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Nonprofit receives mark

The local agency dedicated to providing for underprivileged children in Dawson County was recently granted a service mark by the Georgia Secretary of State.

Calvin Byrd, president of KARE for Kids, said the group applied for the service mark, similar to a trademark, to create a branding for the nonprofit organization and its signature annual fundraiser, the Mountain Moonshine Festival.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In their own words

At 24, Brian Fox was living in Lincoln, Ark. with his new wife, Tammy, and a baby. He was working as an independent tile and carpet contractor with nothing to fall back on in the event of an emergency.

"I just got tired of living paycheck to paycheck, and I was worried that if anything ever happened to my family, what would we do," he said.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ceremony today honors local Civil War veterans

A dedication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. today in downtown Dawsonville to commemorate Georgians in the Union Army.

In partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the event is part of the Georgia Historical Society's statewide commemoration of the Civil War's 150th anniversary.

September 28, 2011 | editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Gas line ruptured near Ingles

A work crew attempting to fix a water leak in the Ingles shopping center ruptured a gas main Monday afternoon, leading to the evacuation of nearby stores.

According to Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield, the stores will remain evacuated for the near future.

September 26, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Tourney benefits local boy

There is still time to register to participate in Team Soldier Boy's third annual one pitch softball tournament.

Proceeds from the event benefit 10-year-old Kenneth "Kenny" Stewart III of Dawsonville, who was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Triathlon benefits youth

More than 190 racers, ranging in age from 3 to 66, took part in the Bootlegger Super Spring Triathlon at Veterans Memorial Park on Sept. 11.

The event was hosted by Five Star Event & Timing.

September 21, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Lanier cleanup planned

The 23rd annual Lake Lanier Association Shore Sweep is planned for Saturday.

The event will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 13 locations around the lake, including War Hill Park in Dawson County.

September 21, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Couch remembered for good nature, smile

Friends and family are mourning the loss of an active member of the Dawson County community who died last week.

Robert "Bob" Couch, a resident of Dawsonville for the past nine years, will be remembered for his good nature and big smile, according to some of those who knew him the longest.

September 21, 2011 | jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


In their own words

When Russell Lowery enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard while still in high school, he was looking for adventure and a path that would give him self-worth and a purpose.

"I wanted to do something that was important, and I found that through the military," said Lowery, now 42.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman skis on Lanier at 85 years old

Every year around her birthday, 85-year-old Barbara Haig has a simple tradition.

She grabs her water skis, enlists a friend to drive her boat and does her best to ski around Lake Lanier.

September 21, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


United Way sets fundraising goal

The United Way for Dawson County announced its 2012 fundraising goal Friday during a luncheon that followed the annual Day of Caring.

Holding large, red balloons, United Way board members said they hope to raise $105,000 within the next few months to support local partner agencies such as Boy and Girl Scouts, Rape Response, WEE Books and Challenged Child and Friends, among others.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


POWs, MIAs remembered

A somber service was held Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Park to honor the nation's prisoners of war and those missing in action.

"We're here today to remember two sacred promises that should never be taken for granted or broken," said organizer and Vietnam veteran Dave Hildebrand. "To pledge our lives to support and defend this country is the first promise."

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Missing camper found safe near Amicalola Falls park

A Florida woman was found safe Wednesday after she was reported missing Monday near Amicalola Falls State Park in northwestern Dawson County.

"She was simply lost," said Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office. "She missed the trail where she was camping and had been lost since."

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


A vow to remember

Remembrance was the theme Friday at Dawson County Emergency Services headquarters.

A crowd of more than a hundred people attended a moving ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. All those involved stressed the importance of never forgetting the heroism and horror of that day.

September 14, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dozens expected to help at Day of Caring

United Way for Dawson County will kick off its 2011 fundraising campaign Friday with a Day of Caring.

Dozens of volunteers from area businesses will meet for breakfast before heading out to local organizations, like the Dawson County Senior Center, NOA and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ) to assist with needed projects.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | 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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