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Community mourns mayor’s death

The Dawsonville community is mourning the death of a passionate public servant whose political career spanned nearly four decades.

Mayor Joe Lane Cox died Friday in his sleep at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 72.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Peter Pan swoops into Bowen Center for the Arts

Known as the boy who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan inspired Bowen Center for the Arts' annual children's event "Sail Away to Neverland" last Saturday.

Children's imaginations were at work and eyes were aglow at the hanging decorations, colorful set designs and playful accessories based on the 2011 edition of the illustrated Walt Disney "Peter Pan" book.

March 07, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Home destroyed

David Nalley stared in disbelief Tuesday afternoon as firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed his home on Goshen Church Road in northwestern Dawson County.

"I'm still in shock. I guess it really hasn't hit me yet," he said. "It's everything I have, everything I've worked for."

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Home, garden expo this weekend

Live demonstrations, do-it-yourself workshops and innovative products are just a sample of what will be showcased this weekend at the North Georgia Home and Garden Expo.

The expo will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lakeview Center, 2057 Dawson Forest Road.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Spaghetti dinner benefits Relay

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.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


GOP to hold mass meetings

The Dawson County Republican Party will convene Precinct Mass Meetings to elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Dawson County Republican Party Convention Saturday morning.

Precinct meetings begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the county convention at 10 a.m. to elect delegates for the district and state convention.

March 07, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Expo highlights local nonprofits

Several nonprofit organizations showcased their group's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library.

The expo was held following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting and was free to the public.

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


5K supports fight against disease

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.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Celebrating a first

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.

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Seniors stay active with virtual bowling

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.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Coroner confirms paw that of a bear

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.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County will raise elevator

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.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rolling the dice against cancer

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.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arbor Day celebrates honorees

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.

February 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Event showcases local nonprofits

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.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Superintendent named to state advisory council

Dawson County Superintendent of Schools Damon Gibbs was chosen to participate in a special advisory council by State Superintendent Richard Woods for the upcoming year.

September 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Citizens can now sign up to speak day of commission meetings

During last week's board of commissioners voting session, board members decided to alter the policy regarding the time frame for signing up to speak ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Dawson County Woman’s Club to host annual fundraiser

The Dawson County Woman's Club will host its annual fundraiser, Giving Goes Glam, on Saturday at the Church of the Apostles on Hwy. 400 ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Patriot Day Memorial Service

Dawson County Emergency Services will honor the memory of those who lost their lives during the tragic events of 9/11 in a special ceremony ...

September 07, 2016 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Commissioners announce sole finalist for manager position

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners announced during its regular meeting Thursday night that David Headley is the sole candidate under consideration to be the ...

September 02, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


77 years for Dot and Loy

After four dates, they snuck away and got married.

August 31, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Local Firefighters honored by Georgia State Firefighters Association

The Georgia State Firefighters Association recently presented two local firefighters with the 2016 Life Saving Valor Award.

August 31, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Longer stretch of road to open than originally planned

CUMMING -- The date marking the first opening of a third lane on Ga. 400 northbound has been changed and expanded.

August 31, 2016 | By Kelly Whitmire | LOCAL


Citizen journalist files lawsuit against property owners from 2014 rally

Nearly two years after Nydia Tisdale was arrested at a GOP rally at Burt's Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville the "citizen journalist" has filed a ...

August 30, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


‘We have been waiting on this’

The last three weeks have felt like an eternity.

August 24, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Blood drive to honor memory of local teacher

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will host a blood drive Saturday to honor the memory of former Dawson County teacher, Charles B. Finley.

August 24, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Study: Hope Scholarship funding could be in jeopardy

A new study of the Hope Scholarships program, which is funded by the Georgia lottery, contends the program could run out of money for the ...

August 24, 2016 | By Ron Bridgeman DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Suspect at large after armed bank robbery in south Forsyth

SOUTH FORSYTH - An armed robbery occurred about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Foothills Community Bank on Bethelview Road, according to officials with the Forsyth ...

August 23, 2016 | By Isabel Hughes | LOCAL


Dawsonville woman indicted on meth trafficking

A Dawsonville woman accused of trafficking methamphetamine - and concealing it in a can of peaches - has been indicted on various drug charges by a Forsyth ...

August 17, 2016 | Isabel Hughes DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Chamber hosts 20th golf classic

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will host its 20th annual Chamber Golf Classic Monday at Crystal Falls Golf Club.

August 17, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


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