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Racing hall of fame to show Daytona 500

For the price of museum admission, race fans can spend Sunday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and watch the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on the museum's big screen.

"We had a Daytona 500 party several years ago and it went off pretty good," said Gordon Pirkle, local racing historian and hall president.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


A leap for learning

The water in Lake Lanier was a brisk, or as some folks said "freezing," 49 degrees Saturday morning for the second annual WEE Books Leap for Literacy.

"No, no, I can't," said Pepper Pettit as he rolled up his pants legs and tiptoed into the lake at War Hill Park. "I can't believe I'm doing this ... is there a psychiatrist here?"

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tasting bill clears committee

A bill that would allow tastings at Georgia distilleries cleared committee last week and is one step closer to a vote by the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 514 would be advantageous to Cheryl Wood, owner of the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, which is expected to open in the next few months.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Locals hike trail to benefit art, literacy

Local sculptor and outdoorsman Allen Ferg and fellow hiker Bob Miller are preparing to begin an enormous undertaking of 2,184 miles.

The duos estimated six-month journey from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail is set to benefit the Dawson County Arts Council, Bowen Center for the Arts and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ.)

February 15, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Auction kicks off Relay efforts

Aromas of fresh baked cakes, cookies and pastries filled the lobby of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office on Friday as visitors placed bids on dozens of wanted desserts.

An American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser, the silent auction netted more than $530 with several cakes fetching as much as $50 and $100 each.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival founder dies

The man credited with founding what has become Dawsonville's Mountain Moonshine Festival died Sunday at age 75.

Born in Dawson County in 1936, friends called Fred Goswick a man of vision who recognized that tales of Dawsonville's pioneer heritage and sordid moonshine history had the potential to be something big.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Clinic welcomes new director

Fellow volunteers are quick to praise Penny Putnam's contributions to the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County.

"Although Penny came into our service with no background in the medical field she has learned everything and is doing a superb job," said Doug Powell, treasurer of the nonprofit center that provides free non-emergency health services to uninsured residents.

February 08, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Upkeep of course a concern

More than three years after Gold Creek Golf Club closed, the property's overgrowth and expanding nuisance wildlife population have stirred concern from neighbors.

Monday night, the Gold Creek Homeowners Association presented a formal complaint about the situation to the Dawsonville City Council.

February 08, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Wildcat buys fire truck

Volunteers have raised more than $38,000 over the past year for a replacement fire engine at Station 8 in western Dawson County.

The donation will be combined with $3,500 from the government of neighboring Pickens County and about $5,700 from Dawson County to buy a used engine.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


RELAY KICKS OFF

Despite the downpour outside, the Relay for Life kickoff drew a crowd to Dawson County High School on Thursday night.

Feeding off the success of 2011, organizers hope this year to raise $90,000, their largest goal to date.

February 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Authority announces election for board post

The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority has announced an election for a seat on its board of directors.

After reviewing the nominations in December, the authority chose the only two nominees that qualified: veteran board member Linda G. Townley and newcomer Jere D. Allen.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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


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17-year-old injured in single vehicle wreck

A 17-year-old male was critically injured in a single vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon on Hwy. 53 East, near Byrd's Mini Storage.

September 30, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


335 townhomes proposed for Hwy. 53 near Tractor Supply

Developers for new housing units off Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 East have once again halted their efforts to rezone property after tabling their request ...

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


The lost art of handwriting

In an age when handwriting has fallen by the wayside, Kaitlyn Gillespie is celebrating the written word.

September 28, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Panera Bread to open next month

Dawson County's new Panera Bread Bakery-Café is expected to open next month.

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


LED lights to brighten Rock Creek soccer fields

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners recently voted to approve the installation of new LED light fixtures at the soccer fields in Rock Creek Park ...

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Job hunters attend North Georgia Career Expo

The North Georgia Career Expo was held last week with employers and job seekers hoping to make successful connections to benefit the workforce of Dawson ...

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Racing Hall of Fame hosts sock hop

Go back in time this weekend with local greats from another era when the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame hosts a genuine sock hop.

September 21, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Beauty Beyond Be-Leaf: “Leaf Peepers” converge on North Georgia Mountains

This fall, thousands will descend upon North Georgia, loading their trailers and cars with camping gear and traveling up the winding roads towards a higher ...

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


End date released for Ga. 400 and Hwy 53 intersection construction

Construction and development crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation have been occupying the Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 intersection for nearly 20 months, working ...

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Chili’s to open doors Monday

The grand opening of the Chili's Grill & Bar at Dawson Crossroads on Georgia 400 is set for Monday.

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Service and Sacrifice: Community remembers 9/11 at Patriot Day memorial service

Two days before the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, community members gathered at Fire Station ...

September 14, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Search and Rescue Dog remembered

Cody was part of the family.

September 14, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


North Georgia zoo officials create makeshift incubator to save baby kangaroo

Lillypad the kangaroo has had a rough life so far.

September 07, 2016 | By Hailey Van Parys DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Headley sole finalist for manager position

A year ago, the Dawson County manager thought so little of the work being done by Public Works Director David Headley that he was forced ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Jobs for Georgia Graduates program helping students succeed

Dawson County High School students and members of Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG), Alondra Zavala and Ava Walker visited Johnson High School last week to ...

September 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


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