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Many are thankful this year

Kindergartners at Black Mill's Elementary began celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday with a holiday feast of plenty.

Rolling up their tiny sleeves and placing their napkins in their laps, the 5- and 6-year-olds took turns around the table saying what they were thankful for.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa arrives in style

Instead of traveling with elves by sleigh, Santa arrived in Dawsonville on Sunday with smiling men and women dressed in leather jackets and riding motorcycles.

The 21st annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run saw one of its largest turnouts this year. Dawsonville was waiting with open arms and trays of food for the hungry procession at the second of its three stops.

November 21, 2012 | By David Renner For the Dawson Community News | LOCAL


5 hurt in head-on collision

A head-on collision on Dawsonville Hwy. near the Dawson-Forsyth County line last week injured five, including three children.

"One of the children was in critical condition," said Billy Thurmond, Dawson County Emergency Services director.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local theater group nominated for awards

In its inaugural venture into adult musical theater, the Dawson County Arts Council's recent summer hit "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" received four nominations in the 2012 Broadway World Atlanta awards for non-professional musicals.

The nominations include: Russ Ivey, best actor; Heatherly Wanamaker Nelson, best actress; Jamie Fambrough, best director; and best musical.

November 14, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Honoring service

Servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military shared the spotlight Saturday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

In its eighth year, the ceremonies began with a formal tribute to veterans at Dawson County Middle School, followed by a parade through downtown Dawsonville. Vietnam veterans served as the grand-marshals.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual ride collects toys for Christmas

Santa and a couple hundred of his elves are expected in Dawsonville Sunday for the 21st annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run.

The event, organized by Bikers Dream of Atlanta, collects toys at stops from Cumming to Dahlonega to help organizations provide Christmas presents for children in need.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Church celebrates second anniversary

Grace Presbyterian Church in downtown Dawsonville will celebrate its second anniversary on Sunday with a special Kirking of the Tartans service during morning worship at 11 a.m.

The first Presbyterian church in Dawson County, Grace was constituted as an official congregation on Nov. 21, 2010, with founding pastor the late Mark Weaver.

November 14, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Community invited to free Thanksgiving dinner

The local Alliance of Churches is expecting several hundred guests for the annual community Thanksgiving feast at the Lakeview Center next week.

The feast of turkey and all the trimmings, including a variety of desserts, will be served by volunteers from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the center, at 2057 Dawson Forest Road.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Veterans Day ceremony Saturday

Capt. Benny Thomas Stowers had been overseas less than six months when the plane he was piloting crashed in May 1966.

"They notified us about the very next day, but it took a week or so before we got his body, because they couldn't find him," said his wife, Hazel Stowers.

November 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual ceremony pays tribute to veterans

Veterans of all ages and each military branch will be honored Nov. 10 during Dawsonville's eighth annual Veterans Day celebration.

Formal ceremonies will be held at 1:45 p.m. in the gym at the Dawson County Middle School, followed by a parade through downtown Dawsonville that begins at 3 p.m.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ghosts and goblins on the prowl tonight

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is urging drivers to watch out for ghosts, goblins and princesses on the prowl for tricks and treats this evening.

While Dawson County doesn't designate when trick-or-treaters can go door to door, kids are expected to hit the streets as early as 4 to 4:30 p.m. for the annual Halloween ritual.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Best festival we’ve ever had’

An estimated 100,000 visitors roared into town over the weekend to celebrate Dawsonville's high octane heritage of moonshine and fast cars.

Organizers are calling the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival "the best festival we've ever had."

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


1 killed in motorcycle wreck

Authorities are citing speed as a factor in the fatal motorcycle wreck that killed a South Carolina man Saturday on Cothran Road.

Mark Harmon, 50, of Aiken, S.C. died at the scene after losing control of his 2006 Victory motorcycle in a curve, authorities said.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hall of fame induction ceremony is Friday

Volunteers are counting on a packed house for Friday night's Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

Announced earlier this year, the 2012 class of inductees are Pete Hamilton, Bill Ingram, Warren Johnson, Doug Kenimer and Herman Wise. The men were nominated for their contributions to Georgia's motorsport's heritage.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Expect traffic delays during the weekend

With thousands of visitors descending on Dawsonville this weekend for the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, local authorities are encouraging motorists to plan their routes and avoid the downtown area if not attending the festival.

"We've made several changes in road closures for this year's festival," said Greg Rowan, with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Plane crashes in Dawson County

A single-passenger plane crashed onto the shoulder of Goodson Road in Dawsonville shortly before noon today.

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


KKK sign removed from Dahlonega building

A sign in downtown Dahlonega bearing Ku Klux Klan imagery has been taken down amid protests against it.

February 16, 2017 | By Kelly Whitmire For the DCN | LOCAL


Commissioners discuss in-house attorney salary

The new county attorney's salary and compensation were discussed by the board of commissioners during last week's work session.

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dollar General proposed on Nix Bridge

The same developers who are building a Dollar General in Dawsonville where Hwy. 183 meets Hwy. 136 near Afton Road have submitted two applications for ...

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Commission to consider new wireless internet option

The board of commissioners is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal from Paladin Wireless, a small company out of Royston that wishes to put ...

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Tanner introduces bill for failing schools

Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, introduced a bill last week that is his answer to last session's failed Amendment One, also known as the Opportunity ...

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


A strummin’ good time

Within the first 20 minutes of their first-ever gathering, a newly-minted Dawsonville music group were strumming along to "You are my sunshine" as they sat ...

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


New developments in missing man’s case emerge

Dawson County investigators say they're putting fresh eyes on three local cases that have left many stupefied and searching fruitlessly for answers.

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean | LOCAL


Fees to be raised at Dawson transfer station

The fee per ton for weighed trash at the Dawson County transfer station could increase by $9 and new limits could be placed elsewhere due ...

February 14, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Qualifying dates set for city election

City council members on Monday voted to set the qualifying dates for the upcoming general election.

February 14, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville Walmart reopens after evacuation

The Dawsonville Walmart on Ga. 400 was reopened at approximately 9:30 p.m. after deputies and explosive-detecting police dogs cleared the building following a ...

February 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Convenience store opens on Hwy. 9

The Gold Creek Market convenience store and Exxon gas station celebrated its first two months of business with a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting on ...

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Musicale group to perform at Bowen

The Bowen Center for the Arts will welcome the Georgia Musicale Group in their concert "Piano and Opera Arias" next week.

February 08, 2017 | | LOCAL


Development authority can’t self-fund past end of 2017

When the board of commissioners approved the triennial budget for 2017 in November, they made a decision to defund the only solely development-focused entity the ...

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Leap for Literacy canceled

The would-be seventh annual Leap for Literacy event has been canceled due to low water levels in Lake Lanier.

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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