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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


Community mourns death of local historian

The Dawsonville community is mourning the death of a local historian, retired school teacher and beloved family man this week.

Lifelong resident Charles Finley passed away July 4 due to complications from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle wreck June 15. He was 64.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Chestatee artists show works

Bowen Center for the Arts is bursting with paintings, drawings, carvings and other independent creations reflecting the local landscape.

The Chestatee Artists, based in Lumpkin County, are presenting a collection that shows mixed mediums through the end of July.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Celebrating freedoms

In celebration of Independence Day, Dawson County residents often flock to Lake Lanier, local parks, area attractions and traditional fireworks extravaganzas.

Dressed in patriotic colors, many families relish the opportunity to spend time together with picnics, activities and traditions.

July 04, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Folk artists come home for reunion

Lannie and Gerald Lambert travel from Atlanta each June for the annual Folk Art Family Reunion at Around Back at Rocky's Place.

"We have friends that live in Bent Tree, so we're here visiting them, but we always come to the reunion," said Lannie Lambert, an art teacher that specializes in folk art and lessons.

July 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Body of missing teen recovered

June 28, 2012 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Club honored

As a salute to its volunteer efforts, a local veterans group has been named the Vietnam Veterans of America Georgia State Council's chapter of the year.

"I was totally surprised when they announced it," said Chapter 970 President Wayne Watkins. "I've submitted for this every year since we formed. It's typically awarded to the larger, metro chapters."

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sparks in the Park set for Tuesday

The whistle and cracks of firecrackers will once again resound through Rock Creek Park on Tuesday night as Dawson County celebrates Independence Day.

In its fourth year, Dawson Day Sparks in the Park is set to begin at 5 p.m. with activities for the entire family.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Youth organizes 5K

A local youth plans to donate proceeds from a 5K race he organized to help a group of women signed up to participate in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Jared Posey, 11, of Dawsonville said he invites the community out to Rock Creek Park on Friday afternoon for the race. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and is $5 per person.

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Habitat hopeful to build locally

Officials with Habitat for Humanity remain hopeful about building homes in Dawson County.

"We would love to build in Dawson County," said Mary Lamond, the group's North Central Georgia director. "Our biggest struggle is land, finding land at a reasonable price."

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local produce market opens

Locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers will roll in by the truckload Saturday as the Dawson County Extension Office's annual produce market opens.

Running every Saturday through mid-September, the produce market will be open from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the extension office at 298 Academy Avenue.

June 27, 2012 | | LOCAL


Folk art flourishes

Known for offering an array of folk art and crafts, the seventh annual Folk Art Family Reunion will be held this weekend at Around Back at Rocky's Place.

More than 20 artists from around the Southeast sell drawings, pottery and other creations during the festival. Co-owner Robin Blan said the festival is an outpouring of artistic creativity.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Senior Center water aerobics underway

Stepping into the pool at Veterans Memorial Park, seniors gathered last week to begin a water-logged aerobics class hosted by the Dawson County Senior Center.

In only its second year, the SilverSneakers "Silver Splash" aerobics class has had an outpouring of community citizens attend.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Art transforms building

A reception earlier this month paid tribute to local artists whose works are on display at the Dawson County Government Center.

County native Amber Gilleland said she was honored to have her paintings hanging on the fourth floor of the new center.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park looks for votes

Veterans Memorial Park is competing for a $100,000 grant and to be voted as "America's Favorite Park" in a nationwide competition sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company and FourSquare.

The park that tallies the most votes receives the title and the grant, which can be used for park needs.

June 20, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff Writer | 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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