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‘Old school’ sheriff’s deputy retires

Veteran lawman Mickey Gilbertson admits he wasn't always one to follow the rules.

A teenage felon in central Florida, Gilbertson spent time in reform school and jail before meeting a couple of officers who took him under their wings and taught him right from wrong.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drop off unused medicines Saturday

Several local agencies have teamed up to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Bellezza’ exhibit features array of artistic talents

For the 11th year, Bowen Center for the Arts is featuring an assortment of works by the Sawnee Artists Association.

The Forsyth County-based association presents its member's artwork of various mediums, including woodwork, painting and photography, through Saturday.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Survivors honored for their fight

Cancer survivors and their caregivers gathered April 19 for the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner at Dawson County High School.

Paper bag luminaries at the center of guests' tables testified to the numerous people affected by cancer. "My professor," "my friend," "my mother" and "my son" were among the titles written on them.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘Where it all started’

A movie that touches on the north Georgia gold rush and famed local miners is in the works, according to film and Dawsonville officials.

Jimmy Anderson, a historian for Dawson and Lumpkin counties, confirmed that local property is being considered for scenes about famed miner Green Russell.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Complex changes sought

The Dawsonville City Council is scheduled to discuss variance requests for a proposed apartment complex Thursday night.

Plans call for Farmington Woods to be built on 15 acres off Perimeter Road, less than a mile from downtown. It will feature 72 units, including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Moore named festival grand marshal

Championship car owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore will serve as grand marshal for the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

"We're real honored to have him," said Gordon Pirkle, a local racing historian and board member of KARE for Kids, which organizes the festival.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Electronics recycling event planned

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

Volunteers will be in the Dawsonville Walmart parking lot from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday to help unload personal computers, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, radios, telephones, circuit boards and fax machines, among other items.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teams ‘Paint the Town Purple’

Volunteers painted the town purple Saturday with numerous events that raised cancer awareness and funds for Dawson County Relay for Life.

From car washes, yard sales and motorcycle rides to lemonade stands and cookouts, Relay for Life teams collected hundreds and helped spread the word about the fight against cancer.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Cow county’s first rabies case in ’12

Animal owners are encouraged to have their pets and livestock vaccinated after a cow in northeastern Dawson was confirmed last week as the county's first rabies case in 2012.

Local animal control officials received verification April 9 that a cow found near Stowers Road and Ga. 400 was infected with the virus.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Center planned for visits

A supervised visitation center planned for Dawson County aims to address domestic and dating violence that can occur during child custody exchanges.

The project began in October when the Office on Violence Against Women awarded "The Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant" to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in Atlanta.

April 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Confirmed case of rabies in Dawson County

Local animal control officials announced Tuesday morning that they have received confirmation of a rabies case in Dawson County.

April 11, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Elderly man dies in wreck

An 89-year-old Dawsonville man died Monday afternoon from injuries he suffered in a wreck earlier that day.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone said Heinz Boehm failed to yield as he pulled his 1990 Nissan Axxess onto Hwy. 9 north from a private driveway near Apple Ridge 2.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Booths available for weekend yard sale

Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community. The series will also include articles on prevention, early detection and treatment options.

Booth space is available for a community yard sale this weekend at Rock Creek Park.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Egg hunt raises funds

With the sun beating down on their shoulders, hundreds of children stormed the field to claim bright-colored eggs during the 26th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt.

Earlier on Saturday, KARE for Kids' volunteers had spread more than 20,000 hard plastic eggs across the fields at Veterans Memorial Park.

April 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | 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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