Friends and family are mourning the loss of an active member of the Dawson County community who died last week.
Robert "Bob" Couch, a resident of Dawsonville for the past nine years, will be remembered for his good nature and big smile, according to some of those who knew him the longest.
When Russell Lowery enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard while still in high school, he was looking for adventure and a path that would give him self-worth and a purpose.
"I wanted to do something that was important, and I found that through the military," said Lowery, now 42.
Every year around her birthday, 85-year-old Barbara Haig has a simple tradition.
She grabs her water skis, enlists a friend to drive her boat and does her best to ski around Lake Lanier.
The United Way for Dawson County announced its 2012 fundraising goal Friday during a luncheon that followed the annual Day of Caring.
Holding large, red balloons, United Way board members said they hope to raise $105,000 within the next few months to support local partner agencies such as Boy and Girl Scouts, Rape Response, WEE Books and Challenged Child and Friends, among others.
A somber service was held Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Park to honor the nation's prisoners of war and those missing in action.
"We're here today to remember two sacred promises that should never be taken for granted or broken," said organizer and Vietnam veteran Dave Hildebrand. "To pledge our lives to support and defend this country is the first promise."
A Florida woman was found safe Wednesday after she was reported missing Monday near Amicalola Falls State Park in northwestern Dawson County.
"She was simply lost," said Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office. "She missed the trail where she was camping and had been lost since."
Remembrance was the theme Friday at Dawson County Emergency Services headquarters.
A crowd of more than a hundred people attended a moving ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. All those involved stressed the importance of never forgetting the heroism and horror of that day.
United Way for Dawson County will kick off its 2011 fundraising campaign Friday with a Day of Caring.
Dozens of volunteers from area businesses will meet for breakfast before heading out to local organizations, like the Dawson County Senior Center, NOA and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ) to assist with needed projects.
Lake Lanier's level dropped below 1,064 over the weekend, setting into motion a new management schedule by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
As a result, lake dwellers can expect the level of Lanier to continue to drop for a least another month as the corps releases the reservoir's stored water to maintain mandated flows downstream in the Chattahoochee and the Apalachicola Rivers.
After a few years in college at the University of Virginia, Dawson County native Adam Kimbrell joined the Army. Within a few months, he found himself living in an abandoned hut in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
"We went to an area where the surge had been pushed to - a place where the Taliban had controlled for the last four years," the 25-year-old Army Infantryman said. "Our job was to go back in and take it all back over and separate the insurgents from the people, which we did. We did a real good job in doing that."
A remembrance service will pay respect to soldiers who remain missing or were once prisoners of war.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 970 and the Dawson County High School JROTC invite the community to gather at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Authorities are searching for a 54-year-old woman reported missing late Monday night in the area of Amicalola Falls State Park.
According to Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten, Lynn Bresee was reported missing about 11 p.m. Monday by a man with whom she had been camping.
More than 800 miles separate Dawsonville and Manhattan, but that distance wasn't enough to stop the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks from reaching the local community.
Several area residents were directly affected by the events of that tragic day nearly 10 years ago.
Terry Ergle was working at a post office in Atlanta when he was drafted to the Army in 1967.
A few months later, he was on an airplane to Vietnam, a place that still haunts him today.
It could be weeks before the results of an investigation into Saturday's deadly boat crash on Lake Lanier are available.
Melissa Cummings, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said a team began reconstructing the collision Sunday.
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