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Thousands celebrate

Dressed in red, white and blue, Sam Bailey and two friends squealed Saturday night as they ran through a field at Rock Creek Park.

"It's her birthday," said 5-year-old Samantha Cohen of her friend. "And it's America's birthday."

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Residents raise fuss over utility tower

Residents of a gated subdivision in southeastern Dawson County are angry about a utility tower recently erected without warning near their homes.

"Would you like to have that tower next your home? I want you to be honest with me. Would you want that in your backyard?" Ivan Ruiz asked representatives of Etowah Water and Sewer Authority last week.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Daylilies inspire local woman

A local woman's passion for botany has bloomed into an obsession with one of nature's most diverse flowering plants.

In short, Dawsonville's Suzanne Franklin says daylilies "fascinate" her.

June 29, 2011 | By Frank Reddy | LOCAL

Memorial fund established for youth

A memorial fund has been set up for a 16-year-old who died June 6 after he was struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 53 near Dawsonville, while riding his skateboard.

Contributions may be made to the Tyler Seay Memorial Fund at any United Community Bank.

June 29, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Veteran markers will be put out Wednesday

Members of Etowah Masonic Lodge No. 222, Free & Accepted Masons, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 970, Dawsonville Lions Club and Dawson County Jaycees will be placing Veterans memorial markers today for this year's Independence Day in the City of Dawsonville.

The markers are to honor deceased men and women who have served honorably in one of the branches of military service.

June 29, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Local group aims to help veterans

The Vietnam Veterans of America's local chapter is offering a few new programs for families of veterans in case of emergencies.

The chapter is providing a planning guide to help with the planning and decision making of the funeral and burial services. The guide includes simple steps to prepare for the end of life event, a list of important documents needed when arranging the funeral and information on burial benefits.

June 29, 2011 | By Morgan Bennett For the Dawson Community News | LOCAL

Officials urge residents to practice water safety

As temperatures climb, many Dawson County residents will be headed to the water in an effort to escape the heat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, swimming is one of the most popular sports in the country. Though swimming does offer an easy way to stay cool and keep active during the summer months, it may also lead to dangers such as injury or drowning.

June 29, 2011 | For the Dawson Community News | LOCAL

‘Keep kids safe’

A new state law that takes effect Friday will keep children in car safety seats until their eighth birthday.

Signed into law in May, the requirement is designed to reduce the risk of child injuries and fatalities on state roads.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

City mourns loss of icon

A man who spent nearly four decades serving the city of Dawsonville died Monday at age 92 following a period of declining health.

Born about 10 miles outside of town, G. L. "Pete" Gilleland and his family moved to Dawsonville when he was 7.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Area man Vietnam vet of the year

If David Hildebrand knew the truth behind his invitation to the Georgia State Council of Vietnam Veterans' meeting earlier this month, he said he would have stayed home.

It was there in Macon on June 18 that the Dahlonega man was named Georgia's Vietnam Veteran of the Year.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Firework extravaganza offers fun for family

Red, white and blue sparks will soar over Rock Creek Park on Saturday night when Dawson County kicks off the Independence Day weekend with a fireworks extravaganza.

Presented by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and Dawson Community News, Dawson Day Sparks in the Park begins at 5 p.m. with activities for the entire family.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

‘Celebrities’ connect

Nearly a dozen local "celebrities" have new respect for the food-service industry after they donned aprons Friday for an annual fundraiser

"This was my second year doing this," said Dawsonville Councilman Calvin Byrd. "I should have been way better this year. That's some hard work."

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Fire displaces 4 families

Fire officials continue to investigate an apartment blaze early Saturday that displaced four families and forced several people to escape by jumping from a second floor window.

"This was such a huge loss ... there's still a lot to look into," said Lanier Swafford, chief of Dawson County Emergency Services.

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Dawson native to speak at historical society meeting

Local author Larry Pirkle will be speaking Tuesday at a Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting.

Pirkle recently published the book "Of the Seeds They've Sown," comprised of stories, anecdotes and commentary gathered during his life in Dawson County.

June 22, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Produce markets open

Locals looking for fresh seasonal produce need look no further than markets in Dawson County.

The Dawson County Extension Service's ninth annual market begins next week, running from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 298 Academy Ave.

June 22, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LOCAL

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Mountain Moonshine Festival entertainment schedule

'Shine stage

October 22, 2015 | From staff reports | LOCAL

K.A.R.E. for Kids makes holiday wishes come true

Hundreds of local children will wake up Christmas morning to find presents under their trees thanks to dozens of volunteers determined to make holiday wishes ...

October 22, 2015 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Georgia racing legend to serve as festival grand marshal

A Georgia racing legend has been selected to serve as grand marshal for this year's 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

October 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Mountain Moonshine Festival weekend schedule


October 22, 2015 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Expect traffic delays during the weekend

With thousands of visitors descending on Dawsonville during the 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, local authorities are asking motorists to plan their routes and avoid ...

October 22, 2015 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Teen cited in school bus wreck

A Dawsonville teen has been ticketed following Tuesday's crash involving a Dawson County school bus.

October 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Deputies are ‘head of the class’ at contest

Employees at the Dawson County Sheriff's Office last week went to the head of the class after showing they are indeed smarter than a ...

October 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Drivers urged to use caution as deer activity increases

Motorists traveling Dawson County roads should keep a keen eye out for deer as the season changes, especially the week of Nov. 17-23.

October 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Time for some ‘Shine

Dawsonville's unique and storied past will come alive this weekend when thousands converge on downtown for the 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Chief 'very proud' of firefighters' actions

Tim Pastore stepped back for a moment on Thursday after seeing the damage to the fire engine he was driving nearly a week earlier that ...

October 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Family donates snacks to officers on the run

When Deputy Mich Long orders his lunch, he typically asks for it to be served to-go.

October 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

River clean-ups planned on Amicalola, Etowah

Two events are planned within the next week to celebrate October as Clean Water month in Dawson County.

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Smarter than a 10-year-old contest set for Tuesday

As adults, we'd all like to think we can remember the geography, history, language arts and math we learned so many years ago in ...

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Spirited cheer dad can’t hide his Tiger pride

Isaac Barnes showed up at his daughter's first cheer practice to help his wife teach the young cheerleaders a thing or two about football.

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Gas main break shuts down Hwy. 53 in Dawson County

A stretch of Hwy. 53 between Ga. 400 and Lumpkin Campground Road was shut down Monday morning as crews worked to contain a gas main ...

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

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