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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


Racing car finds home

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has recently acquired a famed racecar that was thought to be lost until a few years ago.

Known as the Dixie Twister, the Huston Platt-owned car had disappeared after a deadly accident on March 2, 1969, that killed 12 and injured more than 40 at the Yellow River Drag Strip in Covington.

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


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Fire destroys vacant bed and breakfast

A fire Tuesday night destroyed a 6,500 square foot former bed and breakfast off Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Vicky Lynn Duran

Vicky Lynn Duran, 53, of Cumming, died June 23, 2017.

June 28, 2017 | | OBITS


Marcelle Ledbetter

Marcelle Ledbetter, 86, of Dawsonville, died June 25, 2017.

June 28, 2017 | | OBITS


John Alden Scarlet

John Alden Scarlet, 65, of Dawsonville, died June 25, 2017.

June 28, 2017 | | OBITS


Random thoughts on random subjects like education, politics and law enforcement

Oh, barf. The Georgia Center for Opportunity - whatever that is - has come out with a report card, giving As and A-pluses to cut-and-run legislators who ...

June 28, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Do-er or Dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

June 28, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Some sorely missing etiquette

Mama has started following in Granny's previous footsteps of blaming technology for most of our current woes.

June 28, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Motorsports park to host 4th of July fireworks

The fourth annual Sparks in the Motorsports Park event is scheduled for this 4th of July and will be the biggest display of fireworks in ...

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Father and son drown at popular Lumpkin waterfall

More than $38,000 has been raised since a Dahlonega man and his son drowned at a popular Lumpkin County swimming spot last week.

June 28, 2017 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Summer is here

The first day of summer was June 21 and with the hot weather residents in the north Georgia mountains have been experiencing, officials are urging ...

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Beloved Chick-fil-A employee remembered by coworkers, patrons

If you have visited the Dawsonville Chick-fil-A restaurant at all in the past 10 years, you probably encountered Vicky Duran.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County detention officer arrested for forgery

A detention officer who resigned from the Dawson County Sheriff's Office last week was taken into custody early Tuesday afternoon on charges of forgery ...

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Long range planning committee holds first meeting

A committee newly appointed by the board of commissioners met Friday morning under the notion that some growth is good, but planned growth is better.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


10 wolf puppies born at North Georgia Zoo

A new and rather large litter of gray wolves was born this spring at North Georgia Zoo. Now, the puppies are ready for socialization.

June 28, 2017 | By Amber Tyner DCN regional staff | LOCAL


County budget hearings commence

The board of commissioners held its first set of public budget hearings this week with more to come through next Thursday.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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