The rusty chains of the porch swing gently squeaked as Carolyn Dooley relaxed outside her family's Lumpkin Campground tent. "Campmeeting is something I would never miss," said Dooley, 54. "And in my life I have never missed one."
A renowned Dawson County educator and former dean at Gainesville State College died Thursday morning following a period of declining health. Herbert W. Robinson, 95, had been sick for several months, according to family and close friends.
Dawsonville resident Grace Collett has been selling her homegrown vegetables during the Dawson County Farmer's Market for nearly 10 years. Tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers and eggplant were among the produce offered at her table July 11.
Opening this Friday, the Dawson County Arts Council is presenting its first adult musical, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Based on the popular 1988 film, the musical is a comedy revolving around playful banter, mischievous scams and sudden twists.
A new group has formed with a mission to get more women involved in the political process. Based in Dawson County but pulling from all counties in the new 9th congressional district, the Foothills Republican Women is a grassroots organization that promotes an informed public through political education and activity by increasing the effectiveness of women in government.
Advance voting for the July 31 general primary is currently under way and continues through July 27. According to Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson, a total of 639 early votes were cast in a span of five days last week.
Lumpkin Campground will hold its annual summer revival next week. Known as campmeeting, the week-long event traditionally features two services each day that include prayer, singing, music, Bible readings, preaching, personal testimonies and altar calls.
Nearly two dozen Dawson County residents were at a public meeting Monday to find out how a developer's wastewater proposal could affect their homes and families. Waterscape Services is considering spreading stabilized sewage sludge from the Hampton Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Forsyth County onto property owned by Rotag Partners LLC at the northwest corner of Harry Sosebee and Lumpkin Campground roads in southern Dawson County.
The community will have a second chance to celebrate with fireworks this summer after torrential downpours washed out the Dawson Day Sparks in the Park festivities. Plans are in the works for an event to make up for the canceled Independence Day fireworks extravaganza July 3.
A public meeting next week in neighboring Forsyth County could draw some interest from those living near 65 acres in southeastern Dawson County where a developer wants to deposit sludge from a wastewater treatment plant. Waterscape Utility LLC filed notice last month to hold the meeting at 10 a.m. July 16 in the Hampton Village Golf clubhouse, 6310 Hampton Golf Club Drive.
With bees swarming around her head in the hot morning air, Jean Schilling prods and picks at the growing hive. Unfazed and unafraid, the local beekeeper is dressed from head to toe as she swings the smoking canister to calm the bees. It's all part of the routine to check her five hives.
The Dawsonville community is mourning the death of a local historian, retired school teacher and beloved family man this week. Lifelong resident Charles Finley passed away July 4 due to complications from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle wreck June 15. He was 64.
Bowen Center for the Arts is bursting with paintings, drawings, carvings and other independent creations reflecting the local landscape. The Chestatee Artists, based in Lumpkin County, are presenting a collection that shows mixed mediums through the end of July.
There's still time to get tickets to Sunday's benefit jam aimed at saving Dawsonville's historic Pool Room. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the gate the day of the show. The price includes an afternoon of live music by a variety of local acts and free access to the kids' zone for children 12 and younger.
In celebration of Independence Day, Dawson County residents often flock to Lake Lanier, local parks, area attractions and traditional fireworks extravaganzas. Dressed in patriotic colors, many families relish the opportunity to spend time together with picnics, activities and traditions.
In the final chapter of the varsity Lady Tigers varsity basketball team's story, the city of Dawsonville decided to set aside a day just for the players. During a luncheon in honor of the 2012-13 team on Sunday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan proclaimed March 17, 2013, to be "Lady Tiger Day."
Family members and countless friends are mourning the sudden death of a woman many called an "angel among us." Margie Weaver, who served as director of the Dawson County Senior Center for nearly three decades, died Monday at age 74.
A wreck on War Hill Park Road claimed the life of a Dawson County woman Saturday night. Emergency officials said Edna Gazaway, 81, was traveling alone when her 2009 Chevrolet HHR left the road before clipping a mailbox, a stop sign and landing on its right side.
Kroger employees believe in giving back. For the last seven years, Dawsonville Kroger has led the way with United Way for Dawson County contributions, this year collecting nearly $20,000 for the local campaign.
Dawson County Emergency Services, like many other departments across the nation, are reevaluating and refocusing its efforts to recruit new volunteer firefighters. "Take a look across the board, nationwide, volunteerism in fire service is on the downslide," said Fire Chief Lanier Swafford. "Economics is tougher, more people are working extra jobs and you've got an enormous amount of competition for volunteerism."