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Folk art flourishes

Known for offering an array of folk art and crafts, the seventh annual Folk Art Family Reunion will be held this weekend at Around Back at Rocky's Place.

More than 20 artists from around the Southeast sell drawings, pottery and other creations during the festival. Co-owner Robin Blan said the festival is an outpouring of artistic creativity.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Senior Center water aerobics underway

Stepping into the pool at Veterans Memorial Park, seniors gathered last week to begin a water-logged aerobics class hosted by the Dawson County Senior Center.

In only its second year, the SilverSneakers "Silver Splash" aerobics class has had an outpouring of community citizens attend.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Art transforms building

A reception earlier this month paid tribute to local artists whose works are on display at the Dawson County Government Center.

County native Amber Gilleland said she was honored to have her paintings hanging on the fourth floor of the new center.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park looks for votes

Veterans Memorial Park is competing for a $100,000 grant and to be voted as "America's Favorite Park" in a nationwide competition sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company and FourSquare.

The park that tallies the most votes receives the title and the grant, which can be used for park needs.

June 20, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff Writer | LOCAL


Wreck injures three

A local historian and his wife suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon near the Dawson-Forsyth county line.

Charles and Kathy Finley of Dawsonville were flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition following a two-vehicle wreck about 4:15 p.m. on Hwy. 53, just east of War Hill Park Road.

June 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


'Celebrities' raise money at breakfast

A few glasses were dropped and a plate or two landed in the trash, but overall the "celebrity" waiters at LongHorn Steakhouse got the job done Friday morning.

June 13, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


State certification for sheriff's office

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has joined an elite group of law enforcement professionals by receiving its state certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

June 13, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Four face assault, robbery charges

Four people face assault and robbery charges after what authorities described as a botched drug deal June 5 that injured a teenager in northern Dawson County.

June 13, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Summit covers Ga. 400 issues

June 13, 2012 | | LOCAL


Authority pushes for proposed reservoir

The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority continues to make plans for a reservoir along Shoal Creek, although the property owner hasn't agreed to join in the project.

June 13, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Authorities: Man sent explicit texts to teen

A Canton man faces sex charges after authorities say he sent explicit text message photos of himself to a Dawson County teenager.

June 13, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Celebrity waiter breakfast Friday

Tickets are going fast for the third annual Family Connection Celebrity Breakfast on Friday at Longhorn in Dawsonville.

"This is always the best breakfast in town," said Family Connection Director Nancy Stites.

June 06, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City dedicates room to late mayor Cox

The community room at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex was designated as the "Joe Lane Cox Community Room" on Thursday in memory of the late mayor.

Cox, who was 72, was three months into his third term as mayor when he died on March 9.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Soldier’s death brings sadness to Dawsonville

DAWSONVILLE - A staff sergeant from Dawsonville who was killed in Afghanistan last week is being remembered as a loving family man and dedicated soldier.

Alexander G. Povilaitis, 47, died when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Defense.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Hamalainen receives award

Pam Hamalainen, president of Veterans Affairs of Dawson County, was surprised last month when she received a certificate from Gov. Nathan Deal appointing her "Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp Governor's Staff formed for the defense of the State."

"It was very unexpected. I was humbled, I didn't feel I had done that much," she said.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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School board passes 2018 budget

The Dawson County Board of Education voted unanimously to pass the fiscal year 2018 general fund budget, along with additional budgets, on Monday night following ...

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Breakfast benefits Family Connection

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was ready and waiting with a pot of freshly brewed coffee on Friday morning-he was just having trouble finding someone to ...

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


High-end cars bring hope for childhood cancer patients

Austin Mabry had completed two of his three in-car driving sessions needed to get his driver's license when the process was abruptly set aside.

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Junior Fire Academy completes another successful week

Dawson County Emergency Services hosted its seventh annual Junior Fire Academy last week at Dawson County Middle School.

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


City of Dawsonville plans sidewalk expansion, improvements

The City of Dawsonville has plans for more sidewalks, some of which will be paid out of the proceeds of SPLOST V and SPLOST VI ...

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


Tanner appointed chair of transit commission

Though not faced with the same grid-lock as Atlanta and other metropolitan cities in Georgia, Dawson County has its fair share of transit issues that ...

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


Woman arrested for falsely reporting rape on Dahlonega trail

A woman who reported she was raped while running on the reservoir trail surrounding Lake Zwerner in Dahlonega late last month has been arrested after ...

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


Burberry burglary update

A Tennessee woman was arrested last week in connection with the April 23 burglary of the Burberry outlet store in Dawsonville. Three suspects broke into ...

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Expect eggs, bacon and spilled coffee

This year's Family Connection Celebrity Waiter Breakfast will see local celebrities out in force to serve the community a delicious meal to raise funds ...

June 07, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


BOC gives go ahead on impact fee study

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week voted to begin a study with the goal of updating the county's impact fee ordinance and ...

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Adam S. Smith named senior vice president & SBA/commercial lender of Foothills Community Bank

John L. Lewis, president and CEO of First Citizens Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Foothills Community Bank, recently announced that Adam Smith has been named ...

June 07, 2017 | | LOCAL


Library to host Women’s Health Day

The Dawson County Library will be hosting a Women's Health Day event Saturday to educate women on health issues that specifically affect them.

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Schools serving up free summer lunches

Dawson County Schools will be serving up everything from hamburgers and pizza to barbeque and breadsticks through its summer feeding program that began this week ...

June 07, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Local farmer’s market hits stride for summer

As the hot sun beamed down Friday afternoon, vendor Paula Alicea stood under a tent in the parking lot of the Dawsonville Tractor Supply with ...

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Pigeon Creek well to reopen

A well that has been at the center of discord between one neighborhood and the City of Dawsonville is expected to reopen in the near ...

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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