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Longtime chamber president, local leader dies

The Dawson County community is mourning the death of a local civic volunteer and retired business leader this week.

Linda Williams, longtime president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, died Wednesday after a period of declining health. She was 64.

August 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

‘It is a heart thing’

After 29 hours aboard airplanes and packed vans, several Dawson County residents arrived in eastern Uganda to "spread the love of Christ."

The locals teamed up with Helping Hands Foreign Missions, a Gainesville-based Christian ministry, to visit Ugandan schools, churches and bush villages for two weeks last month.

August 08, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

Local deli owner dies

A downtown business owner and member of the Dawsonville Planning Commission was found dead Tuesday morning in her restaurant on the square.

According to employees at Julia's Neighborhood Deli, 44-year-old Julia Cody was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived to open the eatery for the lunch shift about 10 a.m.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Memorial ride set for Saturday

Area sheriff's deputies are showing their support for the family of two brothers killed on Lake Lanier earlier this summer with a benefit memorial ride and car show Saturday.

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Hall, Lumpkin and Forsyth County sheriff's offices, invites the community to participate in the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Ride and Classic Car Cruise-In.

August 08, 2012 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Dawsonville named regional site

Editor's note: The Dawson Community News is accepting "Welcome Home" letters to be published as part of a series leading up to the Veterans Day celebration in November. The paper will also publish submitted photos and stories from the era. Letters and photos can be mailed to P.O. Box 1600 Dawsonville, GA 30534, dropped off at the office at 76 Howard Ave. E. Suite 140, Dawsonville or e-mailed to

For the sixth consecutive year, Dawsonville is one of only two regional Veterans Day sites in the state for 2012.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Campmeeting filled with reunions, guest speakers

Campmeeting concluded its annual weeklong festivities at Lumpkin Campground on Sunday evening.

Filled with church services, singing and fellowship, the event gathered dozens of local families and friends together for seven days in the rustic, wooded setting.

August 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

DOT to start work on bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to rebuild the Ga. 53/Jasper Highway bridge over the Amicalola Creek west of Tinsley Chapel Road in Dawson County.

The work will mean reducing traffic over the bridge to one lane from July 30 to Aug. 13.

July 25, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL

Sock hop event takes seniors back in time

Elvis Presley's classic "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog," blared through the speakers during last week's sock hop at the Dawson County Senior Center.

In true style, ladies wore poodle skirts, classic pop hits were played and the dance floor was lively.

July 25, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff writer | LOCAL

‘Holy place’

The rusty chains of the porch swing gently squeaked as Carolyn Dooley relaxed outside her family's Lumpkin Campground tent.

"Campmeeting is something I would never miss," said Dooley, 54. "And in my life I have never missed one."

July 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

Lifelong educator, former college dean dies

A renowned Dawson County educator and former dean at Gainesville State College died Thursday morning following a period of declining health.

Herbert W. Robinson, 95, had been sick for several months, according to family and close friends.

July 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Farmers offer fresh fare

Dawsonville resident Grace Collett has been selling her homegrown vegetables during the Dawson County Farmer's Market for nearly 10 years.

Tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers and eggplant were among the produce offered at her table July 11.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

Arts council presents first adult musical

Opening this Friday, the Dawson County Arts Council is presenting its first adult musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

Based on the popular 1988 film, the musical is a comedy revolving around playful banter, mischievous scams and sudden twists.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

New women’s republican group forms

A new group has formed with a mission to get more women involved in the political process.

Based in Dawson County but pulling from all counties in the new 9th congressional district, the Foothills Republican Women is a grassroots organization that promotes an informed public through political education and activity by increasing the effectiveness of women in government.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Early voting under way

Advance voting for the July 31 general primary is currently under way and continues through July 27.

According to Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson, a total of 639 early votes were cast in a span of five days last week.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

Campmeeting is set for next week

Lumpkin Campground will hold its annual summer revival next week.

Known as campmeeting, the week-long event traditionally features two services each day that include prayer, singing, music, Bible readings, preaching, personal testimonies and altar calls.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL

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Panera Bread to open next month

Dawson County's new Panera Bread Bakery-Café is expected to open next month.

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

LED lights to brighten Rock Creek soccer fields

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners recently voted to approve the installation of new LED light fixtures at the soccer fields in Rock Creek Park ...

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Job hunters attend North Georgia Career Expo

The North Georgia Career Expo was held last week with employers and job seekers hoping to make successful connections to benefit the workforce of Dawson ...

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Racing Hall of Fame hosts sock hop

Go back in time this weekend with local greats from another era when the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame hosts a genuine sock hop.

September 21, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL

Beauty Beyond Be-Leaf: “Leaf Peepers” converge on North Georgia Mountains

This fall, thousands will descend upon North Georgia, loading their trailers and cars with camping gear and traveling up the winding roads towards a higher ...

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

End date released for Ga. 400 and Hwy 53 intersection construction

Construction and development crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation have been occupying the Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 intersection for nearly 20 months, working ...

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Chili’s to open doors Monday

The grand opening of the Chili's Grill & Bar at Dawson Crossroads on Georgia 400 is set for Monday.

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Service and Sacrifice: Community remembers 9/11 at Patriot Day memorial service

Two days before the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, community members gathered at Fire Station ...

September 14, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Search and Rescue Dog remembered

Cody was part of the family.

September 14, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

North Georgia zoo officials create makeshift incubator to save baby kangaroo

Lillypad the kangaroo has had a rough life so far.

September 07, 2016 | By Hailey Van Parys DCN regional staff | LOCAL

Headley sole finalist for manager position

A year ago, the Dawson County manager thought so little of the work being done by Public Works Director David Headley that he was forced ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Jobs for Georgia Graduates program helping students succeed

Dawson County High School students and members of Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG), Alondra Zavala and Ava Walker visited Johnson High School last week to ...

September 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL

Shopping centers on Ga. 400 open as search for Kroger tenant continues

A year after construction workers first broke ground, the new shopping centers on both sides of Ga. 400 south of the Dawson Forest Road intersection ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Superintendent named to state advisory council

Dawson County Superintendent of Schools Damon Gibbs was chosen to participate in a special advisory council by State Superintendent Richard Woods for the upcoming year.

September 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL

Citizens can now sign up to speak day of commission meetings

During last week's board of commissioners voting session, board members decided to alter the policy regarding the time frame for signing up to speak ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

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