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Local soldier returns from Afghanistan

A special homecoming celebration was delayed a couple weeks for U.S. Army PFC Tyler Youngblood who arrived in Atlanta last month from an 11-month tour in Afghanistan.

Mother Anita Youngblood said life is great, knowing her son is back home safe.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Governor speaks on literacy

As part of "Read Across Georgia" month, Gov. Nathan Deal and wife Sandra have touted literacy initiatives in visits across the state.

Last week, the Deals talked about the importance of literacy during the Certified Literate Community Program's state retreat at Amicalola Falls Lodge.

March 28, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Film fans flock to movie set

As word spread that movie legend Clint Eastwood and actress Amy Adams would be in Dawsonville last week, residents and film fans began flocking to the set at Amicalola Lodge.

"I heard about the movie because a location scout visited my brother, who lives in the neighborhood right across from the set," said Sean Sears, a Dahlonega resident. "I have been out here a couple days now."

March 28, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


KARE for Kids keeps busy hosting fundraisers

Even with early morning rain, motorcycles began rolling into downtown last Saturday for the KARE for Kids Fourth Annual Motorcycle Poker Run.

Riders dressed in leather gear and festive green accessories for St. Patrick's Day departed at 10 a.m. for a slick ride around Dawson County.

March 21, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Canines comforting

To a child beginning to read, words on a page can often be a maze of foreign symbols. Navigating them can be a daunting and nerve-wracking task.

Reading to Dogs, a special program offered monthly at the Dawson County Library, looks to ease children's anxiety by allowing participants to practice reading to therapy dogs.

March 21, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Local GOP encourages youth involvement

Republicans across the state met recently to select delegates to send to regional and state GOP conventions later this spring.

Barron Carlton was among a group of young voters in Dawsonville hoping to be selected to represent Dawson County at the 9th Congressional and state conventions.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poker run benefits man injured on trip

It had been more than a decade since James and Barbara Carnes had last taken a vacation.

"We were on a cruise to Costa Maya, Mexico, but it turned into a nightmare," Barbara Carnes said recalling the trip last November that left her husband without use of his arms and legs.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Motorcycle fatality under investigation

One person from Forsyth County was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon on Ga. 400 in Dawson County.

Emergency workers said Krista Stein, 47, was thrown from the motorcycle on which she was traveling with her husband and died at the scene.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville is seeing stars

Movie legend Clint Eastwood was scheduled to arrive Tuesday in Dawsonville to begin filming scenes at a local motel.

The Warner Brothers' production "Trouble with the Curve" stars Eastwood as an aging baseball scout who travels to Atlanta with his daughter to see a hot prospect.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


One dead in Sunday afternoon crash

March 19, 2012 | Jim Dean | LOCAL


Movie filming here could affect traffic

Motorists traveling through downtown Dawsonville next week should expect brief delays west of town as filmmakers shoot scenes for a major motion picture.

This month, Warner Brothers will film scenes for a movie starring Clint Eastwood at Amicalola Lodge on Hwy. 53 West.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pancake breakfast Saturday

Veterans Affairs of Dawson County will be offering a pancake breakfast on Saturday.

The event will be held from 8-10 a.m. March 17 at the Community and Southern Bank conference room in downtown Dawsonville.

March 14, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Park announces upcoming events

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.

Dawson County Park and Rec is now accepting early registrations for several events planned in April to support Relay for Life.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Community mourns mayor’s death

The Dawsonville community is mourning the death of a passionate public servant whose political career spanned nearly four decades.

Mayor Joe Lane Cox died Friday in his sleep at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 72.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Peter Pan swoops into Bowen Center for the Arts

Known as the boy who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan inspired Bowen Center for the Arts' annual children's event "Sail Away to Neverland" last Saturday.

Children's imaginations were at work and eyes were aglow at the hanging decorations, colorful set designs and playful accessories based on the 2011 edition of the illustrated Walt Disney "Peter Pan" book.

March 07, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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Rotary celebrates 25 years

The Rotary Club of Dawson County celebrated its 25th anniversary this past week with a special breakfast honoring the founders and members that have made ...

May 03, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Relay for Life event sees largest turnout in 4 years

When most booths were still being set up at 5 p.m. on Friday, Rhonda Stone was already walking steadily around the track at Veterans ...

May 03, 2017 | By Allie Dean | LOCAL


City to retest Pigeon Creek Well

Even as the city prepares to make over a million dollars worth of improvements to improve its water system and build a new well off ...

May 03, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


City council moves to oust mayor

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was not in attendance at Monday's city council meeting when attorney Abbott Hayes presented findings that point to city code ...

May 03, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Auto dealership proposed in north Forsyth

NORTH FORSYTH -- A new auto dealership appears to be coming to Forsyth County rather than neighboring Dawson County.

April 28, 2017 | By Kelly Whitmire DCN regional staff | LOCAL


UPDATED: Courthouse evacuated after powder spilled in courtroom

The Dawson County Government Center was partially evacuated on Wednesday after a powdery substance was dropped in a courtroom.

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


Relay for Life this Friday

The annual Dawson County Relay for Life will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park in Dawsonville.

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


Farmer’s Market opens Friday

The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market is scheduled to start this Friday at the Tractor Supply on Hwy. 53 East.

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


DCSO holds active shooter simulation training

The North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall became a training ground when sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement personnel participated in a mock active shooter ...

April 26, 2017 | | LOCAL


Barn Dance this Saturday

Wee Books is hosting fundraiser this weekend that is sure to have attendees stompin' their boots and spinnin' their partners round and round.

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


Three cases of child molestation, rape reported in Dawson

Three separate incidents involving child molestation and strong arm rape of a child were reported to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office in April, one ...

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


Recent phone scam targets elderly

Two incidences of a phone scam have been reported in Dawson County in the past few weeks, an issue Sheriff Jeff Johnson says should put ...

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


Georgia Highlands Medical Services opens center in Dawsonville

Since 1979, Georgia Highlands Medical Services (GHMS) has been committed to its mission of providing exceptional primary medical care to everyone, regardless of personal circumstance.

April 26, 2017 | | LOCAL


Keep Dawson County Beautiful to restore creek

Keep Dawson County Beautiful is working to restore the creek at Rock Creek Park and will hold an event this weekend for volunteers who wish ...

April 26, 2017 | | LOCAL


DCHS grad named chairman of Outback Bowl

Dawson County High School alumni Todd Buchanan was announced this week as the next chairman of the 2017-18 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

April 26, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


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