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Woman skis on Lanier at 85 years old

Every year around her birthday, 85-year-old Barbara Haig has a simple tradition.

She grabs her water skis, enlists a friend to drive her boat and does her best to ski around Lake Lanier.

September 21, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


United Way sets fundraising goal

The United Way for Dawson County announced its 2012 fundraising goal Friday during a luncheon that followed the annual Day of Caring.

Holding large, red balloons, United Way board members said they hope to raise $105,000 within the next few months to support local partner agencies such as Boy and Girl Scouts, Rape Response, WEE Books and Challenged Child and Friends, among others.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


POWs, MIAs remembered

A somber service was held Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Park to honor the nation's prisoners of war and those missing in action.

"We're here today to remember two sacred promises that should never be taken for granted or broken," said organizer and Vietnam veteran Dave Hildebrand. "To pledge our lives to support and defend this country is the first promise."

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Missing camper found safe near Amicalola Falls park

A Florida woman was found safe Wednesday after she was reported missing Monday near Amicalola Falls State Park in northwestern Dawson County.

"She was simply lost," said Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office. "She missed the trail where she was camping and had been lost since."

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


A vow to remember

Remembrance was the theme Friday at Dawson County Emergency Services headquarters.

A crowd of more than a hundred people attended a moving ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. All those involved stressed the importance of never forgetting the heroism and horror of that day.

September 14, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dozens expected to help at Day of Caring

United Way for Dawson County will kick off its 2011 fundraising campaign Friday with a Day of Caring.

Dozens of volunteers from area businesses will meet for breakfast before heading out to local organizations, like the Dawson County Senior Center, NOA and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ) to assist with needed projects.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Corps changes Lanier management schedule

Lake Lanier's level dropped below 1,064 over the weekend, setting into motion a new management schedule by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

As a result, lake dwellers can expect the level of Lanier to continue to drop for a least another month as the corps releases the reservoir's stored water to maintain mandated flows downstream in the Chattahoochee and the Apalachicola Rivers.

September 14, 2011 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | LOCAL


In their own words

After a few years in college at the University of Virginia, Dawson County native Adam Kimbrell joined the Army. Within a few months, he found himself living in an abandoned hut in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

"We went to an area where the surge had been pushed to - a place where the Taliban had controlled for the last four years," the 25-year-old Army Infantryman said. "Our job was to go back in and take it all back over and separate the insurgents from the people, which we did. We did a real good job in doing that."

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Service honors missing soldiers

A remembrance service will pay respect to soldiers who remain missing or were once prisoners of war.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 970 and the Dawson County High School JROTC invite the community to gather at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officials searching for woman

Authorities are searching for a 54-year-old woman reported missing late Monday night in the area of Amicalola Falls State Park.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten, Lynn Bresee was reported missing about 11 p.m. Monday by a man with whom she had been camping.

September 13, 2011 | Stephanie Woody | LOCAL


Service focuses on 9/11

More than 800 miles separate Dawsonville and Manhattan, but that distance wasn't enough to stop the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks from reaching the local community.

Several area residents were directly affected by the events of that tragic day nearly 10 years ago.

September 07, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


In their own words

Terry Ergle was working at a post office in Atlanta when he was drafted to the Army in 1967.

A few months later, he was on an airplane to Vietnam, a place that still haunts him today.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Crash under investigation

It could be weeks before the results of an investigation into Saturday's deadly boat crash on Lake Lanier are available.

Melissa Cummings, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said a team began reconstructing the collision Sunday.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


A new beginning

A former professional quarterback is forging a new path for himself in Dawson County.

Quincy Carter, who starred at the University of Georgia before playing for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets, is the offensive coordinator for Dawson Christian Academy's middle school football team.

August 31, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘News’ accepting military nominations

Nominations are currently being accepted for upcoming segments in the Dawson Community News that will profile local men and women serving in our nation's military.

Told "In Their Own Words," the series will feature stories brought to life by active military personnel from Dawson County serving around the world.

August 31, 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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