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Wildcat buys fire truck

Volunteers have raised more than $38,000 over the past year for a replacement fire engine at Station 8 in western Dawson County.

The donation will be combined with $3,500 from the government of neighboring Pickens County and about $5,700 from Dawson County to buy a used engine.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


RELAY KICKS OFF

Despite the downpour outside, the Relay for Life kickoff drew a crowd to Dawson County High School on Thursday night.

Feeding off the success of 2011, organizers hope this year to raise $90,000, their largest goal to date.

February 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Authority announces election for board post

The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority has announced an election for a seat on its board of directors.

After reviewing the nominations in December, the authority chose the only two nominees that qualified: veteran board member Linda G. Townley and newcomer Jere D. Allen.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Veterans Affairs swears-in vice president

Veteran Army Reserve Col. Don Brown was sworn in last week as vice president of Veterans Affairs of Dawson County.

"As a veteran he brings knowledge and experience to the table," said Veterans Affairs President Pam Hamalainen. "We rely on our veterans to keep us on protocol because we do not want to do anything that is not right. He keeps us on the right path."

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Couple thankful for ACS program

Dawsonville residents Frank and Angie Huber know what it is like to personally benefit from the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

After Frank Huber was diagnosed with tonsil cancer known as "squamous cell carcinoma" in August 2010 he was offered a place to stay for his seven week treatment last summer at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Atlanta.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Two blazes keep firefighters busy

Authorities are investigating separate fires Saturday night that destroyed a mobile home and damaged a stolen vehicle.

The home fire was reported about 10 p.m. by a Dawson County Sheriff's deputy following up on a call about smoke in an area north of Dawsonville on Hwy. 9.

January 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Citizens police academy seeking participants

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

Designed to give residents an inside look at how local law enforcement operates, the free, five-week course begins Feb. 9 with an introduction by Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his administrative staff.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary event aids charities

The Dawson County Rotary Club is hosting its inaugural Super Bowl Squares Charity Fundraiser in hopes of using local resident's passion for football to help raise money for nonprofits.

The charities that will benefit from the fundraiser include the Dawson County Rotary Scholarship, the senior center, the arts council and WEE Books.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Photography conjuring up the Wild West

The Bowen Center for the Arts is featuring a new exhibit by celebrated scenic photographer Wayne Robinson titled "True Americana- Bodie Series." The exhibit focuses on Bodie, a Californian ghost town located near the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

"Acclaimed as America's best-preserved ghost town, it exists in a state of 'arrested decay' as a California State Historical Monument high above the tree line," Robinson wrote on his Web site.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


DNR charging fee in Dawson Forest

The lower 10,000 acres of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in Dawson County are not affected by a recent recreational use fee imposed by the state Department of Natural Resources.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Volunteer opportunities abound

Many people start a new year off with resolutions. For 2012, many local nonprofits hope volunteerism is among their goals.

No matter a person's age, gender, interests or skills, nonprofits throughout the area need volunteers to donate their time, services and abilities.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Racing car finds home

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has recently acquired a famed racecar that was thought to be lost until a few years ago.

Known as the Dixie Twister, the Huston Platt-owned car had disappeared after a deadly accident on March 2, 1969, that killed 12 and injured more than 40 at the Yellow River Drag Strip in Covington.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Home heating help is back

In an announcement likely to warm hearts and homes, the Ninth District Opportunity Inc. signaled it will resume its heating assistance program for low-income residents later this month.

The nonprofit, which has offered a one-time payment of heating costs for decades, had to postpone its Dec. 1, 2011, launch date due to what appeared to be lack of funds from the federal government.

January 18, 2012 | By Aaron Hale DCN regional staff | LOCAL


2011 Year in Review

Despite the sluggish economy, 2011 was a year marked by progress and change across Dawson County.

A number of businesses, including Krystal and Varsity Jr., opened along the Ga. 400 corridor.

January 11, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Three hurt in wrong-way wreck

January 04, 2012 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | LOCAL


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Authorities: Medical episode likely cause of three-vehicle crash at county line

The three-vehicle crash at the Dawson-Forsyth County line Wednesday that sent several people to the hospital occurred, authorities said, when a teenage driver suffered a ...

April 01, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson County schools charter contract renewed

The State Board of Education renewed the Dawson County School District's charter system contract today.

March 31, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Collision shuts down Hwy. 53 at county line

Hwy. 53 East was shut down in both directions at the Dawson-Forsyth County line Wednesday morning as officers investigated a two-car crash that occured just ...

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing pioneer named Moonshine Festival grand marshal

When Charlie Mincey got his first speeding ticket at the age of 12, he must have known racing was in his blood.

March 30, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Beautification group encourages the public to spruce up their neighborhoods

Volunteers with Keep Dawson County Beautiful are encouraging community members to spruce up their neighborhoods as part of this year's Great American Cleanup.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teams forming for Rotary’s annual golf tournament

There's still time to register a team in Rotary Club of Dawson County's 24th annual golf tournament and fundraiser.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sawnee awards grant to Reading Education Association of Dawson County

Every month when the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation bill arrives, there is a simple request to give a few extra cents to round up your ...

March 30, 2016 | From staff reports, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local children get 'eggcited'

When the first graders at Robinson Elementary lined up at their door on Good Friday, there was a serious case of the wiggles going around ...

March 30, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


GOP honors Berg’s party commitment

Local Republicans recently recognized one of their own for his lifelong service to the party.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Developer backs away from building assisted living center on Kilough Church Road

The developer for a proposed assisted living facility on Kilough Church Road will not move forward with the project after learning last week that many ...

March 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Stanfield wins Miss Dawson County

She has confidence. She has poise. And now Mollie Stanfield has her second crown in two weeks after winning the Miss Dawson County pageant Sunday ...

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Designers show Main Street Park ideas

The Dawsonville City Council spent Monday evening with three firms that want to design the new Main Street Park going in behind the municipal complex.

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


DCHS senior makes livestock history

Dawson County senior and FFA president Zach Samples won first place in showmanship at the Georgia National Junior Livestock Show in Perry in February. It ...

March 23, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Detention center receives medical accreditation

The Dawson County Detention Center recently received a prestigious recognition that few law enforcement agencies can claim.

March 23, 2016 | From staff reports, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson County weekend preview

Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather we're having in Dawsonville with the following fun events set for this weekend:

March 18, 2016 | | LOCAL


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