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Arriving by fire engine, Santa and Mrs. Claus rolled into Dawsonville on Friday night to help Mayor James Grogan light the city's Christmas tree.

"Ho, Ho, Ho," Santa said waving to the crowd of hundreds waiting for his arrival in the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame's Winner's Circle outside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Church presents live nativity

The congregation at Bethel Baptist Church will present its annual holiday production this weekend.

Now in its 25th year, the 13-scene live nativity will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visitors will board tractor-drawn wagons to embark on a trip to a time when shepherds watched over the flocks by night and angels spread the news of Christ's birth.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Churches serve up Thanksgiving feast

Dozens of volunteers from areas churches, civic groups and youth organizations served up several hundred meals Nov. 21 during the Alliance of Church's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lakeview Center.

"There are so many people in this day and age that need help, that need things, so we're here to help," said Rob Weischedel, bishop at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Road closed for work

A busy stretch of Thompson Road will close Thursday as crews rebuild its intersection with Hwy. 53.

The closure is scheduled to last two months if there are no weather setbacks, according to state Department of Transportation officials.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus is coming to town Friday night to help the city of Dawsonville light its grand Christmas tree.

Festivities, including carolers and dancers, are set for 5:30 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, followed later by the lighting of the 26-foot tree.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Boot drive raises funds for Christmas

Local firefighters, paramedics and EMTs plan to hit the streets this weekend for an annual boot drive to raise Christmas funds for local families.

Dawson County Emergency Services hopes to provide some Christmas cheer to several families in the area by collecting donations.

November 28, 2012 | Michael Beard | LOCAL


Groups collecting toys

Several local groups are collecting toys to give out this holiday season.

Georgia State Patrol has donation boxes set up that benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Falcons surprise young fan with room makeover

A Riverview Middle School student found the surprise of a lifetime when he arrived home from school Nov. 13: Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner.

Erikson Sieber, 11, was among a handful of young fans selected to receive a room makeover by Rooms to Go, which partners every year with the Falcons to award deserving student athletes who also excel academically.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Many are thankful this year

Kindergartners at Black Mill's Elementary began celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday with a holiday feast of plenty.

Rolling up their tiny sleeves and placing their napkins in their laps, the 5- and 6-year-olds took turns around the table saying what they were thankful for.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa arrives in style

Instead of traveling with elves by sleigh, Santa arrived in Dawsonville on Sunday with smiling men and women dressed in leather jackets and riding motorcycles.

The 21st annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run saw one of its largest turnouts this year. Dawsonville was waiting with open arms and trays of food for the hungry procession at the second of its three stops.

November 21, 2012 | By David Renner For the Dawson Community News | LOCAL


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


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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


County narrows attorney applicants to two

After an executive session last week, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with selecting an in-house attorney and chose two finalists ...

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


Vacant retail site on 400 to have new life

The Development Authority of Dawson County announced last week that the old Moss Retail site located on Hwy. 400 North is to be redeveloped into ...

January 24, 2017 | | LOCAL


Local murder investigation to be featured on Discovery

Dawsonville residents will be able to view a television episode Monday that details the investigation of two murders that occurred in the county in December ...

January 20, 2017 | | LOCAL


Dawson teen missing, last seen Jan. 13

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has issued a BOLO or "be on the lookout" for 15-year-old Mallory Roxanne Padgett, who was last seen at ...

January 20, 2017 | | LOCAL


Chamber speaker tells business owners: Give up what’s good in search of something better in 2017

"People are passionate about resolutions: either they love them or they hate them. They want to talk about how terrible they are, or say they ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office employee fired for lying about relationship with supervisor

A Dawson County Sheriff's Office employee was fired last week and another is on leave after an inquest revealed the two lied about being ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Raymond Parks to be inducted this weekend

This weekend Dawsonville native Raymond Parks will be officially etched into the granite of NASCAR history when he is inducted into the NASCAR Hall of ...

January 18, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Knife-wielding suspect dies after being shot by Forsyth County deputy at RV Park

A man who was shot by a Forsyth County deputy late Sunday night after reportedly confronting officers with a knife at Shady Grove RV Park ...

January 11, 2017 | By DCN Regional Staff editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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