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Local theater group nominated for awards

In its inaugural venture into adult musical theater, the Dawson County Arts Council's recent summer hit "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" received four nominations in the 2012 Broadway World Atlanta awards for non-professional musicals.

The nominations include: Russ Ivey, best actor; Heatherly Wanamaker Nelson, best actress; Jamie Fambrough, best director; and best musical.

November 14, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Honoring service

Servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military shared the spotlight Saturday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

In its eighth year, the ceremonies began with a formal tribute to veterans at Dawson County Middle School, followed by a parade through downtown Dawsonville. Vietnam veterans served as the grand-marshals.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual ride collects toys for Christmas

Santa and a couple hundred of his elves are expected in Dawsonville Sunday for the 21st annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run.

The event, organized by Bikers Dream of Atlanta, collects toys at stops from Cumming to Dahlonega to help organizations provide Christmas presents for children in need.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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Head-on collision injures three

A two-vehicle wreck Wednesday shut down Price Road at Toto Creek Park for several hours.

May 25, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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


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