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‘Old school’ sheriff’s deputy retires

Veteran lawman Mickey Gilbertson admits he wasn't always one to follow the rules.

A teenage felon in central Florida, Gilbertson spent time in reform school and jail before meeting a couple of officers who took him under their wings and taught him right from wrong.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drop off unused medicines Saturday

Several local agencies have teamed up to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Bellezza’ exhibit features array of artistic talents

For the 11th year, Bowen Center for the Arts is featuring an assortment of works by the Sawnee Artists Association.

The Forsyth County-based association presents its member's artwork of various mediums, including woodwork, painting and photography, through Saturday.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Survivors honored for their fight

Cancer survivors and their caregivers gathered April 19 for the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner at Dawson County High School.

Paper bag luminaries at the center of guests' tables testified to the numerous people affected by cancer. "My professor," "my friend," "my mother" and "my son" were among the titles written on them.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘Where it all started’

A movie that touches on the north Georgia gold rush and famed local miners is in the works, according to film and Dawsonville officials.

Jimmy Anderson, a historian for Dawson and Lumpkin counties, confirmed that local property is being considered for scenes about famed miner Green Russell.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Complex changes sought

The Dawsonville City Council is scheduled to discuss variance requests for a proposed apartment complex Thursday night.

Plans call for Farmington Woods to be built on 15 acres off Perimeter Road, less than a mile from downtown. It will feature 72 units, including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

April 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Moore named festival grand marshal

Championship car owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore will serve as grand marshal for the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

"We're real honored to have him," said Gordon Pirkle, a local racing historian and board member of KARE for Kids, which organizes the festival.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Electronics recycling event planned

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

Volunteers will be in the Dawsonville Walmart parking lot from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday to help unload personal computers, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, radios, telephones, circuit boards and fax machines, among other items.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teams ‘Paint the Town Purple’

Volunteers painted the town purple Saturday with numerous events that raised cancer awareness and funds for Dawson County Relay for Life.

From car washes, yard sales and motorcycle rides to lemonade stands and cookouts, Relay for Life teams collected hundreds and helped spread the word about the fight against cancer.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Cow county’s first rabies case in ’12

Animal owners are encouraged to have their pets and livestock vaccinated after a cow in northeastern Dawson was confirmed last week as the county's first rabies case in 2012.

Local animal control officials received verification April 9 that a cow found near Stowers Road and Ga. 400 was infected with the virus.

April 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Center planned for visits

A supervised visitation center planned for Dawson County aims to address domestic and dating violence that can occur during child custody exchanges.

The project began in October when the Office on Violence Against Women awarded "The Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant" to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in Atlanta.

April 18, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Confirmed case of rabies in Dawson County

Local animal control officials announced Tuesday morning that they have received confirmation of a rabies case in Dawson County.

April 11, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Elderly man dies in wreck

An 89-year-old Dawsonville man died Monday afternoon from injuries he suffered in a wreck earlier that day.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone said Heinz Boehm failed to yield as he pulled his 1990 Nissan Axxess onto Hwy. 9 north from a private driveway near Apple Ridge 2.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Booths available for weekend yard sale

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.

Booth space is available for a community yard sale this weekend at Rock Creek Park.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Egg hunt raises funds

With the sun beating down on their shoulders, hundreds of children stormed the field to claim bright-colored eggs during the 26th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt.

Earlier on Saturday, KARE for Kids' volunteers had spread more than 20,000 hard plastic eggs across the fields at Veterans Memorial Park.

April 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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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


Council selects final city manager candidates

Council members voted Monday night to release the names of the final three candidates for the open city manager position.

October 06, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


State’s case against citizen journalist up in the air

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

October 06, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Orphans stranded in Dawsonville after Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti

Haitian orphans who are a part of a traveling choir found themselves stranded this week while their home was battered by Hurricane Matthew.

October 05, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Bethel United Methodist Chicken-Q chairs retire

The Chicken-Q has been a part of Bethel United Methodist Church's history as long as any of its patrons can remember, and now two ...

October 05, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Local Nonprofit supports Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Chili Cook-Off

In the United States, one in three women has been physically abused by an intimate partner, according to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic ...

October 05, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


Publix set to open next week

The new Publix grocery store on Ga. 400 in the Dawson Crossroads shopping center will open its doors to the public for the first time ...

October 05, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


“Fill the Boot” sends local boy to summer camp

During Labor Day weekend, Dawson County Emergency Services members conducted their annual Fill the Boot fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), an organization ...

October 05, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL


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