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Seniors grateful for elevator

Rachel Padgett's eyes lit up Thursday as the door of the new elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center opened and welcomed her to an activity area she had never seen.

"Oh, look at that," she said pointing to a corner filled with workout equipment and a row of tables set up for a watercolor class in the center of the room. "Now I can do some painting and exercise."

January 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tire shop fire considered suspicious

Officials are calling a fire that destroyed a tire shop in eastern Dawson County suspicious.

Sheriff's Lt. Ray Goodie said investigators are working with the fire marshal's office to determine what caused the blaze.

January 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tree recycling effort under way

Keep Dawson County Beautiful volunteers are asking the community to go green this holiday season by recycling real Christmas trees that will be chipped into mulch.

Bring One for the Chipper, the annual recycling program, has collected and recycled more than 5.9 million Christmas trees statewide since 1991.

January 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County to dedicate senior center elevator

A ceremony Thursday afternoon will celebrate a years-long project to have an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.

The center's new elevator was approved for use after its final inspection last Wednesday.

December 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Shop with a Cop helps children during holidays

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently held its annual Shop with a Cop.

The effort aims to build relationships with local children and helps deputies develop a good rapport with youth who may otherwise not have a Christmas.

December 26, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘The kids love it’

Ashley Hunt and husband Justin love Christmas.

"It's Christmas at our house all year long," she said.

December 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson assistant DA found dead

The supervising prosecutor of the Dawson County office of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit's District Attorney's office was found dead last week.

John G. Wilbanks Jr., who spent more than three decades as a prosecutor in north Georgia, died Dec. 13 in Florida. He was 57.

December 19, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Man involved in explosion dies

A Newnan man critically injured in an explosion at Amicalola Propane earlier this month has died from his injuries.

Jimmy Lassetter, 45, died Thursday at the Grady Memorial Hospital Burn Unit, according to an obituary released by the Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home in Newnan.

December 19, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson assistant DA found dead

December 13, 2012 | | LOCAL


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


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Fuel spill blocks both Ga. 400 northbound lanes

UPDATE: Both lanes of Ga. 400 northbound have been cleared as of 7:45 p.m.

June 26, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Father and son drown at Lumpkin waterfall

A 38-year-old man and his 6-year-old son both drowned Tuesday afternoon while swimming at Dicks Creek Falls in Lumpkin County, according to a press release ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Cadets get feel for law enforcement careers

State troopers Steve Thompson and Jeremy Allison of the Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team visited last week with students at Dawson County Junior High School.

June 21, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Water authority board member appointed

Doug Schuster last week was sworn in as the newest member of the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority board of directors.

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County approves scrap tire storage ordinance

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week approved an ordinance that will contribute to the health and safety of county citizens by helping to ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Windstream continues speed expansion in north Georgia Cable upgrades, 1-Gig speeds coming to Dawson

More than 67,000 households in the area are expected to benefit from cable upgrades by internet service provider Windstream by the end of 2017.

June 21, 2017 | | LOCAL


Dawson Marketplace enters phase two of development

The Development Authority of Dawson County announced last week that three nationally recognized retail firms will be the main anchor stores for phase two of ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Paddle Georgia launches into weeklong Etowah trek

It has been 11 years since the Etowah River was chosen as the site of Paddle Georgia's weeklong canoe and kayaking trip, and a ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


City holds first hearing for new annexation fee

An amendment to the City of Dawsonville annexation ordinance that will allow the city to charge an additional fee for each property annexing into the ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Long range planning committee schedules first meeting

A committee recently reinstated and appointed by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners to provide public input on the future of the county will have ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville reverend receives posthumous award

Dawsonville-native James Styles was recently awarded the 2017 Spirit of Young Harris award.

June 21, 2017 | | LOCAL


County to hold open budget hearings

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will be holding a series of open hearings over the next two weeks to discuss the 2017-2018 budget.

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Paddle Georgia to pass through Dawson this weekend

Paddle Georgia, the country's largest week-long canoe and kayak camping adventure, will launch at Dawson County's River Park on the Etowah River this ...

June 14, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Two join board of Good Shepherd Clinic

Jo Brewer and Dr. Brian Burke O.D. have joined the board of the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County, according to a press release ...

June 14, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Chamber lunch covers property tax questions

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly business luncheon last week so that members and community members could hear directly from Kurt Tangel ...

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


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