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Relay kicks off

Smurfs, super heroes, fairies and the Flintstones were the stars of the show Jan. 8 as Dawson County Relay for Life kicked off the 2013 fundraising campaign in an effort to "toon out" cancer.

Last year, 30 local teams joined together to raise more than $83,000 for the American Cancer Society.

January 16, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County ‘Soldier Boy’ rises in ranks

After a long process and much paperwork, Kenneth "Kenny" Stewart III has been promoted to lieutenant colonel.

The honorary rank was conferred Friday on the 11-year-old in an official proclamation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

January 16, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Christmas for Critters first year a success

The inaugural run of Shannon Porter's charity Christmas for Critters held its final supply pick up Friday.

Shannon, 11, and her mother, Cindy Lord, tallied the results and were pleased, according to Lord.

January 09, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Changes are many

There was an abundance of excitement in Dawsonville and Dawson County in 2012.

From the community seeing stars when Hollywood greats Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake were in town to film scenes for "Trouble with the Curve," to the local distillery receiving the green light to offer tastings of the first legal moonshine in Georgia, Dawson County was abuzz and poised to open new doors in 2013.

January 09, 2013 | By Michele Hester and David Renner | LOCAL


Training with Tasers

A recent training class gave several Dawson County Sheriff's deputies a new line of defense.

Taught by Jail Commander Maj. Jeff Johnson, the one-day course went over how to use Tasers, an alternative to other uses of force when suspects are combative and pose a threat to law enforcement officers, themselves or others.

January 09, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Society ‘toons’ up for kickoff

The kickoff for the 2013 American Cancer Society Relay for Life is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at Dawson County High School.

"The kickoff is our first event of the year," said Tasha Hamil, event chairwoman. "It's mainly to help get the teams and donors excited for the upcoming year."

January 02, 2013 | | LOCAL


Seniors grateful for elevator

Rachel Padgett's eyes lit up Thursday as the door of the new elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center opened and welcomed her to an activity area she had never seen.

"Oh, look at that," she said pointing to a corner filled with workout equipment and a row of tables set up for a watercolor class in the center of the room. "Now I can do some painting and exercise."

January 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tire shop fire considered suspicious

Officials are calling a fire that destroyed a tire shop in eastern Dawson County suspicious.

Sheriff's Lt. Ray Goodie said investigators are working with the fire marshal's office to determine what caused the blaze.

January 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tree recycling effort under way

Keep Dawson County Beautiful volunteers are asking the community to go green this holiday season by recycling real Christmas trees that will be chipped into mulch.

Bring One for the Chipper, the annual recycling program, has collected and recycled more than 5.9 million Christmas trees statewide since 1991.

January 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County to dedicate senior center elevator

A ceremony Thursday afternoon will celebrate a years-long project to have an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.

The center's new elevator was approved for use after its final inspection last Wednesday.

December 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Shop with a Cop helps children during holidays

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently held its annual Shop with a Cop.

The effort aims to build relationships with local children and helps deputies develop a good rapport with youth who may otherwise not have a Christmas.

December 26, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘The kids love it’

Ashley Hunt and husband Justin love Christmas.

"It's Christmas at our house all year long," she said.

December 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson assistant DA found dead

The supervising prosecutor of the Dawson County office of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit's District Attorney's office was found dead last week.

John G. Wilbanks Jr., who spent more than three decades as a prosecutor in north Georgia, died Dec. 13 in Florida. He was 57.

December 19, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Man involved in explosion dies

A Newnan man critically injured in an explosion at Amicalola Propane earlier this month has died from his injuries.

Jimmy Lassetter, 45, died Thursday at the Grady Memorial Hospital Burn Unit, according to an obituary released by the Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home in Newnan.

December 19, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson assistant DA found dead

December 13, 2012 | | LOCAL


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Fair comes to town as Chamber turns 40

The fair came to town last week, just in time for the celebration of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's 40th birthday.

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


Auditors complete report of county’s 2016 financials

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners recently heard the results of an audit performed by accounting firm Rushton and Company.

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


Development Authority, BOC discuss funding in group meeting

"I've been on this board for five years, and I don't remember us ever doing this," said Sherry Weeks, chair of the Development ...

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


T-Bone wreck at Duck Thurmond injures two

A wreck the morning of June 29 at Duck Thurmond Road and Hwy. 53 injured two and sent one to the hospital with non-life threatening ...

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


Fire destroys former bed and breakfast famous for celebrity guests

A fire last Tuesday destroyed a 6,500 square foot former bed and breakfast off Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville.

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


Associated Credit Union opens Dawson Forest branch

Norcross-based Associated Credit Union opened its doors for a soft launch last week and offered the community a sneak peek into its new offices on ...

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


Driver charged in fatal north Forsyth crash

A Forsyth County grand jury has indicted a Dawsonville man in connection to a fatal car crash during which he is accused to have been ...

July 05, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Goodwill of North Georgia awarded $1.2M for ex-offender job program

Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $1.2 million from the federal Department of Labor for its program helping young adult ex-offenders find employment.

July 05, 2017 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Fire destroys vacant bed and breakfast

A fire Tuesday night destroyed a 6,500 square foot former bed and breakfast off Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Motorsports park to host 4th of July fireworks

The fourth annual Sparks in the Motorsports Park event is scheduled for this 4th of July and will be the biggest display of fireworks in ...

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Father and son drown at popular Lumpkin waterfall

More than $38,000 has been raised since a Dahlonega man and his son drowned at a popular Lumpkin County swimming spot last week.

June 28, 2017 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Summer is here

The first day of summer was June 21 and with the hot weather residents in the north Georgia mountains have been experiencing, officials are urging ...

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Beloved Chick-fil-A employee remembered by coworkers, patrons

If you have visited the Dawsonville Chick-fil-A restaurant at all in the past 10 years, you probably encountered Vicky Duran.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Long range planning committee holds first meeting

A committee newly appointed by the board of commissioners met Friday morning under the notion that some growth is good, but planned growth is better.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


10 wolf puppies born at North Georgia Zoo

A new and rather large litter of gray wolves was born this spring at North Georgia Zoo. Now, the puppies are ready for socialization.

June 28, 2017 | By Amber Tyner DCN regional staff | LOCAL


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