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Santa has breakfast with kids

Santa Claus was making his list and checking it twice as he stopped for breakfast Saturday morning in Dawsonville.

"Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas," Claus chuckled.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Breakfast with Santa is Saturday

Santa Claus is making an early stop in Dawsonville on Saturday morning to add a few more names to his nice list this Christmas.

The Jolly Old Elf plans to arrive at Rock Creek Park by 8 a.m. for his annual holiday breakfast.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Firefighters’ boot drive hits the streets for families

Dawson County firefighters will be hitting the streets this week with a boot drive to raise money for local families.

Partnering with KARE for Kids, Dawson County Emergency Services hopes to provide some Christmas cheer to several families in the area.

November 30, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Masons to lay cornerstone at new government center

The public is invited to attend a centuries-old tradition Sunday when members of the Free and Accepted Masons lay a cornerstone at the new Dawson County Government Center.

"It's a tradition of the Masons over the years, when requested, to lay cornerstones at public and charitable institutions, monuments and seats of learning," said County Commissioner James Swafford, who is also a member of Etowah Lodge F&AM No. 222.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City kicks off Christmas Dec. 9 with tree lighting

Santa Claus is expected to make an early stop in Dawsonville for the city's annual Christmas tree lighting Dec. 9.

Festivities including carolers and dancers beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, followed by the lighting of the 26-foot tree at dark.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Corps working to meet a court order on manual

The water control manual for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin has bobbed like a yo-yo in recent years.

And though one deadline looms for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the document's long-awaited completion isn't near.

November 23, 2011 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Fundraiser benefits boy recovering from surgery

A barbeque fundraiser Dec. 3 benefits a local 4-year-old boy who is recovering from heart surgery.

Proceeds will go toward medical and travel expenses Nathan Tolbert's family has incurred during the ordeal.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Trashed ticket transforms into lottery prize for man

A local restaurant worker recently turned his trash into treasure.

According to the Georgia Lottery, Andrew Hunter won $250,000 after playing the Mega Millions with winnings from a tossed ticket.

November 23, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Tickets available for pheasant shoot

Make plans now to attend the third annual Dawson County European Pheasant Shoot.

The event will be held Dec. 10 at the Whitmire property at Goldmine and Nugget Ridge roads.

November 23, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Churches serve holiday meal

The local Alliance of Churches is expecting several hundred guests today for the annual community Thanksgiving feast at the Lakeview Center.

"We just know that in this economy that there's a lot of people that are struggling and trying to manage very tight budgets, who may not have the means to provide a nice Thanksgiving banquet type meal for their families because of money concerns," said Doug Powell, an alliance volunteer.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Toy run rumbles through town

Santa and nearly 450 of his elves roared into Dawsonville on Sunday during the annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run.

Jones, a former Cumming police chief who also worked for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, started the toy drive after seeing a lack of charities helping families with presents at Christmas.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Florida woman is county’s fifth traffic death in 2011

A 72-year-old Naples, Fla., woman was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle wreck at Hwy. 53 and Elliott Family Parkway.

According to authorities, June Schuh died at the scene of the collision, which occurred about 11 a.m. Nov. 19.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pheasant Shoot to raise funds for center elevator

Make plans now to attend the third annual Dawson County European Pheasant Shoot.

The event will be held on Dec. 3, at the Whitmire property at Goldmine and Nugget Ridge roads. Cost of participation is $275 and includes breakfast and Varsity catered lunch.

November 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


War Hill boat ramp one of only two open

While lake levels are down, boating and fishing out of War Hill Park continue to thrive.

The launch ramp extension, completed in 2009 by Dawson County Public Works and Facilities, is one of only two ramps open on the north end of the lake.

November 16, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Ladies of Gold Creek, RIC Rack win best tables

RIC Rack volunteers and a group of women from the Gold Creek community shared the spotlight earlier this month as winners of the Bowen Center for the Arts' annual Lunch at an Artful Table event.

Now in its fifth year, the Nov. 5 luncheon featured creatively decorated tables and a full course meal.

November 16, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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City holds first hearing for new annexation fee

An amendment to the City of Dawsonville annexation ordinance that will allow the city to charge an additional fee for each property annexing into the ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Long range planning committee schedules first meeting

A committee recently reinstated and appointed by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners to provide public input on the future of the county will have ...

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville reverend receives posthumous award

Dawsonville-native James Styles was recently awarded the 2017 Spirit of Young Harris award.

June 21, 2017 | | LOCAL


County to hold open budget hearings

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will be holding a series of open hearings over the next two weeks to discuss the 2017-2018 budget.

June 21, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Paddle Georgia to pass through Dawson this weekend

Paddle Georgia, the country's largest week-long canoe and kayak camping adventure, will launch at Dawson County's River Park on the Etowah River this ...

June 14, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Two join board of Good Shepherd Clinic

Jo Brewer and Dr. Brian Burke O.D. have joined the board of the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County, according to a press release ...

June 14, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Chamber lunch covers property tax questions

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly business luncheon last week so that members and community members could hear directly from Kurt Tangel ...

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Local motorcycle ride raises money for child cancer

Thunderstorms were not enough to stop the almost 200 motorcyclists who, two weekends ago, joined to give rides to 28 'stars' and their families at ...

June 14, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


School board passes 2018 budget

The Dawson County Board of Education voted unanimously to pass the fiscal year 2018 general fund budget, along with additional budgets, on Monday night following ...

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Breakfast benefits Family Connection

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was ready and waiting with a pot of freshly brewed coffee on Friday morning-he was just having trouble finding someone to ...

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


High-end cars bring hope for childhood cancer patients

Austin Mabry had completed two of his three in-car driving sessions needed to get his driver's license when the process was abruptly set aside.

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Junior Fire Academy completes another successful week

Dawson County Emergency Services hosted its seventh annual Junior Fire Academy last week at Dawson County Middle School.

June 14, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


City of Dawsonville plans sidewalk expansion, improvements

The City of Dawsonville has plans for more sidewalks, some of which will be paid out of the proceeds of SPLOST V and SPLOST VI ...

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


Tanner appointed chair of transit commission

Though not faced with the same grid-lock as Atlanta and other metropolitan cities in Georgia, Dawson County has its fair share of transit issues that ...

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


Woman arrested for falsely reporting rape on Dahlonega trail

A woman who reported she was raped while running on the reservoir trail surrounding Lake Zwerner in Dahlonega late last month has been arrested after ...

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


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