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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


Home destroyed by fire

Firefighters from Dawson and Forsyth counties battled a house fire south of Dawsonville that displaced a family Monday morning.

There was no one in the home when the fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. on Gomez Lane, a private, gravel drive off Jenkins Road and Hwy. 9 South.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Weekend festival full of fun

Dawsonville's unique history comes alive this weekend with the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

The festivities begin Friday morning with the annual "Moonshine Run" that begins at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drive-in movie set for Saturday night

The city of Dawsonville's Downtown Development Authority and Dawson County Parks and Recreation invites the community and all the visitors in town this weekend to a free drive-in movie Saturday in the lower parking lot of the Dawson County Government Center.

"We'll be showing Ice Age 4 and we'd love for everyone to come out, bring their chairs and blankets or enjoy this family friendly movie from their cars," said City Councilman Chris Gaines.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Church offers unique experience

For the past several weeks, the congregation at Lighthouse Baptist Church has tried to scare the audiences out of hell in an alternative to the haunted houses held around this time each fall.

Featuring multimedia special effects and pyrotechnic explosions, Hell's Gates is an outdoor reality drama that challenges participants to consider the results of making life-changing decisions.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park and rec invites kids to trunk-or-treat

Ghost, goblins, fairies and princesses of all ages are invited to fill their Halloween bags with sweets Oct. 31 at Rock Creek Park's inaugural Trunk or Treat.

Scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., the event is free to the public and offers a well-lit, secure environment for trick-or-treaters.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Property manager thwarts massive ‘rave’

The property manager of a rental home in northern Dawson County put a stop to a massive Halloween party planned overnight Oct. 30 at the resort.

October 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Former Forsyth high school teacher arrested for relationship with student

A former math teacher from Lambert High School in south Forsyth County was recently arrested for having a relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

February 27, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN Regional Staff | 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 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Duluth man proposes to Dawsonville girlfriend in two newspapers

Kevin Wieting said he knew Jancie Hatcher was special early in the relationship.

February 22, 2017 | By Jennifer Jinn DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


Small plane’s pilot OK after crash-landing in Dawsonville over weekend

A small plane carrying a single occupant crashed into the tree line of Goodson Road in Dawsonville on Sunday around noon.

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County decision on raises tabled until March 2

County employees will have to wait a little longer to see if a raise is in their future as the board of commissioners last week ...

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


GDOT begins study to determine city airport feasibility

Nine days after the city of Dawsonville announced renewed interest in buying the Elliott Field airport and retaining it for public use, the Georgia Department ...

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Motorsports park seeks extension of hours for go-karts, no noise limits on holidays

Neighboring residents are up in arms after Jeremy Porter, owner of the Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, presented an application to the Dawsonville Planning Commission ...

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Wireless provider tabled indefinitely

The board of commissioners last week voted to table a proposal by Paladin Wireless, an internet company that wishes to bring their services into Dawson ...

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘I felt like I should take it’

Luke Ellis found his best friend because of math.

February 22, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


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


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


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