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Prince family gets show of support

In a season when boat outings and long days enjoying Lake Lanier are common, it's difficult to imagine a day on the water taking a tragic turn.

That's exactly what happened for the Prince family on June 18 when two of their sons - Jake, 9, and Griffin, 13 - were killed in a boating accident on the lake.

August 15, 2012 | By Shannan Finke DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Longtime chamber president, local leader dies

The Dawson County community is mourning the death of a local civic volunteer and retired business leader this week.

Linda Williams, longtime president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, died Wednesday after a period of declining health. She was 64.

August 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘It is a heart thing’

After 29 hours aboard airplanes and packed vans, several Dawson County residents arrived in eastern Uganda to "spread the love of Christ."

The locals teamed up with Helping Hands Foreign Missions, a Gainesville-based Christian ministry, to visit Ugandan schools, churches and bush villages for two weeks last month.

August 08, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Local deli owner dies

A downtown business owner and member of the Dawsonville Planning Commission was found dead Tuesday morning in her restaurant on the square.

According to employees at Julia's Neighborhood Deli, 44-year-old Julia Cody was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived to open the eatery for the lunch shift about 10 a.m.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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County’s longest 911 director retires after 18 years

Many argue that the "true first responders" in emergency services and law enforcement are the people answering the phones.

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean | LOCAL


Northside Hospital-Forsyth applies for $8.4 million expansion

CUMMING - Just as Forsyth County continues to grow at a seemingly incessant pace, Northside Hospital-Forsyth continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of ...

January 04, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Woman arrested for starving her children

A Dawsonville woman was arrested early last month for reportedly starving her children and allowing her toddler to wander away from her residence.

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


2016: A Year in Review

Dawson County saw a year full of changes.

January 04, 2017 | | LOCAL


Northside Hospital-Forsyth applies for $8.4 million expansion

CUMMING - Just as Forsyth County continues to grow at a seemingly incessant pace, Northside Hospital-Forsyth continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of ...

December 28, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


“Bring one for the chipper”

Recycle your Christmas tree this year with Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual event, "Bring One for the Chipper."

December 28, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson County Emergency Services Holds Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet

Dawson County Emergency Services held its annual appreciation and awards banquet. This year's event was held at the Dawson County Junior High School and ...

December 28, 2016 | | LOCAL


Dawson County Farm Bureau finalist for state award

MACON, Ga. - Dawson County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the organization's 79th ...

December 28, 2016 | | LOCAL


Quilt raffle winner announced

Earlier this month the Heart in Hand Quilt Guild drew a winner for its annual quilt raffle to benefit The Bowen Center for the Arts.

December 28, 2016 | | LOCAL


Georgia Emergency Management launches upgraded alert app

To kick off Winter Weather Preparedness Week, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) recently announced the release of a completely updated version ...

December 28, 2016 | | LOCAL


City, County honor employees of the year

Each year both the city of Dawsonville and the county select one person for employee of the year and recognize them for both their dedication ...

December 28, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


New Year’s Eve sock hop at the Racing Hall of Fame

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame is offering an early New Year's Eve celebration that will feature music from another era.

December 28, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Dawsonville restaurant serves free meal to hundreds on Christmas

This year, Dawsonville Tavern owners, managers and community volunteers congregated on Christmas day to prepare, pack and deliver food to those in need this holiday ...

December 28, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


“Bring one for the chipper”

Recycle your Christmas tree this year with Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual event, "Bring One for the Chipper."

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Don’t leave presents in your car, sheriff warns

Recent car break-ins in Dawson County subdivisions have Sheriff Billy Carlisle advising residents to take extra precautions against thefts this holiday season.

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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