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Appeal filed in dispute

Dawsonville officials say they are not fazed that the battle over construction of a motorsports park in western Dawson County has shifted to the Georgia Supreme Court.

"We're sticking to our guns," Mayor Joe Lane Cox said of the appeal filed Oct. 26. "Judge [John] Girardeau ruled in our favor before and I think that will happen with this one, too."

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘A way of giving back’

It was a chilly Saturday morning, but not too cold for a motorcycle ride through the north Georgia mountains to help raise funds for children at Christmas.

"When we woke up, it was 38 degrees and had been raining just a couple hours earlier," said organizer Lt. Doug Boyle with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fire displaces couple

A Flat Creek Drive home appears to be a complete loss after a fire Oct. 26 in downtown Dawsonville.

"There's heat damage through the entire home," said Dawson County Emergency Services Battalion Chief Robby Lee.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing hall honors this year’s inductees

Ask brothers Ernie, Dan and Bill Elliott and they'll agree their dad George Elliott should have been named to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame years ago.

"He was instrumental in a lot of people's careers in racing, especially ours," said Ernie Elliott. "It was just a sport that he loved. If it wouldn't have been for him getting it started, starting us in it, we wouldn't have been able to accomplish what we did."

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Agents inspect distillery

Federal agents reportedly paid a surprise visit to downtown Dawsonville early Friday, ready to shut down what they had been told was an active moonshine operation.

Instead, the agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives left several hours later after determining the alleged tip was false.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Focus is the kids

Organizers say the 44th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville was a record breaker.

"I've never seen people start arriving on Wednesday for the festival," said Gordon Pirkle, a longtime member of KARE for Kids, which organizes the event.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Keep kids safe this Halloween

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Agency reminds parents to make sure children are safe this Halloween.

With Halloween on Monday, motorists should also anticipate finding trick-or-treaters on local roads and neighborhoods as early as 5 p.m.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

For Arthur Dover, his views on military service have remained the same for nearly six decades.

"I love my country," said Dover, who retired from the United States Air Force in 1972.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pill drop offers secure way to dispose of drugs

Local authorities want parents to remember the war on drugs starts at home.

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poker run benefits kids

Proceeds from a poker run this weekend will benefit the Dawson County Sheriff's annual Shop with a Cop event.

The run departs from the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center on Tucker Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast will be available.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshine Festival this weekend

Lee Elrod was at an estate sale three years ago when he stumbled across an early 1940s photo taken atop Amicalola Falls.

An antique collector of sorts, Elrod was intrigued by the image of a man warming his hands over the open flame of a copper liquor still.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary team is ‘Smarter than a 10 year-old’

It's not technically a trick question, but tricky all the same to nearly everyone gathered Oct. 11 at Dawson County Middle School.

"Name all of the states that border the Great Lakes," said emcee Gary Pichon during the Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Homans installed as Kiwanis president

Local attorney Joey Homans was installed last week as president of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club by the group's 2011 President Lisa Thurmond.

"There's a lot of opportunities to be involved in community activities in Dawson County. Kiwanis is the way I've been able to tap into the community," Homans said. "I hope to just continue along the path that Lisa Thurmond set and continue to be positive to grow and strengthen our club."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

If the U.S. Air Force called tomorrow and asked Laura Bishop to re-enlist, she wouldn't hesitate to board the next plane.

"I loved it. I really loved it," said the mother of two grown daughters.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival traffic advisory

Thousands of visitors will be in Dawsonville this weekend for one of the most popular festivals in north Georgia.

The Mountain Moonshine Festival attracts thousands of people a day and parking all of the cars is quite a task. This year's festival will be Friday through Sunday.

October 19, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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Car, foot chase leads to DUI arrest

Officers responding to reports of a suspected intoxicated driver ended up being led on a car and a foot chase.

November 02, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Park closes boat ramps as Lanier water levels near 4-year low

Dawson County officials closed three of four boat launching ramps at War Hill Park last week, citing the constantly receding water level in Lake Lanier ...

November 02, 2016 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Rock Creek ‘Trunk or Treat’ promises ghoulishly good fun

Dawson County Parks and Recreation is hosting its fifth annual Trunk or Treat event at Rock Creek Park on Halloween. The event is free to ...

October 26, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


State officials continue search for better internet access, more connectivity

Windstream announced last week that it plans to upgrade its broadband internet service in Northeast Georgia counties, including Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Habersham and Jackson.

October 26, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent jsilavent@gainesvilletimes.com | LOCAL


Nudist resort owner receives county approval for expansion

More than 200 people gathered at the county courthouse last week to support a rezoning effort by one of the county's popular tourist destinations.

October 26, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Authorities: Shots were accidental, self-inflicted

Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford said that personnel responded to a call of a potential gunshot wound in the parking lot of LongHorn ...

October 25, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


49th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival honors racing legends

A cool, breezy morning awakened vendors and festival-goers alike on Saturday morning for the 49th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 24, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


K.A.R.E. for Kids makes holiday wishes come true

Hundreds of local children will wake up Christmas morning to find presents under their trees thanks to dozens of volunteers determined to make holiday wishes ...

October 19, 2016 | | LOCAL


49th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival and Entertainment Schedule

Festival Weekend Schedule

October 19, 2016 | | LOCAL


It's your time to shine, Dawsonville

In remembrance of the time-honored tradition of smuggling alcohol through the hills of prohibition-era Appalachia, Downtown Dawsonville will celebrate the 49th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival ...

October 19, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Publix opens

Couponers, rejoice! The new Dawsonville Publix opened its doors to customers for the first time last week.

October 19, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Commission chair tells chamber of commerce to keep doors open for development

At one of Mike Berg's last speeches as commission chairman, he delivered a state of the county address to a room of Chamber of ...

October 19, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville man killed after motorcycle hits cow

A Dawsonville man was killed when his motorcycle struck a cow early Monday morning in Northeast Hall County.

October 19, 2016 | From DCN regional staff | LOCAL


New Panera Bread set to open on Halloween

Dawson County's new Panera Bread Bakery-Café is expected to open by the end of the month.

October 19, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Home heating help available Nov. 1

Ninth District Opportunity Inc. has announced another year of the Home Heating Help program for the elderly and homebound in Dawson County.

October 19, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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