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Home destroyed

David Nalley stared in disbelief Tuesday afternoon as firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed his home on Goshen Church Road in northwestern Dawson County.

"I'm still in shock. I guess it really hasn't hit me yet," he said. "It's everything I have, everything I've worked for."

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Home, garden expo this weekend

Live demonstrations, do-it-yourself workshops and innovative products are just a sample of what will be showcased this weekend at the North Georgia Home and Garden Expo.

The expo will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lakeview Center, 2057 Dawson Forest Road.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Spaghetti dinner benefits Relay

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.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


GOP to hold mass meetings

The Dawson County Republican Party will convene Precinct Mass Meetings to elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Dawson County Republican Party Convention Saturday morning.

Precinct meetings begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the county convention at 10 a.m. to elect delegates for the district and state convention.

March 07, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Expo highlights local nonprofits

Several nonprofit organizations showcased their group's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library.

The expo was held following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting and was free to the public.

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


5K supports fight against disease

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.

Lace up your sneakers and stretch out your legs to show "Country Folks Can Survive" next weekend in Dawsonville.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Celebrating a first

Like any other 4-year-old, Easton Hall loves to pretend he is a superhero and play with toy trucks.

Yet unlike most kids, he has a rare birthday.

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Seniors stay active with virtual bowling

Rachel Padgett likes to win.

"I want to win every time," she said as she picked up the Wii controller and bowled the sixth strike of the game last Thursday afternoon.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Coroner confirms paw that of a bear

Authorities have determined that skeletal remains discovered Sunday afternoon in eastern Dawson County are those of a bear.

Dawson County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Hwy. 53 about 2 p.m. after reports that the family's dog had found what appeared to be a human hand.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County will raise elevator

After numerous fundraising efforts collected nearly $43,000, county commissioners voted last week to cover the remaining balance to install an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.

"The seniors are going to be so happy. I'm so happy for them," said Margie Weaver, center director.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rolling the dice against cancer

Each member on the Dawson County High School Relay for Life team has a personal reason for supporting the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising effort.

"We have so many staff members that have been affected by cancer either directly or indirectly that we all realize that we are in it for the same reason - so no one else has to experience what we have lived," said Beth Swafford, team leader.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arbor Day celebrates honorees

A new state champion tree, submitted by Mark Short, was recognized on Arbor Day by the Dawson County Tree Preservation committee.

The Chestnut Oak measured 164 inches in circumference and was 96 feet tall, according to Tony Page of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

February 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Event showcases local nonprofits

Local nonprofit groups are invited to showcase their organization's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library.

The community opportunity expo will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing hall of fame to show Daytona 500

For the price of museum admission, race fans can spend Sunday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and watch the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on the museum's big screen.

"We had a Daytona 500 party several years ago and it went off pretty good," said Gordon Pirkle, local racing historian and hall president.

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


A leap for learning

The water in Lake Lanier was a brisk, or as some folks said "freezing," 49 degrees Saturday morning for the second annual WEE Books Leap for Literacy.

"No, no, I can't," said Pepper Pettit as he rolled up his pants legs and tiptoed into the lake at War Hill Park. "I can't believe I'm doing this ... is there a psychiatrist here?"

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | 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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