Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community. The series will also include articles on prevention, early detection and treatment options.
Lace up your sneakers and stretch out your legs to show "Country Folks Can Survive" next weekend in Dawsonville.
Like any other 4-year-old, Easton Hall loves to pretend he is a superhero and play with toy trucks.
Yet unlike most kids, he has a rare birthday.
Rachel Padgett likes to win.
"I want to win every time," she said as she picked up the Wii controller and bowled the sixth strike of the game last Thursday afternoon.
Authorities have determined that skeletal remains discovered Sunday afternoon in eastern Dawson County are those of a bear.
Dawson County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Hwy. 53 about 2 p.m. after reports that the family's dog had found what appeared to be a human hand.
After numerous fundraising efforts collected nearly $43,000, county commissioners voted last week to cover the remaining balance to install an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.
"The seniors are going to be so happy. I'm so happy for them," said Margie Weaver, center director.
Each member on the Dawson County High School Relay for Life team has a personal reason for supporting the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising effort.
"We have so many staff members that have been affected by cancer either directly or indirectly that we all realize that we are in it for the same reason - so no one else has to experience what we have lived," said Beth Swafford, team leader.
A new state champion tree, submitted by Mark Short, was recognized on Arbor Day by the Dawson County Tree Preservation committee.
The Chestnut Oak measured 164 inches in circumference and was 96 feet tall, according to Tony Page of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Local nonprofit groups are invited to showcase their organization's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library.
The community opportunity expo will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting.
For the price of museum admission, race fans can spend Sunday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and watch the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on the museum's big screen.
"We had a Daytona 500 party several years ago and it went off pretty good," said Gordon Pirkle, local racing historian and hall president.
The water in Lake Lanier was a brisk, or as some folks said "freezing," 49 degrees Saturday morning for the second annual WEE Books Leap for Literacy.
"No, no, I can't," said Pepper Pettit as he rolled up his pants legs and tiptoed into the lake at War Hill Park. "I can't believe I'm doing this ... is there a psychiatrist here?"
A bill that would allow tastings at Georgia distilleries cleared committee last week and is one step closer to a vote by the state House of Representatives.
House Bill 514 would be advantageous to Cheryl Wood, owner of the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, which is expected to open in the next few months.
Local sculptor and outdoorsman Allen Ferg and fellow hiker Bob Miller are preparing to begin an enormous undertaking of 2,184 miles.
The duos estimated six-month journey from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail is set to benefit the Dawson County Arts Council, Bowen Center for the Arts and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ.)
Aromas of fresh baked cakes, cookies and pastries filled the lobby of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office on Friday as visitors placed bids on dozens of wanted desserts.
An American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser, the silent auction netted more than $530 with several cakes fetching as much as $50 and $100 each.
The man credited with founding what has become Dawsonville's Mountain Moonshine Festival died Sunday at age 75.
Born in Dawson County in 1936, friends called Fred Goswick a man of vision who recognized that tales of Dawsonville's pioneer heritage and sordid moonshine history had the potential to be something big.
Fellow volunteers are quick to praise Penny Putnam's contributions to the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County.
"Although Penny came into our service with no background in the medical field she has learned everything and is doing a superb job," said Doug Powell, treasurer of the nonprofit center that provides free non-emergency health services to uninsured residents.
Organizers are asking Independence Day revelers to RSVP to Monday's fireworks extravaganza at Atlanta Motorsports Park in western Dawson County.
County commissioners last week approved a special use permit to allow PetSmart to operate at the new shopping center going in at the southeast intersection ...
Police dog Kimbo burst out of the back seat of Cpl. Jessica Kraft's vehicle last week ready to assist Kraft as she demonstrated the ...
On Monday night the Dawsonville City Council unanimously approved the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes a capital project loan for improvements ...
Elementary math students in all Dawson County schools will soon have access to a new, comprehensive math resource program.
Rotary Club of Dawson County invites the entire community out to Rotary Day at Rotary Island Saturday for a summer celebration featuring free food, music ...
Lanier Technical College held its 2016 commencement Friday night at Free Chapel, awarding 235 degrees, 394 diplomas and 631 certificates.
Children should go to bed happy, not hungry is the profound theme for volunteers with Meals by Grace
The Dawson County Produce Market will officially open at 7:30 a.m. July 6.
The Dawson County School Nutrition Summer Feeding Program is under way for the months of June and July.
Jada Fiorentino doesn't like to look back at the life she once lived, the life of drug addition, sexual abuse and self-destruction.
Students interested in emergency services as a career or even just a curiosity can get a feel for what it is all about during the ...
A new art studio and an existing event venue in downtown Dawsonville are set to split $7,500 in grant funding from the city of ...
A new church founded last year in Dawson County, is looking to hire a permanent pastor in the coming months.
A leading supplier of high-impact decorative labels announced last week the acquisition of Dawsonville-based SleeveCo.