Caitlyn Banks loves to listen to the stories her father tells about his job as a firefighter. "My dad is a fulltime firefighter for Dawson County, and I've been wanting to be a firefighter since I was 2 years old," said the 13-year-old.
Local storyteller Tracy Walker entertained a crowd of more than 100 people Saturday night at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta. A seven-year member of the Southern Order of Storytellers, Walker was asked to be the introductory teller at "Love, Lies and Laughter," an evening performance featuring national humorist Kim Weitkamp.
For the second year, the Dawson County School System is offering free lunches this month to all children. Funded through the National School Lunch Program and sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, the program is offered to systems with high percentages of students who eat free and reduced lunch during the school year.
Families and friends gathered Friday to celebrate the graduation of Lanier Technical College's class of 2012 at Free Chapel Worship Center in Gainesville. This year, Lanier Tech had a total of 1,419 graduates. This included 190 associates degrees, 473 diplomas and 756 technical certificates.
More than 150 young cadets graduated from the Dawson County Sheriff's Junior Police Academy on Friday. Now in its 15th year, the academy aims to introduce youth to the field of law enforcement by teaching students in fourth through eighth grades the mentality and techniques behind police work through various exercises.
The Dawson County Board of Education approved a $35 million budget for fiscal year 2013 on Monday. The proposed spending plan, which is down from about $38 million in fiscal year 2012, took another hit Monday when the 2013 tax digest came in nearly 15 percent lower than last year. <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: ...
Braving the heat and blaring sun, friends and family of Dawson County High's class of 2012 gathered Saturday to watch the young men and women receive their diplomas. Welcomed by shouts and cheers, 223 graduates paraded into Tiger Stadium wearing caps, gowns and various chords.
More than a hundred boy scout leaders and troop members recently gathered at First Baptist Church of Dawsonville for the annual district banquet. Scouts from Dawson, Forsyth and Lumpkin counties, which make up the Northeast Georgia Council, assembled to celebrate their service and accomplishments.
Tony Guisasola, principal of High Tower Academy for nine years, will be retiring as of June 1. Matthew Wark, currently assistant principal of Black's Mill Elementary, will transfer into the vacant position this summer. The Dawson County Board of Education voted and approved the transfer at its March meeting.
The Dawson County Board of Education approved a tentative $35 million budget for fiscal year 2013 on Monday. The proposed spending plan, which contains about $8.8 million in reductions, will be revisited in the weeks ahead before final approval next month.
Riverview Elementary and Dawson County Middle schools were recognized last month for being energy efficient. According to an independent energy audit performed by Energy Designs System Inc., which is based in Michigan, the county's two newest schools are estimated to save more than $35,000 per year each in energy efficiency.
Dawson County High School teacher Beth Hamby, 40, has been working on yearbooks since she was 14 years old. "I am one of those people who got yearbook in my blood and it never went away," she said. "I was a high school editor, a college editor and then when I graduated I worked for a yearbook company."
Nearly 400 family members packed the Dawson County High School commons area Thursday for senior honors night. According to Principal Jute Wilson, the class of 2012 has been awarded about $100,000 in scholarships, more than last year's estimated $65,000. To receive their scholarship certificates, the best and brightest were called up to the stage. Area colleges presented academic scholarships, as did residents and local businesses. Both county political parties also presented ...
To Lance Stiffler, the early career ambitions of today's students can be enhanced by exposure to a wide spectrum of choices. "The main thing us school counselors are teaching [students] in fifth grade is job awareness," said Stiffler, guidance counselor at Robinson Elementary.
Dawson County Special Olympics took more than 50 participants to compete in the Connect Ability local games last week at Lumpkin County High School. Special Olympics, which focus on providing athletic training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, is mostly run through the work of volunteers. The event had more than 20 student volunteers from the high school and middle schools.
For the second year, Robinson Elementary's entryway is full of pumpkins.
The Ninth District Head Start program was open Tuesday, thanks to private funding. Staff and parents were notified Monday that the preschool program was reopening, said Kay Laws, Head Start director for Ninth District Opportunity.
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and to celebrate, Riverview Elementary is giving dimes away.