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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


Drive-in movie set for Saturday night

The city of Dawsonville's Downtown Development Authority and Dawson County Parks and Recreation invites the community and all the visitors in town this weekend to a free drive-in movie Saturday in the lower parking lot of the Dawson County Government Center.

"We'll be showing Ice Age 4 and we'd love for everyone to come out, bring their chairs and blankets or enjoy this family friendly movie from their cars," said City Councilman Chris Gaines.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Church offers unique experience

For the past several weeks, the congregation at Lighthouse Baptist Church has tried to scare the audiences out of hell in an alternative to the haunted houses held around this time each fall.

Featuring multimedia special effects and pyrotechnic explosions, Hell's Gates is an outdoor reality drama that challenges participants to consider the results of making life-changing decisions.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park and rec invites kids to trunk-or-treat

Ghost, goblins, fairies and princesses of all ages are invited to fill their Halloween bags with sweets Oct. 31 at Rock Creek Park's inaugural Trunk or Treat.

Scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., the event is free to the public and offers a well-lit, secure environment for trick-or-treaters.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Property manager thwarts massive ‘rave’

The property manager of a rental home in northern Dawson County put a stop to a massive Halloween party planned overnight Oct. 30 at the resort.

October 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Saturday night concert added to Moonshine Festival activities

New this year to the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival is a free concert featuring Feedback and Across the Wide on Saturday night in the Winner's Circle at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

Organizers encourage everyone to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy an evening of live entertainment under the stars Oct. 27. The show starts at 7 p.m.

October 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man hospitalized after motorcycle wreck

A Dawsonville man is recovering at an Atlanta hospital following a motorcycle wreck Saturday afternoon on Harmony Church Road.

Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield said James Dymond, 42, was unconscious and unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived about 2:30 pm.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting begins

Advance voting is under way for the Nov. 6 General Election.

The ballot includes the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, congressional races and a referendum on charter schools in Georgia.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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City planning board member dies

Pamela Bragg, 60, of Dawsonville, died on March 8, 2017 at her home in Dawsonville following a sudden illness.

March 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Elliott finishes third at Las Vegas

Chase Elliott took the green flag from the 12th position on Sunday afternoon and quickly made his way into the top 10. Once he cracked ...

March 15, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Driver seriously injured in wrong-way collision

One person was seriously injured and others sustained minor injuries after a four-car pileup on Ga. 400 in Dawson County Tuesday morning.

March 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Arts center hosts juried Western art and literary show

The Bowen Center for the Arts is holding its Round Up Western Art & Literary Show March 10 through April 21, 2017.

March 08, 2017 | | LOCAL


Homeowners association gets new name, new leaders

The Dawson County Civic Association, formerly known as the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association, met Saturday for their first meeting under a new name and ...

March 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Middle school teacher seeks medical attention after incident with students

Dawson County Schools Superintendent Damon Gibbs confirmed that an incident occurred late last month between two students and a teacher at Dawson County Middle School ...

March 08, 2017 | | LOCAL


Commission approves little lending libraries

The board of commissioners last week approved a request by Dawson County Family Connection to allow for a partnership between the county and four organizations ...

March 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘Where will your children live?’

During a joint Rotary Club and chamber of commerce breakfast on Tuesday, real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. gave his annual economic outlook and spoke ...

March 08, 2017 | | LOCAL


BOC approves county-wide raises

Nearly $1 million in raises for county employees was approved by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners during its March 2 voting session.

March 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Council ratifies Elliott airport agreement

The Dawsonville City Council voted Monday to ratify an agreement that transfers ownership of a portion of the Elliott Field airport runway to the city.

March 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Man arrested for allegedly breaking child’s arm, leg

A Dawsonville man was arrested Tuesday on 18 felony charges including first degree cruelty to children after a toddler was found to have broken bones ...

March 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Middle school teacher seeks medical attention after incident with students

Dawson County Schools Superintendent Damon Gibbs has confirmed a recent incident that occurred between two students and a teacher at Dawson County Middle School that ...

March 02, 2017 | From Staff Reports | LOCAL


Tanner bill for failing schools passes committee in unanimous vote

Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, updated constituents on the status of his education reform bill for failing schools on Saturday at his bi-weekly breakfast in Dawsonville.

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


BOE demolishes potential historic home

Angie Smith, city council member, declared during last week's Historical Preservation Commission meeting that the home of former educator and sister-in-law to Herbert Robinson ...

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


Marshalls opens new store in Dawsonville

Marshalls, one of the nation's leading off-price retailers with more than 1,000 stores currently operating in 48 states and Puerto Rico, will open ...

March 01, 2017 | | LOCAL


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