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United Way sets fundraising goal

The United Way for Dawson County announced its 2012 fundraising goal Friday during a luncheon that followed the annual Day of Caring.

Holding large, red balloons, United Way board members said they hope to raise $105,000 within the next few months to support local partner agencies such as Boy and Girl Scouts, Rape Response, WEE Books and Challenged Child and Friends, among others.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


POWs, MIAs remembered

A somber service was held Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Park to honor the nation's prisoners of war and those missing in action.

"We're here today to remember two sacred promises that should never be taken for granted or broken," said organizer and Vietnam veteran Dave Hildebrand. "To pledge our lives to support and defend this country is the first promise."

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Missing camper found safe near Amicalola Falls park

A Florida woman was found safe Wednesday after she was reported missing Monday near Amicalola Falls State Park in northwestern Dawson County.

"She was simply lost," said Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office. "She missed the trail where she was camping and had been lost since."

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


A vow to remember

Remembrance was the theme Friday at Dawson County Emergency Services headquarters.

A crowd of more than a hundred people attended a moving ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. All those involved stressed the importance of never forgetting the heroism and horror of that day.

September 14, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dozens expected to help at Day of Caring

United Way for Dawson County will kick off its 2011 fundraising campaign Friday with a Day of Caring.

Dozens of volunteers from area businesses will meet for breakfast before heading out to local organizations, like the Dawson County Senior Center, NOA and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ) to assist with needed projects.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Corps changes Lanier management schedule

Lake Lanier's level dropped below 1,064 over the weekend, setting into motion a new management schedule by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

As a result, lake dwellers can expect the level of Lanier to continue to drop for a least another month as the corps releases the reservoir's stored water to maintain mandated flows downstream in the Chattahoochee and the Apalachicola Rivers.

September 14, 2011 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | LOCAL


In their own words

After a few years in college at the University of Virginia, Dawson County native Adam Kimbrell joined the Army. Within a few months, he found himself living in an abandoned hut in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

"We went to an area where the surge had been pushed to - a place where the Taliban had controlled for the last four years," the 25-year-old Army Infantryman said. "Our job was to go back in and take it all back over and separate the insurgents from the people, which we did. We did a real good job in doing that."

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Service honors missing soldiers

A remembrance service will pay respect to soldiers who remain missing or were once prisoners of war.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 970 and the Dawson County High School JROTC invite the community to gather at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officials searching for woman

Authorities are searching for a 54-year-old woman reported missing late Monday night in the area of Amicalola Falls State Park.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten, Lynn Bresee was reported missing about 11 p.m. Monday by a man with whom she had been camping.

September 13, 2011 | Stephanie Woody | LOCAL


Service focuses on 9/11

More than 800 miles separate Dawsonville and Manhattan, but that distance wasn't enough to stop the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks from reaching the local community.

Several area residents were directly affected by the events of that tragic day nearly 10 years ago.

September 07, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


In their own words

Terry Ergle was working at a post office in Atlanta when he was drafted to the Army in 1967.

A few months later, he was on an airplane to Vietnam, a place that still haunts him today.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Crash under investigation

It could be weeks before the results of an investigation into Saturday's deadly boat crash on Lake Lanier are available.

Melissa Cummings, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said a team began reconstructing the collision Sunday.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


A new beginning

A former professional quarterback is forging a new path for himself in Dawson County.

Quincy Carter, who starred at the University of Georgia before playing for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets, is the offensive coordinator for Dawson Christian Academy's middle school football team.

August 31, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘News’ accepting military nominations

Nominations are currently being accepted for upcoming segments in the Dawson Community News that will profile local men and women serving in our nation's military.

Told "In Their Own Words," the series will feature stories brought to life by active military personnel from Dawson County serving around the world.

August 31, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Buford teen's body found in Lake Lanier

A body of a Buford teen who authorities feared drowned following a boating accident Saturday night near the Dawson-Hall County line has been recovered.

August 28, 2011 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


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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


‘Suspicious package’ reported at Dawson County home

Dawson County deputies are investigating a suspicious package found at a home on Sandcastle Court in the Biscayne subdivision, near Ga. 400.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


New traffic signals planned in Ga. 400 corridor

Dawson County motorists can expect to see new traffic signals along the Ga. 400 corridor within the next few months in response to the increased ...

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Cancer fundraiser relays past $50,000 goal

Some ran, others walked and many held hands with loved ones as they relayed around the makeshift track in front of the Dawsonville Municipal Complex ...

May 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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