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Library program serves local youth

The Chestatee Regional Library System kicked off a new outreach service last month that aims to bring books to children in remote locations in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

The Booker Mobile, named after the library mascot Booker the Dog, will visit locations after school and during the summer to allow children to check out up to five books and learn about library services.

May 16, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


State seizes Dawsonville Pool Room

The future of a landmark Dawson County eatery is in doubt after the Georgia Department of Revenue seized the Dawsonville Pool Room at lunchtime Wednesday.

May 09, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fling draws a crowd

Spring was in the air over the weekend as thousands flocked to downtown Dawsonville for the Dawson County Arts Council's 11th annual Spring Fling Festival.

May 09, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Governor signs tasting bill

A bill that allows tasting at distilleries in Georgia has been signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.

May 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Officials pleased with start

Capping months of construction and preparation, Atlanta Motorsports Park has officially opened.

May 09, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Kiwanis annual 5, 10K run Saturday

The eighth annual spring Kiwanis run titled "Cinco de Run-O" is set for Saturday.

The race is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

May 02, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Teeth whitening event benefits cause

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.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Art Center offers annual Spring Fling this weekend

Hundreds of county residents and visitors will swarm to Bowen Center for the Arts this weekend for the Art in the Garden Spring Fling festival.

Last year the weather was close to perfect for the event and organizers are hoping for plenty of sunshine and easy breezes to find their way back.

May 02, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘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


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Dawson County Emergency Services Holds Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet

Dawson County Emergency Services held its annual appreciation and awards banquet. This year's event was held at the Dawson County Junior High School and ...

December 28, 2016 | | LOCAL


Dawson County Farm Bureau finalist for state award

MACON, Ga. - Dawson County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the organization's 79th ...

December 28, 2016 | | LOCAL


Quilt raffle winner announced

Earlier this month the Heart in Hand Quilt Guild drew a winner for its annual quilt raffle to benefit The Bowen Center for the Arts.

December 28, 2016 | | LOCAL


Georgia Emergency Management launches upgraded alert app

To kick off Winter Weather Preparedness Week, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) recently announced the release of a completely updated version ...

December 28, 2016 | | LOCAL


City, County honor employees of the year

Each year both the city of Dawsonville and the county select one person for employee of the year and recognize them for both their dedication ...

December 28, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


New Year’s Eve sock hop at the Racing Hall of Fame

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame is offering an early New Year's Eve celebration that will feature music from another era.

December 28, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Dawsonville restaurant serves free meal to hundreds on Christmas

This year, Dawsonville Tavern owners, managers and community volunteers congregated on Christmas day to prepare, pack and deliver food to those in need this holiday ...

December 28, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


“Bring one for the chipper”

Recycle your Christmas tree this year with Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual event, "Bring One for the Chipper."

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Don’t leave presents in your car, sheriff warns

Recent car break-ins in Dawson County subdivisions have Sheriff Billy Carlisle advising residents to take extra precautions against thefts this holiday season.

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local teen collects donations for animals

Fifteen-year-old Shannon Porter has spent the last four holiday seasons making sure that all of the furry friends in Dawson County have a good Christmas.

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County approves fourth Dollar General

Another Dollar General is coming to Dawsonville after a rezoning request was approved by the board of commissioners in a unanimous vote last week.

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


GDOT: Roundabout on Hwy. 53 at Hwy. 183 coming soon

A new roundabout at the intersection of Hwys. 53 and 183 in Dawsonville has been officially bid out by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville Tavern to ‘Feed the Hungry’

The Dawsonville Tavern is giving back this year with their Christmas Day project "Feed the Hungry." The restaurant is hosting a free meal for the ...

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


272 housing units on Hwy. 53 denied

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners had its final say in one developer's fight to bring 95 townhomes and 177 single family homes to ...

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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