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Veteran markers will be put out Wednesday

Members of Etowah Masonic Lodge No. 222, Free & Accepted Masons, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 970, Dawsonville Lions Club and Dawson County Jaycees will be placing Veterans memorial markers today for this year's Independence Day in the City of Dawsonville.

The markers are to honor deceased men and women who have served honorably in one of the branches of military service.

June 29, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local group aims to help veterans

The Vietnam Veterans of America's local chapter is offering a few new programs for families of veterans in case of emergencies.

The chapter is providing a planning guide to help with the planning and decision making of the funeral and burial services. The guide includes simple steps to prepare for the end of life event, a list of important documents needed when arranging the funeral and information on burial benefits.

June 29, 2011 | By Morgan Bennett For the Dawson Community News | LOCAL


Officials urge residents to practice water safety

As temperatures climb, many Dawson County residents will be headed to the water in an effort to escape the heat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, swimming is one of the most popular sports in the country. Though swimming does offer an easy way to stay cool and keep active during the summer months, it may also lead to dangers such as injury or drowning.

June 29, 2011 | For the Dawson Community News editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘Keep kids safe’

A new state law that takes effect Friday will keep children in car safety seats until their eighth birthday.

Signed into law in May, the requirement is designed to reduce the risk of child injuries and fatalities on state roads.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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 editor@dawsonnews.com | 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 editor@dawsonnews.com | 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 editor@dawsonnews.com | 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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