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Moonshine Festival this weekend

Lee Elrod was at an estate sale three years ago when he stumbled across an early 1940s photo taken atop Amicalola Falls.

An antique collector of sorts, Elrod was intrigued by the image of a man warming his hands over the open flame of a copper liquor still.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary team is ‘Smarter than a 10 year-old’

It's not technically a trick question, but tricky all the same to nearly everyone gathered Oct. 11 at Dawson County Middle School.

"Name all of the states that border the Great Lakes," said emcee Gary Pichon during the Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Homans installed as Kiwanis president

Local attorney Joey Homans was installed last week as president of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club by the group's 2011 President Lisa Thurmond.

"There's a lot of opportunities to be involved in community activities in Dawson County. Kiwanis is the way I've been able to tap into the community," Homans said. "I hope to just continue along the path that Lisa Thurmond set and continue to be positive to grow and strengthen our club."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

If the U.S. Air Force called tomorrow and asked Laura Bishop to re-enlist, she wouldn't hesitate to board the next plane.

"I loved it. I really loved it," said the mother of two grown daughters.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival traffic advisory

Thousands of visitors will be in Dawsonville this weekend for one of the most popular festivals in north Georgia.

The Mountain Moonshine Festival attracts thousands of people a day and parking all of the cars is quite a task. This year's festival will be Friday through Sunday.

October 19, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Popular keyboardist dies in wreck

October 13, 2011 | By Alyssa LaRenzie DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Funding will help improve young lives

A local partnership recently learned it will receive more than $121,000 to help fund its efforts to improve the lives of young people.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Office of Prevention Services has awarded Dawson County Family Connection a grant to focus on underage alcohol prevention.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Cable barrier project scheduled for Ga. 400

A cable barrier similar to one installed on Interstate 985 in Hall County several years ago will be placed in the median on Ga. 400 in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

The Georgia Depart-ment of Transportation announced Oct. 3 that it approved the 5.1-mile project as part of $97 million in 10 new transportation infra-structure improvement and maintenance projects across the state.

October 12, 2011 | editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Essig to speak to democrats

Alan Essig, director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute will be the guest speaker at the Dawson County Democratic Party's October meeting.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Dawson County Library. The public is invited.

October 12, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Miss KARE for Kids crowned this weekend

The 2011 Miss KARE for Kids will be crowned Saturday at Riverview Middle School.

Now in its third year, the pageant is one of several fundraisers for KARE for Kids, a local non-profit organization that provides Christmas presents to Dawson County children in need.

October 12, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

Dawson County High School graduate Robert Dean knew he'd have a hard time making a living without a college degree.

"With the way the economy is, it's hard to make a living without a piece of paper from a university," he said. "I wanted to go to college, but I wasn't sure how it was going to get paid for."

October 11, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man charged with DUI after motorcycle wreck

A Dawson County man who is recovering after a motorcycle collision Friday has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Larry Mann, 39, of Montvale Road was flown to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries from the crash that occurred about noon Sept. 30.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Supporters raise nearly $18,000 for United Way

Two weeks ago United Way for Dawson County set its 2012 fundraising target at $105,000.

By Saturday evening, supporters had already collected nearly $18,000 toward the goal during a barbecue and hole-in-one challenge at the home of Jim and Barbara Watson just outside Dawsonville.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In their own words

Stationed in Kuwait in 2005 on the way to Iraq, two soldiers with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division met for the first time at an Internet café.

The next day Dee Rawlston called home and told her mother she had met the man she would marry.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Election registration deadline is Tuesday

Residents living in the city of Dawsonville have until Tuesday to register if they plan to vote in the Nov. 8 municipal election.

Registration is available at the Dawson County Elections and Voter Registration Office, located at the intersection of Academy Avenue and Maple Street in downtown Dawsonville.

October 05, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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Sound engineer: motorsports park following rules

A request by Atlanta Motorsports Park owner Jeremy Porter is nearing its sixth month in the hands of the Dawsonville city council as a final ...

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

Three state legislators representing districts including Dawson County spoke last week at a Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon and gave a wrapup of some ...

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


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


CFI to open Monday night: What you need to know

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 ...

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


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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