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Indoor cockroach control

One insect that is universally loathed is the cockroach.

October 07, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists

Two places, one lesson

Singapore was a very interesting place back in the late 80s. I travelled through there frequently working on a project that took me repeatedly from ...

October 07, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT

How do you know what’s happening?

Ironically, my last column advised county residents to subscribe to our local newspapers as a good way to keep up with what's happening. But ...

October 07, 2015 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson County News | VIEWPOINT

Going to the barbershop more for company than a cut

Sitting in for Ronda this week is her husband, John Tinker... "Tink."

October 07, 2015 | | Lifestyle Columnists

This insomniac is jealous of those who get a good night’s sleep

I am deeply envious of those who get a full night's sleep.

October 07, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists

Remembering a special group of Georgians in Iraq

What a difference a decade makes.

October 07, 2015 | | VIEWPOINT

River clean-ups planned on Amicalola, Etowah

Two events are planned within the next week to celebrate October as Clean Water month in Dawson County.

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Crews moving dirt for new shopping center on Ga. 400

Crews began moving dirt on the second of two new shopping centers planned on Ga. 400 in Dawson County.

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS

Smarter than a 10-year-old contest set for Tuesday

As adults, we'd all like to think we can remember the geography, history, language arts and math we learned so many years ago in ...

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Authorities investigating multiple break-ins at workshop

Investigators with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are asking for help in identifying the two suspects that allegedly broke into a local workshop three ...

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Rotary recognizes student of the month

The Rotary Club of Dawson County's Student of the Month for September is Megan Morley, a fifth grader at Black's Mill Elementary.

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education

Spirited cheer dad can’t hide his Tiger pride

Isaac Barnes showed up at his daughter's first cheer practice to help his wife teach the young cheerleaders a thing or two about football.

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

3 injured when teen driver collides head-on with fire engine

The teen driver that collided head-on with a Dawson County fire engine last week remained hospitalized on Tuesday with injuries she sustained in the crash.

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Drone study begins: Rules for aircraft to be established

The House study committee charged with developing regulatory policies for drone use across the state had its first meeting last week in Atlanta.

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Inmate charged with making up murder story

Authorities have charged a Lumpkin County man with giving false statements after he reportedly took local investigators on what they are calling a wild goose ...

October 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

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Dawsonville man drowns after jumping off lake bridge

August 18, 2011 | By Julie Arrington DCN regional staff | LOCAL

Local man acquitted of child molestation charges

A 54-year-old Dawson County man arrested nearly a year ago on child molestation charges has been acquitted.

With friends and family by his side Aug. 10, Louis "Lou" Renevillia said he felt a weight lifted from his shoulders as a jury returned not guilty verdicts on each of the nine charges.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Ex-planning member arrested in drug sting

A former member of Dawson County's planning board was arrested Monday in a drug sting.

Elbert Phil Clark, 62, of Dawsonville was charged with trafficking methamphetamine after authorities said he bought 4 ounces of the drug at a local motel.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Randall P. ‘Beetle’ Bailey

Randall P. "Beetle" Bailey, 66, of Dahlonega, died Aug. 10, 2011.

His wife, Mary Bailey; and his parents, Leon and Edith Turner Bailey, preceded him in death.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS

Julia Ann (Judy) Wheeler Chadwick

Julia Ann (Judy) Wheeler Chadwick, 62, of Cumming, died Aug. 13, 2011.

She was a member of Coal Mountain Baptist Church.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS

Rose Mary Hocking

Rose Mary Hocking, 71, of Dahlonega, died Aug. 9, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS

Merlin ‘Mike’ Melancon

Merlin "Mike" Melancon, 86, of Dawsonville, died Aug. 11, 2011.

Born June 27, 1925 in New Orleans, La., to the late Emile and Corrine Melancon, he had been a resident of Dawson County for the past 18 years.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS

Martha Mezick

Martha Mezick, 75, of Dawsonville, died Aug. 9, 2011.

Born Dec. 2, 1935 in Rabun County to the late Wesley and Lola Stubblefield, she lived in Dawson County for more than 35 years, having moved from Austell.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS

Horace L. ‘Hoss’ Whitmire

Horace L. "Hoss" Whitmire, 76, a lifelong resident of Cumming, died Aug. 12, 2011.

He was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.

August 17, 2011 | | OBITS

Slaton celebrates years with wife, company

It has been a year of anniversaries for Roger Slaton.

In June, Slaton celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Loretta, and followed that by celebrating 30 years as a State Farm Insurance agent Aug. 1.

August 17, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. | BUSINESS

Getting a head start

Like many high school students around the world, Kara Sue Hafermalz dreams of attending Harvard University.

After her performance on two tests last spring, there seems little doubt that the Dawson County High sophomore will one day walk the halls of the Cambridge, Mass., campus.

August 17, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. | Education

Maps up for change

State lawmakers representing Dawson County said earlier this week they were pleased with the proposed House and Senate districts.

"It couldn't be better if I had drawn it myself," said District 9 Rep. Amos Amerson on Tuesday morning.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government

Proposed budget limits spending

The preliminary 2012 budget presented last week to the Dawson County commission limits spending to critical capital needs.

"This budget is nothing more than a balancing act," said Commission Chairman Mike Berg. "Revenue in versus expenses out."

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government

Treatment Court makes a difference

By all accounts the Dawson County Treatment Court is a huge success. However, no one should be misled to think that the Drug Court is easy for the participants.

The requirements are stringent, there is no tolerance for noncompliance, all personal search rights are waived, and if the participant fails to meet the criteria and is removed from the program, they face full sentencing for the original drug charges.

August 17, 2011 | Reader submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

House, Senate maps posted on Internet

The Georgia Constitution requires that the Legislature reapportion the General Assembly, as well as the Congressional seats in the year following the decade census. The Special Session started on Aug. 15, and already the House redistricting map has been introduced. You can see the proposed House and Senate maps at and click the link to the reapportionment maps.

The 2010 census found that 68 current House districts had too many people and 112 House districts had too few when compared to the ideal of 53,820 people.

August 17, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

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