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Nearly a dozen local "celebrities" have new respect for the food-service industry after they donned aprons Friday for an annual fundraiser

"This was my second year doing this," said Dawsonville Councilman Calvin Byrd. "I should have been way better this year. That's some hard work."

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fire displaces 4 families

Fire officials continue to investigate an apartment blaze early Saturday that displaced four families and forced several people to escape by jumping from a second floor window.

"This was such a huge loss ... there's still a lot to look into," said Lanier Swafford, chief of Dawson County Emergency Services.

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson native to speak at historical society meeting

Local author Larry Pirkle will be speaking Tuesday at a Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting.

Pirkle recently published the book "Of the Seeds They've Sown," comprised of stories, anecdotes and commentary gathered during his life in Dawson County.

June 22, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Produce markets open

Locals looking for fresh seasonal produce need look no further than markets in Dawson County.

The Dawson County Extension Service's ninth annual market begins next week, running from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 298 Academy Ave.

June 22, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LOCAL


Fire displaces four families

An early morning fire at an apartment complex in Dawson County displaced four families and forced several people to jump from a second floor window to escape the blaze early Saturday.

Dkota Donaldson, 13, was at a friend's sleepover, having a late night snack, when the group of teens heard what they thought was someone on the roof.

June 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Celebrity Waiter event Friday

When's the last time a county commissioner asked to take your order?

The annual Dawson County Family Connection Celebrity Waiter Breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. June 17 and raises money for the nonprofit organization.

June 15, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LOCAL


Emergency workers urge fire safety this summer

A significant increase in fires over the last few weeks has prompted emergency personnel to encourage the community to be fire smart this summer.

According to Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield, fires kill more people in the United States every year than all natural disasters combined.

June 15, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Democratic Party chair to speak to Dawson group

Mike Berlon, the new chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Dawson County Democrats at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Dawson County Public Library.

Mike Berlon has been involved in Democratic politics for more than three decades. During his 30 years of political engagement, he has been a candidate for office, recruited and worked with candidates in both local and statewide campaigns, sponsored many fundraisers and promoted Democratic ideals.

June 08, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Grace Café serves dinner

Beginning next week, Grace Café at Grace Presbyterian Church will be serving free meals from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The program will continue throughout the summer.

The church has stopped its twice-weekly luncheon service.

June 08, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Teen struck, killed on skateboard

A 16-year-old skateboarder died Monday night after he was struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 53 near Dawsonville.

Dawson County Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond said Tyler Seay died at Atlanta Medical Center, where he was flown after suffering critical injuries in the collision.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Heat wave lingering

Dawson County residents flocked to the shade and took to the pool or lake last week as temperatures approached an unseasonal 100 degrees in northeast Georgia.

Erin Dreger and her cousins, Hannah and Trey Reser, decided to fill up the "kiddie pool" on Friday for a dip.

June 08, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LOCAL


Group finishes first phase of tree rescue

A non-profit organization that advocates for the protection of mountain trails and streams has just completed the first phase of a project aimed at saving 425 acres of hemlock trees in Dawson Forest.

June 01, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LOCAL


Fundraiser set for Monday

An event at the Bowen Center for the Arts on Monday will raise funds for several projects supported by the Dawson County Woman's Club.

June 01, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Grad wins scholarship

A Dawsonville resident who works at Chick-fil-A was recently selected as one of 25 restaurant team members nationwide honored with the 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award.

June 01, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Dawson smoke detectors not part of fire department recall

Recent reports were released that indicated one Georgia fire department was recalling approximately 18,000 alleged counterfeit smoke detectors.

June 01, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL


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Fees to be raised at Dawson transfer station

The fee per ton for weighed trash at the Dawson County transfer station could increase by $9 and new limits could be placed elsewhere due ...

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


Qualifying dates set for city election

City council members on Monday voted to set the qualifying dates for the upcoming general election.

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


Dawsonville Walmart reopens after evacuation

The Dawsonville Walmart on Ga. 400 was reopened at approximately 9:30 p.m. after deputies and explosive-detecting police dogs cleared the building following a ...

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


Convenience store opens on Hwy. 9

The Gold Creek Market convenience store and Exxon gas station celebrated its first two months of business with a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting on ...

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Musicale group to perform at Bowen

The Bowen Center for the Arts will welcome the Georgia Musicale Group in their concert "Piano and Opera Arias" next week.

February 08, 2017 | | LOCAL


Development authority can’t self-fund past end of 2017

When the board of commissioners approved the triennial budget for 2017 in November, they made a decision to defund the only solely development-focused entity the ...

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Leap for Literacy canceled

The would-be seventh annual Leap for Literacy event has been canceled due to low water levels in Lake Lanier.

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Morris Multimedia purchases daily paper in Wisconsin

Morris Multimedia, Inc., parent company of Dawson County News, has purchased a daily newspaper in Wisconsin through a subsidiary, Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin.

February 08, 2017 | | LOCAL


Week-long river adventure to travel the Etowah

Paddle Georgia, the country's largest week-long canoe and kayak camping adventure, will cover 125 miles of the Etowah River over seven days from the ...

February 08, 2017 | | LOCAL


Ukulele fans unite

A veterinarian, a chiropractor, a judge and salesman all came together for breakfast in Indiana.

February 08, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


EMS searches for solution to $1.1 million in uncollected ambulance bills

Commissioners approved three new actions last week to deal with $1.1 million in uncollected ambulance bills that the county has accrued over the past ...

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County’s first on-staff attorney hired

Following a 3-1 vote by commissioners last week, Monroe Lynn Frey III was appointed the county's new in-house legal representation in a move that ...

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


City acquires airport

The city council on Monday voted to acquire an airport owned and operated by the Elliotts, a prominent local family that includes NASCAR drivers Bill ...

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


City park plans move forward

The city council voted on Monday to move forward with the engineering phase of the park planned behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex and the Food ...

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Woody named publisher

Longtime editor and general manager Stephanie Woody has been named publisher of the Dawson County News.

February 07, 2017 | Staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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