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Local site in running for America’s Favorite Park

The honor of America's Favorite Park is up for grabs and a park in Dawsonville is in the running.

Amicalola Falls State Park, home of the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, is trailing in fifth place for a chance to win a $100,000 recreation grant from Coca-Cola. The second place park will receive a $50,000 grant and third place will receive $25,000.

July 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott patriarch to join Hall

George Elliott, late resident of Dawson County and father of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, headlines the 2011 class of inductees to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

Mike Head, Harold Kite, Swayne Pritchett and Ken Ragan will join Elliott as the newest members of the hall.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Rex White will serve as Grand Marshal of festival

Rex White, former NASCAR champion and member of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, will serve as grand marshal for the 44th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival this October.

White won the 1960 Winston Cup, and is NASCAR's oldest living champion.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Travel Channel films episode in Dawson

A film crew from the Travel Channel was in Dawsonville last week, filming for an episode of America's Wildest Roads to air in November.

The crew, assisted by several community members, filmed a staged car chase between one of the first Georgia State Patrol Cars, a 1937 Ford, and two former 'shine hauling cars, a 1939 Ford and a 1948 Ford.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville man dies in single-vehicle collision

July 26, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Fathers, sons display art

The Dawson County Arts Council held an opening reception July 9 at the Bowen Center for the Arts for its current Father's & Son's exhibit.

The exhibit, which will run through the end of the month, features artwork created by the father-and-son teams of James Daniel Sr. and Jr. and Doug and Tyler King.

July 20, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Canoe race to benefit center elevator fund

Proceeds from a canoe and kayak race on the Etowah River Aug. 6 will help fund an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.

"We're so grateful to have this. The seniors really need an elevator," said Margie Weaver, center director. "We're so close and this will be a really big help to us."

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Changes coming to Kilough Church Rd.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the Kilough Church Road-Ga. 400 crossing next week while the intersection is rerouted.

State Department of Transportation crews will be installing concrete medians and signs similar to those found at Beartooth Parkway and Ga. 400.

July 20, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Safety first when dipping in Lanier

The southern half of Lake Lanier appears laden with the most fatalities over the past six years, including five the past couple of weeks.

But then, so are most of the parks - some nearly side by side - that are run by area governments and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

July 20, 2011 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Workers honored for cardiac care

More than a dozen emergency workers were recognized last week for making a difference in the lives of Dawson County residents in life threatening medical distress.

Each of the individuals honored at last week's county commission meeting "contributed to save a cardiac patient," said Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville recognized again as regional site

For the fifth consecutive year, Dawsonville has been recognized by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs as a 2011 Veterans Day Regional Site.

"It's not an easy task," said Pam Hamalainen, president of the Veterans Affairs Committee of Dawson County. "We're proud to have been chosen as one of two sites in Georgia. It shows that we're right up there with the big dogs."

July 13, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Service to seniors

Margie Weaver was sewing Boy Scout uniforms at a local manufacturing plant when first approached about heading up the Dawson County Senior Center.

Nearly three decades later, Weaver can't imagine doing anything else.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Boy who died after wreck in lake ID’d

Authorities continue to investigate the death of a 10-year-old northern Virginia boy, who was killed last week when he was struck by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier.

Conor Tierney died July 3 from head and body injuries suffered in the collision, according to Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Boy killed in personal watercraft collision ID'd

The 10-year-old boy who died Wednesday evening after being hit by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier has been identified as Conor Tierney of McLean, Va.

The Department of Natural Resources Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident that happened about 2:45 p.m. on the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier in Dawson County, DNR spokesman Rick Lavender said Thursday afternoon.

July 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man paddles 106 miles on Oconee

When Alan Kendall moved to Dawsonville nearly five years ago, his draw was Lake Lanier.

Then he discovered the mountains and rivers in North Georgia and now says he couldn't have picked a better place to retire.

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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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


Commission chair receives Joe Lane Cox EMS award

Dawson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Billy Thurmond was recognized last week for his previous work as Emergency Medical Services Director and presented with the ...

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


Downtown Gainesville to get $53M makeover

Allen Buck is optimistic about the future.

May 04, 2017 | By Carlos Galarza DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Governor signs bill to aid failing schools

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill last Thursday that is intended to help turnaround failing schools in Georgia.

May 03, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Good Shepherd Clinic moves to expand services

The Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County announced last week that it will be moving its location in July to the medical building behind Burger ...

May 03, 2017 | | LOCAL


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