When Russell Lowery enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard while still in high school, he was looking for adventure and a path that would give him self-worth and a purpose.
"I wanted to do something that was important, and I found that through the military," said Lowery, now 42.
Every year around her birthday, 85-year-old Barbara Haig has a simple tradition.
She grabs her water skis, enlists a friend to drive her boat and does her best to ski around Lake Lanier.
The United Way for Dawson County announced its 2012 fundraising goal Friday during a luncheon that followed the annual Day of Caring.
Holding large, red balloons, United Way board members said they hope to raise $105,000 within the next few months to support local partner agencies such as Boy and Girl Scouts, Rape Response, WEE Books and Challenged Child and Friends, among others.
A somber service was held Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Park to honor the nation's prisoners of war and those missing in action.
"We're here today to remember two sacred promises that should never be taken for granted or broken," said organizer and Vietnam veteran Dave Hildebrand. "To pledge our lives to support and defend this country is the first promise."
A Florida woman was found safe Wednesday after she was reported missing Monday near Amicalola Falls State Park in northwestern Dawson County.
"She was simply lost," said Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office. "She missed the trail where she was camping and had been lost since."
Remembrance was the theme Friday at Dawson County Emergency Services headquarters.
A crowd of more than a hundred people attended a moving ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. All those involved stressed the importance of never forgetting the heroism and horror of that day.
United Way for Dawson County will kick off its 2011 fundraising campaign Friday with a Day of Caring.
Dozens of volunteers from area businesses will meet for breakfast before heading out to local organizations, like the Dawson County Senior Center, NOA and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ) to assist with needed projects.
Lake Lanier's level dropped below 1,064 over the weekend, setting into motion a new management schedule by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
As a result, lake dwellers can expect the level of Lanier to continue to drop for a least another month as the corps releases the reservoir's stored water to maintain mandated flows downstream in the Chattahoochee and the Apalachicola Rivers.
After a few years in college at the University of Virginia, Dawson County native Adam Kimbrell joined the Army. Within a few months, he found himself living in an abandoned hut in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
"We went to an area where the surge had been pushed to - a place where the Taliban had controlled for the last four years," the 25-year-old Army Infantryman said. "Our job was to go back in and take it all back over and separate the insurgents from the people, which we did. We did a real good job in doing that."
A remembrance service will pay respect to soldiers who remain missing or were once prisoners of war.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 970 and the Dawson County High School JROTC invite the community to gather at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Authorities are searching for a 54-year-old woman reported missing late Monday night in the area of Amicalola Falls State Park.
According to Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten, Lynn Bresee was reported missing about 11 p.m. Monday by a man with whom she had been camping.
More than 800 miles separate Dawsonville and Manhattan, but that distance wasn't enough to stop the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks from reaching the local community.
Several area residents were directly affected by the events of that tragic day nearly 10 years ago.
Terry Ergle was working at a post office in Atlanta when he was drafted to the Army in 1967.
A few months later, he was on an airplane to Vietnam, a place that still haunts him today.
It could be weeks before the results of an investigation into Saturday's deadly boat crash on Lake Lanier are available.
Melissa Cummings, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said a team began reconstructing the collision Sunday.
A former professional quarterback is forging a new path for himself in Dawson County.
Quincy Carter, who starred at the University of Georgia before playing for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets, is the offensive coordinator for Dawson Christian Academy's middle school football team.
The threat of snow, sleet or freezing rain that is forecast to fall Wednesday in parts of North Georgia convinced school officials to call off ...
A benefit is planned for a local family that lost everything in a fire last month.
When Sherry Gailey bought two 50/50 raffle tickets from volunteers at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame during last year's annual Mountain Moonshine ...
Two Big Canoe residents hope to be crowned King and Queen of the mountains come February.
Ross Dress for Less and Marshalls are among the first stores announced to open in the new Kroger-anchored Dawson Marketplace.
All but three area parks have re-opened following heavy rainfall last week that caused historically high water levels on Lake Lanier.
Firefighters from two counties battled a residential blaze in freezing temperatures Tuesday morning.
The crossing of Hwy. 9 and Dawson Forest Road is currently shut down in all directions after a truck overturned and continues to leak oil ...
A flash flood warning is in effect for much of Northeast Georgia, including Dawson County, until 2:15 p.m. today.
No one should go hungry at Christmas and certainly, no one should be alone.
A local man is grateful that his home was spared in a fire that leveled his barn early Christmas Eve morning.
Crews have been on the scene of a new retail development on Ga. 400 and Dawson Forest Road where recent rain and flooding has caused ...
A single-vehicle collision in northwestern Dawson County claimed the life of a Dade County man two days before Christmas.
The Dawsonville Pool Room will once again open for lunch on New Year's Day and welcomes everyone to ring in 2016 with the southern ...
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond in their duties to their church, community, school or civic organization?