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Campmeeting filled with reunions, guest speakers

Campmeeting concluded its annual weeklong festivities at Lumpkin Campground on Sunday evening.

Filled with church services, singing and fellowship, the event gathered dozens of local families and friends together for seven days in the rustic, wooded setting.

August 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


DOT to start work on bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to rebuild the Ga. 53/Jasper Highway bridge over the Amicalola Creek west of Tinsley Chapel Road in Dawson County.

The work will mean reducing traffic over the bridge to one lane from July 30 to Aug. 13.

July 25, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Sock hop event takes seniors back in time

Elvis Presley's classic "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog," blared through the speakers during last week's sock hop at the Dawson County Senior Center.

In true style, ladies wore poodle skirts, classic pop hits were played and the dance floor was lively.

July 25, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff writer | LOCAL


‘Holy place’

The rusty chains of the porch swing gently squeaked as Carolyn Dooley relaxed outside her family's Lumpkin Campground tent.

"Campmeeting is something I would never miss," said Dooley, 54. "And in my life I have never missed one."

July 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Lifelong educator, former college dean dies

A renowned Dawson County educator and former dean at Gainesville State College died Thursday morning following a period of declining health.

Herbert W. Robinson, 95, had been sick for several months, according to family and close friends.

July 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Farmers offer fresh fare

Dawsonville resident Grace Collett has been selling her homegrown vegetables during the Dawson County Farmer's Market for nearly 10 years.

Tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers and eggplant were among the produce offered at her table July 11.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Arts council presents first adult musical

Opening this Friday, the Dawson County Arts Council is presenting its first adult musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

Based on the popular 1988 film, the musical is a comedy revolving around playful banter, mischievous scams and sudden twists.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


New women’s republican group forms

A new group has formed with a mission to get more women involved in the political process.

Based in Dawson County but pulling from all counties in the new 9th congressional district, the Foothills Republican Women is a grassroots organization that promotes an informed public through political education and activity by increasing the effectiveness of women in government.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting under way

Advance voting for the July 31 general primary is currently under way and continues through July 27.

According to Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson, a total of 639 early votes were cast in a span of five days last week.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Campmeeting is set for next week

Lumpkin Campground will hold its annual summer revival next week.

Known as campmeeting, the week-long event traditionally features two services each day that include prayer, singing, music, Bible readings, preaching, personal testimonies and altar calls.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Application proposal concerns residents

Nearly two dozen Dawson County residents were at a public meeting Monday to find out how a developer's wastewater proposal could affect their homes and families.

Waterscape Services is considering spreading stabilized sewage sludge from the Hampton Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Forsyth County onto property owned by Rotag Partners LLC at the northwest corner of Harry Sosebee and Lumpkin Campground roads in southern Dawson County.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pool Room benefit Sunday

There's still time to get tickets to Sunday's benefit jam aimed at saving Dawsonville's historic Pool Room.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the gate the day of the show. The price includes an afternoon of live music by a variety of local acts and free access to the kids' zone for children 12 and younger.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Storm snuffs show

The community will have a second chance to celebrate with fireworks this summer after torrential downpours washed out the Dawson Day Sparks in the Park festivities.

Plans are in the works for an event to make up for the canceled Independence Day fireworks extravaganza July 3.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Meeting planned over sewage from Forsyth

A public meeting next week in neighboring Forsyth County could draw some interest from those living near 65 acres in southeastern Dawson County where a developer wants to deposit sludge from a wastewater treatment plant.

Waterscape Utility LLC filed notice last month to hold the meeting at 10 a.m. July 16 in the Hampton Village Golf clubhouse, 6310 Hampton Golf Club Drive.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Time for honey

With bees swarming around her head in the hot morning air, Jean Schilling prods and picks at the growing hive.

Unfazed and unafraid, the local beekeeper is dressed from head to toe as she swings the smoking canister to calm the bees. It's all part of the routine to check her five hives.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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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


Larger Dollar General store denied on Nix Bridge

An application for variances to allow Dollar General to erect a 9,100 square foot store at the corner of Nix Bridge and Harmony Church ...

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


Hobby Lobby opens in Dawsonville

One of Dawson County's newest retail stores officially opened its doors on Monday morning to a crowd of shoppers that flooded the store after ...

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


Alabama lawyer brings Windstream consumer action to Georgia

Around 40 people showed up Monday night at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame to hear Birmingham-based attorney Dustin Kittle explain the specifics of potential ...

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


UPDATE: Former Forsyth high school teacher arrested for relationship with student

A former math teacher from Lambert High School in south Forsyth County has been arrested for allegedly having a relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

February 27, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


Dollar General proposed on Nix Bridge

The same developers who are building a Dollar General in Dawsonville where Hwy. 183 meets Hwy. 136 near Afton Road have submitted two applications for ...

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Duluth man proposes to Dawsonville girlfriend in two newspapers

Kevin Wieting said he knew Jancie Hatcher was special early in the relationship.

February 22, 2017 | By Jennifer Jinn DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


Small plane’s pilot OK after crash-landing in Dawsonville over weekend

A small plane carrying a single occupant crashed into the tree line of Goodson Road in Dawsonville on Sunday around noon.

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County decision on raises tabled until March 2

County employees will have to wait a little longer to see if a raise is in their future as the board of commissioners last week ...

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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