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Dispose of scrap tires this weekend

Each year, hundreds of scrap tires are illegally dumped along roadways, creating threats to the environment, public health and safety.

In an effort to decrease the number of scrap tires in the area, Keep Dawson County Beautiful offers Dawson County residents a scrap tire amnesty day from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Dawson County Transfer Station.

November 02, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Driver injured in tractor trailer wreck

A tractor-trailer driver escaped serious injury Oct. 26 when his vehicle careened down an embankment on Hwy. 52, just east of Amicalola Falls State Park.

The driver, identified as 37-year-old Sherman Edward Corn of Cleveland, was able to crawl out of the truck and up to the road, emergency workers said.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Appeal filed in dispute

Dawsonville officials say they are not fazed that the battle over construction of a motorsports park in western Dawson County has shifted to the Georgia Supreme Court.

"We're sticking to our guns," Mayor Joe Lane Cox said of the appeal filed Oct. 26. "Judge [John] Girardeau ruled in our favor before and I think that will happen with this one, too."

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘A way of giving back’

It was a chilly Saturday morning, but not too cold for a motorcycle ride through the north Georgia mountains to help raise funds for children at Christmas.

"When we woke up, it was 38 degrees and had been raining just a couple hours earlier," said organizer Lt. Doug Boyle with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fire displaces couple

A Flat Creek Drive home appears to be a complete loss after a fire Oct. 26 in downtown Dawsonville.

"There's heat damage through the entire home," said Dawson County Emergency Services Battalion Chief Robby Lee.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing hall honors this year’s inductees

Ask brothers Ernie, Dan and Bill Elliott and they'll agree their dad George Elliott should have been named to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame years ago.

"He was instrumental in a lot of people's careers in racing, especially ours," said Ernie Elliott. "It was just a sport that he loved. If it wouldn't have been for him getting it started, starting us in it, we wouldn't have been able to accomplish what we did."

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Agents inspect distillery

Federal agents reportedly paid a surprise visit to downtown Dawsonville early Friday, ready to shut down what they had been told was an active moonshine operation.

Instead, the agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives left several hours later after determining the alleged tip was false.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Focus is the kids

Organizers say the 44th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville was a record breaker.

"I've never seen people start arriving on Wednesday for the festival," said Gordon Pirkle, a longtime member of KARE for Kids, which organizes the event.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Keep kids safe this Halloween

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Agency reminds parents to make sure children are safe this Halloween.

With Halloween on Monday, motorists should also anticipate finding trick-or-treaters on local roads and neighborhoods as early as 5 p.m.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

For Arthur Dover, his views on military service have remained the same for nearly six decades.

"I love my country," said Dover, who retired from the United States Air Force in 1972.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pill drop offers secure way to dispose of drugs

Local authorities want parents to remember the war on drugs starts at home.

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poker run benefits kids

Proceeds from a poker run this weekend will benefit the Dawson County Sheriff's annual Shop with a Cop event.

The run departs from the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center on Tucker Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast will be available.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshine Festival this weekend

Lee Elrod was at an estate sale three years ago when he stumbled across an early 1940s photo taken atop Amicalola Falls.

An antique collector of sorts, Elrod was intrigued by the image of a man warming his hands over the open flame of a copper liquor still.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary team is ‘Smarter than a 10 year-old’

It's not technically a trick question, but tricky all the same to nearly everyone gathered Oct. 11 at Dawson County Middle School.

"Name all of the states that border the Great Lakes," said emcee Gary Pichon during the Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Homans installed as Kiwanis president

Local attorney Joey Homans was installed last week as president of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club by the group's 2011 President Lisa Thurmond.

"There's a lot of opportunities to be involved in community activities in Dawson County. Kiwanis is the way I've been able to tap into the community," Homans said. "I hope to just continue along the path that Lisa Thurmond set and continue to be positive to grow and strengthen our club."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Dawsonville man arrested on burglary, drug charges

A Dawson County man was arrested and charged with first degree burglary following a reported incident on Ridge Road late last month.

August 10, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Kiwanis Club hosts annual run

The Kiwanis Club of Dawson County has put local runners on notice: The revenuers are coming for you.

August 10, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Unidentified urn found floating on Lake Lanier

LAKE LANIER - The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office issued an unusual request Monday: for anyone with information regarding an urn found floating on Lake Lanier ...

August 10, 2016 | By Isabel Hughes DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Movies in the Park a fitting end to summer activities

Kids and adults longing for one last taste of summer can jump in at Veterans Park on Friday.

August 10, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Father of missing girl facing multiple charges

The father of a Hall County 12-year-old who was missing for a week and a half faces multiple felony charges.

August 09, 2016 | From regional staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Celebrity waiters bring out the breakfast crowd

Struggling to find parking at LongHorn may be the norm on a Friday night, but last Friday morning there was barely an available spot.

August 03, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Milestones scores make gains

Georgia Milestones test scores were released last week and Dawson County students were in the top 20 in the state in multiple grade levels across ...

August 03, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Back to school

Though summer hardly seems to be winding down, kids across the county will move back into classrooms on Aug. 5.

August 03, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Kids head back to school

Dawson County Schools are back in business on Friday.

July 28, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


That's a fake laugh

Fake laughing may have gotten a bad rap.

July 27, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Lucky winners roll the dice at Roaring Rotary casino

Dawson County deputies raided an underground gambling parlor Saturday night and arrested several well-known wiseguys on alcohol and racketeering charges.

July 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Jeff Johnson is Dawson County's new sheriff

Dawson County's runoff election for sheriff and tax commissioner ended in narrow victories Tuesday night.

July 26, 2016 | | LOCAL


Campmeeting: 'It's better than Christmas'

Those on the inside can't fully explain it and those on the outside can't fully understand it.

July 26, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


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