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‘The kids love it’

Ashley Hunt and husband Justin love Christmas.

"It's Christmas at our house all year long," she said.

December 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson assistant DA found dead

The supervising prosecutor of the Dawson County office of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit's District Attorney's office was found dead last week.

John G. Wilbanks Jr., who spent more than three decades as a prosecutor in north Georgia, died Dec. 13 in Florida. He was 57.

December 19, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Man involved in explosion dies

A Newnan man critically injured in an explosion at Amicalola Propane earlier this month has died from his injuries.

Jimmy Lassetter, 45, died Thursday at the Grady Memorial Hospital Burn Unit, according to an obituary released by the Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home in Newnan.

December 19, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson assistant DA found dead

December 13, 2012 | | LOCAL


2 injured in blast at center

A 26-year-old Dawson County man is recovering after a propane explosion last week left him with second- and third-degree burns over half his body.

Casey Rickett is in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital's burn ward, according to spokeswoman at the hospital in Atlanta.

December 12, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘Magical’ experience

The reason for the season was showcased Friday and Saturday night as the congregation at Bethel Baptist Church presented an elaborate, full-scale production depicting the story of Christ.

Kelly Crane and her 6-year-old son Hayden were among the first in line Friday night for the hayride through about 40 acres behind the church, where the 13-scene production was staged.

December 12, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman hurt in wreck dies

A Dawsonville woman hospitalized last month after a head-on collision on Hwy. 53 near the Dawson-Forsyth County line has died.

Funeral services for Fredina Marie Elrod were held Sunday in the chapel of Bearden Funeral Home.

December 12, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Wednesday night explosion injures two

Two Dawson County workers were injured Wednesday night after an explosion at a propane tank refurbishment company on Easy Street off Ga. 53 just west of Ga. 400.

December 06, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Countdown begins

Arriving by fire engine, Santa and Mrs. Claus rolled into Dawsonville on Friday night to help Mayor James Grogan light the city's Christmas tree.

"Ho, Ho, Ho," Santa said waving to the crowd of hundreds waiting for his arrival in the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame's Winner's Circle outside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Church presents live nativity

The congregation at Bethel Baptist Church will present its annual holiday production this weekend.

Now in its 25th year, the 13-scene live nativity will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visitors will board tractor-drawn wagons to embark on a trip to a time when shepherds watched over the flocks by night and angels spread the news of Christ's birth.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Churches serve up Thanksgiving feast

Dozens of volunteers from areas churches, civic groups and youth organizations served up several hundred meals Nov. 21 during the Alliance of Church's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lakeview Center.

"There are so many people in this day and age that need help, that need things, so we're here to help," said Rob Weischedel, bishop at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Road closed for work

A busy stretch of Thompson Road will close Thursday as crews rebuild its intersection with Hwy. 53.

The closure is scheduled to last two months if there are no weather setbacks, according to state Department of Transportation officials.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus is coming to town Friday night to help the city of Dawsonville light its grand Christmas tree.

Festivities, including carolers and dancers, are set for 5:30 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, followed later by the lighting of the 26-foot tree.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Boot drive raises funds for Christmas

Local firefighters, paramedics and EMTs plan to hit the streets this weekend for an annual boot drive to raise Christmas funds for local families.

Dawson County Emergency Services hopes to provide some Christmas cheer to several families in the area by collecting donations.

November 28, 2012 | Michael Beard | LOCAL


Groups collecting toys

Several local groups are collecting toys to give out this holiday season.

Georgia State Patrol has donation boxes set up that benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Veterans hold pancake breakfast fundraiser

The Veterans Affairs of Dawson County held its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser this weekend and saw enthusiastic support from the citizens of Dawson County.

April 26, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Human remains found in Dahlonega near site of missing Gwinnett woman’s wrecked car

Human remains and clothing were found last week in Dahlonega near where the wrecked vehicle of a Gwinnett County woman was found last year.

April 25, 2017 | From DCN regional staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


North Forsyth fire station opens a year after firefighters work out of Dawson

After working for more than a year out of neighboring Dawson County, some members of the Forsyth County Fire Department are coming home.

April 25, 2017 | By Kelly Whitmire DCN regional staff | LOCAL


2 dead, 2 hospitalized after overdosing in southwest Forsyth over weekend

FORSYTH COUNTY - Four people overdosed, two fatally from Forsyth County, from drugs, three emergency calls of which were within a 15-hour period on Sunday and ...

April 25, 2017 | By Isabel Hughes DCN regional staff | LOCAL


City moves forward with airport improvements

City Manager Bob Bolz brought before the city council Monday a committee recommendation for a consulting firm that will spearhead improvements to a local airport ...

April 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Egg hunt a success

The annual Easter egg hunt at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday couldn't have asked for a better day as attendees walked onto the football ...

April 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Continuous flow intersection nears completion

The final weeks of construction on the continuous flow intersection at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 are looming as crews make final touches to the ...

April 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Take jobs you're not qualified for, says chamber speaker

Sonja McLendon, chief of operational excellence at Northeast Georgia Health System, spoke at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week and gave the ...

April 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Council to add annexation fee

The Dawsonville City Council is considering adding a fee that could double the cost of annexing into the city for some homeowners as well as ...

April 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Gibson retires from Etowah board

Last week marked the final meeting for Etowah Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors member Lake Gibson, who retired from the board after moving ...

April 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


4-H to hold drive-by rabies clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic this Saturday at three locations throughout ...

April 19, 2017 | | LOCAL


Mr. and Miss Dawson County to be crowned this weekend

The annual Miss Dawson County beauty pageants will be held this upcoming weekend with all proceeds from the event going to the Dawson County Band ...

April 19, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle files to run for governor in 2018

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Gainesville native, filed last week to run for governor in 2018, making him the latest Republican to enter what is ...

April 19, 2017 | By Nick Bowman and Kelly Whitmire DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Voting heating up for Best of Dawson

Vote, vote, vote for the 2017 Best of Dawson!

April 19, 2017 | | LOCAL


Egg hunt set for Saturday

One of the largest events of the year is coming up this weekend as the county springs into action to hold the biggest and best ...

April 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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