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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


Aging water main set to be replaced

Etowah Water and Sewer Authority plans to replace an aging water main near War Hill Park Road next week.

General Manager Brooke Anderson said there will be little disruption to customers during the weeklong construction project that is set to begin Monday.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Get lost in fall

Whether it's navigating rows of corn, picking through thousands of pumpkins or hiking up mountains covered in fall foliage, autumn is filled with outdoor activities.

October 10, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Fundraiser features grits and granola

A brunch fundraiser Sunday supports Good Shepherd Clinic's continued efforts to offer free medical care in Dawson County.

Volunteers with the free clinic will be at The Chimneys at Big Canoe from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14 serving up a unique dish of grits and granola, catered by Buckhead-based Talk of the Town. Admission into the event is $35 per person.

October 10, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Citizens to gather to pray for nation

Community members are invited to join in an open prayer session Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The "Heal Our Land Day of Prayer" will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the park's gym.

October 03, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Young Life celebrates 10 years in Dawson

Young Life Dawson County, a Christian organization focused on sharing "the truth of God's love" with local adolescents, celebrated 10 years of service on Sept. 23.

Hosting a banquet at First Baptist Church of Dawsonville, nearly 100 people were served dinner while hearing about the organization's decade of local growth and expansion.

October 03, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Hiker rescued, expected to recover

The Cumming man that fell about 25 feet Friday while hiking at Cochran Falls in northwestern Dawson County is expected to make a full recovery.

Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford said the 22-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was in stable condition Monday afternoon at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He could be released within a few days.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Commission approves larger Dollar General

Residents fought a hard battle, but last week the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved variances for a Dollar General Store set to go in ...

April 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson grads teach English in Japan

A young Dawson couple has found their life's work overseas in Japan, where for nearly a year they have lived, worked and helped to ...

April 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County updates vehicle take-home policy

A newly updated county policy could help stop county employees from utilizing take-home vehicles without written approval from the county manager.

April 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Body found in boat collision on Lake Lanier

Law enforcement officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources located and retrieved the body of 34-year-old Yakov Shteyman near north Forsyth's Six Mile ...

April 11, 2017 | By Isabel Hughes DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Bill requiring boat titles likely pushed off to 2018 legislative session

A Georgia bill requiring boat titles is likely dead for this year's General Assembly session, which ended last week, but it could return next ...

April 05, 2017 | By Jeff Gill DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


4-H summer camp is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

With one of the largest and most respected 4-H camping programs in the country, Georgia 4-H camps provide positive experiences that can impact a student ...

April 05, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


"Oh the thinks you can think"

The Tiger Den Players got their "Seuss" on during the weekend of March 24 when the group presented the musical "Seussical" at the Performing Arts ...

April 05, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Climbing tower to open at Sawnee Mountain Preserve

Starting this month, visitors will have a new way to climb Sawnee Mountain.

April 05, 2017 | By Kelly Whitmire DCN regional staff | LOCAL


City votes to stall AMP public hearing

Citizens will have one last chance to voice their concerns about the requests Atlanta Motorsports owner Jeremy Porter has made that include longer hours for ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Pinwheels spin off Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and local organizations are rising to the occasion to spread the word about child abuse awareness and prevention within ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Amended bill for failing schools passes Senate, House

Last Thursday marked the 40th and final day of the 2017 Georgia General Assembly, during which a flurry of bills headed to Gov. Nathan Deal ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Exceptional students shine during spring games

When the official yelled 'go,' Ariel Quinto-Chavez grinned ear to ear and promptly began skipping and dancing her way down the track at Dawson County ...

April 05, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Authority still accepting applications for grant

The Dawsonville Downtown Development Authority is still accepting applications to award grants to businesses within Dawsonville that promote trade, commerce, industry and employment opportunities.

April 05, 2017 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville sells for $6.8 million in auction

Lakeshore Mall sold for $6.8 million in a digital auction that ended last week, said a source familiar with the process.

April 05, 2017 | By Jeff Gill DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


Car chase ends with no arrest

A car chase last week in Dawson County led to no arrest for the deputy who attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the parking ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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