan and Bob Cargill.

August 17, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Shade tree decline

Many trees around Dawson County are showing dieback and decline symptoms.

Twig or branch dieback is initiated in the tree as a response to poor growth conditions and/or pest attack. Usually a combination of physical, climatic, and pest problems lead to the tree shutting off some of its outside portions.

August 17, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Citizen government academy is accepting applications

For a behind the scenes look at local government, residents are encouraged to participate in the fourth annual Dawson County Citizens Academy.

Dawson County Government and Community Affairs is currently accepting applicants for the Fall 2011 academy, which begins Aug. 30.

August 17, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


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Local murder investigation to be featured on Discovery

Dawsonville residents will be able to view a television episode Monday that details the investigation of two murders that occurred in the county in December ...

January 20, 2017 | | LOCAL


Dawson teen missing, last seen Jan. 13

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has issued a BOLO or "be on the lookout" for 15-year-old Mallory Roxanne Padgett, who was last seen at ...

January 20, 2017 | | LOCAL


Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sometimes it is helpful that others do your work

This column was conceived and intended for last week's paper, but it did not get transferred to my computer and thus not to the ...

January 18, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The unnecessary obituary

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently. He didn't just stand on the banks of ...

January 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Getting started in 2017

On Jan. 9, we reconvened for the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly. This year promises to be very busy and offers endless ...

January 18, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The end of the fried chickatarian era

Years and years ago, my child had decided he was going to be a vegetarian.

January 18, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Chamber speaker tells business owners: Give up what’s good in search of something better in 2017

"People are passionate about resolutions: either they love them or they hate them. They want to talk about how terrible they are, or say they ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Donald W. Moss Scholarship now open to Dawson students

The Donald Moss Scholarship Fund is now open for applications. This is the first year that the scholarship is open to Dawson County students who ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Education


County names new planning commission

The new year has brought new members to the county planning commission. All four planning board members, as well as the chair, had terms that ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Joan Ellen Coffman

Joan Ellen Coffman, 63, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 13, 2017.

January 18, 2017 | | OBITS


Charles Hunt Eldred

Charles Hunt Eldred, died Jan. 3, 2017.

January 18, 2017 | | OBITS


Eleanor H. King

Eleanor H. King, 98, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 15, 2017.

January 18, 2017 | | OBITS


James H. Ledbetter

James H. Ledbetter, 82, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 13, 2017.

January 18, 2017 | | OBITS


Sheriff’s Office employee fired for lying about relationship with supervisor

A Dawson County Sheriff's Office employee was fired last week and another is on leave after an inquest revealed the two lied about being ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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