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Memorial ride set for Saturday

Area sheriff's deputies are showing their support for the family of two brothers killed on Lake Lanier earlier this summer with a benefit memorial ride and car show Saturday.

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Hall, Lumpkin and Forsyth County sheriff's offices, invites the community to participate in the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Ride and Classic Car Cruise-In.

August 08, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville named regional site

Editor's note: The Dawson Community News is accepting "Welcome Home" letters to be published as part of a series leading up to the Veterans Day celebration in November. The paper will also publish submitted photos and stories from the era. Letters and photos can be mailed to P.O. Box 1600 Dawsonville, GA 30534, dropped off at the office at 76 Howard Ave. E. Suite 140, Dawsonville or e-mailed to editor@dawsonnews.com.

For the sixth consecutive year, Dawsonville is one of only two regional Veterans Day sites in the state for 2012.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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United Way BBQ launches fundraising

United Way for Dawson County celebrated the beginning of its annual fundraising with a barbeque benefit on Saturday at board member Jim Watson's Dawsonville ...

November 09, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Trump holds lead over Clinton in Georgia

November 08, 2016 | DCN Regional Staff Reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


New Kroger Marketplace to open next week

A week from today, one of the largest Kroger supermarkets in the state of Georgia will open its doors to patrons in Dawsonville.

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local woman helps locate arsonist

Nearly two years ago, a fire broke out at Gospel Way Baptist Church on Harmony Church Road in Dawsonville.

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Celebration on Friday to honor veterans

Veterans from all military branches and all years of service will be honored on Friday as part of Dawsonville's 12th annual Veteran's Day ...

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


'Tis the season: Operation Christmas Child box collection begins

Each year, Operation Christmas Child collects thousands of boxes from across the US and ships them overseas to children in need. The effort, supported by ...

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Election Day 2016 voting underway

The polls are open in Dawson County for Election Day 2016, and workers are already anticipating one of the biggest voter turnouts the county has ...

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Increased fire danger this weekend

Due to dry weather conditions there will be an increased risk of wildfire in northern Georgia this weekend, according to Dawson County Emergency Services Chief ...

November 04, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Car, foot chase leads to DUI arrest

Officers responding to reports of a suspected intoxicated driver ended up being led on a car and a foot chase.

November 02, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Park closes boat ramps as Lanier water levels near 4-year low

Dawson County officials closed three of four boat launching ramps at War Hill Park last week, citing the constantly receding water level in Lake Lanier ...

November 02, 2016 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Rock Creek ‘Trunk or Treat’ promises ghoulishly good fun

Dawson County Parks and Recreation is hosting its fifth annual Trunk or Treat event at Rock Creek Park on Halloween. The event is free to ...

October 26, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


State officials continue search for better internet access, more connectivity

Windstream announced last week that it plans to upgrade its broadband internet service in Northeast Georgia counties, including Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Habersham and Jackson.

October 26, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent jsilavent@gainesvilletimes.com | LOCAL


Nudist resort owner receives county approval for expansion

More than 200 people gathered at the county courthouse last week to support a rezoning effort by one of the county's popular tourist destinations.

October 26, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Authorities: Shots were accidental, self-inflicted

Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford said that personnel responded to a call of a potential gunshot wound in the parking lot of LongHorn ...

October 25, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


49th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival honors racing legends

A cool, breezy morning awakened vendors and festival-goers alike on Saturday morning for the 49th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 24, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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