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Campmeeting filled with reunions, guest speakers

Campmeeting concluded its annual weeklong festivities at Lumpkin Campground on Sunday evening.

Filled with church services, singing and fellowship, the event gathered dozens of local families and friends together for seven days in the rustic, wooded setting.

August 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


DOT to start work on bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to rebuild the Ga. 53/Jasper Highway bridge over the Amicalola Creek west of Tinsley Chapel Road in Dawson County.

The work will mean reducing traffic over the bridge to one lane from July 30 to Aug. 13.

July 25, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Sock hop event takes seniors back in time

Elvis Presley's classic "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog," blared through the speakers during last week's sock hop at the Dawson County Senior Center.

In true style, ladies wore poodle skirts, classic pop hits were played and the dance floor was lively.

July 25, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff writer | LOCAL


‘Holy place’

The rusty chains of the porch swing gently squeaked as Carolyn Dooley relaxed outside her family's Lumpkin Campground tent.

"Campmeeting is something I would never miss," said Dooley, 54. "And in my life I have never missed one."

July 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Lifelong educator, former college dean dies

A renowned Dawson County educator and former dean at Gainesville State College died Thursday morning following a period of declining health.

Herbert W. Robinson, 95, had been sick for several months, according to family and close friends.

July 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Farmers offer fresh fare

Dawsonville resident Grace Collett has been selling her homegrown vegetables during the Dawson County Farmer's Market for nearly 10 years.

Tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers and eggplant were among the produce offered at her table July 11.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Arts council presents first adult musical

Opening this Friday, the Dawson County Arts Council is presenting its first adult musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

Based on the popular 1988 film, the musical is a comedy revolving around playful banter, mischievous scams and sudden twists.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


New women’s republican group forms

A new group has formed with a mission to get more women involved in the political process.

Based in Dawson County but pulling from all counties in the new 9th congressional district, the Foothills Republican Women is a grassroots organization that promotes an informed public through political education and activity by increasing the effectiveness of women in government.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting under way

Advance voting for the July 31 general primary is currently under way and continues through July 27.

According to Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson, a total of 639 early votes were cast in a span of five days last week.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Campmeeting is set for next week

Lumpkin Campground will hold its annual summer revival next week.

Known as campmeeting, the week-long event traditionally features two services each day that include prayer, singing, music, Bible readings, preaching, personal testimonies and altar calls.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Application proposal concerns residents

Nearly two dozen Dawson County residents were at a public meeting Monday to find out how a developer's wastewater proposal could affect their homes and families.

Waterscape Services is considering spreading stabilized sewage sludge from the Hampton Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Forsyth County onto property owned by Rotag Partners LLC at the northwest corner of Harry Sosebee and Lumpkin Campground roads in southern Dawson County.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pool Room benefit Sunday

There's still time to get tickets to Sunday's benefit jam aimed at saving Dawsonville's historic Pool Room.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the gate the day of the show. The price includes an afternoon of live music by a variety of local acts and free access to the kids' zone for children 12 and younger.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Storm snuffs show

The community will have a second chance to celebrate with fireworks this summer after torrential downpours washed out the Dawson Day Sparks in the Park festivities.

Plans are in the works for an event to make up for the canceled Independence Day fireworks extravaganza July 3.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Meeting planned over sewage from Forsyth

A public meeting next week in neighboring Forsyth County could draw some interest from those living near 65 acres in southeastern Dawson County where a developer wants to deposit sludge from a wastewater treatment plant.

Waterscape Utility LLC filed notice last month to hold the meeting at 10 a.m. July 16 in the Hampton Village Golf clubhouse, 6310 Hampton Golf Club Drive.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Time for honey

With bees swarming around her head in the hot morning air, Jean Schilling prods and picks at the growing hive.

Unfazed and unafraid, the local beekeeper is dressed from head to toe as she swings the smoking canister to calm the bees. It's all part of the routine to check her five hives.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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Father of missing girl facing multiple charges

The father of a Hall County 12-year-old who was missing for a week and a half faces multiple felony charges.

August 09, 2016 | From regional staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Celebrity waiters bring out the breakfast crowd

Struggling to find parking at LongHorn may be the norm on a Friday night, but last Friday morning there was barely an available spot.

August 03, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Milestones scores make gains

Georgia Milestones test scores were released last week and Dawson County students were in the top 20 in the state in multiple grade levels across ...

August 03, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Back to school

Though summer hardly seems to be winding down, kids across the county will move back into classrooms on Aug. 5.

August 03, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Kids head back to school

Dawson County Schools are back in business on Friday.

July 28, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


That's a fake laugh

Fake laughing may have gotten a bad rap.

July 27, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Lucky winners roll the dice at Roaring Rotary casino

Dawson County deputies raided an underground gambling parlor Saturday night and arrested several well-known wiseguys on alcohol and racketeering charges.

July 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Jeff Johnson is Dawson County's new sheriff

Dawson County's runoff election for sheriff and tax commissioner ended in narrow victories Tuesday night.

July 26, 2016 | | LOCAL


Campmeeting: 'It's better than Christmas'

Those on the inside can't fully explain it and those on the outside can't fully understand it.

July 26, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Senior exercise routine offers health, laughs

Open the door to get to the downstairs level of the Margie Weaver Senior Center in Dawsonville on a Tuesday or Thursday morning and the ...

July 20, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Weeklong revival begins Monday at Lumpkin Campground

Some say time seems to stand still on the hallowed grounds of Lumpkin Campground during the weeklong spiritual revival and celebration known as campmeeting.

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Floating while drinking now legal in Georgia

It is now legal to "shoot the hooch" with hooch in Georgia.

July 13, 2016 | By Kristen Oliver DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Prayers for the police

Hundreds from across the community were in downtown Dawsonville Sunday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Director of CASA of Forsyth County moving to Gainesville

A nonprofit that advocates for abused and neglected children must say goodbye to its director after more than six years, though the person named interim ...

July 08, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Star-spangled celebration

It's not always an easy task to impress an 11-year-old.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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