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System’s top teacher

Dawson County Middle School has another accolade to celebrate with teacher of the year.

Bridges, who teaches sixth-grade language arts, was recognized at the October meeting of the Dawson County Board of Education.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Search for new campus leader begins

The face of Lanier Technical College in Dawson County for the past three years is changing with Dean Tim McDonald's promotion to the school's vice president of economic development.

McDonald, who started his new position Oct. 2, will continue as dean of the local campus until a new leader is chosen.

October 10, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Yearbook staff wins top awards

Dawson County High School's 2012 Tiger Yearbook Staff recently received two national awards for the 2012 Tiger album.

Walsworth Publishing Company announced last month that the 2012 Tiger was going to be included in its Gallery of Excellence, meaning the book will be showcased with other top books in both printed form and on the Web.

October 10, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Options open for students

Local students soon will have the option of taking biblical-based courses to fulfill high school elective requirements.

Dawson County Christian Learning Center, a nonprofit and accredited institution, is seeking high school seniors to take part in its inaugural class that begins in January.

October 10, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Pheasant shoot to benefit students at Lanier Tech

A shooting event in Hall County will benefit Lanier Technical College.

The Second Annual European Pheasant Shoot will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at 7743 Persimmon Tree Road in Lula.

October 10, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Sawnee EMC seeks scholarship applicants

The Sawnee Foundation is currently offering scholarships to eligible seniors graduating in 2013.

Scholarships will be awarded to students selected from the Sawnee EMC territory, consisting of parts of Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties.

October 09, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Event supports literacy

Age most definitely had its benefits Thursday night as the oldest contestant in Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition showed his younger counterparts some geography skills.

Representing the Dawsonville Lions Club, octogenarian Joe Hirsch edged Jill McKee of the Dawson County government team to name all of the U.S. states that border the Pacific Ocean.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Band invited to perform at bowl

The Dawson County High School Tiger Pride Marching Band will ring in 2013 with style after making its national debut on New Year's weekend.

In mid-September, the band was officially invited to perform at the nationally-televised Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

October 03, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education




Farmer up for national award

Bradley Weaver was sinking his hands into dirt and learning how to farm long before he started kindergarten.

Now 21, Weaver is one of four finalists in a national contest for farmers who have mastered skills in production, finance, management and research.

September 26, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Kilough Elementary names top teacher

Melanie Spooner, teacher at Kilough Elementary School, remembers the first time she wanted to be a teacher.

"My first grade teacher was very young, pretty and sweet. I think it was her third year teaching and I just thought she was perfect in every way. That was the first year I remember thinking, 'I am going to be a teacher.' And I never thought of doing something else," she recalled.

September 26, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Black’s Mill names teacher of the year

Born and raised in Dawson County, Felicia Stephens is a graduate of the local school system to which she is now a part.

Stephens, who is entering her 15th year as a teacher, was announced in May as Black's Mill Elementary School's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year.

September 19, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Kilough students reenact Civil War

More than 50 students descended upon a grassy lawn in blue and gray vests last Friday holding fake muskets stuffed with marshmallow bullets.

Fifth graders at Kilough Elementary School heartily reenacted the battle of Gettysburg as part of the school's second annual Civil War Day.

September 19, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Lanier Tech to celebrate new facility

Community leaders will gather Thursday morning to celebrate the new Lanier Technical College facility in downtown Dawsonville.

After 10 months of construction, the college completed the $5 million expansion project in August and will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for it at 10 a.m.

September 19, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


Black’s Mill Elementary receives gold medal

Black's Mill Elementary was recently awarded a gold medal through the Governor's SHAPE Honor Roll program for the school's commitment to the health and well-being of its students.

As one of only 39 schools in Georgia to receive the distinction, Principal Cindy Kinney said she is proud of the school and honored to be a part of the program.

September 19, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Education


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Newly formed fishing club getting bites

While only in its first year of activity, the Dawson County High School fishing club is already making waves.

March 12, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Secretary wins award

As part of a 14-year tradition, Dawson County educators have recognized one of their own for excellence in special education.

March 12, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


First lady visits

Riverview Elementary preschoolers and kindergarteners were treated to a special reading session March 7 courtesy of Georgia's first lady.

March 12, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


High school to get greenhouse complex

Funding for long-sought new greenhouse complex at Dawson County High School has been approved.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


School budget on mend

For the first time in more than five years, the Dawson County Board of Education foresees no impending budget cuts.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Students speak on healthy living

Black's Mill Elementary is continuing its dedication to prepare students for higher learning.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Superintendent search reaches next level

The Dawson County Board of Education has taken the next step in finding a replacement for retiring Superintendent Keith Porter.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Board announces school makeup days

With ice and snow hitting Dawson County during January and February, students and teachers missed almost two weeks of school.

"As you know, this winter has been especially harsh, which has resulted in nine days of absences due to the inclement weather...," said Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter in a letter addressed to parents dated Feb. 21. "The difficult situation with missed days is made worse due to the fact that we started the year two days short of a full student calendar due to budget."

February 26, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Funding presents options

Dawson County teachers may be spending more days in class next school year.

February 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


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