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Locals take leap for literacy

Dawson County residents are being told to go "jump in a lake," but for a good cause.

The third annual Leap for Literacy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at War Hill Park.

February 20, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Preserve, protect

The only memory Peggy Hulsey has of the 68-foot Southern magnolia on her property is that her father didn't like it.

"Daddy hated the tree because they make such a mess, but [my mom] loved it," she said. "Nobody was going to cut down that tree as long as she was there, and it's still there."

February 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Postal employees honored

Postmaster Andrea Phillips awarded seven Dawson County post office employees last week.

"These awards are for years of service," said Phillips on Feb. 15. "These employees total over 200 years of service for the United States Postal Service."

February 20, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Etowah Lodge’s annual spaghetti dinner Saturday

A nearly 30 year tradition continues Saturday when the Etowah Lodge No. 222 Free and Accepted Masons open the lodge for an annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

"We've been doing this probably 28 years or so," said James Swafford, longtime lodge member.

February 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual meeting focuses on safety

The annual meeting of the Dawson County's Homeowners Association aimed to educate the community on safety during natural disasters and everyday life.

The meeting, held Saturday at the C&S Bank Community Building in downtown Dawsonville, featured guest speakers Billy Thurmond, director of Dawson County Emergency Services, and Sheriff Billy Carlisle.

February 20, 2013 | | LOCAL


Crossing topic of luncheon

Transportation is up for discussion Thursday during a Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Robert Murphy, senior project manager with the Georgia Department of Transportation, will outline plans for the Hwy. 53-Ga. 400 crossing, which include converting it to a two-legged continuous flow setup.

February 13, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arbor Day celebration is Friday

The community is invited to a celebration of trees Friday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Dawson County Tree Preservation Committee in conjunction with Keep Dawson County Beautiful will meet at 2 p.m. in honor of Arbor Day, held in Georgia on the third week of February each year.

February 13, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Preparing for emergencies topic of annual meeting

Emergency preparedness will be the topic of discussion Saturday at the Dawson County's Homeowners Civic Association annual membership meeting.

Guest speakers Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle and Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond are scheduled to outline the county's emergency management plans, as well as answer questions.

February 13, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Police academy seeks participants

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

Designed to give residents an inside look at how local law enforcement operates, the free, four-week course begins March 7 with an introduction by Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his administrative staff.

February 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Community mourns local teacher, coach

A local teacher and coach will be greatly missed, but his "legacy of kindness and service" will be kept alive, friends and former colleagues say.

Philip Branson III, 59, who passed away Feb. 2 after a lengthy illness, leaves behind a community of family, friends and children whose lives he touched daily.

February 06, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


No charges in shooting

Charges will not be filed in what authorities have ruled an accidental shooting last week at Dawsonville Gun and Pawn on Hwy. 53 near Ga. 400.

"It was an accident," said Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Ray Goodie.

January 30, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County Schools closed Friday

January 24, 2013 | | LOCAL


Woman shot at gun store

A 58-year-old employee was shot in the upper leg this morning when a firearm discharged at Dawsonville Gun and Pawn, near Ga. 400.

January 23, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ninth District keeps those in need warm

While the winter weather may not be shutting down roads and businesses in Dawson County, it is still a danger to those who are unable to keep necessary heating arrangements.

Ninth District Opportunity, a private, nonprofit organization, is there to help those in Dawson that need heat with its Low Income Heating Assistance Program.

January 23, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Super Bowl raffle tickets for sale

Even with the Falcons out of Super Bowl contention, fans still have the opportunity to cash in on football's biggest game of the year.

The Rotary Club of Dawson County's annual Super Bowl Squares contest gives players the chance to win between $500 and $2,000 in raffles that are held at the end of each quarter and then at the end of the game.

January 23, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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City planning, public works outline upcoming development

Casey Majewski, Dawsonville planning director, along with Public Works Operations Manager Trampas Hansard, presented at Monday's city council meeting an overview of development expected ...

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


Local church partners with gas station to service community

Earlier this month The Church at War Hill hosted a #ServeOurCity event as a way to give back to Dawson County.

July 19, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


City election qualifying begins next month

Two Dawsonville city council seats are up for grabs in the upcoming general election, with qualifying starting next month.

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


Historian to discuss Cherokee, Creek Indian heritage

Interested citizens are invited to attend next week's Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting at which Leslie Barker Thomas will discuss the history ...

July 19, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


NE Georgia Health System rolls out new technology, treatments to fight cancer

South Hall County resident Josephine "Jo" Lorigo's ordeal began earlier this year when a mammogram showed "some unusual changes."

July 19, 2017 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Friday evening wreck, hazardous spill closes Hwy. 53 for 4 hours

A wreck, that resulted in a hazardous spill on Hwy. 53 East, near the Etowah River, closed the road for four hours in both directions ...

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


Police ID man who shot deputy before taking own life in north Forsyth home

The man who shot a Forsyth County deputy Sunday afternoon and barricaded himself in a north Forsyth home has killed himself, authorities said.

July 17, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Hwy. 53 East now open after hazardous spill

A wreck and resulting hazardous spill on Hwy. 53 East near the Etowah River closed the road for several hours in both directions Friday evening ...

July 14, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Our sunshine, forever: Students hold memorial for Lambert girl killed in July 4 wreck

It could have been like any other day. Parents in the stands, watching. Students on the field, gathered, huddled. Coaches on the sidelines, supervising, making ...

July 14, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Rep. Tanner, Speaker Ralston to visit Dawsonville next week

Georgia House of Representatives Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, and Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, will visit Dawsonville Wednesday to discuss Dawson County priorities included in ...

July 14, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Citizens enjoy free fireworks show at Atlanta Motorsports Park

Turbulent weather meant that many 4th of July celebrations were hindered by intermittent showers, but the skies were all clear in time for the 4th ...

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


BOC initiates review of commissioner salaries

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to have County Manager David Headley, Human Resources Director and County Clerk Danielle Yarbrough and County ...

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


Forsyth student killed, Dawson students injured in July 4 wreck

A 15-year-old Forsyth high school student was killed and three Dawson County High School students were injured last week in a two-vehicle wreck at an ...

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


“I’m not ever going to give up”

During the first item of business on the Dawsonville City Council's agenda Monday night, council member Mike Sosebee asked his fellow members to consider ...

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


City to address Gold Creek islands

A February discussion that led the Dawsonville City Council down the road of not just creating new policy, but attempting to oust Mayor James Grogan ...

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


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