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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


Photography conjuring up the Wild West

The Bowen Center for the Arts is featuring a new exhibit by celebrated scenic photographer Wayne Robinson titled "True Americana- Bodie Series." The exhibit focuses on Bodie, a Californian ghost town located near the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

"Acclaimed as America's best-preserved ghost town, it exists in a state of 'arrested decay' as a California State Historical Monument high above the tree line," Robinson wrote on his Web site.

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


DNR charging fee in Dawson Forest

The lower 10,000 acres of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in Dawson County are not affected by a recent recreational use fee imposed by the state Department of Natural Resources.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Volunteer opportunities abound

Many people start a new year off with resolutions. For 2012, many local nonprofits hope volunteerism is among their goals.

No matter a person's age, gender, interests or skills, nonprofits throughout the area need volunteers to donate their time, services and abilities.

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


Racing car finds home

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has recently acquired a famed racecar that was thought to be lost until a few years ago.

Known as the Dixie Twister, the Huston Platt-owned car had disappeared after a deadly accident on March 2, 1969, that killed 12 and injured more than 40 at the Yellow River Drag Strip in Covington.

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


Home heating help is back

In an announcement likely to warm hearts and homes, the Ninth District Opportunity Inc. signaled it will resume its heating assistance program for low-income residents later this month.

The nonprofit, which has offered a one-time payment of heating costs for decades, had to postpone its Dec. 1, 2011, launch date due to what appeared to be lack of funds from the federal government.

January 18, 2012 | By Aaron Hale DCN regional staff | LOCAL


2011 Year in Review

Despite the sluggish economy, 2011 was a year marked by progress and change across Dawson County.

A number of businesses, including Krystal and Varsity Jr., opened along the Ga. 400 corridor.

January 11, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Three hurt in wrong-way wreck

January 04, 2012 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | LOCAL


New Year’s brings old traditions

Call it superstition, folklore or good ol' Southern heritage, but collard greens, black-eyed peas and hog jowls are a staple of New Year's Day meals in Dawson County and across the South.

David and Regina Disharoon were among hundreds of friends and neighbors who enjoyed their lunch Sunday at the Dawsonville Pool Room.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


DCSO spreads joy at the jail

Visiting a jail isn't typically a happy occasion.

But last week, the smiles were contagious as Sheriff Billy Carlisle passed out bags of Christmas presents to children coming to see family members at the detention center.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Explosive found in car at Dawsonville gas station

Several blocks in downtown Dawsonville were shut down Wednesday night while authorities investigated an explosive device found in a car parked at a gas station on Ga. 9 North.

December 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County offers tree recycling

For those wondering what to do with their Christmas tree after the holidays, Keep Dawson County Beautiful suggests going green this season.

Bring One for the Chipper, the annual recycling program, has collected and recycled more than 5 million Christmas trees statewide since 1991.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Volunteers: Donate locally

Volunteers at a local charity thrift store are concerned with the number of clothing donation bins popping up across the community.

"I counted at least 30 and they're all over the county," said Warren King, a volunteer at RIC Rack Thrift Store and Food Pantry.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Troopers collecting Toys for Tots

Georgia State Patrol Post 37-Cumming is accepting gifts for the Marines' annual Toys for Tots drive.

Troopers will be at the Dawsonville Walmart from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 collecting donations and offering free car safety seat checks. The child does not have to be present, but it would be helpful to insure proper fitting.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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A look ahead: What’s to come in 2017

If 2016 was any indication, this year will be full of new growth and new challenges for Dawson County.

January 10, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson schools delayed two hours Tuesday

According to the Dawson County Board of Education, Dawson County schools will be delayed by two hours on Tuesday morning.

January 08, 2017 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


County’s longest 911 director retires after 18 years

Many argue that the "true first responders" in emergency services and law enforcement are the people answering the phones.

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean | LOCAL


Northside Hospital-Forsyth applies for $8.4 million expansion

CUMMING - Just as Forsyth County continues to grow at a seemingly incessant pace, Northside Hospital-Forsyth continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of ...

January 04, 2017 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Woman arrested for starving her children

A Dawsonville woman was arrested early last month for reportedly starving her children and allowing her toddler to wander away from her residence.

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


2016: A Year in Review

Dawson County saw a year full of changes.

January 04, 2017 | | LOCAL


Northside Hospital-Forsyth applies for $8.4 million expansion

CUMMING - Just as Forsyth County continues to grow at a seemingly incessant pace, Northside Hospital-Forsyth continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of ...

December 28, 2016 | By Kayla Robins DCN regional staff | 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 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


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