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DOT to start work on bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to rebuild the Ga. 53/Jasper Highway bridge over the Amicalola Creek west of Tinsley Chapel Road in Dawson County.

The work will mean reducing traffic over the bridge to one lane from July 30 to Aug. 13.

July 25, 2012 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Sock hop event takes seniors back in time

Elvis Presley's classic "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog," blared through the speakers during last week's sock hop at the Dawson County Senior Center.

In true style, ladies wore poodle skirts, classic pop hits were played and the dance floor was lively.

July 25, 2012 | By Mark Watkins Staff writer | LOCAL


‘Holy place’

The rusty chains of the porch swing gently squeaked as Carolyn Dooley relaxed outside her family's Lumpkin Campground tent.

"Campmeeting is something I would never miss," said Dooley, 54. "And in my life I have never missed one."

July 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Lifelong educator, former college dean dies

A renowned Dawson County educator and former dean at Gainesville State College died Thursday morning following a period of declining health.

Herbert W. Robinson, 95, had been sick for several months, according to family and close friends.

July 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Farmers offer fresh fare

Dawsonville resident Grace Collett has been selling her homegrown vegetables during the Dawson County Farmer's Market for nearly 10 years.

Tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers and eggplant were among the produce offered at her table July 11.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Arts council presents first adult musical

Opening this Friday, the Dawson County Arts Council is presenting its first adult musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

Based on the popular 1988 film, the musical is a comedy revolving around playful banter, mischievous scams and sudden twists.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


New women’s republican group forms

A new group has formed with a mission to get more women involved in the political process.

Based in Dawson County but pulling from all counties in the new 9th congressional district, the Foothills Republican Women is a grassroots organization that promotes an informed public through political education and activity by increasing the effectiveness of women in government.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting under way

Advance voting for the July 31 general primary is currently under way and continues through July 27.

According to Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson, a total of 639 early votes were cast in a span of five days last week.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Campmeeting is set for next week

Lumpkin Campground will hold its annual summer revival next week.

Known as campmeeting, the week-long event traditionally features two services each day that include prayer, singing, music, Bible readings, preaching, personal testimonies and altar calls.

July 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Application proposal concerns residents

Nearly two dozen Dawson County residents were at a public meeting Monday to find out how a developer's wastewater proposal could affect their homes and families.

Waterscape Services is considering spreading stabilized sewage sludge from the Hampton Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Forsyth County onto property owned by Rotag Partners LLC at the northwest corner of Harry Sosebee and Lumpkin Campground roads in southern Dawson County.

July 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pool Room benefit Sunday

There's still time to get tickets to Sunday's benefit jam aimed at saving Dawsonville's historic Pool Room.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the gate the day of the show. The price includes an afternoon of live music by a variety of local acts and free access to the kids' zone for children 12 and younger.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Storm snuffs show

The community will have a second chance to celebrate with fireworks this summer after torrential downpours washed out the Dawson Day Sparks in the Park festivities.

Plans are in the works for an event to make up for the canceled Independence Day fireworks extravaganza July 3.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Meeting planned over sewage from Forsyth

A public meeting next week in neighboring Forsyth County could draw some interest from those living near 65 acres in southeastern Dawson County where a developer wants to deposit sludge from a wastewater treatment plant.

Waterscape Utility LLC filed notice last month to hold the meeting at 10 a.m. July 16 in the Hampton Village Golf clubhouse, 6310 Hampton Golf Club Drive.

July 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Time for honey

With bees swarming around her head in the hot morning air, Jean Schilling prods and picks at the growing hive.

Unfazed and unafraid, the local beekeeper is dressed from head to toe as she swings the smoking canister to calm the bees. It's all part of the routine to check her five hives.

July 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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


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Human remains found in Dahlonega near site of missing Gwinnett woman’s wrecked car

Human remains and clothing were found last week in Dahlonega near where the wrecked vehicle of a Gwinnett County woman was found last year.

April 25, 2017 | From DCN regional staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


North Forsyth fire station opens a year after firefighters work out of Dawson

After working for more than a year out of neighboring Dawson County, some members of the Forsyth County Fire Department are coming home.

April 25, 2017 | By Kelly Whitmire DCN regional staff | LOCAL


2 dead, 2 hospitalized after overdosing in southwest Forsyth over weekend

FORSYTH COUNTY - Four people overdosed, two fatally from Forsyth County, from drugs, three emergency calls of which were within a 15-hour period on Sunday and ...

April 25, 2017 | By Isabel Hughes DCN regional staff | LOCAL


City moves forward with airport improvements

City Manager Bob Bolz brought before the city council Monday a committee recommendation for a consulting firm that will spearhead improvements to a local airport ...

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


Egg hunt a success

The annual Easter egg hunt at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday couldn't have asked for a better day as attendees walked onto the football ...

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


Continuous flow intersection nears completion

The final weeks of construction on the continuous flow intersection at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 are looming as crews make final touches to the ...

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


Take jobs you're not qualified for, says chamber speaker

Sonja McLendon, chief of operational excellence at Northeast Georgia Health System, spoke at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week and gave the ...

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


Council to add annexation fee

The Dawsonville City Council is considering adding a fee that could double the cost of annexing into the city for some homeowners as well as ...

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


Gibson retires from Etowah board

Last week marked the final meeting for Etowah Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors member Lake Gibson, who retired from the board after moving ...

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


4-H to hold drive-by rabies clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic this Saturday at three locations throughout ...

April 19, 2017 | | LOCAL


Mr. and Miss Dawson County to be crowned this weekend

The annual Miss Dawson County beauty pageants will be held this upcoming weekend with all proceeds from the event going to the Dawson County Band ...

April 19, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle files to run for governor in 2018

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Gainesville native, filed last week to run for governor in 2018, making him the latest Republican to enter what is ...

April 19, 2017 | By Nick Bowman and Kelly Whitmire DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Voting heating up for Best of Dawson

Vote, vote, vote for the 2017 Best of Dawson!

April 19, 2017 | | LOCAL


Egg hunt set for Saturday

One of the largest events of the year is coming up this weekend as the county springs into action to hold the biggest and best ...

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


Three arrested for stealing washing machines, trailer from home

Three were arrested last week for allegedly stealing appliances and a utility trailer from an under construction residence in Dawson County while another in their ...

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


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