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Tonight’s basketball playoff game postponed

For the second straight day, icy conditions and the threat of more winter weather moving into the area has postponed state basketball playoffs in Dawson County.

February 18, 2015 | From staff reports | High School

County opens temporary shelter at Rock Creek Park

Snow flurries are falling in Northeast Georgia this afternoon, but the real weather threat to come is the bone-chilling cold settling in tonight.

February 18, 2015 | From staff reports | LOCAL

Wanda Buffington

Wanda Buffington, 92, formerly of Avondale Estates, died Feb. 11, 2015.

She was born Oct. 30, 1922 in Pulaski County, daughter of the late Oscar and Allen Stokes.

February 18, 2015 | | OBITS

Arbor Day Friday

The community is invited to a celebration of trees Friday afternoon at War Hill Park on Lake Lanier.

The Dawson County Tree Preservation Committee, in conjunction with Keep Dawson County Beautiful and the local extension agency, will meet at 2 p.m. in honor of Arbor Day, held in Georgia on the third week of February each year.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Arrest made in church fire

An arrest was made last week in connection with a fire late last year at Gospel Way Baptist Church.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Ice knocks down 1,000 trees

Crews were still moving downed trees from roadways and responding to weather-related incidents Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 hours after Mother Nature dumped at least a an estimated half inch of ice across Dawson County.

"Stay at home and off the roads unless it's an emergency," was the common request among first responders as early as noon Monday.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Forecaster predicts Dawson’s population at 100,000 by 2030

Community leaders are both hopeful and hesitant after hearing a north Georgia real estate forecaster say he expects the county's population to quadruple in the next 15 years.

"Our plan has always been to have 50,000 folks in 2030," said Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Top-ranked Dawson County is now 27-0 after Saturday night's nail-biting 51-45 win over East Hall to claim the 7-AAA championship at Franklin County in Carnesville

Head Coach Steve Sweat was heard commenting on the "so sweet" victory as he walked off the floor.

February 18, 2015 | Pam Jacobs | High School

Ivar Brothen

Ivar Brothen, 80, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 7, 2015.

Mr. Brothen was born Oct. 29, 1934 in Fergus Falls, Minn.

February 18, 2015 | | OBITS

Clinton Chumbley

Clinton Chumbley, 71, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 9, 2015.

Born April 15, 1943, to the late Odum and Jethel Chumbley, he was a lifelong resident of Dawson County.

February 18, 2015 | | OBITS

Janice Kay Dudley

Janice Kay Dudley, 76, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 10, 2015.

Born Jan. 10, 1939 to the late Ernest and Frieda Byrd, Mrs. Dudley had been a resident of Dawsonville for the past 12 years, coming from Winter Springs, Fla.

February 18, 2015 | | OBITS

Susan Elaine Carter Maciolek

Susan Elaine Carter Maciolek, 73, of Cumming, died Feb. 10, 2015.

She was born in Burbank, Calif. on Dec. 6, 1941.

February 18, 2015 | | OBITS

Brenda Sue Roebuck

Brenda Sue Roebuck, 56, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 9, 2015.

Her parents, Melvin "Doc" and Joyce Swanson; and son, Jeremy Roebuck, preceded her in death.

February 18, 2015 | | OBITS

Season ends

The Varsity boys' basketball season has come to an end.

Coach Thad Burgess' squad lost to Franklin County in the opening round of the Region 7-AAA tournament, 63-57.

February 17, 2015 | Pam Jacobs | High School

Tiger grapplers finish in top 5

Coach Arron Haynes' Dawson County High School wrestling team competed at the State Traditional tournament in Macon Feb. 12-14. The Tigers took six wrestlers to the meet led by Gavin Brown (195 pounds), Harrison Adams (138 pounds), Jeremy Whalen (145 pounds), Brett Whalen (182 pounds), Ty Williams (heavyweight), and Justin Evans (113 pounds). All six wrestlers finished in the top ten.

Two-time state champion, Gavin Brown, finished in fourth place at state. Brown moved up a weight class this season and completed the season with a 44-8 record.

February 17, 2015 | Pam Jacobs | High School

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Retiring Judge Joliff plans to stay connected

On weekends and spare moments here and there, retiring Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff chips away at packing up 24 years of mementos and paperwork that fill his office.

December 31, 2014 | By Nick Watson DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS

Bridge dedicated in local man’s memory

The bridge that crosses the Etowah River on Hwy. 53 East will soon bear the name of a local man who made positive impacts on the lives of numerous scouts in Dawson County.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Year in review: A look back at 2014

Looking back on 2014, it would be difficult and a bit deceiving to continue calling Dawsonville and Dawson County a quiet mountain town.

December 31, 2014 | By Michele Hester and David Renner | LOCAL

Eatery rings in New Year with tradition

The Dawsonville Pool Room will once again open for lunch on New Year's Day and welcomes everyone to ring in 2015 with the southern tradition of collard greens, black-eyed peas and hog jowls.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

New officials sworn in

A recent ceremony welcomed the county's newest elected officials to their respective positions in local government.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government

Kentucky man arrested after Kroger robbery

A man wanted in connection with at least two bank heists in Kentucky was arrested Monday, days after authorities say he allegedly robbed the Dawsonville Kroger.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

My year-end wrap up: Times are fast changing

It's hard to believe that 2014 is well, over.

December 31, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists

A time to reflect on the year

Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. It is a time to spend with family and friends and to celebrate the birth of our savior. It is also a time to reflect back over the past year and to begin to plan for the year ahead. This season I have taken time to look back over my first term serving as your State Representative.

December 31, 2014 | Kevin Tanner Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Potato bowl already looking like the highmark for 2015

I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.

December 31, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Ruby Mae Turner

Ruby Mae Turner, 80, of Doraville, died Dec. 27, 2014.

December 31, 2014 | | OBITS

Clinton Walter Turner Sr.

Clinton Walter Turner Sr., 89, of Dahlonega, died Dec. 27, 2014.

December 31, 2014 | | OBITS

Louise Samples

Louise Samples, 90, of Dawsonville, died Dec. 22, 2014.

December 31, 2014 | | OBITS

Avery Michele Picklesimer

Avery Michele Picklesimer, 23 months, of Cumming, died Dec. 22, 2014.

December 31, 2014 | | OBITS

Frances Davis Mize

Frances Davis Mize, 95, died Dec. 27, 2014.

December 31, 2014 | | OBITS

Barbara Sue Bishop

Barbara Sue Bishop, 70, of Dawsonville, died Dec. 19, 2014.

December 31, 2014 | | OBITS

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