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Focus is the kids

Organizers say the 44th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville was a record breaker.

"I've never seen people start arriving on Wednesday for the festival," said Gordon Pirkle, a longtime member of KARE for Kids, which organizes the event.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Keep kids safe this Halloween

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Agency reminds parents to make sure children are safe this Halloween.

With Halloween on Monday, motorists should also anticipate finding trick-or-treaters on local roads and neighborhoods as early as 5 p.m.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

For Arthur Dover, his views on military service have remained the same for nearly six decades.

"I love my country," said Dover, who retired from the United States Air Force in 1972.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pill drop offers secure way to dispose of drugs

Local authorities want parents to remember the war on drugs starts at home.

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poker run benefits kids

Proceeds from a poker run this weekend will benefit the Dawson County Sheriff's annual Shop with a Cop event.

The run departs from the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center on Tucker Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast will be available.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshine Festival this weekend

Lee Elrod was at an estate sale three years ago when he stumbled across an early 1940s photo taken atop Amicalola Falls.

An antique collector of sorts, Elrod was intrigued by the image of a man warming his hands over the open flame of a copper liquor still.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary team is ‘Smarter than a 10 year-old’

It's not technically a trick question, but tricky all the same to nearly everyone gathered Oct. 11 at Dawson County Middle School.

"Name all of the states that border the Great Lakes," said emcee Gary Pichon during the Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Homans installed as Kiwanis president

Local attorney Joey Homans was installed last week as president of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club by the group's 2011 President Lisa Thurmond.

"There's a lot of opportunities to be involved in community activities in Dawson County. Kiwanis is the way I've been able to tap into the community," Homans said. "I hope to just continue along the path that Lisa Thurmond set and continue to be positive to grow and strengthen our club."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

If the U.S. Air Force called tomorrow and asked Laura Bishop to re-enlist, she wouldn't hesitate to board the next plane.

"I loved it. I really loved it," said the mother of two grown daughters.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival traffic advisory

Thousands of visitors will be in Dawsonville this weekend for one of the most popular festivals in north Georgia.

The Mountain Moonshine Festival attracts thousands of people a day and parking all of the cars is quite a task. This year's festival will be Friday through Sunday.

October 19, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Popular keyboardist dies in wreck

October 13, 2011 | By Alyssa LaRenzie DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Funding will help improve young lives

A local partnership recently learned it will receive more than $121,000 to help fund its efforts to improve the lives of young people.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Office of Prevention Services has awarded Dawson County Family Connection a grant to focus on underage alcohol prevention.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Cable barrier project scheduled for Ga. 400

A cable barrier similar to one installed on Interstate 985 in Hall County several years ago will be placed in the median on Ga. 400 in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

The Georgia Depart-ment of Transportation announced Oct. 3 that it approved the 5.1-mile project as part of $97 million in 10 new transportation infra-structure improvement and maintenance projects across the state.

October 12, 2011 | editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Essig to speak to democrats

Alan Essig, director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute will be the guest speaker at the Dawson County Democratic Party's October meeting.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Dawson County Library. The public is invited.

October 12, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Miss KARE for Kids crowned this weekend

The 2011 Miss KARE for Kids will be crowned Saturday at Riverview Middle School.

Now in its third year, the pageant is one of several fundraisers for KARE for Kids, a local non-profit organization that provides Christmas presents to Dawson County children in need.

October 12, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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Officials confirm rabies case in Dawson County

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

June 29, 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


Rotary Day celebration offers free food, fun

Rotary Club of Dawson County invites the entire community out to Rotary Day at Rotary Island Saturday for a summer celebration featuring free food, music ...

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lanier Tech marks 50th commencement

Lanier Technical College held its 2016 commencement Friday night at Free Chapel, awarding 235 degrees, 394 diplomas and 631 certificates.

June 22, 2016 | editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Ministry aims to make sure kids won’t go to bed hungry

Children should go to bed happy, not hungry is the profound theme for volunteers with Meals by Grace

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


The Dawson County Produce Market will begin in July

The Dawson County Produce Market will officially open at 7:30 a.m. July 6.

June 21, 2016 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Lunches available during summer months

The Dawson County School Nutrition Summer Feeding Program is under way for the months of June and July.

June 21, 2016 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Ministry thrives to help women heal

Jada Fiorentino doesn't like to look back at the life she once lived, the life of drug addition, sexual abuse and self-destruction.

June 15, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Kids to cool off at fire academy

Students interested in emergency services as a career or even just a curiosity can get a feel for what it is all about during the ...

June 15, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


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