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5 hurt in head-on collision

A head-on collision on Dawsonville Hwy. near the Dawson-Forsyth County line last week injured five, including three children.

"One of the children was in critical condition," said Billy Thurmond, Dawson County Emergency Services director.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local theater group nominated for awards

In its inaugural venture into adult musical theater, the Dawson County Arts Council's recent summer hit "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" received four nominations in the 2012 Broadway World Atlanta awards for non-professional musicals.

The nominations include: Russ Ivey, best actor; Heatherly Wanamaker Nelson, best actress; Jamie Fambrough, best director; and best musical.

November 14, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Honoring service

Servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military shared the spotlight Saturday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

In its eighth year, the ceremonies began with a formal tribute to veterans at Dawson County Middle School, followed by a parade through downtown Dawsonville. Vietnam veterans served as the grand-marshals.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual ride collects toys for Christmas

Santa and a couple hundred of his elves are expected in Dawsonville Sunday for the 21st annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run.

The event, organized by Bikers Dream of Atlanta, collects toys at stops from Cumming to Dahlonega to help organizations provide Christmas presents for children in need.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Church celebrates second anniversary

Grace Presbyterian Church in downtown Dawsonville will celebrate its second anniversary on Sunday with a special Kirking of the Tartans service during morning worship at 11 a.m.

The first Presbyterian church in Dawson County, Grace was constituted as an official congregation on Nov. 21, 2010, with founding pastor the late Mark Weaver.

November 14, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Community invited to free Thanksgiving dinner

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

The feast of turkey and all the trimmings, including a variety of desserts, will be served by volunteers from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the center, at 2057 Dawson Forest Road.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Veterans Day ceremony Saturday

Capt. Benny Thomas Stowers had been overseas less than six months when the plane he was piloting crashed in May 1966.

"They notified us about the very next day, but it took a week or so before we got his body, because they couldn't find him," said his wife, Hazel Stowers.

November 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual ceremony pays tribute to veterans

Veterans of all ages and each military branch will be honored Nov. 10 during Dawsonville's eighth annual Veterans Day celebration.

Formal ceremonies will be held at 1:45 p.m. in the gym at the Dawson County Middle School, followed by a parade through downtown Dawsonville that begins at 3 p.m.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ghosts and goblins on the prowl tonight

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is urging drivers to watch out for ghosts, goblins and princesses on the prowl for tricks and treats this evening.

While Dawson County doesn't designate when trick-or-treaters can go door to door, kids are expected to hit the streets as early as 4 to 4:30 p.m. for the annual Halloween ritual.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Best festival we’ve ever had’

An estimated 100,000 visitors roared into town over the weekend to celebrate Dawsonville's high octane heritage of moonshine and fast cars.

Organizers are calling the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival "the best festival we've ever had."

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


1 killed in motorcycle wreck

Authorities are citing speed as a factor in the fatal motorcycle wreck that killed a South Carolina man Saturday on Cothran Road.

Mark Harmon, 50, of Aiken, S.C. died at the scene after losing control of his 2006 Victory motorcycle in a curve, authorities said.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hall of fame induction ceremony is Friday

Volunteers are counting on a packed house for Friday night's Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

Announced earlier this year, the 2012 class of inductees are Pete Hamilton, Bill Ingram, Warren Johnson, Doug Kenimer and Herman Wise. The men were nominated for their contributions to Georgia's motorsport's heritage.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Expect traffic delays during the weekend

With thousands of visitors descending on Dawsonville this weekend for the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, local authorities are encouraging motorists to plan their routes and avoid the downtown area if not attending the festival.

"We've made several changes in road closures for this year's festival," said Greg Rowan, with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Home destroyed by fire

Firefighters from Dawson and Forsyth counties battled a house fire south of Dawsonville that displaced a family Monday morning.

There was no one in the home when the fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. on Gomez Lane, a private, gravel drive off Jenkins Road and Hwy. 9 South.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Weekend festival full of fun

Dawsonville's unique history comes alive this weekend with the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

The festivities begin Friday morning with the annual "Moonshine Run" that begins at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Dawsonville man killed in Monday crash remembered for passion

For the family of Michael Bruce, the death of the 29-year-old is like a spoke missing from its wheel.

December 15, 2016 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Local Church distributes Thanksgiving meals

Many members of the Dawson County community stepped up during the week of Thanksgiving to bring food and holiday cheer to those in need. Last ...

December 14, 2016 | | LOCAL


Local teen collects donations for animals

Fifteen-year-old Shannon Porter has spent the last four holiday seasons making sure that all of the furry friends in Dawson County have a good Christmas.

December 14, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Bethel live nativity shows true meaning of Christmas

Bethel Baptist Church's live nativity was presented this past weekend, and the elaborate 10-scene outdoor play moved many spectators to tears.

December 14, 2016 | | LOCAL


Light show, music draws visitors to home on Ga. 400

A residential light show to rival all others has been erected this holiday season in a subdivision off Ga. 400.

December 14, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Learning to talk about suicide

Suicide is a word barely uttered above a whisper.

December 14, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


County committee seeks first staff attorney

A committee established by commissioners last week is looking to hire the county's first internal legal counsel, and the first new county attorney since ...

December 14, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local teen collects donations for animals

Fifteen-year-old Shannon Porter has spent the last four holiday seasons making sure that all of the furry friends in Dawson County have a good Christmas.

December 07, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Seniors mimic masters with holiday art show

"I had never painted a day in my life before I joined this class," said Marilou Perry as she stood in front of her three ...

December 07, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Don't rain on our parade

Young and old alike came out in full force to celebrate the beginning of the holidays at events in Dawsonville this weekend. Despite the rain ...

December 07, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


City seeks to save longtime school teacher’s home from demo

The City of Dawsonville is currently working to save the former home of a prominent local educator from demolition as planned by the Dawson County ...

December 07, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Church to present live Christmas nativity

Bethel Baptist Church in Dawsonville will be performing its annual live Christmas nativity this weekend.

December 07, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Suicide prevention program next week

The Dawson County School System will host a workshop next week on suicide prevention and awareness that is open to parents, as well as the ...

December 06, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Dawsonville man killed in single vehicle wreck

A single vehicle wreck in Lumpkin County claimed the life of a longtime Dawson County man early Sunday morning.

December 06, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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