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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the price of museum admission, race fans can spend Sunday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and watch the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on the museum's big screen.
"We had a Daytona 500 party several years ago and it went off pretty good," said Gordon Pirkle, local racing historian and hall president.
The water in Lake Lanier was a brisk, or as some folks said "freezing," 49 degrees Saturday morning for the second annual WEE Books Leap for Literacy.
"No, no, I can't," said Pepper Pettit as he rolled up his pants legs and tiptoed into the lake at War Hill Park. "I can't believe I'm doing this ... is there a psychiatrist here?"
A bill that would allow tastings at Georgia distilleries cleared committee last week and is one step closer to a vote by the state House of Representatives.
House Bill 514 would be advantageous to Cheryl Wood, owner of the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, which is expected to open in the next few months.
Local sculptor and outdoorsman Allen Ferg and fellow hiker Bob Miller are preparing to begin an enormous undertaking of 2,184 miles.
The duos estimated six-month journey from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail is set to benefit the Dawson County Arts Council, Bowen Center for the Arts and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ.)
Aromas of fresh baked cakes, cookies and pastries filled the lobby of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office on Friday as visitors placed bids on dozens of wanted desserts.
An American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser, the silent auction netted more than $530 with several cakes fetching as much as $50 and $100 each.
The man credited with founding what has become Dawsonville's Mountain Moonshine Festival died Sunday at age 75.
Born in Dawson County in 1936, friends called Fred Goswick a man of vision who recognized that tales of Dawsonville's pioneer heritage and sordid moonshine history had the potential to be something big.
Fellow volunteers are quick to praise Penny Putnam's contributions to the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County.
"Although Penny came into our service with no background in the medical field she has learned everything and is doing a superb job," said Doug Powell, treasurer of the nonprofit center that provides free non-emergency health services to uninsured residents.
Last week, one of the largest Kroger supermarkets in the state of Georgia opened its doors to the citizens of Dawsonville.
This year marks the 10th anniversary for Dawson County Treatment Court and the 15th anniversary for Hall County Drug Court, and treatment services for the ...
Friday marked Dawsonville's 12th annual Veteran's Day celebration.
A Dawsonville woman was found dead in her home Monday following a house fire.
Dawson County Rotarians are hosting a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner next week.
The smell of smoke and hazy conditions persisted into Friday as forest fires in north Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina continue to burn.
A morning full of shopping, eating, sipping sparkling cider and listening to Christmas music delighted all attendees at the Bowen Center for the Arts' 'Christmas ...
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 ...
A week from today, one of the largest Kroger supermarkets in the state of Georgia will open its doors to patrons in Dawsonville.
Nearly two years ago, a fire broke out at Gospel Way Baptist Church on Harmony Church Road in Dawsonville.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...