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Lester Wenzel Jr.

Lester Wenzel Jr., 79, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 15, 2012.

Born Feb. 19, 1932, in LaSalle, Ill. to the late Lester J. and Josephine Wenzel, he had lived in Dawson County for more than 15 years having moved from Cumming.

January 18, 2012 | | OBITS


Governor’s State of the State Address signals start of Session

Officially, the 2012 Legislative Session began on Jan. 9.

On Jan. 10 we got our marching orders from the Governor in his State of the State Address.

January 18, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia’s education chief: Teachers are life-changing

State School Superintendent John Barge knows what teachers can do, given the opportunity.

"A teacher turned my life around," he said in a recent telephone conversation.

January 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Rotary event aids charities

The Dawson County Rotary Club is hosting its inaugural Super Bowl Squares Charity Fundraiser in hopes of using local resident's passion for football to help raise money for nonprofits.

The charities that will benefit from the fundraiser include the Dawson County Rotary Scholarship, the senior center, the arts council and WEE Books.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Photography conjuring up the Wild West

The Bowen Center for the Arts is featuring a new exhibit by celebrated scenic photographer Wayne Robinson titled "True Americana- Bodie Series." The exhibit focuses on Bodie, a Californian ghost town located near the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

"Acclaimed as America's best-preserved ghost town, it exists in a state of 'arrested decay' as a California State Historical Monument high above the tree line," Robinson wrote on his Web site.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Mama said there’d be days like this

Miss Rose had been older than Moses when I was a little girl and there were times I fully believed she never missed a church service because she was making sure the preacher was getting the story straight - since she had undoubtedly been there when it happened. So when Granny called my cell a few years ago to tell me the news, I was surprised to hear it, but not for the reason Granny thought.

"Are you sitting down, Sug'?" she asked.

January 18, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Overwintering houseplants

During winter months, many homeowners try to overwinter potted plants inside. Others enjoy inside plants year round, but there can be problems.

Low light, low humidity, dry air and too much soil moisture are the primary culprits that can weaken and destroy our indoor plants. Proper management of these growing factors, of course, is essential to your maintaining healthy, vigorous houseplants.

January 18, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Local schools help set new world record

During the early morning hours of Oct. 12, 2011, the ground shook under the feet of more than 2,000 elementary and middle school students.

The students were participating in a global effort to set a Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks for a full minute within a 24-hour period. According to the recently released Guinness totals, 300,265 jumpers participated worldwide in the Let's Jump! event.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | Education


DCN welcomes reporter

Dawson Community News welcomed a new reporter to its editorial staff earlier this month.

Chelsea Thomas is covering city government, education and water issues, as well as community events, activities and happenings.

January 18, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Norton’s economic forecast is Thursday

Economic forecasts in recent years have seemed to be an endless stream of bad news.

Local real estate guru and economic trend detector Frank Norton aims to reverse that trend - though not without some notes of caution.

January 18, 2012 | By Aaron Hale DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


Lecture series returns

A popular educational series is returning this month.

Great Decisions, an annual public educational program, will be presented by North Georgia College & State University for eight weeks beginning Jan. 26 at the Forsyth County Public Library System.

January 18, 2012 | By Crystal Ledford DCN regional staff | Education


Board of Regents OKs college merger

ATLANTA - It was standing room only at last week's Board of Regents meeting as students, faculty and administrators from eight University System of Georgia institutions waited with bated breath to find out the fate of their universities.

Less than an hour into the Jan. 10 meeting, the proposed college mergers became official.

January 18, 2012 | By Dallas Duncan DCN regional staff | Education


Street lights out? There’s an app for that

In a society that is constantly becoming more reliant on technology, Sawnee EMC is joining the movement with a new street light outage reporting application for smartphones.

The electric cooperative had already launched an online application and will soon release its smartphone application, said Sawnee EMC Vice President of Member Services Blake House.

January 18, 2012 | By Patrick Stoker DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


Schools receive Title I honors

All four of Dawson County's elementary schools have received Georgia Title I designation from the state Department of Education.

And three of the schools - Black's Mill, Kilough and Robinson - have maintained their status as Title I Distinguished Schools for a seventh consecutive year, according to a recent state report.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | Education


Volunteer opportunities abound

Many people start a new year off with resolutions. For 2012, many local nonprofits hope volunteerism is among their goals.

No matter a person's age, gender, interests or skills, nonprofits throughout the area need volunteers to donate their time, services and abilities.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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One killed in motorcycle wreck

A man was killed Friday afternoon after a collision with a passenger vehicle in the area of Beartooth Parkway and Ga. 400.

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


One killed in motorcycle wreck

A man was killed Friday afternoon after a collision with a passenger vehicle in the area of Beartooth Parkway and Ga. 400.

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


Authorities: 19-year-old jogger raped near Dahlonega reservoir trails

A 19-year-old woman told authorities she was raped Wednesday night by a man while on the Lake Zwerner reservoir trails in Dahlonega.

May 26, 2017 | By Nick Watson DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


Head-on collision injures three

A two-vehicle wreck Wednesday shut down Price Road at Toto Creek Park for several hours.

May 25, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


William Garner

William C. Garner, 96, died May 12, 2017.

May 24, 2017 | | OBITS


Herbicide carryover in mulches, manure

Home gardening season has been officially started for several weeks now. Seeds and transplants have taken off and begun to grow tall and strong.

May 24, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Remembering a day that was as good as it gets

Sometimes things come together better than peanut butter and jelly. Take last week, for example. I was invited to speak at the 20th annual Awards ...

May 24, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


This is Lewis Grizzard

Before our dear friend, Ed Parks, died, he would invite us up to his house in Highlands on a Sunday and say, "We'll have ...

May 24, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Just choose

Every day we are faced with dozens of choices.

May 24, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


County clerk re-appointed after salary increase

After one county employee interviewed last week for the position, Danielle Yarbrough was retained as county clerk by the board of commissioners in an unanimous ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dev. Auth. reports strong first quarter for Dawson

The Development Authority of Dawson County (DADC) released information last week that points to a very strong local economy during the first quarter of 2017 ...

May 24, 2017 | | LOCAL


Hundreds attend Rotary Day

Temperatures soared above 85 degrees on Saturday, leading many to take refuge in the cooling outdoor splash pad at Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park.

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Six graduate from drug treatment court

"I found love in a Cuban drug dealer. We had lots of money and lots of cocaine," said Teri Spurill, guest speaker at last Wednesday ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County to complete first full tax revaluation since 2006

A total property tax revaluation, in which the value all of the county's approximately 15,000 parcels of real property will be assessed, is ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Mayor Grogan appeals removal from office

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan has appealed the city council's decision to remove him from office following a May 15 hearing where the council voted ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


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