Dawson County's beloved "Soldier Boy" died Monday night after a more than five-year battle with cancer.
Funeral services for 12-year-old Kenneth "Kenny" Webster Stewart III are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Bearden Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Moss Memorial Gardens.
The lore of Dawsonville's unique moonshining history will have the community seeing stars come October when moonshiners from Discovery Channel's hit cable series of the same name will be in town to serve as grand marshals for the 46th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.
"We're excited to be coming to Dawsonville for the Moonshine Festival," said Jeff Waldroup, who was in town Thursday with his sidekick Mark to make the official announcement and promote the festival that will be Oct. 26-27 in the streets of downtown Dawsonville.
A family was displaced Thursday after a fire destroyed a home on A.T. Moore Road in southern Dawson County.
While the cause of the blazed has not been determined, Dawson County Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield said it appears to be electrical.
A Dahlonega man died Sunday after a wreck on Ga. 400 in northern Dawson County.
Clayton Patterson, 69, was flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta following a single-vehicle crash, which occurred about noon near the Dawson-Lumpkin County line.
The Dawson County Republican Party convention Saturday is expected to usher in new leadership.
Clint Bearden, who was elected as the local party's chairman in 2011, has said he will not seek an additional term as the county's GOP leader.
Plans to pave Carlisle Road were discussed during a meeting Saturday morning at Dawson County Emergency Services Station No. 2.
Several Carlisle Road residents attended the town hall style meeting held by Dawson County Public Works Director David Headley and county engineer Corey Gutherie, who outlined the project that includes paving, widening and restructuring the gravel road.
Dawson County residents didn't let 40-degree weather or stormy skies dampen their spirits for a good cause Saturday as WEE Books held its third annual Leap for Literacy.
According to organizers, the fundraiser at War Hill Park has grown more successful each year.
During the March meeting of the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society, Ray Rensi will present a program called "Murder and Moonshine in the Mountains."
The meeting will be March 19 at the Dawson County Library on Allen Street.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's Ambassador's Relay for Life team is selling doughnuts in the hopes of raising funds for the fight against cancer.
The team, whose motto is "Wishing Upon a Cure" is currently selling preorders for Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
The University of North Georgia Athletic Department will induct four individuals into the Athletics Hall of Fame at a luncheon Saturday. Among those four is Dawson County High School history teacher and assistant girls basketball coach Anne Hyams.
"Each year we have the opportunity to pay tribute to the finest student-athletes and coaches in North Georgia's history," said Lindsay Reeves, director of athletics, in a release. "We are proud to honor the 2013 Hall of Fame class for their achievements in athletics and in the community, and for being great ambassadors of this university."
Dawson County residents are being told to go "jump in a lake," but for a good cause.
The third annual Leap for Literacy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at War Hill Park.
The only memory Peggy Hulsey has of the 68-foot Southern magnolia on her property is that her father didn't like it.
"Daddy hated the tree because they make such a mess, but [my mom] loved it," she said. "Nobody was going to cut down that tree as long as she was there, and it's still there."
Postmaster Andrea Phillips awarded seven Dawson County post office employees last week.
"These awards are for years of service," said Phillips on Feb. 15. "These employees total over 200 years of service for the United States Postal Service."
A nearly 30 year tradition continues Saturday when the Etowah Lodge No. 222 Free and Accepted Masons open the lodge for an annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser.
"We've been doing this probably 28 years or so," said James Swafford, longtime lodge member.
The annual meeting of the Dawson County's Homeowners Association aimed to educate the community on safety during natural disasters and everyday life.
The meeting, held Saturday at the C&S Bank Community Building in downtown Dawsonville, featured guest speakers Billy Thurmond, director of Dawson County Emergency Services, and Sheriff Billy Carlisle.
Seniors Emma French and Corey Hammond were crowned basketball homecoming queen and king last week.
Dawson County's Miss Relay for Life pageant has been scheduled for March and applications are now being accepted for the annual fundraising event.
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