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Leap for Literacy event Saturday

With a month of freezing temperatures and snow every other week, Lake Lanier is primed and ready for a swim.

February 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Ailing girl’s wish comes true

Five-year-old Olivia "Livi" Graham likes to laugh, play and be rambunctious at school just like every little girl her age.

February 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Funding presents options

Dawson County teachers may be spending more days in class next school year.

February 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Weathering the storm: What Georgia learned

Severe winter weather in Georgia is a rare occurrence. Although a few snowflakes do fall during the winter months, the snowflakes only stick around long enough to take a few pictures before melting away the next day in 50 degree weather.

February 19, 2014 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Dawson County to celebrate Arbor Day

Last week was not a great time to be a tree.

February 19, 2014 | By Clark MacCallister County Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Session reaches halfway point

Monday, February 10, 2014, marked the 20th day and half-way point of the 2014 legislative session. With only 20 days left to pass laws this year, we quickly got to work, voting on legislation and reviewing bills in committee.

February 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner | Opinion: Letters/Columns


For the love of dog

If you had asked me six months ago if I was going to get another dog anytime soon, I would have said no.

February 19, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Marvin Luke “Lucas” Bruce

Marvin Luke "Lucas" Bruce, 59, of Gainesville, Forsyth County, died Feb. 16, 2014.

February 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


Randy Bobo

Randy Allen Bobo, 53, of Cumming, died Feb. 15, 2014.

February 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


Paul Cagle

Paul Edwin Cagle, 90, of Cumming died Feb. 16, 2014.

February 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


T.G. “Gunny” Moore

T. G. "Gunny" Moore, 71, of Dawsonville died Feb. 15, 2014.

February 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


Kenneth Newell

Kenneth Newell, 75, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 9, 2014.

February 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


Betty Saltsgiver

Betty J. Saltsgiver, 84, of Gainesville, formerly of Ormsby, Pa, died Feb. 10, 2014.

February 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


Mary Matthews

Mary Vayoma Matthews, 85, of Lynn Haven, Fla., died Feb. 14, 2014.

February 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


Preston Sanders

Preston T. Sanders, 74, of Dawsonville died Feb. 15, 2014.

February 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


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Former bank manager sentenced in theft case

CUMMING -- A former bank branch manager has been sentenced to 15 years of probation for taking more than $25,000 from the First Citizens Bank, now Foothills Community Bank, location in Forsyth County.

March 21, 2014 | By Jennifer Sami, Regional Staff editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Youth ministry intern held on child molestation charges

CUMMING - A church youth ministry intern remained in the Forsyth County Detention Center on Wednesday following his arrest on felony counts of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

March 19, 2014 | By Jennifer Sami, regional staff editor@dawsonnews.com | CRIME/COURTS


Homeowners to meet

Dawson County homeowners will have their chance to learn about the county and voice questions to community leaders this weekend.

March 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Water authority pursues loan

The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority could see the projected timeline for the Russell Creek Reservoir drop by as much as half if it can secure a loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.

March 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Leila Shumate

Leila Shumate, 81, of Cumming, died March 14, 2014.

March 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


Spring art show in May

The 13th Annual Art in the Garden Festival, sponsored by the Dawson County Arts Council, will be held at the Bowen Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 3 and 4.

March 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Joseph Vincent Alldred

Joseph Vincent Alldred, 45, of Charlotte, N.C., died March 14, 2014.

March 19, 2014 | | OBITUARIES


Dog part would be welcome addition

My husband and I have lived in Dawson County for the last eight years. We have found it to be a very pleasant experience. However, there is one thing that could make it even more pleasant, a dog park.

March 19, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Tackling the tough topics

One of the greatest things about serving District 51 is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Georgians statewide.

March 19, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Unemployment rate on the rise

The Georgia Department of Labor announced last week that the unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains region, which Dawson is a part of, is on the rise.

March 19, 2014 | By David Renner | BUSINESS


Children’s Week has a colorful ending

As a way of ending Exceptional Children's Week with a celebration, the Dawson County school system held their annual art contest to close out the week of awareness.

March 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Week’s focus on legislation

We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.

March 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebrating life, legacy of journalist

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

March 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Swiss chard popular

Swiss chard seems to be quickly becoming a favorite vegetable of many home gardeners. It is actually a member of the beet family that is grown for its edible leaves and stalks. Swiss chard leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked similar to spinach, and the colorful stems can be cooked many ways.

March 19, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Honoring the life of Granny, the spitfire

Honestly, I thought she would live forever.

March 19, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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