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DOT to start resurfacing of Ga. 400

The Georgia Department of Transportation began overnight lane closures Tuesday as part of resurfacing Ga. 400 from Ga. 306 in Forsyth County to Ga. 53 in Dawson County.

The $3.2 million, 8.7-mile project calls for workers to remove 1 inch of asphalt and replace it with new asphalt, working in one lane at a time. Work will begin at the busy Ga. 53 intersection.

August 22, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Forsyth teen hurt in crash on Hwy. 9

A Forsyth County teenager was injured in a single-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Dawson County.

A Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman said the 16-year-old driver was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with what were described as non-fatal injuries.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Landing on Lanier

A jump from more than a quarter of a mile above Lake Lanier may not be a normal person's ideal morning.

But for a U.S. Army Ranger, it is just another day at the office.

August 22, 2012 | By Lee Johnson DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Prince family gets show of support

In a season when boat outings and long days enjoying Lake Lanier are common, it's difficult to imagine a day on the water taking a tragic turn.

That's exactly what happened for the Prince family on June 18 when two of their sons - Jake, 9, and Griffin, 13 - were killed in a boating accident on the lake.

August 15, 2012 | By Shannan Finke DCN regional staff | LOCAL


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


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Woman arrested for falsely reporting rape on Dahlonega trail

A woman who reported she was raped while running on the reservoir trail surrounding Lake Zwerner in Dahlonega late last month has been arrested after ...

June 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Burberry burglary update

A Tennessee woman was arrested last week in connection with the April 23 burglary of the Burberry outlet store in Dawsonville. Three suspects broke into ...

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


Expect eggs, bacon and spilled coffee

This year's Family Connection Celebrity Waiter Breakfast will see local celebrities out in force to serve the community a delicious meal to raise funds ...

June 07, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


BOC gives go ahead on impact fee study

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week voted to begin a study with the goal of updating the county's impact fee ordinance and ...

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


Adam S. Smith named senior vice president & SBA/commercial lender of Foothills Community Bank

John L. Lewis, president and CEO of First Citizens Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Foothills Community Bank, recently announced that Adam Smith has been named ...

June 07, 2017 | | LOCAL


Library to host Women’s Health Day

The Dawson County Library will be hosting a Women's Health Day event Saturday to educate women on health issues that specifically affect them.

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


Schools serving up free summer lunches

Dawson County Schools will be serving up everything from hamburgers and pizza to barbeque and breadsticks through its summer feeding program that began this week ...

June 07, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Local farmer’s market hits stride for summer

As the hot sun beamed down Friday afternoon, vendor Paula Alicea stood under a tent in the parking lot of the Dawsonville Tractor Supply with ...

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


Pigeon Creek well to reopen

A well that has been at the center of discord between one neighborhood and the City of Dawsonville is expected to reopen in the near ...

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


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


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