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Woman killed in wreck

A wreck on War Hill Park Road claimed the life of a Dawson County woman Saturday night.

Emergency officials said Edna Gazaway, 81, was traveling alone when her 2009 Chevrolet HHR left the road before clipping a mailbox, a stop sign and landing on its right side.

March 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Kroger awarded top contributor

Kroger employees believe in giving back.

For the last seven years, Dawsonville Kroger has led the way with United Way for Dawson County contributions, this year collecting nearly $20,000 for the local campaign.

March 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Department seeks volunteer firefighters

Dawson County Emergency Services, like many other departments across the nation, are reevaluating and refocusing its efforts to recruit new volunteer firefighters.

"Take a look across the board, nationwide, volunteerism in fire service is on the downslide," said Fire Chief Lanier Swafford. "Economics is tougher, more people are working extra jobs and you've got an enormous amount of competition for volunteerism."

March 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City declares Lady Tigers Day

In the final chapter of the varsity Lady Tigers varsity basketball team's story, the city of Dawsonville decided to set aside a day just for the players.

During a luncheon in honor of the 2012-13 team on Sunday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan proclaimed March 17, 2013, to be "Lady Tiger Day."

March 20, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Lasting legacy

Family members and countless friends are mourning the sudden death of a woman many called an "angel among us."

Margie Weaver, who served as director of the Dawson County Senior Center for nearly three decades, died Monday at age 74.

March 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson man killed in Forsyth County wreck

March 13, 2013 | By Alyssa LaRenzie DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Community mourning child, 12, who inspired

Dawson County's beloved "Soldier Boy" died Monday night after a more than five-year battle with cancer.

Funeral services for 12-year-old Kenneth "Kenny" Webster Stewart III are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Bearden Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Moss Memorial Gardens.

March 13, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Moonshiners’ stars chosen as grand marshals for festival

The lore of Dawsonville's unique moonshining history will have the community seeing stars come October when moonshiners from Discovery Channel's hit cable series of the same name will be in town to serve as grand marshals for the 46th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

"We're excited to be coming to Dawsonville for the Moonshine Festival," said Jeff Waldroup, who was in town Thursday with his sidekick Mark to make the official announcement and promote the festival that will be Oct. 26-27 in the streets of downtown Dawsonville.

March 13, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fire displaces family

A family was displaced Thursday after a fire destroyed a home on A.T. Moore Road in southern Dawson County.

While the cause of the blazed has not been determined, Dawson County Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield said it appears to be electrical.

March 12, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Wrecks include year’s first fatality

A Dahlonega man died Sunday after a wreck on Ga. 400 in northern Dawson County.

Clayton Patterson, 69, was flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta following a single-vehicle crash, which occurred about noon near the Dawson-Lumpkin County line.

March 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


GOP convention is set for Saturday

The Dawson County Republican Party convention Saturday is expected to usher in new leadership.

Clint Bearden, who was elected as the local party's chairman in 2011, has said he will not seek an additional term as the county's GOP leader.

March 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Plans for Carlisle Road outlined to residents

Plans to pave Carlisle Road were discussed during a meeting Saturday morning at Dawson County Emergency Services Station No. 2.

Several Carlisle Road residents attended the town hall style meeting held by Dawson County Public Works Director David Headley and county engineer Corey Gutherie, who outlined the project that includes paving, widening and restructuring the gravel road.

March 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Leap for Literacy

Dawson County residents didn't let 40-degree weather or stormy skies dampen their spirits for a good cause Saturday as WEE Books held its third annual Leap for Literacy.

According to organizers, the fundraiser at War Hill Park has grown more successful each year.

February 27, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Murder, moonshine on tap

During the March meeting of the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society, Ray Rensi will present a program called "Murder and Moonshine in the Mountains."

The meeting will be March 19 at the Dawson County Library on Allen Street.

February 27, 2013 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Doughnut sales to fight cancer

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's Ambassador's Relay for Life team is selling doughnuts in the hopes of raising funds for the fight against cancer.

The team, whose motto is "Wishing Upon a Cure" is currently selling preorders for Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

February 20, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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City acquires airport

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

February 06, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Missing Dawson teen located

A teenager who was reported missing on Jan. 13 was found sometime yesterday after walking into a police station.

February 02, 2017 | Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Students launch in the Teen STEAM program at library

Before marshmallows were handed out last week at the Dawson County library, local teens and pre-teens were given roughly 45 minutes to build from scratch ...

February 01, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Georgia Mountains’ unemployment rate rises to 4.5 percent in December

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced on Jan. 26 that the unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains region in December was 4.5 percent ...

February 01, 2017 | | LOCAL


Two graduate from Dawson County mental health court

The Dawson County H.E.L.P Court held a ceremony last week at the county courthouse for its two most recent graduates.

February 01, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Hwy 136 bridge to close Monday for 180 days

The bridge on Hwy. 136 over the Etowah River in Dawson County will be closed for 180 calendar days beginning on Monday.

February 01, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Gun raffle draws media scrutiny

When an Atlanta news station came to Dawsonville last week to find more information on a booster club raffle, parents, coaches and residents were surprised ...

February 01, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Property owner files lawsuit against county commission

Dawson County property owner Bill Evans, and his corporation Dawson Forest Holdings, filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the county, board of commissioners and ...

February 01, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Homecoming queen and king crowned

Seniors Emma French and Corey Hammond were crowned basketball homecoming queen and king last week.

February 01, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Annual fundraising pageant scheduled for March

Dawson County's Miss Relay for Life pageant has been scheduled for March and applications are now being accepted for the annual fundraising event.

January 25, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Local murder investigation featured on Discovery

Dawsonville residents were able to view a television episode on Monday that detailed the investigation of two murders that occurred in the county in December ...

January 25, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Man wanted in Dawson found dead in Gilmer County

A man who was wanted by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office on charges of assault and battery was found dead in Gilmer County on ...

January 25, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local families make trip to D.C. for inauguration

A tumultuous presidential election season came to an eventful end last Friday when Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the ...

January 25, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Nordson property gains new owners

As of Friday afternoon, an industrial building that sat vacant on the corner of Lumpkin Campground, Grizzle and Industrial Park roads for three years has ...

January 25, 2017 | | LOCAL


Man resigns after investigation at sheriff’s office

A Dawson County Sheriff's Office employee who reportedly lied about being involved in an inappropriate relationship with his subordinate resigned on Friday after a ...

January 25, 2017 | | LOCAL


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