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Fling draws a crowd

Spring was in the air over the weekend as thousands flocked to downtown Dawsonville for the Dawson County Arts Council's 11th annual Spring Fling Festival.

May 09, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Governor signs tasting bill

A bill that allows tasting at distilleries in Georgia has been signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.

May 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Officials pleased with start

Capping months of construction and preparation, Atlanta Motorsports Park has officially opened.

May 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Kiwanis annual 5, 10K run Saturday

The eighth annual spring Kiwanis run titled "Cinco de Run-O" is set for Saturday.

The race is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

May 02, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Teeth whitening event benefits cause

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.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Art Center offers annual Spring Fling this weekend

Hundreds of county residents and visitors will swarm to Bowen Center for the Arts this weekend for the Art in the Garden Spring Fling festival.

Last year the weather was close to perfect for the event and organizers are hoping for plenty of sunshine and easy breezes to find their way back.

May 02, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘Old school’ sheriff’s deputy retires

Veteran lawman Mickey Gilbertson admits he wasn't always one to follow the rules.

A teenage felon in central Florida, Gilbertson spent time in reform school and jail before meeting a couple of officers who took him under their wings and taught him right from wrong.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drop off unused medicines Saturday

Several local agencies have teamed up to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Bellezza’ exhibit features array of artistic talents

For the 11th year, Bowen Center for the Arts is featuring an assortment of works by the Sawnee Artists Association.

The Forsyth County-based association presents its member's artwork of various mediums, including woodwork, painting and photography, through Saturday.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Survivors honored for their fight

Cancer survivors and their caregivers gathered April 19 for the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner at Dawson County High School.

Paper bag luminaries at the center of guests' tables testified to the numerous people affected by cancer. "My professor," "my friend," "my mother" and "my son" were among the titles written on them.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘Where it all started’

A movie that touches on the north Georgia gold rush and famed local miners is in the works, according to film and Dawsonville officials.

Jimmy Anderson, a historian for Dawson and Lumpkin counties, confirmed that local property is being considered for scenes about famed miner Green Russell.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Complex changes sought

The Dawsonville City Council is scheduled to discuss variance requests for a proposed apartment complex Thursday night.

Plans call for Farmington Woods to be built on 15 acres off Perimeter Road, less than a mile from downtown. It will feature 72 units, including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Moore named festival grand marshal

Championship car owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore will serve as grand marshal for the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

"We're real honored to have him," said Gordon Pirkle, a local racing historian and board member of KARE for Kids, which organizes the festival.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Electronics recycling event planned

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

Volunteers will be in the Dawsonville Walmart parking lot from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday to help unload personal computers, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, radios, telephones, circuit boards and fax machines, among other items.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teams ‘Paint the Town Purple’

Volunteers painted the town purple Saturday with numerous events that raised cancer awareness and funds for Dawson County Relay for Life.

From car washes, yard sales and motorcycle rides to lemonade stands and cookouts, Relay for Life teams collected hundreds and helped spread the word about the fight against cancer.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Dahlonega 7-year-old Opal Littleton in Netflix series ‘Ozark’ with Jason Bateman

Opal Littleton is making a name for herself in the film world.

July 21, 2017 | By Amber Tyner DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Couple who met at Kroger get engaged with help of coworkers

The grocery store may be where you buy your vegetables, bread and milk, but it isn't exactly the first place you think of when ...

July 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Two Dawson residents arrested after separate police chases in north Forsyth

A 38-year-old man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after officials say he led deputies on a chase up Ga. 400 last week.

July 19, 2017 | By Isabel Hughes DCN regional staff | LOCAL


City planning, public works outline upcoming development

Casey Majewski, Dawsonville planning director, along with Public Works Operations Manager Trampas Hansard, presented at Monday's city council meeting an overview of development expected ...

July 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local church partners with gas station to service community

Earlier this month The Church at War Hill hosted a #ServeOurCity event as a way to give back to Dawson County.

July 19, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


City election qualifying begins next month

Two Dawsonville city council seats are up for grabs in the upcoming general election, with qualifying starting next month.

July 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Historian to discuss Cherokee, Creek Indian heritage

Interested citizens are invited to attend next week's Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting at which Leslie Barker Thomas will discuss the history ...

July 19, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


NE Georgia Health System rolls out new technology, treatments to fight cancer

South Hall County resident Josephine "Jo" Lorigo's ordeal began earlier this year when a mammogram showed "some unusual changes."

July 19, 2017 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Friday evening wreck, hazardous spill closes Hwy. 53 for 4 hours

A wreck, that resulted in a hazardous spill on Hwy. 53 East, near the Etowah River, closed the road for four hours in both directions ...

July 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Police ID man who shot deputy before taking own life in north Forsyth home

The man who shot a Forsyth County deputy Sunday afternoon and barricaded himself in a north Forsyth home has killed himself, authorities said.

July 17, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Hwy. 53 East now open after hazardous spill

A wreck and resulting hazardous spill on Hwy. 53 East near the Etowah River closed the road for several hours in both directions Friday evening ...

July 14, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Our sunshine, forever: Students hold memorial for Lambert girl killed in July 4 wreck

It could have been like any other day. Parents in the stands, watching. Students on the field, gathered, huddled. Coaches on the sidelines, supervising, making ...

July 14, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Rep. Tanner, Speaker Ralston to visit Dawsonville next week

Georgia House of Representatives Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, and Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, will visit Dawsonville Wednesday to discuss Dawson County priorities included in ...

July 14, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Citizens enjoy free fireworks show at Atlanta Motorsports Park

Turbulent weather meant that many 4th of July celebrations were hindered by intermittent showers, but the skies were all clear in time for the 4th ...

July 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


BOC initiates review of commissioner salaries

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to have County Manager David Headley, Human Resources Director and County Clerk Danielle Yarbrough and County ...

July 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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