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In Their Own Words

Dawson County High School graduate Robert Dean knew he'd have a hard time making a living without a college degree.

"With the way the economy is, it's hard to make a living without a piece of paper from a university," he said. "I wanted to go to college, but I wasn't sure how it was going to get paid for."

October 11, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man charged with DUI after motorcycle wreck

A Dawson County man who is recovering after a motorcycle collision Friday has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Larry Mann, 39, of Montvale Road was flown to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries from the crash that occurred about noon Sept. 30.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Supporters raise nearly $18,000 for United Way

Two weeks ago United Way for Dawson County set its 2012 fundraising target at $105,000.

By Saturday evening, supporters had already collected nearly $18,000 toward the goal during a barbecue and hole-in-one challenge at the home of Jim and Barbara Watson just outside Dawsonville.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In their own words

Stationed in Kuwait in 2005 on the way to Iraq, two soldiers with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division met for the first time at an Internet café.

The next day Dee Rawlston called home and told her mother she had met the man she would marry.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Election registration deadline is Tuesday

Residents living in the city of Dawsonville have until Tuesday to register if they plan to vote in the Nov. 8 municipal election.

Registration is available at the Dawson County Elections and Voter Registration Office, located at the intersection of Academy Avenue and Maple Street in downtown Dawsonville.

October 05, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Annual competition aids literacy program

For the last two years, members of the Dawson County Woman's Club proved they are indeed smarter than a 10-year-old.

On Tuesday, teams will have the chance to see if they also are during the annual Are you Smarter than a 10-Year-Old competition. The event benefits Reading Education Association of Dawson County, or READ, a local, literacy group that aims to improve young lives through education.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Marker recognizes local Union soldiers

Growing up in Dawson County, Ben Fouts remembers stories of his two grandfathers. One fought for the Confederacy and another in the Union Army.

"The one that fought for the Union army left northern Dawson County and walked to Tennessee to join the Union army up there," Fouts said. "Then he walked back after the war."

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Southern supper aids elevator fund

There's no need to cook next Friday night.

Instead, stop by the Dawson County Senior Center on Oct. 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. for a southern supper of smoked ham, pinto beans with cornbread and onions, slaw, iced tea and homemade fried fruit pies - all for just $5 a plate.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


No Kid Hungry campaign to start

GAINESVILLE - More than 27 percent of Georgia children don't know where their next meal is coming from, according to the Georgia Food Bank Association.

That's a number the association and local groups are determined to bring down.

October 04, 2011 | By Dallas Duncan DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Gas line ruptured near Ingles store

Stores in the Ingles shopping center on Ga. 400 were evacuated for nearly two hours Monday after a crew attempting to fix a water leak ruptured a gas main.

The three-man crew was working with a small backhoe when the break occurred about 4 p.m.

September 28, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnew.com | LOCAL


Nonprofit receives mark

The local agency dedicated to providing for underprivileged children in Dawson County was recently granted a service mark by the Georgia Secretary of State.

Calvin Byrd, president of KARE for Kids, said the group applied for the service mark, similar to a trademark, to create a branding for the nonprofit organization and its signature annual fundraiser, the Mountain Moonshine Festival.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In their own words

At 24, Brian Fox was living in Lincoln, Ark. with his new wife, Tammy, and a baby. He was working as an independent tile and carpet contractor with nothing to fall back on in the event of an emergency.

"I just got tired of living paycheck to paycheck, and I was worried that if anything ever happened to my family, what would we do," he said.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ceremony today honors local Civil War veterans

A dedication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. today in downtown Dawsonville to commemorate Georgians in the Union Army.

In partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the event is part of the Georgia Historical Society's statewide commemoration of the Civil War's 150th anniversary.

September 28, 2011 | editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Gas line ruptured near Ingles

A work crew attempting to fix a water leak in the Ingles shopping center ruptured a gas main Monday afternoon, leading to the evacuation of nearby stores.

According to Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield, the stores will remain evacuated for the near future.

September 26, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Tourney benefits local boy

There is still time to register to participate in Team Soldier Boy's third annual one pitch softball tournament.

Proceeds from the event benefit 10-year-old Kenneth "Kenny" Stewart III of Dawsonville, who was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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New church looks to find permanent pastor, location

A new church founded last year in Dawson County, is looking to hire a permanent pastor in the coming months.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Illinois company purchases Dawsonville label maker SleeveCo

A leading supplier of high-impact decorative labels announced last week the acquisition of Dawsonville-based SleeveCo.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Riding to remember and forget

It may have been a misnomer.

June 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Rangers conduct annual water training jump

"Splash!"called out three-year-old Caleb Brown each time a member of the Ranger Brigade parachuted into the water of Lake Lanier earlier last month.

June 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Portions of Ga. 400 widening project should open in September

SOUTH FORSYTH -- Though it may have been predicted - and then proven - that traffic on Ga. 400 would get worse before it gets better, a construction ...

June 07, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Water wars trial between Georgia, Florida being considered for fall

A trial over Florida allegations that Georgia is drinking up too much of shared water is being eyed for October or November.

June 07, 2016 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Coalition forms locally to combat Zika

A local doctor is encouraging the community to take precautions against the Zika virus.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Upgrades planned for Dawson Forest Road

Commissioners are considering a plan to rehabilitate Dawson Forest Road.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Summer shines: Hot holiday weekend kicks off season

In a high-pitched squeak, 4-year-old Patience Finnegan ran toward her grandma.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


11-year-old in dirt bike crash dies

A charity page to assist with final expenses has been set up in memory of a Dawson County boy involved in a dirt bike wreck ...

May 26, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Child in critical condition following dirt bike wreck

An 11-year-old child was listed in critical condition following a dirt bike wreck in western Dawson County Monday afternoon.

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Long Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer of fun

The sun is out and it's been nice for several weeks now, but it's the long Memorial Day weekend that many consider the ...

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Independent zombie flick films at historic jail

Dawson County's Historic Jail will serve as the backdrop for an independent movie being filmed in mid-June.

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pup recovering after dog pack attack

Bowser, the 9-year-old miniature Schnauzer attacked last month by a pack of dogs in downtown Dawsonville, is recovering well, according to his owner.

May 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


'Suspicious' package deemed safe

The Biscayne neighborhood is back to normal following the report of a suspicious package found at a home on Sandcastle Court.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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