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Locals take leap for literacy

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.

February 20, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Preserve, protect

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."

February 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Postal employees honored

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."

February 20, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Etowah Lodge’s annual spaghetti dinner Saturday

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.

February 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual meeting focuses on safety

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.

February 20, 2013 | | LOCAL


Crossing topic of luncheon

Transportation is up for discussion Thursday during a Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Robert Murphy, senior project manager with the Georgia Department of Transportation, will outline plans for the Hwy. 53-Ga. 400 crossing, which include converting it to a two-legged continuous flow setup.

February 13, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arbor Day celebration is Friday

The community is invited to a celebration of trees Friday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Dawson County Tree Preservation Committee in conjunction with Keep Dawson County Beautiful will meet at 2 p.m. in honor of Arbor Day, held in Georgia on the third week of February each year.

February 13, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Preparing for emergencies topic of annual meeting

Emergency preparedness will be the topic of discussion Saturday at the Dawson County's Homeowners Civic Association annual membership meeting.

Guest speakers Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle and Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond are scheduled to outline the county's emergency management plans, as well as answer questions.

February 13, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Police academy seeks participants

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

Designed to give residents an inside look at how local law enforcement operates, the free, four-week course begins March 7 with an introduction by Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his administrative staff.

February 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Community mourns local teacher, coach

A local teacher and coach will be greatly missed, but his "legacy of kindness and service" will be kept alive, friends and former colleagues say.

Philip Branson III, 59, who passed away Feb. 2 after a lengthy illness, leaves behind a community of family, friends and children whose lives he touched daily.

February 06, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


No charges in shooting

Charges will not be filed in what authorities have ruled an accidental shooting last week at Dawsonville Gun and Pawn on Hwy. 53 near Ga. 400.

"It was an accident," said Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Ray Goodie.

January 30, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County Schools closed Friday

January 24, 2013 | | LOCAL


Woman shot at gun store

A 58-year-old employee was shot in the upper leg this morning when a firearm discharged at Dawsonville Gun and Pawn, near Ga. 400.

January 23, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ninth District keeps those in need warm

While the winter weather may not be shutting down roads and businesses in Dawson County, it is still a danger to those who are unable to keep necessary heating arrangements.

Ninth District Opportunity, a private, nonprofit organization, is there to help those in Dawson that need heat with its Low Income Heating Assistance Program.

January 23, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Super Bowl raffle tickets for sale

Even with the Falcons out of Super Bowl contention, fans still have the opportunity to cash in on football's biggest game of the year.

The Rotary Club of Dawson County's annual Super Bowl Squares contest gives players the chance to win between $500 and $2,000 in raffles that are held at the end of each quarter and then at the end of the game.

January 23, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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GDOT begins study to determine city airport feasibility

Nine days after the city of Dawsonville announced renewed interest in buying the Elliott Field airport and retaining it for public use, the Georgia Department ...

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Motorsports park seeks extension of hours for go-karts, no noise limits on holidays

Neighboring residents are up in arms after Jeremy Porter, owner of the Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, presented an application to the Dawsonville Planning Commission ...

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Wireless provider tabled indefinitely

The board of commissioners last week voted to table a proposal by Paladin Wireless, an internet company that wishes to bring their services into Dawson ...

February 22, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


‘I felt like I should take it’

Luke Ellis found his best friend because of math.

February 22, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Plane crashes in Dawson County

A single-passenger plane crashed onto the shoulder of Goodson Road in Dawsonville shortly before noon today.

February 19, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


KKK sign removed from Dahlonega building

A sign in downtown Dahlonega bearing Ku Klux Klan imagery has been taken down amid protests against it.

February 16, 2017 | By Kelly Whitmire For the DCN | LOCAL


Commissioners discuss in-house attorney salary

The new county attorney's salary and compensation were discussed by the board of commissioners during last week's work session.

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Commission to consider new wireless internet option

The board of commissioners is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal from Paladin Wireless, a small company out of Royston that wishes to put ...

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Tanner introduces bill for failing schools

Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, introduced a bill last week that is his answer to last session's failed Amendment One, also known as the Opportunity ...

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


A strummin’ good time

Within the first 20 minutes of their first-ever gathering, a newly-minted Dawsonville music group were strumming along to "You are my sunshine" as they sat ...

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


New developments in missing man’s case emerge

Dawson County investigators say they're putting fresh eyes on three local cases that have left many stupefied and searching fruitlessly for answers.

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean | LOCAL


Fees to be raised at Dawson transfer station

The fee per ton for weighed trash at the Dawson County transfer station could increase by $9 and new limits could be placed elsewhere due ...

February 14, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Qualifying dates set for city election

City council members on Monday voted to set the qualifying dates for the upcoming general election.

February 14, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville Walmart reopens after evacuation

The Dawsonville Walmart on Ga. 400 was reopened at approximately 9:30 p.m. after deputies and explosive-detecting police dogs cleared the building following a ...

February 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Convenience store opens on Hwy. 9

The Gold Creek Market convenience store and Exxon gas station celebrated its first two months of business with a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting on ...

February 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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