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Community mourns death of local historian

The Dawsonville community is mourning the death of a local historian, retired school teacher and beloved family man this week.

Lifelong resident Charles Finley passed away July 4 due to complications from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle wreck June 15. He was 64.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Chestatee artists show works

Bowen Center for the Arts is bursting with paintings, drawings, carvings and other independent creations reflecting the local landscape.

The Chestatee Artists, based in Lumpkin County, are presenting a collection that shows mixed mediums through the end of July.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Celebrating freedoms

In celebration of Independence Day, Dawson County residents often flock to Lake Lanier, local parks, area attractions and traditional fireworks extravaganzas.

Dressed in patriotic colors, many families relish the opportunity to spend time together with picnics, activities and traditions.

July 04, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Folk artists come home for reunion

Lannie and Gerald Lambert travel from Atlanta each June for the annual Folk Art Family Reunion at Around Back at Rocky's Place.

"We have friends that live in Bent Tree, so we're here visiting them, but we always come to the reunion," said Lannie Lambert, an art teacher that specializes in folk art and lessons.

July 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Body of missing teen recovered

June 28, 2012 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Club honored

As a salute to its volunteer efforts, a local veterans group has been named the Vietnam Veterans of America Georgia State Council's chapter of the year.

"I was totally surprised when they announced it," said Chapter 970 President Wayne Watkins. "I've submitted for this every year since we formed. It's typically awarded to the larger, metro chapters."

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sparks in the Park set for Tuesday

The whistle and cracks of firecrackers will once again resound through Rock Creek Park on Tuesday night as Dawson County celebrates Independence Day.

In its fourth year, Dawson Day Sparks in the Park is set to begin at 5 p.m. with activities for the entire family.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Youth organizes 5K

A local youth plans to donate proceeds from a 5K race he organized to help a group of women signed up to participate in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Jared Posey, 11, of Dawsonville said he invites the community out to Rock Creek Park on Friday afternoon for the race. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and is $5 per person.

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Habitat hopeful to build locally

Officials with Habitat for Humanity remain hopeful about building homes in Dawson County.

"We would love to build in Dawson County," said Mary Lamond, the group's North Central Georgia director. "Our biggest struggle is land, finding land at a reasonable price."

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local produce market opens

Locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers will roll in by the truckload Saturday as the Dawson County Extension Office's annual produce market opens.

Running every Saturday through mid-September, the produce market will be open from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the extension office at 298 Academy Avenue.

June 27, 2012 | | LOCAL


Folk art flourishes

Known for offering an array of folk art and crafts, the seventh annual Folk Art Family Reunion will be held this weekend at Around Back at Rocky's Place.

More than 20 artists from around the Southeast sell drawings, pottery and other creations during the festival. Co-owner Robin Blan said the festival is an outpouring of artistic creativity.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Senior Center water aerobics underway

Stepping into the pool at Veterans Memorial Park, seniors gathered last week to begin a water-logged aerobics class hosted by the Dawson County Senior Center.

In only its second year, the SilverSneakers "Silver Splash" aerobics class has had an outpouring of community citizens attend.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Art transforms building

A reception earlier this month paid tribute to local artists whose works are on display at the Dawson County Government Center.

County native Amber Gilleland said she was honored to have her paintings hanging on the fourth floor of the new center.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park looks for votes

Veterans Memorial Park is competing for a $100,000 grant and to be voted as "America's Favorite Park" in a nationwide competition sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company and FourSquare.

The park that tallies the most votes receives the title and the grant, which can be used for park needs.

June 20, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff Writer | LOCAL


Wreck injures three

A local historian and his wife suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon near the Dawson-Forsyth county line.

Charles and Kathy Finley of Dawsonville were flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition following a two-vehicle wreck about 4:15 p.m. on Hwy. 53, just east of War Hill Park Road.

June 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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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


County’s longest 911 director retires after 18 years

Many argue that the "true first responders" in emergency services and law enforcement are the people answering the phones.

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean | LOCAL


Northside Hospital-Forsyth applies for $8.4 million expansion

CUMMING - Just as Forsyth County continues to grow at a seemingly incessant pace, Northside Hospital-Forsyth continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of ...

January 04, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


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