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Gathering reunites emergency workers

A lot of the new personnel with Dawson County Emergency Services are too young to remember a time when calls were dispatched by telephone and those responding had to read the chalkboard at the stat...

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Council approves budget

The city of Dawsonville has approved a $2.6 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15, though one councilman expressed reservations with the suddenness of a pay increase for city workers. "We've made...

June 18, 2014 | David Renner | Government

Dawsonville election will stay put in 2015

Dawsonville has decided keep its 2015 municipal election at the Dawson County Board of Elections instead of returning it to city hall. "While we aren't looking at any elections in 2014, we do want...

June 18, 2014 | David Renner | Government

Deadline looms for SPLOST agreement

Thursday is the deadline for county and city officials to reach an agreement on the upcoming special purpose local option sales tax extension set to go before voters in November. As of Tuesday, no...

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government

Jailer fired over sexual harassment

A Dawson County Detention Center officer was fired last month after an investigation into accusations he had sexually harassed a former female co-worker. According to reports obtained through an o...

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Fire academy aims to teach

Students on summer vacation enjoyed a soot-covered and wet time during the recent junior fire academy. The free, annual Dawson County Emergency Services program takes middle school-aged kids throug...

June 18, 2014 | David Renner | Education

Teen charged with statutory rape

A Dawsonville teenager is facing statutory rape and child molestation charges after admitting to having had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. According to the Dawson County Sheriff's ...

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Rex Carlyle

Rex Carlyle, 57, of Forsyth County, died June 10, 2014. He retired from Peachtree Doors and Windows after 28 years of service. He enjoyed coaching girls' softball and had won multiple championshi...

June 18, 2014 | | OBITUARIES

Scott Everett Kirby

Scott Everett Kirby, 48, of Cumming, died June 11, 2014. Scott was a devoted member and deacon of Pine Crest Baptist Church. He was a board member of the Peach State Mounted Shooters. Scott loved...

June 18, 2014 | | OBITUARIES

Patsy Juanita Johnson

Patsy Juanita Johnson, 70, of Cumming, died June 11, 2014. Her husband of 52 years, Leon J. Johnson; mother and father, Tom and Hattie Chumbler; brother, J.W. Chumbler; and sisters, Imogene Pugh a...

June 18, 2014 | | OBITUARIES

Katlyn Elisabeth Graham

Katlyn Elisabeth Graham, 15, of Dawsonville, died June 11, 2014. Katlyn was born Dec. 28, 1998. She had lived in Dawsonville for the past two years and was a student at Dawson County High School....

June 18, 2014 | | OBITUARIES

You have such a pretty face

I heard someone make a comment the other day, a comment that made me cringe inwardly and outwardly as an involuntarily response. "You have such a pretty face." Six words. Just six words meant to ...

June 18, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists

Lanier Technical College graduates 1,100 students

In an emotionally uplifting commencement ceremony at Free Chapel, 1,111 students graduated from Lanier Technical College on June 13. Dr. Ray Perren, president of Lanier Technical College, energize...

June 18, 2014 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education

Athens is my heaven on Earth

I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Ga., on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens,...

June 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns

‘Pups in the Park’ set for fall

Plans are under way for the Dawson County Humane Society's inaugural Pups in the Park Dog Show later this fall. Set to take place Oct. 11 at Rock Creek Park, the event is a collaborative fundraise...

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

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