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DOT to start work on bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to rebuild the Ga. 53/Jasper Highway bridge over the Amicalola Creek west of Tinsley Chapel Road in Dawson County.

The work will mean reducing traffic over the bridge to one lane from July 30 to Aug. 13.

July 25, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Sock hop event takes seniors back in time

Elvis Presley's classic "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog," blared through the speakers during last week's sock hop at the Dawson County Senior Center.

In true style, ladies wore poodle skirts, classic pop hits were played and the dance floor was lively.

July 25, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff writer | LOCAL


‘Holy place’

The rusty chains of the porch swing gently squeaked as Carolyn Dooley relaxed outside her family's Lumpkin Campground tent.

"Campmeeting is something I would never miss," said Dooley, 54. "And in my life I have never missed one."

July 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Lifelong educator, former college dean dies

A renowned Dawson County educator and former dean at Gainesville State College died Thursday morning following a period of declining health.

Herbert W. Robinson, 95, had been sick for several months, according to family and close friends.

July 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Farmers offer fresh fare

Dawsonville resident Grace Collett has been selling her homegrown vegetables during the Dawson County Farmer's Market for nearly 10 years.

Tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers and eggplant were among the produce offered at her table July 11.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Arts council presents first adult musical

Opening this Friday, the Dawson County Arts Council is presenting its first adult musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

Based on the popular 1988 film, the musical is a comedy revolving around playful banter, mischievous scams and sudden twists.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


New women’s republican group forms

A new group has formed with a mission to get more women involved in the political process.

Based in Dawson County but pulling from all counties in the new 9th congressional district, the Foothills Republican Women is a grassroots organization that promotes an informed public through political education and activity by increasing the effectiveness of women in government.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting under way

Advance voting for the July 31 general primary is currently under way and continues through July 27.

According to Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson, a total of 639 early votes were cast in a span of five days last week.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Campmeeting is set for next week

Lumpkin Campground will hold its annual summer revival next week.

Known as campmeeting, the week-long event traditionally features two services each day that include prayer, singing, music, Bible readings, preaching, personal testimonies and altar calls.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Application proposal concerns residents

Nearly two dozen Dawson County residents were at a public meeting Monday to find out how a developer's wastewater proposal could affect their homes and families.

Waterscape Services is considering spreading stabilized sewage sludge from the Hampton Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Forsyth County onto property owned by Rotag Partners LLC at the northwest corner of Harry Sosebee and Lumpkin Campground roads in southern Dawson County.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pool Room benefit Sunday

There's still time to get tickets to Sunday's benefit jam aimed at saving Dawsonville's historic Pool Room.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the gate the day of the show. The price includes an afternoon of live music by a variety of local acts and free access to the kids' zone for children 12 and younger.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Storm snuffs show

The community will have a second chance to celebrate with fireworks this summer after torrential downpours washed out the Dawson Day Sparks in the Park festivities.

Plans are in the works for an event to make up for the canceled Independence Day fireworks extravaganza July 3.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Meeting planned over sewage from Forsyth

A public meeting next week in neighboring Forsyth County could draw some interest from those living near 65 acres in southeastern Dawson County where a developer wants to deposit sludge from a wastewater treatment plant.

Waterscape Utility LLC filed notice last month to hold the meeting at 10 a.m. July 16 in the Hampton Village Golf clubhouse, 6310 Hampton Golf Club Drive.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Time for honey

With bees swarming around her head in the hot morning air, Jean Schilling prods and picks at the growing hive.

Unfazed and unafraid, the local beekeeper is dressed from head to toe as she swings the smoking canister to calm the bees. It's all part of the routine to check her five hives.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Community mourns death of local historian

The Dawsonville community is mourning the death of a local historian, retired school teacher and beloved family man this week.

Lifelong resident Charles Finley passed away July 4 due to complications from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle wreck June 15. He was 64.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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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


Almost $5 million raised in Ga. governor’s race so far

Georgia's governor candidates already have raised almost $5 million as Republican heavy hitters Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp and Democrat leader Stacey Abrams announced ...

July 12, 2017 | By Nick Bowman DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Development Authority reports record breaking retail revenue in Dawson

The Development Authority of Dawson County last week released numbers on tax revenue for the county for the month of May, and stated that May ...

July 12, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Former Ryan’s restaurant up for auction

The former Ryan's restaurant located on Ga. 400 will face the auction block in August, according to a press release last week from the ...

July 12, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Man found dead near Amicalola Falls identified

Authorities have identified a man found dead on the Appalachian Trail in the area of Amicalola Falls State Park Tuesday morning.

July 11, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Community Connections Workshop this Thursday

Citizens of Dawson County are invited to attend a joint community connections workshop Thursday.

July 11, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Driver in fatal wreck arrested for DUI following incident

A man who reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Lumpkin Campground Rd. and Grizzle/Industrial Park roads in Dawsonville ...

July 10, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


DNR: No boating injuries on Lanier, BUIs match last year

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources made the same number of boating under the influence arrests this holiday period as it did last year, but ...

July 07, 2017 | DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


Road work scheduled from Hwy. 53 East to Lumpkin Campground

The Georgia Department of Transportation will begin road work on Hwy. 53 East from downtown Dawsonville to Lumpkin Campground Road this weekend, according to the ...

July 06, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Forsyth high school student killed in July 4th wreck

A 15-year-old Forsyth high school student was killed and three Dawson County High School students were injured in a two-vehicle wreck on July 4 near ...

July 06, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


“The best tasting water in north Georgia”

The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority recently walked away with several awards during the spring conference of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, or GAWP ...

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


Mayor files petition in appeal case

A petition filed by attorneys for Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan earlier this month is the second step in what promises to be a lengthy legal ...

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


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