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Why one outstanding candidate won’t be running for president

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for President of the United States in 2016.

April 22, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | VIEWPOINT

We all need to think about the planet

Many years ago, when I was raising my children, our family hosted an exchange student from Finland, named Marianne.

April 22, 2015 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | VIEWPOINT

Celebrate our Earth

Earth Day was first celebrated worldwide 45 years ago today. Now millions of people celebrate Earth Day around the world.

April 22, 2015 | | VIEWPOINT

Kindergarten Roundup tries new format

Each year, Dawson County's youngest students tag along with their parents to begin the next 13 years of their lives.

April 22, 2015 | David Renner | Education

Dawson County Spring Games take center stage

After rain delays and changes in venue, the 2015 Dawson County Spring Games were finally able to be held last week.

April 22, 2015 | David Renner | Education

Foreign pest destroys trees

I recently received a leaf sample from a homeowner whose tree had been rapidly declining for a few months.

April 22, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists

Dawson BOC chairman receives top county honor

Mike Berg received an unexpected honor over the weekend when he was named the recipient of the Emory Green Leadership Award.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Veteran lawman announces bid for sheriff

A veteran lawman with more than 26 years in the field is the first to announce his campaign to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Dawsonville sites seen by the world

Dawsonville was put on the world stage last week as nearly 30 consuls from around the world started off their three-day tour of the region in the city.

April 22, 2015 | David Renner | LOCAL

Two airlifted after collision

Both drivers were seriously injured in what appears to have been a head-on collision on Hwy. 136, just west of Bailey Waters Road in Dawson County Tuesday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

City responds to animal control requests

The City of Dawsonville has taken steps toward mending an animal control issue within city limits.

April 22, 2015 | David Renner | Government

Student arrested with shotgun in truck on Hightower campus

A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested last week for having a weapon on campus.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Dawson County Relay for Life Saturday at GRHOF

Dozens of volunteer teams plan to put cancer survivors in the winner's circle as they "race toward a cure" during Saturday's Relay for Life in Dawson County.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

K9 teams train on Lake Lanier

K9 teams from across Georgia searched through thick brush, along the shoreline and from boats on Lake Lanier April 11 in a training exercise at Thompson Creek Park.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Student arrested in locker room thefts

A Dawson County High School student was arrested Thursday, two days after he reportedly took nearly $600 from the wallets in the school's gymnasium locker room.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

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House approves Amended FY 2015 budget

During the third week of the Georgia General Assembly's 2015 legislative session, my colleagues and I passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year: The 2015 amended fiscal year budget (AFY 2015).

February 04, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS

If only they’d listen

No one listens to me.

February 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists

City council qualifying to begin next week

Qualifying for Dawsonville's March 17 special election begins Tuesday.

February 04, 2015 | David Renner | Government

Woman drops 100 pounds

Two years ago, Donna Waters had difficulty getting out of her car and walking even a short distance.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Cold case TV series to revisit Levi Frady case

Local authorities are hoping an upcoming TV series on cold case files in Georgia will shed some new light on the murder of 11-year-old Levi Frady more than 17 years ago.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Local man charged with arson

A Dawsonville man has been charged with first-degree arson in connection with a fire at a local tire shop in 2012.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Dawson crowns best school speller

With words like "spaceship" flying out of the caller's mouth, the Dawson County System-wide Spelling Bee was sure to make its winner "famous," which, coincidentally, was another of the words that the county's best spellers had to figure out to move on.

February 04, 2015 | David Renner | Education

Eight hour standoff ends in arrest

A Dawsonville man is in custody after an eight hour standoff with deputies on Thursday.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Chase Elliott gets fulltime cup ride in 2016

There was already speculation that Dawsonville's Chase Elliott would take over the No. 24 when four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon announced last week he planned to retire at the end of the 2015 season.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

Bill Elliott celebrates ‘Awesome’ career

The legend of Bill Elliott's awesome racing career culminated Friday night when the Dawsonville native was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

Murder suspect’s bond set at $250K

Bond has been set at $250,000 for the Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Meth lab found

Four suspects are in custody after drug agents last week raided a home in southeastern Dawson County where an active methamphetamine lab was uncovered.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Margaret “Peggy” Volmar

Margaret "Peggy" Volmar, 87, of Dawsonville, died Jan. 28, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS

Capt. James M. Thorn Sr.

Capt. James M. Thorn Sr., 77, of Gainesville, died Jan. 25, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS

William “Shorty” Strayhorn

William "Shorty" Strayhorn, 84, of Cumming, died Jan. 27, 2015.

February 04, 2015 | | OBITS

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