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Expect traffic delays during the weekend

With thousands of visitors descending on Dawsonville this weekend for the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, local authorities are encouraging motorists to plan their routes and avoid the downtown area if not attending the festival.

"We've made several changes in road closures for this year's festival," said Greg Rowan, with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Home destroyed by fire

Firefighters from Dawson and Forsyth counties battled a house fire south of Dawsonville that displaced a family Monday morning.

There was no one in the home when the fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. on Gomez Lane, a private, gravel drive off Jenkins Road and Hwy. 9 South.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Weekend festival full of fun

Dawsonville's unique history comes alive this weekend with the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

The festivities begin Friday morning with the annual "Moonshine Run" that begins at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drive-in movie set for Saturday night

The city of Dawsonville's Downtown Development Authority and Dawson County Parks and Recreation invites the community and all the visitors in town this weekend to a free drive-in movie Saturday in the lower parking lot of the Dawson County Government Center.

"We'll be showing Ice Age 4 and we'd love for everyone to come out, bring their chairs and blankets or enjoy this family friendly movie from their cars," said City Councilman Chris Gaines.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Church offers unique experience

For the past several weeks, the congregation at Lighthouse Baptist Church has tried to scare the audiences out of hell in an alternative to the haunted houses held around this time each fall.

Featuring multimedia special effects and pyrotechnic explosions, Hell's Gates is an outdoor reality drama that challenges participants to consider the results of making life-changing decisions.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park and rec invites kids to trunk-or-treat

Ghost, goblins, fairies and princesses of all ages are invited to fill their Halloween bags with sweets Oct. 31 at Rock Creek Park's inaugural Trunk or Treat.

Scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., the event is free to the public and offers a well-lit, secure environment for trick-or-treaters.

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Property manager thwarts massive ‘rave’

The property manager of a rental home in northern Dawson County put a stop to a massive Halloween party planned overnight Oct. 30 at the resort.

October 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Saturday night concert added to Moonshine Festival activities

New this year to the 45th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival is a free concert featuring Feedback and Across the Wide on Saturday night in the Winner's Circle at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

Organizers encourage everyone to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy an evening of live entertainment under the stars Oct. 27. The show starts at 7 p.m.

October 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man hospitalized after motorcycle wreck

A Dawsonville man is recovering at an Atlanta hospital following a motorcycle wreck Saturday afternoon on Harmony Church Road.

Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield said James Dymond, 42, was unconscious and unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived about 2:30 pm.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting begins

Advance voting is under way for the Nov. 6 General Election.

The ballot includes the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, congressional races and a referendum on charter schools in Georgia.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Aging water main set to be replaced

Etowah Water and Sewer Authority plans to replace an aging water main near War Hill Park Road next week.

General Manager Brooke Anderson said there will be little disruption to customers during the weeklong construction project that is set to begin Monday.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Get lost in fall

Whether it's navigating rows of corn, picking through thousands of pumpkins or hiking up mountains covered in fall foliage, autumn is filled with outdoor activities.

October 10, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Fundraiser features grits and granola

A brunch fundraiser Sunday supports Good Shepherd Clinic's continued efforts to offer free medical care in Dawson County.

Volunteers with the free clinic will be at The Chimneys at Big Canoe from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14 serving up a unique dish of grits and granola, catered by Buckhead-based Talk of the Town. Admission into the event is $35 per person.

October 10, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Citizens to gather to pray for nation

Community members are invited to join in an open prayer session Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The "Heal Our Land Day of Prayer" will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the park's gym.

October 03, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Young Life celebrates 10 years in Dawson

Young Life Dawson County, a Christian organization focused on sharing "the truth of God's love" with local adolescents, celebrated 10 years of service on Sept. 23.

Hosting a banquet at First Baptist Church of Dawsonville, nearly 100 people were served dinner while hearing about the organization's decade of local growth and expansion.

October 03, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


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