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Agents inspect distillery

Federal agents reportedly paid a surprise visit to downtown Dawsonville early Friday, ready to shut down what they had been told was an active moonshine operation.

Instead, the agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives left several hours later after determining the alleged tip was false.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Focus is the kids

Organizers say the 44th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville was a record breaker.

"I've never seen people start arriving on Wednesday for the festival," said Gordon Pirkle, a longtime member of KARE for Kids, which organizes the event.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Keep kids safe this Halloween

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Agency reminds parents to make sure children are safe this Halloween.

With Halloween on Monday, motorists should also anticipate finding trick-or-treaters on local roads and neighborhoods as early as 5 p.m.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

In Their Own Words

For Arthur Dover, his views on military service have remained the same for nearly six decades.

"I love my country," said Dover, who retired from the United States Air Force in 1972.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Pill drop offers secure way to dispose of drugs

Local authorities want parents to remember the war on drugs starts at home.

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Poker run benefits kids

Proceeds from a poker run this weekend will benefit the Dawson County Sheriff's annual Shop with a Cop event.

The run departs from the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center on Tucker Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast will be available.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Moonshine Festival this weekend

Lee Elrod was at an estate sale three years ago when he stumbled across an early 1940s photo taken atop Amicalola Falls.

An antique collector of sorts, Elrod was intrigued by the image of a man warming his hands over the open flame of a copper liquor still.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Rotary team is ‘Smarter than a 10 year-old’

It's not technically a trick question, but tricky all the same to nearly everyone gathered Oct. 11 at Dawson County Middle School.

"Name all of the states that border the Great Lakes," said emcee Gary Pichon during the Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Homans installed as Kiwanis president

Local attorney Joey Homans was installed last week as president of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club by the group's 2011 President Lisa Thurmond.

"There's a lot of opportunities to be involved in community activities in Dawson County. Kiwanis is the way I've been able to tap into the community," Homans said. "I hope to just continue along the path that Lisa Thurmond set and continue to be positive to grow and strengthen our club."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

In Their Own Words

If the U.S. Air Force called tomorrow and asked Laura Bishop to re-enlist, she wouldn't hesitate to board the next plane.

"I loved it. I really loved it," said the mother of two grown daughters.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Festival traffic advisory

Thousands of visitors will be in Dawsonville this weekend for one of the most popular festivals in north Georgia.

The Mountain Moonshine Festival attracts thousands of people a day and parking all of the cars is quite a task. This year's festival will be Friday through Sunday.

October 19, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Popular keyboardist dies in wreck

October 13, 2011 | By Alyssa LaRenzie DCN regional staff | LOCAL

Funding will help improve young lives

A local partnership recently learned it will receive more than $121,000 to help fund its efforts to improve the lives of young people.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Office of Prevention Services has awarded Dawson County Family Connection a grant to focus on underage alcohol prevention.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Cable barrier project scheduled for Ga. 400

A cable barrier similar to one installed on Interstate 985 in Hall County several years ago will be placed in the median on Ga. 400 in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

The Georgia Depart-ment of Transportation announced Oct. 3 that it approved the 5.1-mile project as part of $97 million in 10 new transportation infra-structure improvement and maintenance projects across the state.

October 12, 2011 | | LOCAL

Essig to speak to democrats

Alan Essig, director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute will be the guest speaker at the Dawson County Democratic Party's October meeting.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Dawson County Library. The public is invited.

October 12, 2011 | From staff reports | LOCAL

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Shopping centers on Ga. 400 open as search for Kroger tenant continues

A year after construction workers first broke ground, the new shopping centers on both sides of Ga. 400 south of the Dawson Forest Road intersection ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Superintendent named to state advisory council

Dawson County Superintendent of Schools Damon Gibbs was chosen to participate in a special advisory council by State Superintendent Richard Woods for the upcoming year.

September 07, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL

Citizens can now sign up to speak day of commission meetings

During last week's board of commissioners voting session, board members decided to alter the policy regarding the time frame for signing up to speak ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Dawson County Woman’s Club to host annual fundraiser

The Dawson County Woman's Club will host its annual fundraiser, Giving Goes Glam, on Saturday at the Church of the Apostles on Hwy. 400 ...

September 07, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Patriot Day Memorial Service

Dawson County Emergency Services will honor the memory of those who lost their lives during the tragic events of 9/11 in a special ceremony ...

September 07, 2016 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Commissioners announce sole finalist for manager position

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners announced during its regular meeting Thursday night that David Headley is the sole candidate under consideration to be the ...

September 02, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

77 years for Dot and Loy

After four dates, they snuck away and got married.

August 31, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL

Local Firefighters honored by Georgia State Firefighters Association

The Georgia State Firefighters Association recently presented two local firefighters with the 2016 Life Saving Valor Award.

August 31, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

Longer stretch of road to open than originally planned

CUMMING -- The date marking the first opening of a third lane on Ga. 400 northbound has been changed and expanded.

August 31, 2016 | By Kelly Whitmire | LOCAL

Citizen journalist files lawsuit against property owners from 2014 rally

Nearly two years after Nydia Tisdale was arrested at a GOP rally at Burt's Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville the "citizen journalist" has filed a ...

August 30, 2016 | Allie Dean | LOCAL

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