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Citizens police academy seeking 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, five-week course begins Feb. 9 with an introduction by Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his administrative staff.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary event aids charities

The Dawson County Rotary Club is hosting its inaugural Super Bowl Squares Charity Fundraiser in hopes of using local resident's passion for football to help raise money for nonprofits.

The charities that will benefit from the fundraiser include the Dawson County Rotary Scholarship, the senior center, the arts council and WEE Books.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Photography conjuring up the Wild West

The Bowen Center for the Arts is featuring a new exhibit by celebrated scenic photographer Wayne Robinson titled "True Americana- Bodie Series." The exhibit focuses on Bodie, a Californian ghost town located near the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

"Acclaimed as America's best-preserved ghost town, it exists in a state of 'arrested decay' as a California State Historical Monument high above the tree line," Robinson wrote on his Web site.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


DNR charging fee in Dawson Forest

The lower 10,000 acres of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in Dawson County are not affected by a recent recreational use fee imposed by the state Department of Natural Resources.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Volunteer opportunities abound

Many people start a new year off with resolutions. For 2012, many local nonprofits hope volunteerism is among their goals.

No matter a person's age, gender, interests or skills, nonprofits throughout the area need volunteers to donate their time, services and abilities.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Racing car finds home

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has recently acquired a famed racecar that was thought to be lost until a few years ago.

Known as the Dixie Twister, the Huston Platt-owned car had disappeared after a deadly accident on March 2, 1969, that killed 12 and injured more than 40 at the Yellow River Drag Strip in Covington.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Home heating help is back

In an announcement likely to warm hearts and homes, the Ninth District Opportunity Inc. signaled it will resume its heating assistance program for low-income residents later this month.

The nonprofit, which has offered a one-time payment of heating costs for decades, had to postpone its Dec. 1, 2011, launch date due to what appeared to be lack of funds from the federal government.

January 18, 2012 | By Aaron Hale DCN regional staff | LOCAL


2011 Year in Review

Despite the sluggish economy, 2011 was a year marked by progress and change across Dawson County.

A number of businesses, including Krystal and Varsity Jr., opened along the Ga. 400 corridor.

January 11, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Three hurt in wrong-way wreck

January 04, 2012 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | LOCAL


New Year’s brings old traditions

Call it superstition, folklore or good ol' Southern heritage, but collard greens, black-eyed peas and hog jowls are a staple of New Year's Day meals in Dawson County and across the South.

David and Regina Disharoon were among hundreds of friends and neighbors who enjoyed their lunch Sunday at the Dawsonville Pool Room.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


DCSO spreads joy at the jail

Visiting a jail isn't typically a happy occasion.

But last week, the smiles were contagious as Sheriff Billy Carlisle passed out bags of Christmas presents to children coming to see family members at the detention center.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Explosive found in car at Dawsonville gas station

Several blocks in downtown Dawsonville were shut down Wednesday night while authorities investigated an explosive device found in a car parked at a gas station on Ga. 9 North.

December 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County offers tree recycling

For those wondering what to do with their Christmas tree after the holidays, Keep Dawson County Beautiful suggests going green this season.

Bring One for the Chipper, the annual recycling program, has collected and recycled more than 5 million Christmas trees statewide since 1991.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Volunteers: Donate locally

Volunteers at a local charity thrift store are concerned with the number of clothing donation bins popping up across the community.

"I counted at least 30 and they're all over the county," said Warren King, a volunteer at RIC Rack Thrift Store and Food Pantry.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Troopers collecting Toys for Tots

Georgia State Patrol Post 37-Cumming is accepting gifts for the Marines' annual Toys for Tots drive.

Troopers will be at the Dawsonville Walmart from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 collecting donations and offering free car safety seat checks. The child does not have to be present, but it would be helpful to insure proper fitting.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Body found in boat collision on Lake Lanier

Law enforcement officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources located and retrieved the body of 34-year-old Yakov Shteyman near north Forsyth's Six Mile ...

April 11, 2017 | By Isabel Hughes DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Bill requiring boat titles likely pushed off to 2018 legislative session

A Georgia bill requiring boat titles is likely dead for this year's General Assembly session, which ended last week, but it could return next ...

April 05, 2017 | By Jeff Gill DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


4-H summer camp is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

With one of the largest and most respected 4-H camping programs in the country, Georgia 4-H camps provide positive experiences that can impact a student ...

April 05, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


"Oh the thinks you can think"

The Tiger Den Players got their "Seuss" on during the weekend of March 24 when the group presented the musical "Seussical" at the Performing Arts ...

April 05, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Climbing tower to open at Sawnee Mountain Preserve

Starting this month, visitors will have a new way to climb Sawnee Mountain.

April 05, 2017 | By Kelly Whitmire DCN regional staff | LOCAL


City votes to stall AMP public hearing

Citizens will have one last chance to voice their concerns about the requests Atlanta Motorsports owner Jeremy Porter has made that include longer hours for ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Pinwheels spin off Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and local organizations are rising to the occasion to spread the word about child abuse awareness and prevention within ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Amended bill for failing schools passes Senate, House

Last Thursday marked the 40th and final day of the 2017 Georgia General Assembly, during which a flurry of bills headed to Gov. Nathan Deal ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Exceptional students shine during spring games

When the official yelled 'go,' Ariel Quinto-Chavez grinned ear to ear and promptly began skipping and dancing her way down the track at Dawson County ...

April 05, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Authority still accepting applications for grant

The Dawsonville Downtown Development Authority is still accepting applications to award grants to businesses within Dawsonville that promote trade, commerce, industry and employment opportunities.

April 05, 2017 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville sells for $6.8 million in auction

Lakeshore Mall sold for $6.8 million in a digital auction that ended last week, said a source familiar with the process.

April 05, 2017 | By Jeff Gill DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


Car chase ends with no arrest

A car chase last week in Dawson County led to no arrest for the deputy who attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the parking ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville man charged with rape, incest

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office arrested Mitchell Lee Ingebrigtsen, 23, on four felony charges including rape, incest, child molestation and first degree cruelty to ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson County can now better service people experiencing mental illness, developmental disabilities

Formerly Georgia Mountains Community Services, Avita is a public agency that was created by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Avita opened ...

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Suspect leads deputies on hours-long foot chase Gainesville wanted man still not located

What started with a medical visit ended with an hours-long foot chase and no arrest in Dawson County on March 17 when one man presented ...

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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