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Laura Vandiver remembered for impact on community

August 28, 2012 | By Greg Breazeale DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Ga. 53 bridge in Dawson County reopens

August 28, 2012 | | LOCAL


Log truck overturns on Hwy. 53 West

An overturned log truck closed Hwy. 53 West about a mile and a half outside of Dawsonville just east of Elliott Family Parkway early Monday evening.

August 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Treatment court graduates eight

Several drug and DUI offenders gathered at the Dawson County Courthouse last Thursday to celebrate reaching a new phase in their life.

With tears, smiles and anticipation, eight participants in Dawson County Treatment Court's DUI and drug tracks received plaques recognizing their program completion.

August 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Humane Society casino night Saturday

Cards will be tossed, dice will be rolled and wagers will be made on Saturday at the Dawson County Humane Society's Lucky Dog Casino Night.

The third annual event benefits the animal shelter, which currently houses about 200 homeless cats and dogs.

August 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Land purchases under way for Ga. 400/Hwy. 53 project

Right-of-way acquisition is just starting on a major and unique-for-Georgia retooling of Ga. 400 at Hwy. 53 in Dawson County, one of the region's busiest intersections.

The cost of acquiring the 33 parcels is $9.5 million, a process that could take up to 18 months to complete, said Teri N. Pope, a Hall County-based spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

August 22, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


DOT to start resurfacing of Ga. 400

The Georgia Department of Transportation began overnight lane closures Tuesday as part of resurfacing Ga. 400 from Ga. 306 in Forsyth County to Ga. 53 in Dawson County.

The $3.2 million, 8.7-mile project calls for workers to remove 1 inch of asphalt and replace it with new asphalt, working in one lane at a time. Work will begin at the busy Ga. 53 intersection.

August 22, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Forsyth teen hurt in crash on Hwy. 9

A Forsyth County teenager was injured in a single-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Dawson County.

A Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman said the 16-year-old driver was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with what were described as non-fatal injuries.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Landing on Lanier

A jump from more than a quarter of a mile above Lake Lanier may not be a normal person's ideal morning.

But for a U.S. Army Ranger, it is just another day at the office.

August 22, 2012 | By Lee Johnson DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Prince family gets show of support

In a season when boat outings and long days enjoying Lake Lanier are common, it's difficult to imagine a day on the water taking a tragic turn.

That's exactly what happened for the Prince family on June 18 when two of their sons - Jake, 9, and Griffin, 13 - were killed in a boating accident on the lake.

August 15, 2012 | By Shannan Finke DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Longtime chamber president, local leader dies

The Dawson County community is mourning the death of a local civic volunteer and retired business leader this week.

Linda Williams, longtime president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, died Wednesday after a period of declining health. She was 64.

August 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘It is a heart thing’

After 29 hours aboard airplanes and packed vans, several Dawson County residents arrived in eastern Uganda to "spread the love of Christ."

The locals teamed up with Helping Hands Foreign Missions, a Gainesville-based Christian ministry, to visit Ugandan schools, churches and bush villages for two weeks last month.

August 08, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Local deli owner dies

A downtown business owner and member of the Dawsonville Planning Commission was found dead Tuesday morning in her restaurant on the square.

According to employees at Julia's Neighborhood Deli, 44-year-old Julia Cody was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived to open the eatery for the lunch shift about 10 a.m.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Memorial ride set for Saturday

Area sheriff's deputies are showing their support for the family of two brothers killed on Lake Lanier earlier this summer with a benefit memorial ride and car show Saturday.

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Hall, Lumpkin and Forsyth County sheriff's offices, invites the community to participate in the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Ride and Classic Car Cruise-In.

August 08, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville named regional site

Editor's note: The Dawson Community News is accepting "Welcome Home" letters to be published as part of a series leading up to the Veterans Day celebration in November. The paper will also publish submitted photos and stories from the era. Letters and photos can be mailed to P.O. Box 1600 Dawsonville, GA 30534, dropped off at the office at 76 Howard Ave. E. Suite 140, Dawsonville or e-mailed to editor@dawsonnews.com.

For the sixth consecutive year, Dawsonville is one of only two regional Veterans Day sites in the state for 2012.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Local murder investigation to be featured on Discovery

Dawsonville residents will be able to view a television episode Monday that details the investigation of two murders that occurred in the county in December ...

January 20, 2017 | | LOCAL


Dawson teen missing, last seen Jan. 13

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has issued a BOLO or "be on the lookout" for 15-year-old Mallory Roxanne Padgett, who was last seen at ...

January 20, 2017 | | LOCAL


Chamber speaker tells business owners: Give up what’s good in search of something better in 2017

"People are passionate about resolutions: either they love them or they hate them. They want to talk about how terrible they are, or say they ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office employee fired for lying about relationship with supervisor

A Dawson County Sheriff's Office employee was fired last week and another is on leave after an inquest revealed the two lied about being ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Raymond Parks to be inducted this weekend

This weekend Dawsonville native Raymond Parks will be officially etched into the granite of NASCAR history when he is inducted into the NASCAR Hall of ...

January 18, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Knife-wielding suspect dies after being shot by Forsyth County deputy at RV Park

A man who was shot by a Forsyth County deputy late Sunday night after reportedly confronting officers with a knife at Shady Grove RV Park ...

January 11, 2017 | By DCN Regional Staff editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Hobby Lobby to open in February

Hobby Lobby's newest store is projected to open at the end of February at the Dawson Marketplace shopping center in Dawson County.

January 11, 2017 | editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Third suspect arrested for murder of man in northeast Forsyth

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 35-year-old man that occurred in northeast Forsyth last week.

January 11, 2017 | By DCN Regional Staff editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Camping reservations now open

The 2017 camping season is just around the corner and the War Hill Park campsite will be taking reservations online only.

January 11, 2017 | | LOCAL


Chamber hires marketing and events director

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce recently added to its staff of three with new hire Davida Simpson as marketing and events director.

January 11, 2017 | | LOCAL


Sheriff announces new command staff

Newly elected Sheriff Jeff Johnson has officially announced the personnel who will be in charge of the various departments within the Dawson County Sheriff's ...

January 11, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


A local legend

They can't pull one over on Gordon Pirkle.

January 11, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Dawson weathers snow, ice with no major accidents

When Dawson County residents woke up Saturday morning, they looked out their windows to find a world blanketed in several inches of fresh, powdery snow.

January 11, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


A look ahead: What’s to come in 2017

If 2016 was any indication, this year will be full of new growth and new challenges for Dawson County.

January 10, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson schools delayed two hours Tuesday

According to the Dawson County Board of Education, Dawson County schools will be delayed by two hours on Tuesday morning.

January 08, 2017 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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