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Safety first when dipping in Lanier

The southern half of Lake Lanier appears laden with the most fatalities over the past six years, including five the past couple of weeks.

But then, so are most of the parks - some nearly side by side - that are run by area governments and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

July 20, 2011 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Workers honored for cardiac care

More than a dozen emergency workers were recognized last week for making a difference in the lives of Dawson County residents in life threatening medical distress.

Each of the individuals honored at last week's county commission meeting "contributed to save a cardiac patient," said Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville recognized again as regional site

For the fifth consecutive year, Dawsonville has been recognized by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs as a 2011 Veterans Day Regional Site.

"It's not an easy task," said Pam Hamalainen, president of the Veterans Affairs Committee of Dawson County. "We're proud to have been chosen as one of two sites in Georgia. It shows that we're right up there with the big dogs."

July 13, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Service to seniors

Margie Weaver was sewing Boy Scout uniforms at a local manufacturing plant when first approached about heading up the Dawson County Senior Center.

Nearly three decades later, Weaver can't imagine doing anything else.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Boy who died after wreck in lake ID’d

Authorities continue to investigate the death of a 10-year-old northern Virginia boy, who was killed last week when he was struck by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier.

Conor Tierney died July 3 from head and body injuries suffered in the collision, according to Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Boy killed in personal watercraft collision ID'd

The 10-year-old boy who died Wednesday evening after being hit by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier has been identified as Conor Tierney of McLean, Va.

The Department of Natural Resources Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident that happened about 2:45 p.m. on the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier in Dawson County, DNR spokesman Rick Lavender said Thursday afternoon.

July 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man paddles 106 miles on Oconee

When Alan Kendall moved to Dawsonville nearly five years ago, his draw was Lake Lanier.

Then he discovered the mountains and rivers in North Georgia and now says he couldn't have picked a better place to retire.

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Wreck kills 1, injures 3

A Dawsonville man was among the 19 people killed in wrecks statewide over the July Fourth holiday weekend.

Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden said Michael Martinez Moreno, 27, was pronounced dead Saturday night at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Thousands celebrate

Dressed in red, white and blue, Sam Bailey and two friends squealed Saturday night as they ran through a field at Rock Creek Park.

"It's her birthday," said 5-year-old Samantha Cohen of her friend. "And it's America's birthday."

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Residents raise fuss over utility tower

Residents of a gated subdivision in southeastern Dawson County are angry about a utility tower recently erected without warning near their homes.

"Would you like to have that tower next your home? I want you to be honest with me. Would you want that in your backyard?" Ivan Ruiz asked representatives of Etowah Water and Sewer Authority last week.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Daylilies inspire local woman

A local woman's passion for botany has bloomed into an obsession with one of nature's most diverse flowering plants.

In short, Dawsonville's Suzanne Franklin says daylilies "fascinate" her.

June 29, 2011 | By Frank Reddy | LOCAL


Memorial fund established for youth

A memorial fund has been set up for a 16-year-old who died June 6 after he was struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 53 near Dawsonville, while riding his skateboard.

Contributions may be made to the Tyler Seay Memorial Fund at any United Community Bank.

June 29, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Veteran markers will be put out Wednesday

Members of Etowah Masonic Lodge No. 222, Free & Accepted Masons, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 970, Dawsonville Lions Club and Dawson County Jaycees will be placing Veterans memorial markers today for this year's Independence Day in the City of Dawsonville.

The markers are to honor deceased men and women who have served honorably in one of the branches of military service.

June 29, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Local group aims to help veterans

The Vietnam Veterans of America's local chapter is offering a few new programs for families of veterans in case of emergencies.

The chapter is providing a planning guide to help with the planning and decision making of the funeral and burial services. The guide includes simple steps to prepare for the end of life event, a list of important documents needed when arranging the funeral and information on burial benefits.

June 29, 2011 | By Morgan Bennett For the Dawson Community News | LOCAL


Officials urge residents to practice water safety

As temperatures climb, many Dawson County residents will be headed to the water in an effort to escape the heat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, swimming is one of the most popular sports in the country. Though swimming does offer an easy way to stay cool and keep active during the summer months, it may also lead to dangers such as injury or drowning.

June 29, 2011 | For the Dawson Community News editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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Don't rain on our parade

Young and old alike came out in full force to celebrate the beginning of the holidays at events in Dawsonville this weekend. Despite the rain ...

December 07, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


City seeks to save longtime school teacher’s home from demo

The City of Dawsonville is currently working to save the former home of a prominent local educator from demolition as planned by the Dawson County ...

December 07, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Church to present live Christmas nativity

Bethel Baptist Church in Dawsonville will be performing its annual live Christmas nativity this weekend.

December 07, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Suicide prevention program next week

The Dawson County School System will host a workshop next week on suicide prevention and awareness that is open to parents, as well as the ...

December 06, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Dawsonville man killed in single vehicle wreck

A single vehicle wreck in Lumpkin County claimed the life of a longtime Dawson County man early Sunday morning.

December 06, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Katt Williams banished from Dawson and Hall counties

December 02, 2016 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | LOCAL


New parks and rec smartphone app launches

Dawson County Parks and Recreation has launched a free smartphone app that is downloadable on both Apple and Android devices.

November 30, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Christmas parade, tree lighting scheduled for Saturday

This weekend will bring holiday festivities to downtown Dawsonville with the city's annual parade and Christmas tree lighting on Saturday.

November 30, 2016 | By Allie Dean | LOCAL


Holiday shopping kicks off

Thanksgiving Day was the kickoff for holiday shopping season at the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville.

November 30, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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