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2 injured in blast at center

A 26-year-old Dawson County man is recovering after a propane explosion last week left him with second- and third-degree burns over half his body.

Casey Rickett is in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital's burn ward, according to spokeswoman at the hospital in Atlanta.

December 12, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘Magical’ experience

The reason for the season was showcased Friday and Saturday night as the congregation at Bethel Baptist Church presented an elaborate, full-scale production depicting the story of Christ.

Kelly Crane and her 6-year-old son Hayden were among the first in line Friday night for the hayride through about 40 acres behind the church, where the 13-scene production was staged.

December 12, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman hurt in wreck dies

A Dawsonville woman hospitalized last month after a head-on collision on Hwy. 53 near the Dawson-Forsyth County line has died.

Funeral services for Fredina Marie Elrod were held Sunday in the chapel of Bearden Funeral Home.

December 12, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Wednesday night explosion injures two

Two Dawson County workers were injured Wednesday night after an explosion at a propane tank refurbishment company on Easy Street off Ga. 53 just west of Ga. 400.

December 06, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Countdown begins

Arriving by fire engine, Santa and Mrs. Claus rolled into Dawsonville on Friday night to help Mayor James Grogan light the city's Christmas tree.

"Ho, Ho, Ho," Santa said waving to the crowd of hundreds waiting for his arrival in the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame's Winner's Circle outside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Church presents live nativity

The congregation at Bethel Baptist Church will present its annual holiday production this weekend.

Now in its 25th year, the 13-scene live nativity will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visitors will board tractor-drawn wagons to embark on a trip to a time when shepherds watched over the flocks by night and angels spread the news of Christ's birth.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Churches serve up Thanksgiving feast

Dozens of volunteers from areas churches, civic groups and youth organizations served up several hundred meals Nov. 21 during the Alliance of Church's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lakeview Center.

"There are so many people in this day and age that need help, that need things, so we're here to help," said Rob Weischedel, bishop at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Road closed for work

A busy stretch of Thompson Road will close Thursday as crews rebuild its intersection with Hwy. 53.

The closure is scheduled to last two months if there are no weather setbacks, according to state Department of Transportation officials.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus is coming to town Friday night to help the city of Dawsonville light its grand Christmas tree.

Festivities, including carolers and dancers, are set for 5:30 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, followed later by the lighting of the 26-foot tree.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Boot drive raises funds for Christmas

Local firefighters, paramedics and EMTs plan to hit the streets this weekend for an annual boot drive to raise Christmas funds for local families.

Dawson County Emergency Services hopes to provide some Christmas cheer to several families in the area by collecting donations.

November 28, 2012 | Michael Beard | LOCAL


Groups collecting toys

Several local groups are collecting toys to give out this holiday season.

Georgia State Patrol has donation boxes set up that benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Falcons surprise young fan with room makeover

A Riverview Middle School student found the surprise of a lifetime when he arrived home from school Nov. 13: Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner.

Erikson Sieber, 11, was among a handful of young fans selected to receive a room makeover by Rooms to Go, which partners every year with the Falcons to award deserving student athletes who also excel academically.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Many are thankful this year

Kindergartners at Black Mill's Elementary began celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday with a holiday feast of plenty.

Rolling up their tiny sleeves and placing their napkins in their laps, the 5- and 6-year-olds took turns around the table saying what they were thankful for.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa arrives in style

Instead of traveling with elves by sleigh, Santa arrived in Dawsonville on Sunday with smiling men and women dressed in leather jackets and riding motorcycles.

The 21st annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run saw one of its largest turnouts this year. Dawsonville was waiting with open arms and trays of food for the hungry procession at the second of its three stops.

November 21, 2012 | By David Renner For the Dawson Community News | LOCAL


5 hurt in head-on collision

A head-on collision on Dawsonville Hwy. near the Dawson-Forsyth County line last week injured five, including three children.

"One of the children was in critical condition," said Billy Thurmond, Dawson County Emergency Services director.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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County clerk re-appointed after salary increase

After one county employee interviewed last week for the position, Danielle Yarbrough was retained as county clerk by the board of commissioners in an unanimous ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dev. Auth. reports strong first quarter for Dawson

The Development Authority of Dawson County (DADC) released information last week that points to a very strong local economy during the first quarter of 2017 ...

May 24, 2017 | | LOCAL


Hundreds attend Rotary Day

Temperatures soared above 85 degrees on Saturday, leading many to take refuge in the cooling outdoor splash pad at Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park.

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Six graduate from drug treatment court

"I found love in a Cuban drug dealer. We had lots of money and lots of cocaine," said Teri Spurill, guest speaker at last Wednesday ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery soon to sell direct to customers

Jeff Chastain makes moonshine the way his great Uncle Ben did, following a century and a half-old recipe that turns mash to corn whiskey.

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Old Navy coming to North Georgia Premium Outlets

Shoppers will soon discover a new retail option at North Georgia Premium Outlets.

May 17, 2017 | | LOCAL


Bowen to host summer art camps for kids

The Bowen Center for the Arts is preparing to feature three weeks of summer art camps for kids in June.

May 17, 2017 | | LOCAL


Three men sought in Burberry burglary

Dawson County Sheriff's Office personnel continue to search for three suspects who stole nearly $40,000 worth of items from the Burberry store at ...

May 17, 2017 | | LOCAL


Rangers complete water jump training

One by one, 120 geared out Army Rangers jumped from 1,500 feet above Lake Lanier last week, parachuting into the 40 feet of water ...

May 17, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Rotary Day celebration this Saturday

Rotary Club of Dawson County is hosting its third annual Rotary Day at Rotary Island on Saturday to celebrate the beginning of summer with free ...

May 17, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Continuous Flow Intersection opens

Georgia's first continuous flow intersection at Hwy. 53 and Ga. 400 was unveiled Monday night as the signals switched to accommodate the new traffic ...

May 17, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Sound engineer: motorsports park following rules

A request by Atlanta Motorsports Park owner Jeremy Porter is nearing its sixth month in the hands of the Dawsonville city council as a final ...

May 17, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Mayor to appeal removal

Ousted Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan has announced plans to appeal a Monday afternoon decision by city council to remove him from office.

May 17, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Legislators wrap up events of latest session

Three state legislators representing districts including Dawson County spoke last week at a Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon and gave a wrapup of some ...

May 17, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Mayor removed from office

The Dawsonville city council voted Monday afternoon, 3-1 in favor of removing Mayor James Grogan from office.

May 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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