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Church presents live nativity

The congregation at Bethel Baptist Church will present its annual holiday production this weekend.

Now in its 25th year, the 13-scene live nativity will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visitors will board tractor-drawn wagons to embark on a trip to a time when shepherds watched over the flocks by night and angels spread the news of Christ's birth.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Churches serve up Thanksgiving feast

Dozens of volunteers from areas churches, civic groups and youth organizations served up several hundred meals Nov. 21 during the Alliance of Church's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lakeview Center.

"There are so many people in this day and age that need help, that need things, so we're here to help," said Rob Weischedel, bishop at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Road closed for work

A busy stretch of Thompson Road will close Thursday as crews rebuild its intersection with Hwy. 53.

The closure is scheduled to last two months if there are no weather setbacks, according to state Department of Transportation officials.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus is coming to town Friday night to help the city of Dawsonville light its grand Christmas tree.

Festivities, including carolers and dancers, are set for 5:30 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, followed later by the lighting of the 26-foot tree.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Boot drive raises funds for Christmas

Local firefighters, paramedics and EMTs plan to hit the streets this weekend for an annual boot drive to raise Christmas funds for local families.

Dawson County Emergency Services hopes to provide some Christmas cheer to several families in the area by collecting donations.

November 28, 2012 | Michael Beard | LOCAL


Groups collecting toys

Several local groups are collecting toys to give out this holiday season.

Georgia State Patrol has donation boxes set up that benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Falcons surprise young fan with room makeover

A Riverview Middle School student found the surprise of a lifetime when he arrived home from school Nov. 13: Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner.

Erikson Sieber, 11, was among a handful of young fans selected to receive a room makeover by Rooms to Go, which partners every year with the Falcons to award deserving student athletes who also excel academically.

November 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Many are thankful this year

Kindergartners at Black Mill's Elementary began celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday with a holiday feast of plenty.

Rolling up their tiny sleeves and placing their napkins in their laps, the 5- and 6-year-olds took turns around the table saying what they were thankful for.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa arrives in style

Instead of traveling with elves by sleigh, Santa arrived in Dawsonville on Sunday with smiling men and women dressed in leather jackets and riding motorcycles.

The 21st annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run saw one of its largest turnouts this year. Dawsonville was waiting with open arms and trays of food for the hungry procession at the second of its three stops.

November 21, 2012 | By David Renner For the Dawson Community News | LOCAL


5 hurt in head-on collision

A head-on collision on Dawsonville Hwy. near the Dawson-Forsyth County line last week injured five, including three children.

"One of the children was in critical condition," said Billy Thurmond, Dawson County Emergency Services director.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local theater group nominated for awards

In its inaugural venture into adult musical theater, the Dawson County Arts Council's recent summer hit "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" received four nominations in the 2012 Broadway World Atlanta awards for non-professional musicals.

The nominations include: Russ Ivey, best actor; Heatherly Wanamaker Nelson, best actress; Jamie Fambrough, best director; and best musical.

November 14, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Honoring service

Servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military shared the spotlight Saturday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

In its eighth year, the ceremonies began with a formal tribute to veterans at Dawson County Middle School, followed by a parade through downtown Dawsonville. Vietnam veterans served as the grand-marshals.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual ride collects toys for Christmas

Santa and a couple hundred of his elves are expected in Dawsonville Sunday for the 21st annual Buck Jones Memorial Toy Run.

The event, organized by Bikers Dream of Atlanta, collects toys at stops from Cumming to Dahlonega to help organizations provide Christmas presents for children in need.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Church celebrates second anniversary

Grace Presbyterian Church in downtown Dawsonville will celebrate its second anniversary on Sunday with a special Kirking of the Tartans service during morning worship at 11 a.m.

The first Presbyterian church in Dawson County, Grace was constituted as an official congregation on Nov. 21, 2010, with founding pastor the late Mark Weaver.

November 14, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Community invited to free Thanksgiving dinner

The local Alliance of Churches is expecting several hundred guests for the annual community Thanksgiving feast at the Lakeview Center next week.

The feast of turkey and all the trimmings, including a variety of desserts, will be served by volunteers from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the center, at 2057 Dawson Forest Road.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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EMS to host first Community Risk Reduction discussion

Dawson County Emergency services will host its first community risk reduction discussion Tuesday in the Dawson County Junior High School auditorium.

October 19, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Grand marshal’s memory to be honored at festival

Former moonshine runner and member of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame 2004 class, Charlie Mincey was chosen in March to be the grand marshal ...

October 19, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Festival to delay traffic this weekend

With thousands of visitors descending on Dawsonville during the 49th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, local authorities are asking motorists to plan their routes and avoid ...

October 19, 2016 | | LOCAL


Goodwill Career Center to host job fair

The Goodwill Career Center, located inside Dawsonville's Goodwill store near Ingles, is hosting a multi-employer job fair next week.

October 12, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Library rent-a-tent helps locals explore outdoors

A few months ago, an employee at the Chestatee Regional Library System hatched a plan that many were skeptical of: Stocking the library with a ...

October 12, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Bank of the Ozarks to close two locations

Come mid-December, two Dawsonville Bank of the Ozarks locations will close, leaving only one of their branches open for business.

October 12, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Haitian orphans sing despite all circumstances

As the last rays of sunlight cut across the football field at Tiger Stadium Friday night, a fine rain-leftover remnants of Hurricane Matthew-began to fall.

October 12, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


State’s case against citizen journalist up in the air

The criminal case against citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale moved forward last week as a pre-trial motions hearing was held at the Dawson County courthouse.

October 12, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


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