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Veterans Affairs swears-in vice president

Veteran Army Reserve Col. Don Brown was sworn in last week as vice president of Veterans Affairs of Dawson County.

"As a veteran he brings knowledge and experience to the table," said Veterans Affairs President Pam Hamalainen. "We rely on our veterans to keep us on protocol because we do not want to do anything that is not right. He keeps us on the right path."

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Couple thankful for ACS program

Dawsonville residents Frank and Angie Huber know what it is like to personally benefit from the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

After Frank Huber was diagnosed with tonsil cancer known as "squamous cell carcinoma" in August 2010 he was offered a place to stay for his seven week treatment last summer at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Atlanta.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Two blazes keep firefighters busy

Authorities are investigating separate fires Saturday night that destroyed a mobile home and damaged a stolen vehicle.

The home fire was reported about 10 p.m. by a Dawson County Sheriff's deputy following up on a call about smoke in an area north of Dawsonville on Hwy. 9.

January 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Citizens police academy seeking participants

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

Designed to give residents an inside look at how local law enforcement operates, the free, five-week course begins Feb. 9 with an introduction by Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his administrative staff.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary event aids charities

The Dawson County Rotary Club is hosting its inaugural Super Bowl Squares Charity Fundraiser in hopes of using local resident's passion for football to help raise money for nonprofits.

The charities that will benefit from the fundraiser include the Dawson County Rotary Scholarship, the senior center, the arts council and WEE Books.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Photography conjuring up the Wild West

The Bowen Center for the Arts is featuring a new exhibit by celebrated scenic photographer Wayne Robinson titled "True Americana- Bodie Series." The exhibit focuses on Bodie, a Californian ghost town located near the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

"Acclaimed as America's best-preserved ghost town, it exists in a state of 'arrested decay' as a California State Historical Monument high above the tree line," Robinson wrote on his Web site.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


DNR charging fee in Dawson Forest

The lower 10,000 acres of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in Dawson County are not affected by a recent recreational use fee imposed by the state Department of Natural Resources.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Volunteer opportunities abound

Many people start a new year off with resolutions. For 2012, many local nonprofits hope volunteerism is among their goals.

No matter a person's age, gender, interests or skills, nonprofits throughout the area need volunteers to donate their time, services and abilities.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Racing car finds home

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has recently acquired a famed racecar that was thought to be lost until a few years ago.

Known as the Dixie Twister, the Huston Platt-owned car had disappeared after a deadly accident on March 2, 1969, that killed 12 and injured more than 40 at the Yellow River Drag Strip in Covington.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Home heating help is back

In an announcement likely to warm hearts and homes, the Ninth District Opportunity Inc. signaled it will resume its heating assistance program for low-income residents later this month.

The nonprofit, which has offered a one-time payment of heating costs for decades, had to postpone its Dec. 1, 2011, launch date due to what appeared to be lack of funds from the federal government.

January 18, 2012 | By Aaron Hale DCN regional staff | LOCAL


2011 Year in Review

Despite the sluggish economy, 2011 was a year marked by progress and change across Dawson County.

A number of businesses, including Krystal and Varsity Jr., opened along the Ga. 400 corridor.

January 11, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Three hurt in wrong-way wreck

January 04, 2012 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | LOCAL


New Year’s brings old traditions

Call it superstition, folklore or good ol' Southern heritage, but collard greens, black-eyed peas and hog jowls are a staple of New Year's Day meals in Dawson County and across the South.

David and Regina Disharoon were among hundreds of friends and neighbors who enjoyed their lunch Sunday at the Dawsonville Pool Room.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


DCSO spreads joy at the jail

Visiting a jail isn't typically a happy occasion.

But last week, the smiles were contagious as Sheriff Billy Carlisle passed out bags of Christmas presents to children coming to see family members at the detention center.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Explosive found in car at Dawsonville gas station

Several blocks in downtown Dawsonville were shut down Wednesday night while authorities investigated an explosive device found in a car parked at a gas station on Ga. 9 North.

December 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Senior exercise routine offers health, laughs

Open the door to get to the downstairs level of the Margie Weaver Senior Center in Dawsonville on a Tuesday or Thursday morning and the ...

July 20, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Weeklong revival begins Monday at Lumpkin Campground

Some say time seems to stand still on the hallowed grounds of Lumpkin Campground during the weeklong spiritual revival and celebration known as campmeeting.

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Floating while drinking now legal in Georgia

It is now legal to "shoot the hooch" with hooch in Georgia.

July 13, 2016 | By Kristen Oliver DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Prayers for the police

Hundreds from across the community were in downtown Dawsonville Sunday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Director of CASA of Forsyth County moving to Gainesville

A nonprofit that advocates for abused and neglected children must say goodbye to its director after more than six years, though the person named interim ...

July 08, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Star-spangled celebration

It's not always an easy task to impress an 11-year-old.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Vandals damage teen’s military memorial

A local teen will not let disrespect by a chosen few detour him from supporting American servicemen and women.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officials confirm rabies case in Dawson County

A Dawson County woman is receiving treatment after being bitten by a rabid dog June 24.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Best of Dawson winners announced

The votes have been tallied and the Dawson County News is proud to announce the Best of Dawson winners.

June 29, 2016 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Hundreds cool off at Rotary Island on hottest day in four years

On the hottest day reported in four years, hundreds cooled off at Rotary Island Saturday and enjoyed a summer day at the park.

June 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


4th fireworks roar Monday at motorsports park

Organizers are asking Independence Day revelers to RSVP to Monday's fireworks extravaganza at Atlanta Motorsports Park in western Dawson County.

June 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


PetSmart clear to operate at new shopping center

County commissioners last week approved a special use permit to allow PetSmart to operate at the new shopping center going in at the southeast intersection ...

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Students get glimpse of police life

Police dog Kimbo burst out of the back seat of Cpl. Jessica Kraft's vehicle last week ready to assist Kraft as she demonstrated the ...

June 22, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


City budget approved

On Monday night the Dawsonville City Council unanimously approved the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes a capital project loan for improvements ...

June 22, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Board of Education adopts new math resources for elementary students

Elementary math students in all Dawson County schools will soon have access to a new, comprehensive math resource program.

June 22, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


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