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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


Chestatee artists show works

Bowen Center for the Arts is bursting with paintings, drawings, carvings and other independent creations reflecting the local landscape.

The Chestatee Artists, based in Lumpkin County, are presenting a collection that shows mixed mediums through the end of July.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Celebrating freedoms

In celebration of Independence Day, Dawson County residents often flock to Lake Lanier, local parks, area attractions and traditional fireworks extravaganzas.

Dressed in patriotic colors, many families relish the opportunity to spend time together with picnics, activities and traditions.

July 04, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Folk artists come home for reunion

Lannie and Gerald Lambert travel from Atlanta each June for the annual Folk Art Family Reunion at Around Back at Rocky's Place.

"We have friends that live in Bent Tree, so we're here visiting them, but we always come to the reunion," said Lannie Lambert, an art teacher that specializes in folk art and lessons.

July 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Body of missing teen recovered

June 28, 2012 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Club honored

As a salute to its volunteer efforts, a local veterans group has been named the Vietnam Veterans of America Georgia State Council's chapter of the year.

"I was totally surprised when they announced it," said Chapter 970 President Wayne Watkins. "I've submitted for this every year since we formed. It's typically awarded to the larger, metro chapters."

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sparks in the Park set for Tuesday

The whistle and cracks of firecrackers will once again resound through Rock Creek Park on Tuesday night as Dawson County celebrates Independence Day.

In its fourth year, Dawson Day Sparks in the Park is set to begin at 5 p.m. with activities for the entire family.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Youth organizes 5K

A local youth plans to donate proceeds from a 5K race he organized to help a group of women signed up to participate in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Jared Posey, 11, of Dawsonville said he invites the community out to Rock Creek Park on Friday afternoon for the race. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and is $5 per person.

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Habitat hopeful to build locally

Officials with Habitat for Humanity remain hopeful about building homes in Dawson County.

"We would love to build in Dawson County," said Mary Lamond, the group's North Central Georgia director. "Our biggest struggle is land, finding land at a reasonable price."

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local produce market opens

Locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers will roll in by the truckload Saturday as the Dawson County Extension Office's annual produce market opens.

Running every Saturday through mid-September, the produce market will be open from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the extension office at 298 Academy Avenue.

June 27, 2012 | | LOCAL


Folk art flourishes

Known for offering an array of folk art and crafts, the seventh annual Folk Art Family Reunion will be held this weekend at Around Back at Rocky's Place.

More than 20 artists from around the Southeast sell drawings, pottery and other creations during the festival. Co-owner Robin Blan said the festival is an outpouring of artistic creativity.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Senior Center water aerobics underway

Stepping into the pool at Veterans Memorial Park, seniors gathered last week to begin a water-logged aerobics class hosted by the Dawson County Senior Center.

In only its second year, the SilverSneakers "Silver Splash" aerobics class has had an outpouring of community citizens attend.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Art transforms building

A reception earlier this month paid tribute to local artists whose works are on display at the Dawson County Government Center.

County native Amber Gilleland said she was honored to have her paintings hanging on the fourth floor of the new center.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park looks for votes

Veterans Memorial Park is competing for a $100,000 grant and to be voted as "America's Favorite Park" in a nationwide competition sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company and FourSquare.

The park that tallies the most votes receives the title and the grant, which can be used for park needs.

June 20, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff Writer | LOCAL


Wreck injures three

A local historian and his wife suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon near the Dawson-Forsyth county line.

Charles and Kathy Finley of Dawsonville were flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition following a two-vehicle wreck about 4:15 p.m. on Hwy. 53, just east of War Hill Park Road.

June 19, 2012 | 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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