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‘I’m a survivor’

Gwen Hyde embraces the term survivor.

"I'm a survivor, and I thank God every day for that," she said. "I'm cancer free and boy am I proud of that."

May 23, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Community rallies for business owner

It could be weeks, if not months, before the historic Dawsonville Pool Room reopens as its owner works with the state to resolve tax issues.

In the meantime, the local community is rallying to bring back its favorite eatery as soon as possible in support of Gordon Pirkle and his dedication to Dawsonville.

May 16, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sixth grader shares ideas for being mayor

Dawson County Middle School student Jake Moore won the "If I Were Mayor, I Would. . ." essay contest for Dawsonville last month.

Originally organized by the Georgia Municipal Association, the statewide contest asks sixth grade students to write about what they would do if they were their city's mayor.

May 16, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Overnight event set for Friday

Relay for Life of Dawson County is scheduled to kick off its nightlong festivities at 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park.

In recent years, hundreds of residents have joined in the fight against cancer.

May 16, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Search, rescue exercises prepare for emergencies

Dawson County Emergency Services personnel and members of the Georgia Wing Civil Air Patrol conducted a search and rescue exercise Saturday in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

The search exercise involved an adult missing from their camping area for more than 24 hours in Dawson Forest. Ground and air patrol were tasked to find the person.

May 16, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Library program serves local youth

The Chestatee Regional Library System kicked off a new outreach service last month that aims to bring books to children in remote locations in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

The Booker Mobile, named after the library mascot Booker the Dog, will visit locations after school and during the summer to allow children to check out up to five books and learn about library services.

May 16, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


State seizes Dawsonville Pool Room

The future of a landmark Dawson County eatery is in doubt after the Georgia Department of Revenue seized the Dawsonville Pool Room at lunchtime Wednesday.

May 09, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fling draws a crowd

Spring was in the air over the weekend as thousands flocked to downtown Dawsonville for the Dawson County Arts Council's 11th annual Spring Fling Festival.

May 09, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Governor signs tasting bill

A bill that allows tasting at distilleries in Georgia has been signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.

May 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Officials pleased with start

Capping months of construction and preparation, Atlanta Motorsports Park has officially opened.

May 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Kiwanis annual 5, 10K run Saturday

The eighth annual spring Kiwanis run titled "Cinco de Run-O" is set for Saturday.

The race is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

May 02, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Teeth whitening event benefits cause

Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community. The series will also include articles on prevention, early detection and treatment options.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Art Center offers annual Spring Fling this weekend

Hundreds of county residents and visitors will swarm to Bowen Center for the Arts this weekend for the Art in the Garden Spring Fling festival.

Last year the weather was close to perfect for the event and organizers are hoping for plenty of sunshine and easy breezes to find their way back.

May 02, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘Old school’ sheriff’s deputy retires

Veteran lawman Mickey Gilbertson admits he wasn't always one to follow the rules.

A teenage felon in central Florida, Gilbertson spent time in reform school and jail before meeting a couple of officers who took him under their wings and taught him right from wrong.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drop off unused medicines Saturday

Several local agencies have teamed up to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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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 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County approves fourth Dollar General

Another Dollar General is coming to Dawsonville after a rezoning request was approved by the board of commissioners in a unanimous vote last week.

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


GDOT: Roundabout on Hwy. 53 at Hwy. 183 coming soon

A new roundabout at the intersection of Hwys. 53 and 183 in Dawsonville has been officially bid out by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville Tavern to ‘Feed the Hungry’

The Dawsonville Tavern is giving back this year with their Christmas Day project "Feed the Hungry." The restaurant is hosting a free meal for the ...

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


272 housing units on Hwy. 53 denied

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners had its final say in one developer's fight to bring 95 townhomes and 177 single family homes to ...

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL




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


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