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Longtime chamber president, local leader dies

The Dawson County community is mourning the death of a local civic volunteer and retired business leader this week.

Linda Williams, longtime president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, died Wednesday after a period of declining health. She was 64.

August 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘It is a heart thing’

After 29 hours aboard airplanes and packed vans, several Dawson County residents arrived in eastern Uganda to "spread the love of Christ."

The locals teamed up with Helping Hands Foreign Missions, a Gainesville-based Christian ministry, to visit Ugandan schools, churches and bush villages for two weeks last month.

August 08, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Local deli owner dies

A downtown business owner and member of the Dawsonville Planning Commission was found dead Tuesday morning in her restaurant on the square.

According to employees at Julia's Neighborhood Deli, 44-year-old Julia Cody was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived to open the eatery for the lunch shift about 10 a.m.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Memorial ride set for Saturday

Area sheriff's deputies are showing their support for the family of two brothers killed on Lake Lanier earlier this summer with a benefit memorial ride and car show Saturday.

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Hall, Lumpkin and Forsyth County sheriff's offices, invites the community to participate in the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Ride and Classic Car Cruise-In.

August 08, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville named regional site

Editor's note: The Dawson Community News is accepting "Welcome Home" letters to be published as part of a series leading up to the Veterans Day celebration in November. The paper will also publish submitted photos and stories from the era. Letters and photos can be mailed to P.O. Box 1600 Dawsonville, GA 30534, dropped off at the office at 76 Howard Ave. E. Suite 140, Dawsonville or e-mailed to editor@dawsonnews.com.

For the sixth consecutive year, Dawsonville is one of only two regional Veterans Day sites in the state for 2012.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Campmeeting filled with reunions, guest speakers

Campmeeting concluded its annual weeklong festivities at Lumpkin Campground on Sunday evening.

Filled with church services, singing and fellowship, the event gathered dozens of local families and friends together for seven days in the rustic, wooded setting.

August 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


DOT to start work on bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to rebuild the Ga. 53/Jasper Highway bridge over the Amicalola Creek west of Tinsley Chapel Road in Dawson County.

The work will mean reducing traffic over the bridge to one lane from July 30 to Aug. 13.

July 25, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Sock hop event takes seniors back in time

Elvis Presley's classic "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog," blared through the speakers during last week's sock hop at the Dawson County Senior Center.

In true style, ladies wore poodle skirts, classic pop hits were played and the dance floor was lively.

July 25, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff writer | LOCAL


‘Holy place’

The rusty chains of the porch swing gently squeaked as Carolyn Dooley relaxed outside her family's Lumpkin Campground tent.

"Campmeeting is something I would never miss," said Dooley, 54. "And in my life I have never missed one."

July 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Lifelong educator, former college dean dies

A renowned Dawson County educator and former dean at Gainesville State College died Thursday morning following a period of declining health.

Herbert W. Robinson, 95, had been sick for several months, according to family and close friends.

July 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Farmers offer fresh fare

Dawsonville resident Grace Collett has been selling her homegrown vegetables during the Dawson County Farmer's Market for nearly 10 years.

Tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers and eggplant were among the produce offered at her table July 11.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Arts council presents first adult musical

Opening this Friday, the Dawson County Arts Council is presenting its first adult musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

Based on the popular 1988 film, the musical is a comedy revolving around playful banter, mischievous scams and sudden twists.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


New women’s republican group forms

A new group has formed with a mission to get more women involved in the political process.

Based in Dawson County but pulling from all counties in the new 9th congressional district, the Foothills Republican Women is a grassroots organization that promotes an informed public through political education and activity by increasing the effectiveness of women in government.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting under way

Advance voting for the July 31 general primary is currently under way and continues through July 27.

According to Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson, a total of 639 early votes were cast in a span of five days last week.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Campmeeting is set for next week

Lumpkin Campground will hold its annual summer revival next week.

Known as campmeeting, the week-long event traditionally features two services each day that include prayer, singing, music, Bible readings, preaching, personal testimonies and altar calls.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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Persons of interest sought in Dawsonville man’s disappearance

Almost two years to the date of Jimmy Walls' disappearance in the Dawson Forest, new details have emerged in the Dawson County Sheriff's Office ...

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Man seriously injured in motorcycle wreck

A single-motorcycle wreck sent a Canton man to the hospital last week after a chase with Dawson and Lumpkin County authorities.

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Motorsports park zoning request withdrawn

A decision that many anticipated for several long months didn't happen on Monday as planned at a meeting of the Dawsonville City Council.

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Atlanta Ride for Kids to come through Dawsonville Sunday

A caravan of nearly 500 motorcycles riding to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation will be making its way through Dawsonville on Sunday, hoping to ...

June 01, 2017 | From staff reports | LOCAL


Learn more about Lake Lanier history at upcoming meeting

Robert David Coughlin will make a presentation next week concerning his book "Lake Lanier: 'A Storybook Site'," at the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society ...

May 31, 2017 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County ordinance possible on used tire storage, disposal

An ordinance drafted by Dawson County Emergency Services concerning scrap tire storage and disposal in the county is under consideration by the board of commissioners ...

May 31, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson County receives certified literate community designation

Community leaders in education gathered last week to celebrate with the Reading Education Association of Dawson County (R.E.A.D.) that Dawson County is ...

May 31, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


County considers increasing impact fees

An increase in the fees that help offset the costs of capital improvements and services in Dawson County is under consideration by the board of ...

May 31, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


CFI flowing smoothly, officials say

The first two weeks of operation of Dawsonville's new continuous flow intersection have been smooth sailing, according to county and state officials.

May 31, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Hapeville man dies in motorcycle wreck on Ga. 400

A Hapeville man was killed in a motorcycle wreck on Ga. 400 in Dawsonville last week while being pursued by a Georgia State Patrol trooper.

May 31, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Man killed in motorcycle wreck identified

The man killed in a motorcycle wreck on Ga. 400 on Friday has been identified as Charles Arnold Painter, 46, of Hapeville.

May 29, 2017 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


One killed in motorcycle wreck

A man was killed Friday afternoon after a collision with a passenger vehicle in the area of Beartooth Parkway and Ga. 400.

May 26, 2017 | Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Authorities: 19-year-old jogger raped near Dahlonega reservoir trails

A 19-year-old woman told authorities she was raped Wednesday night by a man while on the Lake Zwerner reservoir trails in Dahlonega.

May 26, 2017 | By Nick Watson DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


Head-on collision injures three

A two-vehicle wreck Wednesday shut down Price Road at Toto Creek Park for several hours.

May 25, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County clerk re-appointed after salary increase

After one county employee interviewed last week for the position, Danielle Yarbrough was retained as county clerk by the board of commissioners in an unanimous ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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