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Home destroyed

David Nalley stared in disbelief Tuesday afternoon as firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed his home on Goshen Church Road in northwestern Dawson County.

"I'm still in shock. I guess it really hasn't hit me yet," he said. "It's everything I have, everything I've worked for."

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Home, garden expo this weekend

Live demonstrations, do-it-yourself workshops and innovative products are just a sample of what will be showcased this weekend at the North Georgia Home and Garden Expo.

The expo will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lakeview Center, 2057 Dawson Forest Road.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Spaghetti dinner benefits Relay

Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


GOP to hold mass meetings

The Dawson County Republican Party will convene Precinct Mass Meetings to elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Dawson County Republican Party Convention Saturday morning.

Precinct meetings begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the county convention at 10 a.m. to elect delegates for the district and state convention.

March 07, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Expo highlights local nonprofits

Several nonprofit organizations showcased their group's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library.

The expo was held following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting and was free to the public.

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


5K supports fight against disease

Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community. The series will also include articles on prevention, early detection and treatment options.

Lace up your sneakers and stretch out your legs to show "Country Folks Can Survive" next weekend in Dawsonville.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Celebrating a first

Like any other 4-year-old, Easton Hall loves to pretend he is a superhero and play with toy trucks.

Yet unlike most kids, he has a rare birthday.

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Seniors stay active with virtual bowling

Rachel Padgett likes to win.

"I want to win every time," she said as she picked up the Wii controller and bowled the sixth strike of the game last Thursday afternoon.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Coroner confirms paw that of a bear

Authorities have determined that skeletal remains discovered Sunday afternoon in eastern Dawson County are those of a bear.

Dawson County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Hwy. 53 about 2 p.m. after reports that the family's dog had found what appeared to be a human hand.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County will raise elevator

After numerous fundraising efforts collected nearly $43,000, county commissioners voted last week to cover the remaining balance to install an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.

"The seniors are going to be so happy. I'm so happy for them," said Margie Weaver, center director.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rolling the dice against cancer

Each member on the Dawson County High School Relay for Life team has a personal reason for supporting the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising effort.

"We have so many staff members that have been affected by cancer either directly or indirectly that we all realize that we are in it for the same reason - so no one else has to experience what we have lived," said Beth Swafford, team leader.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arbor Day celebrates honorees

A new state champion tree, submitted by Mark Short, was recognized on Arbor Day by the Dawson County Tree Preservation committee.

The Chestnut Oak measured 164 inches in circumference and was 96 feet tall, according to Tony Page of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

February 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Event showcases local nonprofits

Local nonprofit groups are invited to showcase their organization's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library.

The community opportunity expo will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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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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