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Wreck kills 1, injures 3

A Dawsonville man was among the 19 people killed in wrecks statewide over the July Fourth holiday weekend.

Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden said Michael Martinez Moreno, 27, was pronounced dead Saturday night at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Thousands celebrate

Dressed in red, white and blue, Sam Bailey and two friends squealed Saturday night as they ran through a field at Rock Creek Park.

"It's her birthday," said 5-year-old Samantha Cohen of her friend. "And it's America's birthday."

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Residents raise fuss over utility tower

Residents of a gated subdivision in southeastern Dawson County are angry about a utility tower recently erected without warning near their homes.

"Would you like to have that tower next your home? I want you to be honest with me. Would you want that in your backyard?" Ivan Ruiz asked representatives of Etowah Water and Sewer Authority last week.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Daylilies inspire local woman

A local woman's passion for botany has bloomed into an obsession with one of nature's most diverse flowering plants.

In short, Dawsonville's Suzanne Franklin says daylilies "fascinate" her.

June 29, 2011 | By Frank Reddy | LOCAL


Memorial fund established for youth

A memorial fund has been set up for a 16-year-old who died June 6 after he was struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 53 near Dawsonville, while riding his skateboard.

Contributions may be made to the Tyler Seay Memorial Fund at any United Community Bank.

June 29, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Veteran markers will be put out Wednesday

Members of Etowah Masonic Lodge No. 222, Free & Accepted Masons, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 970, Dawsonville Lions Club and Dawson County Jaycees will be placing Veterans memorial markers today for this year's Independence Day in the City of Dawsonville.

The markers are to honor deceased men and women who have served honorably in one of the branches of military service.

June 29, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local group aims to help veterans

The Vietnam Veterans of America's local chapter is offering a few new programs for families of veterans in case of emergencies.

The chapter is providing a planning guide to help with the planning and decision making of the funeral and burial services. The guide includes simple steps to prepare for the end of life event, a list of important documents needed when arranging the funeral and information on burial benefits.

June 29, 2011 | By Morgan Bennett For the Dawson Community News | LOCAL


Officials urge residents to practice water safety

As temperatures climb, many Dawson County residents will be headed to the water in an effort to escape the heat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, swimming is one of the most popular sports in the country. Though swimming does offer an easy way to stay cool and keep active during the summer months, it may also lead to dangers such as injury or drowning.

June 29, 2011 | For the Dawson Community News editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘Keep kids safe’

A new state law that takes effect Friday will keep children in car safety seats until their eighth birthday.

Signed into law in May, the requirement is designed to reduce the risk of child injuries and fatalities on state roads.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City mourns loss of icon

A man who spent nearly four decades serving the city of Dawsonville died Monday at age 92 following a period of declining health.

Born about 10 miles outside of town, G. L. "Pete" Gilleland and his family moved to Dawsonville when he was 7.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Area man Vietnam vet of the year

If David Hildebrand knew the truth behind his invitation to the Georgia State Council of Vietnam Veterans' meeting earlier this month, he said he would have stayed home.

It was there in Macon on June 18 that the Dahlonega man was named Georgia's Vietnam Veteran of the Year.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Firework extravaganza offers fun for family

Red, white and blue sparks will soar over Rock Creek Park on Saturday night when Dawson County kicks off the Independence Day weekend with a fireworks extravaganza.

Presented by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and Dawson Community News, Dawson Day Sparks in the Park begins at 5 p.m. with activities for the entire family.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Celebrities’ connect

Nearly a dozen local "celebrities" have new respect for the food-service industry after they donned aprons Friday for an annual fundraiser

"This was my second year doing this," said Dawsonville Councilman Calvin Byrd. "I should have been way better this year. That's some hard work."

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fire displaces 4 families

Fire officials continue to investigate an apartment blaze early Saturday that displaced four families and forced several people to escape by jumping from a second floor window.

"This was such a huge loss ... there's still a lot to look into," said Lanier Swafford, chief of Dawson County Emergency Services.

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson native to speak at historical society meeting

Local author Larry Pirkle will be speaking Tuesday at a Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting.

Pirkle recently published the book "Of the Seeds They've Sown," comprised of stories, anecdotes and commentary gathered during his life in Dawson County.

June 22, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | 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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