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Riverview ES principal attends event in D.C.

Riverview Elementary School principal Julia Mashburn joined elementary- and middle-school educators and leaders from across the country during the National Association of Elementary School Principals' National Leaders Conference on July 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

The educators were in the nation's capital to advocate for new policies that would give principals the tools they need to shape long-term and effective plans for education improvement.

August 03, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Dawson County Board of Commissioners voting session agenda

A. Roll call

B. Opening presentation: Friends of Recovery: Dawson County - Bob King

August 03, 2011 | | Government


Prevention is key in pesticide poisoning

Pesticide poisoning is more common than you may think.

Many cases are mild and unreported. However, death from pesticide poisoning does happen. A few years ago a child in our area died after drinking pesticide that was stored in an unmarked container.

August 03, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tax increase approved

The Dawson County Board of Education approved a resolution last week that will raise local property taxes.

The increase, which the board says will offset an expected budget deficit for the next school year, was approved 3-0 by the board on Thursday. Members Elaine Wilson and Cecil Bennett were not present at the meeting.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


System doesn’t make AYP

According to results released last week, the Dawson County School System was one of the 152 systems, out of 183 systems statewide, that failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011.

Three of the seven local schools, Dawson County High School, Riverview Elementary and Riverview Middle, failed to meet AYP, putting them among nearly 37 percent of schools statewide.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Student learns to fly fighter plane

Brooks Fulford is not your average student-athlete.

A rising sophomore at Dawson County High, Fulford served as the starting varsity goalkeeper last season. He and Sam Edwards combined to set two school records, one for fewest goals allowed and another for most shutouts.

July 27, 2011 | | Education


Local schools will have open house next week

Local schools will hold open house next week in preparation for the beginning of classes Aug. 5.

Black's Mill, Kilough, Riverview and Robinson elementary schools will hold open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 3.

July 27, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Rick Brownlee new lead instructor at Adult Learning Center

Rick Brownlee has begun his tenure as the new lead instructor for Lanier Technical College's Adult Education Center in Dawsonville.

The former head of the adult learning center in Roswell, Brownlee replaced Kathy Davis who stepped down as lead instructor, but remains a teacher with the school.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Elliott patriarch to join Hall

George Elliott, late resident of Dawson County and father of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, headlines the 2011 class of inductees to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

Mike Head, Harold Kite, Swayne Pritchett and Ken Ragan will join Elliott as the newest members of the hall.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Rex White will serve as Grand Marshal of festival

Rex White, former NASCAR champion and member of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, will serve as grand marshal for the 44th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival this October.

White won the 1960 Winston Cup, and is NASCAR's oldest living champion.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Travel Channel films episode in Dawson

A film crew from the Travel Channel was in Dawsonville last week, filming for an episode of America's Wildest Roads to air in November.

The crew, assisted by several community members, filmed a staged car chase between one of the first Georgia State Patrol Cars, a 1937 Ford, and two former 'shine hauling cars, a 1939 Ford and a 1948 Ford.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Small incident, big consequences

"For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost ... all the way to a big battle loss, and all for the loss of a two-penny nail."

I don't remember the exact context of this old story, but I certainly understand the point: A seemingly small incident can have long-lasting results.

July 27, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The pledge to never raise taxes

I have spent the last four months attending the Dawson County Board of Education work sessions, meetings, and retreats in an effort to learn what goes into budgeting for our school system.

I knew there were cuts to the state education budget, but didn't realize how drastic these cuts became when combined with property re-evaluation, the 70 and over exemption, and the 5 mills provision.

July 27, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Tips for dealing with tomato problems

If you have tomatoes growing in your garden, chances are good you have at least one of these problems.

1. Failure to set fruit. Every year gardeners have tomatoes that flower but do not set fruit.

July 27, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dawson County Board of Commissioners

New business

1. Presentation of the Growth Regulation and Weed Control: County Engineer Corey Gutherie.

July 27, 2011 | | Government


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House bill 217: Another attempt to siphon money from public schools for private schools

House Bill 217 has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. It seems to me that the legislators are again trying ...

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Nothing's quick anymore

Do you remember the days when we used to say, "I'm gonna run into town and run a quick errand. I'll be right ...

March 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Finalizing Georgia's budget

As the General Assembly marches closer to Sine Die, our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget for Georgia's government has become our biggest ...

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It's always Mama's fault

Freud may have been onto something.

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Pre-k registration opens next week

Dawson County Schools will be offering pre-k registration next week for one class at Kilough Elementary and two classes at Riverview Elementary.

March 22, 2017 | | Education


Woman gets through courthouse security with gun

A woman who entered the Dawson County Government Center earlier this month was able to make it past a security guard and a metal detector ...

March 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dollar General appeals zoning decision

When the planning commission voted to deny a request for a larger Dollar General at the corner of Harmony Church and Nix Bridge Roads, the ...

March 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Driver of minivan sought

The driver of a minivan is being sought by authorities following a report that the man attempted to talk to a child near a bus ...

March 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


National transportation board releases details on Dawson plane crash

The cause of a February plane crash in Dawson County has been released in a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

March 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Board of Elections retiree gets party

Former Dawson County Board of Elections member Tom Foley was honored last week during a retirement party at the board of elections office.

March 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


BOC signs resolutions on city airport, motorsports park regulations

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted March 16 approve two resolutions conveying their disapproval of the city of Dawsonville's current consideration of the ...

March 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Pigeon Creek well still closed as city builds another

Residents of the Pigeon Creek subdivision off Shoal Creek Road have waited a long time for their issues with city water to be resolved.

March 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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