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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 editor@dawsonnews.com | 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 | editor@dawsonnews.com | 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 editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Miss KARE for Kids crowned this weekend

The 2011 Miss KARE for Kids will be crowned Saturday at Riverview Middle School.

Now in its third year, the pageant is one of several fundraisers for KARE for Kids, a local non-profit organization that provides Christmas presents to Dawson County children in need.

October 12, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

Dawson County High School graduate Robert Dean knew he'd have a hard time making a living without a college degree.

"With the way the economy is, it's hard to make a living without a piece of paper from a university," he said. "I wanted to go to college, but I wasn't sure how it was going to get paid for."

October 11, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man charged with DUI after motorcycle wreck

A Dawson County man who is recovering after a motorcycle collision Friday has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Larry Mann, 39, of Montvale Road was flown to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries from the crash that occurred about noon Sept. 30.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Supporters raise nearly $18,000 for United Way

Two weeks ago United Way for Dawson County set its 2012 fundraising target at $105,000.

By Saturday evening, supporters had already collected nearly $18,000 toward the goal during a barbecue and hole-in-one challenge at the home of Jim and Barbara Watson just outside Dawsonville.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In their own words

Stationed in Kuwait in 2005 on the way to Iraq, two soldiers with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division met for the first time at an Internet café.

The next day Dee Rawlston called home and told her mother she had met the man she would marry.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Election registration deadline is Tuesday

Residents living in the city of Dawsonville have until Tuesday to register if they plan to vote in the Nov. 8 municipal election.

Registration is available at the Dawson County Elections and Voter Registration Office, located at the intersection of Academy Avenue and Maple Street in downtown Dawsonville.

October 05, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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Pinwheels spin off Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and local organizations are rising to the occasion to spread the word about child abuse awareness and prevention within ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Amended bill for failing schools passes Senate, House

Last Thursday marked the 40th and final day of the 2017 Georgia General Assembly, during which a flurry of bills headed to Gov. Nathan Deal ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Exceptional students shine during spring games

When the official yelled 'go,' Ariel Quinto-Chavez grinned ear to ear and promptly began skipping and dancing her way down the track at Dawson County ...

April 05, 2017 | Amy French | LOCAL


Authority still accepting applications for grant

The Dawsonville Downtown Development Authority is still accepting applications to award grants to businesses within Dawsonville that promote trade, commerce, industry and employment opportunities.

April 05, 2017 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville sells for $6.8 million in auction

Lakeshore Mall sold for $6.8 million in a digital auction that ended last week, said a source familiar with the process.

April 05, 2017 | By Jeff Gill DCN Regional Staff | LOCAL


Car chase ends with no arrest

A car chase last week in Dawson County led to no arrest for the deputy who attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the parking ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawsonville man charged with rape, incest

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office arrested Mitchell Lee Ingebrigtsen, 23, on four felony charges including rape, incest, child molestation and first degree cruelty to ...

April 05, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Dawson County can now better service people experiencing mental illness, developmental disabilities

Formerly Georgia Mountains Community Services, Avita is a public agency that was created by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Avita opened ...

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Suspect leads deputies on hours-long foot chase Gainesville wanted man still not located

What started with a medical visit ended with an hours-long foot chase and no arrest in Dawson County on March 17 when one man presented ...

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Gainesville mall up for sale in auction

Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville is on the auction block this week.

March 29, 2017 | DCN regional staff | LOCAL


Chamber celebrates 40th birthday at gala

While the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's annual gala is always highly anticipated, there was extra cause for celebration this past weekend as the ...

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Missing Dawsonville woman found

Dawson County police have located a Dawsonville woman who was reported missing on Sunday.

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Emergency personnel brave storm to clear roads

A joint effort between emergency personnel, sheriff's office deputies, county road crews and civilians kept Dawson County roads safe last week after a severe ...

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Marijuana, cash seized at Dawson residence

Dawson County investigators seized 1 pound of marijuana, a sawed-off shotgun and more than $2,000 in cash from a residence last week after executing ...

March 29, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Missing Dawsonville woman found

Dawson County police have located a Dawsonville woman who was reported missing on Sunday.

March 27, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


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