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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


Arts council presents first adult musical

Opening this Friday, the Dawson County Arts Council is presenting its first adult musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

Based on the popular 1988 film, the musical is a comedy revolving around playful banter, mischievous scams and sudden twists.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


New women’s republican group forms

A new group has formed with a mission to get more women involved in the political process.

Based in Dawson County but pulling from all counties in the new 9th congressional district, the Foothills Republican Women is a grassroots organization that promotes an informed public through political education and activity by increasing the effectiveness of women in government.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting under way

Advance voting for the July 31 general primary is currently under way and continues through July 27.

According to Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson, a total of 639 early votes were cast in a span of five days last week.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Campmeeting is set for next week

Lumpkin Campground will hold its annual summer revival next week.

Known as campmeeting, the week-long event traditionally features two services each day that include prayer, singing, music, Bible readings, preaching, personal testimonies and altar calls.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Application proposal concerns residents

Nearly two dozen Dawson County residents were at a public meeting Monday to find out how a developer's wastewater proposal could affect their homes and families.

Waterscape Services is considering spreading stabilized sewage sludge from the Hampton Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Forsyth County onto property owned by Rotag Partners LLC at the northwest corner of Harry Sosebee and Lumpkin Campground roads in southern Dawson County.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pool Room benefit Sunday

There's still time to get tickets to Sunday's benefit jam aimed at saving Dawsonville's historic Pool Room.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the gate the day of the show. The price includes an afternoon of live music by a variety of local acts and free access to the kids' zone for children 12 and younger.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Storm snuffs show

The community will have a second chance to celebrate with fireworks this summer after torrential downpours washed out the Dawson Day Sparks in the Park festivities.

Plans are in the works for an event to make up for the canceled Independence Day fireworks extravaganza July 3.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Meeting planned over sewage from Forsyth

A public meeting next week in neighboring Forsyth County could draw some interest from those living near 65 acres in southeastern Dawson County where a developer wants to deposit sludge from a wastewater treatment plant.

Waterscape Utility LLC filed notice last month to hold the meeting at 10 a.m. July 16 in the Hampton Village Golf clubhouse, 6310 Hampton Golf Club Drive.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Time for honey

With bees swarming around her head in the hot morning air, Jean Schilling prods and picks at the growing hive.

Unfazed and unafraid, the local beekeeper is dressed from head to toe as she swings the smoking canister to calm the bees. It's all part of the routine to check her five hives.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Community mourns death of local historian

The Dawsonville community is mourning the death of a local historian, retired school teacher and beloved family man this week.

Lifelong resident Charles Finley passed away July 4 due to complications from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle wreck June 15. He was 64.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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Fair comes to town as Chamber turns 40

The fair came to town last week, just in time for the celebration of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's 40th birthday.

July 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Auditors complete report of county’s 2016 financials

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners recently heard the results of an audit performed by accounting firm Rushton and Company.

July 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Development Authority, BOC discuss funding in group meeting

"I've been on this board for five years, and I don't remember us ever doing this," said Sherry Weeks, chair of the Development ...

July 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


T-Bone wreck at Duck Thurmond injures two

A wreck the morning of June 29 at Duck Thurmond Road and Hwy. 53 injured two and sent one to the hospital with non-life threatening ...

July 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Fire destroys former bed and breakfast famous for celebrity guests

A fire last Tuesday destroyed a 6,500 square foot former bed and breakfast off Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville.

July 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Associated Credit Union opens Dawson Forest branch

Norcross-based Associated Credit Union opened its doors for a soft launch last week and offered the community a sneak peek into its new offices on ...

July 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Driver charged in fatal north Forsyth crash

A Forsyth County grand jury has indicted a Dawsonville man in connection to a fatal car crash during which he is accused to have been ...

July 05, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Goodwill of North Georgia awarded $1.2M for ex-offender job program

Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $1.2 million from the federal Department of Labor for its program helping young adult ex-offenders find employment.

July 05, 2017 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Fire destroys vacant bed and breakfast

A fire Tuesday night destroyed a 6,500 square foot former bed and breakfast off Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Motorsports park to host 4th of July fireworks

The fourth annual Sparks in the Motorsports Park event is scheduled for this 4th of July and will be the biggest display of fireworks in ...

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Father and son drown at popular Lumpkin waterfall

More than $38,000 has been raised since a Dahlonega man and his son drowned at a popular Lumpkin County swimming spot last week.

June 28, 2017 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Summer is here

The first day of summer was June 21 and with the hot weather residents in the north Georgia mountains have been experiencing, officials are urging ...

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Beloved Chick-fil-A employee remembered by coworkers, patrons

If you have visited the Dawsonville Chick-fil-A restaurant at all in the past 10 years, you probably encountered Vicky Duran.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Long range planning committee holds first meeting

A committee newly appointed by the board of commissioners met Friday morning under the notion that some growth is good, but planned growth is better.

June 28, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


10 wolf puppies born at North Georgia Zoo

A new and rather large litter of gray wolves was born this spring at North Georgia Zoo. Now, the puppies are ready for socialization.

June 28, 2017 | By Amber Tyner DCN regional staff | LOCAL


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