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Soldier’s death brings sadness to Dawsonville

DAWSONVILLE - A staff sergeant from Dawsonville who was killed in Afghanistan last week is being remembered as a loving family man and dedicated soldier.

Alexander G. Povilaitis, 47, died when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Defense.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Hamalainen receives award

Pam Hamalainen, president of Veterans Affairs of Dawson County, was surprised last month when she received a certificate from Gov. Nathan Deal appointing her "Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp Governor's Staff formed for the defense of the State."

"It was very unexpected. I was humbled, I didn't feel I had done that much," she said.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Local soldier killed in action

The Department of Defense announced Saturday that Staff Sgt. Alexander G. Povilaitis of Dawsonville was killed in action Thursday in Afghanistan.

June 03, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Battery recycling offered locally

Battery recycling soon will be available free of charge at the Dawson County Transfer Station.

Beginning June 4, county residents can dispose of single-use batteries that will be recycled to keep hazardous materials such as mercury, lead, cadmium and nickel out of landfills.

May 30, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing Hall of Fame 10 years old

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame reached a milestone this past week as it celebrated its 10th year.

Opening in 2002, the museum, originally a tourist attraction called "Thunder Road," has overcome numerous obstacles along the way.

May 30, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Veterans to be honored

Dawson County residents are invited to attend the annual Memorial Day service at noon Monday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The event is scheduled to feature the changing of the flags and a speech by keynote speaker and retired Col. Patricia Zaudtke of Lumpkin County.

May 24, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Local musicians set to tour Europe

When local resident Clay Dean first approached singer Nigel Wright in 2010 at a local cafe he didn't imagine the two would later be touring Europe through a German record label.

Yet, Dean and fellow 2011 Dawson County High School graduate Jamey Merritt find themselves in those exact circumstances.

May 23, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


‘I’m a survivor’

Gwen Hyde embraces the term survivor.

"I'm a survivor, and I thank God every day for that," she said. "I'm cancer free and boy am I proud of that."

May 23, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Community rallies for business owner

It could be weeks, if not months, before the historic Dawsonville Pool Room reopens as its owner works with the state to resolve tax issues.

In the meantime, the local community is rallying to bring back its favorite eatery as soon as possible in support of Gordon Pirkle and his dedication to Dawsonville.

May 16, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sixth grader shares ideas for being mayor

Dawson County Middle School student Jake Moore won the "If I Were Mayor, I Would. . ." essay contest for Dawsonville last month.

Originally organized by the Georgia Municipal Association, the statewide contest asks sixth grade students to write about what they would do if they were their city's mayor.

May 16, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Overnight event set for Friday

Relay for Life of Dawson County is scheduled to kick off its nightlong festivities at 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park.

In recent years, hundreds of residents have joined in the fight against cancer.

May 16, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Search, rescue exercises prepare for emergencies

Dawson County Emergency Services personnel and members of the Georgia Wing Civil Air Patrol conducted a search and rescue exercise Saturday in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

The search exercise involved an adult missing from their camping area for more than 24 hours in Dawson Forest. Ground and air patrol were tasked to find the person.

May 16, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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


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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


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