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‘A way of giving back’

It was a chilly Saturday morning, but not too cold for a motorcycle ride through the north Georgia mountains to help raise funds for children at Christmas.

"When we woke up, it was 38 degrees and had been raining just a couple hours earlier," said organizer Lt. Doug Boyle with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fire displaces couple

A Flat Creek Drive home appears to be a complete loss after a fire Oct. 26 in downtown Dawsonville.

"There's heat damage through the entire home," said Dawson County Emergency Services Battalion Chief Robby Lee.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing hall honors this year’s inductees

Ask brothers Ernie, Dan and Bill Elliott and they'll agree their dad George Elliott should have been named to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame years ago.

"He was instrumental in a lot of people's careers in racing, especially ours," said Ernie Elliott. "It was just a sport that he loved. If it wouldn't have been for him getting it started, starting us in it, we wouldn't have been able to accomplish what we did."

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Agents inspect distillery

Federal agents reportedly paid a surprise visit to downtown Dawsonville early Friday, ready to shut down what they had been told was an active moonshine operation.

Instead, the agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives left several hours later after determining the alleged tip was false.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Focus is the kids

Organizers say the 44th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville was a record breaker.

"I've never seen people start arriving on Wednesday for the festival," said Gordon Pirkle, a longtime member of KARE for Kids, which organizes the event.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Keep kids safe this Halloween

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Agency reminds parents to make sure children are safe this Halloween.

With Halloween on Monday, motorists should also anticipate finding trick-or-treaters on local roads and neighborhoods as early as 5 p.m.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

For Arthur Dover, his views on military service have remained the same for nearly six decades.

"I love my country," said Dover, who retired from the United States Air Force in 1972.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pill drop offers secure way to dispose of drugs

Local authorities want parents to remember the war on drugs starts at home.

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poker run benefits kids

Proceeds from a poker run this weekend will benefit the Dawson County Sheriff's annual Shop with a Cop event.

The run departs from the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center on Tucker Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast will be available.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshine Festival this weekend

Lee Elrod was at an estate sale three years ago when he stumbled across an early 1940s photo taken atop Amicalola Falls.

An antique collector of sorts, Elrod was intrigued by the image of a man warming his hands over the open flame of a copper liquor still.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary team is ‘Smarter than a 10 year-old’

It's not technically a trick question, but tricky all the same to nearly everyone gathered Oct. 11 at Dawson County Middle School.

"Name all of the states that border the Great Lakes," said emcee Gary Pichon during the Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Homans installed as Kiwanis president

Local attorney Joey Homans was installed last week as president of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club by the group's 2011 President Lisa Thurmond.

"There's a lot of opportunities to be involved in community activities in Dawson County. Kiwanis is the way I've been able to tap into the community," Homans said. "I hope to just continue along the path that Lisa Thurmond set and continue to be positive to grow and strengthen our club."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

If the U.S. Air Force called tomorrow and asked Laura Bishop to re-enlist, she wouldn't hesitate to board the next plane.

"I loved it. I really loved it," said the mother of two grown daughters.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival traffic advisory

Thousands of visitors will be in Dawsonville this weekend for one of the most popular festivals in north Georgia.

The Mountain Moonshine Festival attracts thousands of people a day and parking all of the cars is quite a task. This year's festival will be Friday through Sunday.

October 19, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Popular keyboardist dies in wreck

October 13, 2011 | By Alyssa LaRenzie DCN regional staff | LOCAL


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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


Local motorcycle ride raises money for child cancer

Thunderstorms were not enough to stop the almost 200 motorcyclists who, two weekends ago, joined to give rides to 28 'stars' and their families at ...

June 14, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


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