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A leap for learning

The water in Lake Lanier was a brisk, or as some folks said "freezing," 49 degrees Saturday morning for the second annual WEE Books Leap for Literacy.

"No, no, I can't," said Pepper Pettit as he rolled up his pants legs and tiptoed into the lake at War Hill Park. "I can't believe I'm doing this ... is there a psychiatrist here?"

February 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tasting bill clears committee

A bill that would allow tastings at Georgia distilleries cleared committee last week and is one step closer to a vote by the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 514 would be advantageous to Cheryl Wood, owner of the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, which is expected to open in the next few months.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Locals hike trail to benefit art, literacy

Local sculptor and outdoorsman Allen Ferg and fellow hiker Bob Miller are preparing to begin an enormous undertaking of 2,184 miles.

The duos estimated six-month journey from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail is set to benefit the Dawson County Arts Council, Bowen Center for the Arts and Reading Education Association of Dawson County (READ.)

February 15, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Auction kicks off Relay efforts

Aromas of fresh baked cakes, cookies and pastries filled the lobby of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office on Friday as visitors placed bids on dozens of wanted desserts.

An American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser, the silent auction netted more than $530 with several cakes fetching as much as $50 and $100 each.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival founder dies

The man credited with founding what has become Dawsonville's Mountain Moonshine Festival died Sunday at age 75.

Born in Dawson County in 1936, friends called Fred Goswick a man of vision who recognized that tales of Dawsonville's pioneer heritage and sordid moonshine history had the potential to be something big.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Clinic welcomes new director

Fellow volunteers are quick to praise Penny Putnam's contributions to the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County.

"Although Penny came into our service with no background in the medical field she has learned everything and is doing a superb job," said Doug Powell, treasurer of the nonprofit center that provides free non-emergency health services to uninsured residents.

February 08, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Upkeep of course a concern

More than three years after Gold Creek Golf Club closed, the property's overgrowth and expanding nuisance wildlife population have stirred concern from neighbors.

Monday night, the Gold Creek Homeowners Association presented a formal complaint about the situation to the Dawsonville City Council.

February 08, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Wildcat buys fire truck

Volunteers have raised more than $38,000 over the past year for a replacement fire engine at Station 8 in western Dawson County.

The donation will be combined with $3,500 from the government of neighboring Pickens County and about $5,700 from Dawson County to buy a used engine.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


RELAY KICKS OFF

Despite the downpour outside, the Relay for Life kickoff drew a crowd to Dawson County High School on Thursday night.

Feeding off the success of 2011, organizers hope this year to raise $90,000, their largest goal to date.

February 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Authority announces election for board post

The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority has announced an election for a seat on its board of directors.

After reviewing the nominations in December, the authority chose the only two nominees that qualified: veteran board member Linda G. Townley and newcomer Jere D. Allen.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Veterans Affairs swears-in vice president

Veteran Army Reserve Col. Don Brown was sworn in last week as vice president of Veterans Affairs of Dawson County.

"As a veteran he brings knowledge and experience to the table," said Veterans Affairs President Pam Hamalainen. "We rely on our veterans to keep us on protocol because we do not want to do anything that is not right. He keeps us on the right path."

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Couple thankful for ACS program

Dawsonville residents Frank and Angie Huber know what it is like to personally benefit from the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

After Frank Huber was diagnosed with tonsil cancer known as "squamous cell carcinoma" in August 2010 he was offered a place to stay for his seven week treatment last summer at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Atlanta.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | LOCAL


Two blazes keep firefighters busy

Authorities are investigating separate fires Saturday night that destroyed a mobile home and damaged a stolen vehicle.

The home fire was reported about 10 p.m. by a Dawson County Sheriff's deputy following up on a call about smoke in an area north of Dawsonville on Hwy. 9.

January 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Citizens police academy seeking participants

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

Designed to give residents an inside look at how local law enforcement operates, the free, five-week course begins Feb. 9 with an introduction by Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his administrative staff.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary event aids charities

The Dawson County Rotary Club is hosting its inaugural Super Bowl Squares Charity Fundraiser in hopes of using local resident's passion for football to help raise money for nonprofits.

The charities that will benefit from the fundraiser include the Dawson County Rotary Scholarship, the senior center, the arts council and WEE Books.

January 18, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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Two graduate from Dawson County mental health court

The Dawson County H.E.L.P Court held a ceremony last week at the county courthouse for its two most recent graduates.

February 01, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Hwy 136 bridge to close Monday for 180 days

The bridge on Hwy. 136 over the Etowah River in Dawson County will be closed for 180 calendar days beginning on Monday.

February 01, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Gun raffle draws media scrutiny

When an Atlanta news station came to Dawsonville last week to find more information on a booster club raffle, parents, coaches and residents were surprised ...

February 01, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Property owner files lawsuit against county commission

Dawson County property owner Bill Evans, and his corporation Dawson Forest Holdings, filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the county, board of commissioners and ...

February 01, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Homecoming queen and king crowned

Seniors Emma French and Corey Hammond were crowned basketball homecoming queen and king last week.

February 01, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Annual fundraising pageant scheduled for March

Dawson County's Miss Relay for Life pageant has been scheduled for March and applications are now being accepted for the annual fundraising event.

January 25, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Local murder investigation featured on Discovery

Dawsonville residents were able to view a television episode on Monday that detailed the investigation of two murders that occurred in the county in December ...

January 25, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Man wanted in Dawson found dead in Gilmer County

A man who was wanted by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office on charges of assault and battery was found dead in Gilmer County on ...

January 25, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local families make trip to D.C. for inauguration

A tumultuous presidential election season came to an eventful end last Friday when Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the ...

January 25, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Nordson property gains new owners

As of Friday afternoon, an industrial building that sat vacant on the corner of Lumpkin Campground, Grizzle and Industrial Park roads for three years has ...

January 25, 2017 | | LOCAL


Man resigns after investigation at sheriff’s office

A Dawson County Sheriff's Office employee who reportedly lied about being involved in an inappropriate relationship with his subordinate resigned on Friday after a ...

January 25, 2017 | | LOCAL


County narrows attorney applicants to two

After an executive session last week, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with selecting an in-house attorney and chose two finalists ...

January 25, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Vacant retail site on 400 to have new life

The Development Authority of Dawson County announced last week that the old Moss Retail site located on Hwy. 400 North is to be redeveloped into ...

January 24, 2017 | | LOCAL


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