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City mourns loss of icon

A man who spent nearly four decades serving the city of Dawsonville died Monday at age 92 following a period of declining health.

Born about 10 miles outside of town, G. L. "Pete" Gilleland and his family moved to Dawsonville when he was 7.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Area man Vietnam vet of the year

If David Hildebrand knew the truth behind his invitation to the Georgia State Council of Vietnam Veterans' meeting earlier this month, he said he would have stayed home.

It was there in Macon on June 18 that the Dahlonega man was named Georgia's Vietnam Veteran of the Year.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Firework extravaganza offers fun for family

Red, white and blue sparks will soar over Rock Creek Park on Saturday night when Dawson County kicks off the Independence Day weekend with a fireworks extravaganza.

Presented by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and Dawson Community News, Dawson Day Sparks in the Park begins at 5 p.m. with activities for the entire family.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

‘Celebrities’ connect

Nearly a dozen local "celebrities" have new respect for the food-service industry after they donned aprons Friday for an annual fundraiser

"This was my second year doing this," said Dawsonville Councilman Calvin Byrd. "I should have been way better this year. That's some hard work."

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Fire displaces 4 families

Fire officials continue to investigate an apartment blaze early Saturday that displaced four families and forced several people to escape by jumping from a second floor window.

"This was such a huge loss ... there's still a lot to look into," said Lanier Swafford, chief of Dawson County Emergency Services.

June 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Dawson native to speak at historical society meeting

Local author Larry Pirkle will be speaking Tuesday at a Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting.

Pirkle recently published the book "Of the Seeds They've Sown," comprised of stories, anecdotes and commentary gathered during his life in Dawson County.

June 22, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Produce markets open

Locals looking for fresh seasonal produce need look no further than markets in Dawson County.

The Dawson County Extension Service's ninth annual market begins next week, running from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 298 Academy Ave.

June 22, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LOCAL

Fire displaces four families

An early morning fire at an apartment complex in Dawson County displaced four families and forced several people to jump from a second floor window to escape the blaze early Saturday.

Dkota Donaldson, 13, was at a friend's sleepover, having a late night snack, when the group of teens heard what they thought was someone on the roof.

June 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Celebrity Waiter event Friday

When's the last time a county commissioner asked to take your order?

The annual Dawson County Family Connection Celebrity Waiter Breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. June 17 and raises money for the nonprofit organization.

June 15, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LOCAL

Emergency workers urge fire safety this summer

A significant increase in fires over the last few weeks has prompted emergency personnel to encourage the community to be fire smart this summer.

According to Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield, fires kill more people in the United States every year than all natural disasters combined.

June 15, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Democratic Party chair to speak to Dawson group

Mike Berlon, the new chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Dawson County Democrats at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Dawson County Public Library.

Mike Berlon has been involved in Democratic politics for more than three decades. During his 30 years of political engagement, he has been a candidate for office, recruited and worked with candidates in both local and statewide campaigns, sponsored many fundraisers and promoted Democratic ideals.

June 08, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Grace Café serves dinner

Beginning next week, Grace Café at Grace Presbyterian Church will be serving free meals from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The program will continue throughout the summer.

The church has stopped its twice-weekly luncheon service.

June 08, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Teen struck, killed on skateboard

A 16-year-old skateboarder died Monday night after he was struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 53 near Dawsonville.

Dawson County Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond said Tyler Seay died at Atlanta Medical Center, where he was flown after suffering critical injuries in the collision.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Heat wave lingering

Dawson County residents flocked to the shade and took to the pool or lake last week as temperatures approached an unseasonal 100 degrees in northeast Georgia.

Erin Dreger and her cousins, Hannah and Trey Reser, decided to fill up the "kiddie pool" on Friday for a dip.

June 08, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LOCAL

Group finishes first phase of tree rescue

A non-profit organization that advocates for the protection of mountain trails and streams has just completed the first phase of a project aimed at saving 425 acres of hemlock trees in Dawson Forest.

June 01, 2011 | Frank Reddy | LOCAL

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17-year-old injured in single vehicle wreck

A 17-year-old male was critically injured in a single vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon on Hwy. 53 East, near Byrd's Mini Storage.

September 30, 2016 | By Allie Dean | LOCAL

335 townhomes proposed for Hwy. 53 near Tractor Supply

Developers for new housing units off Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 East have once again halted their efforts to rezone property after tabling their request ...

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

The lost art of handwriting

In an age when handwriting has fallen by the wayside, Kaitlyn Gillespie is celebrating the written word.

September 28, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL

Panera Bread to open next month

Dawson County's new Panera Bread Bakery-Café is expected to open next month.

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

LED lights to brighten Rock Creek soccer fields

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners recently voted to approve the installation of new LED light fixtures at the soccer fields in Rock Creek Park ...

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Job hunters attend North Georgia Career Expo

The North Georgia Career Expo was held last week with employers and job seekers hoping to make successful connections to benefit the workforce of Dawson ...

September 28, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Racing Hall of Fame hosts sock hop

Go back in time this weekend with local greats from another era when the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame hosts a genuine sock hop.

September 21, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL

Beauty Beyond Be-Leaf: “Leaf Peepers” converge on North Georgia Mountains

This fall, thousands will descend upon North Georgia, loading their trailers and cars with camping gear and traveling up the winding roads towards a higher ...

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

End date released for Ga. 400 and Hwy 53 intersection construction

Construction and development crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation have been occupying the Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 intersection for nearly 20 months, working ...

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Chili’s to open doors Monday

The grand opening of the Chili's Grill & Bar at Dawson Crossroads on Georgia 400 is set for Monday.

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Service and Sacrifice: Community remembers 9/11 at Patriot Day memorial service

Two days before the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, community members gathered at Fire Station ...

September 14, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Search and Rescue Dog remembered

Cody was part of the family.

September 14, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

North Georgia zoo officials create makeshift incubator to save baby kangaroo

Lillypad the kangaroo has had a rough life so far.

September 07, 2016 | By Hailey Van Parys DCN regional staff | LOCAL

Headley sole finalist for manager position

A year ago, the Dawson County manager thought so little of the work being done by Public Works Director David Headley that he was forced ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Jobs for Georgia Graduates program helping students succeed

Dawson County High School students and members of Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG), Alondra Zavala and Ava Walker visited Johnson High School last week to ...

September 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL

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