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Home destroyed

David Nalley stared in disbelief Tuesday afternoon as firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed his home on Goshen Church Road in northwestern Dawson County.

"I'm still in shock. I guess it really hasn't hit me yet," he said. "It's everything I have, everything I've worked for."

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Home, garden expo this weekend

Live demonstrations, do-it-yourself workshops and innovative products are just a sample of what will be showcased this weekend at the North Georgia Home and Garden Expo.

The expo will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lakeview Center, 2057 Dawson Forest Road.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Spaghetti dinner benefits Relay

Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


GOP to hold mass meetings

The Dawson County Republican Party will convene Precinct Mass Meetings to elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Dawson County Republican Party Convention Saturday morning.

Precinct meetings begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the county convention at 10 a.m. to elect delegates for the district and state convention.

March 07, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Expo highlights local nonprofits

Several nonprofit organizations showcased their group's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library.

The expo was held following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting and was free to the public.

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


5K supports fight against disease

Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community. The series will also include articles on prevention, early detection and treatment options.

Lace up your sneakers and stretch out your legs to show "Country Folks Can Survive" next weekend in Dawsonville.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Celebrating a first

Like any other 4-year-old, Easton Hall loves to pretend he is a superhero and play with toy trucks.

Yet unlike most kids, he has a rare birthday.

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Seniors stay active with virtual bowling

Rachel Padgett likes to win.

"I want to win every time," she said as she picked up the Wii controller and bowled the sixth strike of the game last Thursday afternoon.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Coroner confirms paw that of a bear

Authorities have determined that skeletal remains discovered Sunday afternoon in eastern Dawson County are those of a bear.

Dawson County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Hwy. 53 about 2 p.m. after reports that the family's dog had found what appeared to be a human hand.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County will raise elevator

After numerous fundraising efforts collected nearly $43,000, county commissioners voted last week to cover the remaining balance to install an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.

"The seniors are going to be so happy. I'm so happy for them," said Margie Weaver, center director.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rolling the dice against cancer

Each member on the Dawson County High School Relay for Life team has a personal reason for supporting the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising effort.

"We have so many staff members that have been affected by cancer either directly or indirectly that we all realize that we are in it for the same reason - so no one else has to experience what we have lived," said Beth Swafford, team leader.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arbor Day celebrates honorees

A new state champion tree, submitted by Mark Short, was recognized on Arbor Day by the Dawson County Tree Preservation committee.

The Chestnut Oak measured 164 inches in circumference and was 96 feet tall, according to Tony Page of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

February 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Event showcases local nonprofits

Local nonprofit groups are invited to showcase their organization's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library.

The community opportunity expo will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing hall of fame to show Daytona 500

For the price of museum admission, race fans can spend Sunday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and watch the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on the museum's big screen.

"We had a Daytona 500 party several years ago and it went off pretty good," said Gordon Pirkle, local racing historian and hall president.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


A leap for learning

The water in Lake Lanier was a brisk, or as some folks said "freezing," 49 degrees Saturday morning for the second annual WEE Books Leap for Literacy.

"No, no, I can't," said Pepper Pettit as he rolled up his pants legs and tiptoed into the lake at War Hill Park. "I can't believe I'm doing this ... is there a psychiatrist here?"

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Sound engineer: motorsports park following rules

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May 17, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Mayor to appeal removal

Ousted Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan has announced plans to appeal a Monday afternoon decision by city council to remove him from office.

May 17, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Legislators wrap up events of latest session

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Mayor removed from office

The Dawsonville city council voted Monday afternoon, 3-1 in favor of removing Mayor James Grogan from office.

May 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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Georgia's first continuous flow intersection at Hwy. 53 and Ga. 400 will be unveiled at 10 p.m. Monday as the signals will switch ...

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


Wee Books Barn Dance a swingin’ good time

A little rain couldn't dampen the spirits of those gathered at Kinsey Family Farm on Saturday for a boot stompin' hoedown benefiting Dawson County ...

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More extensive roadwork scheduled for county

Roadwork similar to what was done on Dawson Forest Road last fall is now planned for three additional roads, says Public Works Director David McKee.

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


Dawson Director of Victim Services receives state recognition

Katie Strayhorn, director of victim services for the Dawson County District Attorney's Office, was recognized last month as the District Attorney's Victim Advocate ...

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


County to spend last of SPLOST V proceeds

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to spend the remaining SPLOST V funds to repave Veterans Memorial Park and repair a failed ...

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


AMP to hold open house prior to hearing

The Atlanta Motorsports Park will be opening its gates to the public this Saturday for those wishing to come hear its infamous go-karts, cars and ...

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


Man arrested for child molestation

A Dawsonville man was arrested April 29 on a felony charge of child molestation and now faces three additional molestation charges.

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


City hires planning director

Last week the city of Dawsonville welcomed its newest employee, Planning and Zoning Director Casey Majewski.

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


Ethics complaint filed against DDA member

One Dawsonville Downtown Development Authority member is the subject of an ethics complaint that was delivered to the city manager at the end of April.

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


Man arrested for possessing methamphetamine

A Dawsonville man was arrested last week on a felony charge of tracking in methamphetamine or amphetamine.

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


State Rep. Kevin Tanner sponsors one of three opioid bills signed by Gov. Deal

A bill written by a Dawsonville and northwest Forsyth legislator can now help reduce over-prescription of opioid narcotics by cutting down on "doctor shopping" and ...

May 10, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


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