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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


Principals report a smooth return

Area students completed their first full week of school Friday, and principals from around the county report a successful and smooth return.

"It was an outstanding week," said Dawson County High Principal Dr. Jute Wilson. "We had heard how good this ninth grade class was from both middle schools and they are as good as advertised."

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


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John Hunter Franklin

He was a 2006 graduate of Dawson County High School and attended North Georgia College.

April 19, 2017 | | OBITS


Leroy Harper

Leroy Harper, 86, of Dawsonville, died April 17, 2017.

April 19, 2017 | | OBITS


James Roy Johnson Jr.

James Roy Johnson Jr., 44, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Dawsonville, died April 13, 2017.

April 19, 2017 | | OBITS


Joann H. Leonard

Joann H. Leonard, 82, of Dawsonville, died April 12, 2017.

April 19, 2017 | | OBITS


Ricky Sosebee

Ricky Sosebee, 60, of Dawsonville, died April 15, 2017.

April 19, 2017 | | OBITS


Laura Paige Dooley to wed James Robert Carr

Carolyn Dooley, of Dawsonville, announces the engagement of her daughter, Laura Paige, to James Robert Carr.

April 19, 2017 | | Engagements


Take jobs you're not qualified for, says chamber speaker

Sonja McLendon, chief of operational excellence at Northeast Georgia Health System, spoke at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week and gave the ...

April 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Council to add annexation fee

The Dawsonville City Council is considering adding a fee that could double the cost of annexing into the city for some homeowners as well as ...

April 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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