Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community. The series will also include articles on prevention, early detection and treatment options.
Lace up your sneakers and stretch out your legs to show "Country Folks Can Survive" next weekend in Dawsonville.
Like any other 4-year-old, Easton Hall loves to pretend he is a superhero and play with toy trucks.
Yet unlike most kids, he has a rare birthday.
Rachel Padgett likes to win.
"I want to win every time," she said as she picked up the Wii controller and bowled the sixth strike of the game last Thursday afternoon.
Authorities have determined that skeletal remains discovered Sunday afternoon in eastern Dawson County are those of a bear.
Dawson County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Hwy. 53 about 2 p.m. after reports that the family's dog had found what appeared to be a human hand.
After numerous fundraising efforts collected nearly $43,000, county commissioners voted last week to cover the remaining balance to install an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.
"The seniors are going to be so happy. I'm so happy for them," said Margie Weaver, center director.
Each member on the Dawson County High School Relay for Life team has a personal reason for supporting the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising effort.
"We have so many staff members that have been affected by cancer either directly or indirectly that we all realize that we are in it for the same reason - so no one else has to experience what we have lived," said Beth Swafford, team leader.
A new state champion tree, submitted by Mark Short, was recognized on Arbor Day by the Dawson County Tree Preservation committee.
The Chestnut Oak measured 164 inches in circumference and was 96 feet tall, according to Tony Page of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Local nonprofit groups are invited to showcase their organization's work and volunteer needs Saturday at the Dawson County Library.
The community opportunity expo will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon following the Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association's annual membership meeting.
For the price of museum admission, race fans can spend Sunday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and watch the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on the museum's big screen.
"We had a Daytona 500 party several years ago and it went off pretty good," said Gordon Pirkle, local racing historian and hall president.
The water in Lake Lanier was a brisk, or as some folks said "freezing," 49 degrees Saturday morning for the second annual WEE Books Leap for Literacy.
"No, no, I can't," said Pepper Pettit as he rolled up his pants legs and tiptoed into the lake at War Hill Park. "I can't believe I'm doing this ... is there a psychiatrist here?"
A bill that would allow tastings at Georgia distilleries cleared committee last week and is one step closer to a vote by the state House of Representatives.
House Bill 514 would be advantageous to Cheryl Wood, owner of the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, which is expected to open in the next few months.
Local sculptor and outdoorsman Allen Ferg and fellow hiker Bob Miller are preparing to begin an enormous undertaking of 2,184 miles.
The duos estimated six-month journey from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail is set to benefit the Dawson County Arts Council, Bowen Center for the Arts and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ.)
Aromas of fresh baked cakes, cookies and pastries filled the lobby of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office on Friday as visitors placed bids on dozens of wanted desserts.
An American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser, the silent auction netted more than $530 with several cakes fetching as much as $50 and $100 each.
The man credited with founding what has become Dawsonville's Mountain Moonshine Festival died Sunday at age 75.
Born in Dawson County in 1936, friends called Fred Goswick a man of vision who recognized that tales of Dawsonville's pioneer heritage and sordid moonshine history had the potential to be something big.
Fellow volunteers are quick to praise Penny Putnam's contributions to the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County.
"Although Penny came into our service with no background in the medical field she has learned everything and is doing a superb job," said Doug Powell, treasurer of the nonprofit center that provides free non-emergency health services to uninsured residents.
Low cost rabies vaccinations will be available Saturday at various locations across the county.
A dinner Tuesday night will celebrate the lives of local cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Gasp, laughter, repeat.
More than three acres at the intersection of Hwys. 9 North and 136 are being cleared to make way for a new gas station and ...
Hwy. 53 was shut down between Lumpkin Campground Road and Ga. 400 just after 5 a.m. Monday due to a gas main break caused ...
The three-vehicle crash at the Dawson-Forsyth County line Wednesday that sent several people to the hospital occurred, authorities said, when a teenage driver suffered a ...
The State Board of Education renewed the Dawson County School District's charter system contract today.
Hwy. 53 East was shut down in both directions at the Dawson-Forsyth County line Wednesday morning as officers investigated a two-car crash that occured just ...
When Charlie Mincey got his first speeding ticket at the age of 12, he must have known racing was in his blood.
Volunteers with Keep Dawson County Beautiful are encouraging community members to spruce up their neighborhoods as part of this year's Great American Cleanup.
There's still time to register a team in Rotary Club of Dawson County's 24th annual golf tournament and fundraiser.
Every month when the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation bill arrives, there is a simple request to give a few extra cents to round up your ...
When the first graders at Robinson Elementary lined up at their door on Good Friday, there was a serious case of the wiggles going around ...
Local Republicans recently recognized one of their own for his lifelong service to the party.
The developer for a proposed assisted living facility on Kilough Church Road will not move forward with the project after learning last week that many ...