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Authorities: Man sent explicit texts to teen

A Canton man faces sex charges after authorities say he sent explicit text message photos of himself to a Dawson County teenager.

June 13, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Celebrity waiter breakfast Friday

Tickets are going fast for the third annual Family Connection Celebrity Breakfast on Friday at Longhorn in Dawsonville.

"This is always the best breakfast in town," said Family Connection Director Nancy Stites.

June 06, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City dedicates room to late mayor Cox

The community room at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex was designated as the "Joe Lane Cox Community Room" on Thursday in memory of the late mayor.

Cox, who was 72, was three months into his third term as mayor when he died on March 9.

June 06, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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


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


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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