September 24, 2008
Hawthorne Appoints Mine Manager at Cassiar Gold Camp

 Hawthorne Gold Corp. ("Hawthorne" or the "Company") (TSX-V: HGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Smith as Mine Manager at the Cassiar Gold Camp located in northern British Columbia, Canada.

Mr. Smith comes to Hawthorne from Barrick Gold Corporation, where he was General Manager at the Eskay Creek Gold Mine in northern British Columbia. Mr. Smith brings extensive experience in managing mine operations, underground engineering, and mine development, and has also worked in advancing roles for Boliden Limited and Noranda Mines Ltd. Mr. Smith is a professional mining engineer, registered in British Columbia, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University).

"As Hawthorne moves towards production at Table Mountain in 2009, Mr. Smith's extensive experience in underground high-grade vein mining operations, most recently with Eskay Creek just south of Table Mountain, will play an integral role in the continued development of the Cassiar Gold Camp. Mr. Smith brings the required operational experience combined with the drive and passion for success that will assist Hawthorne in reaching our development and production goals," commented Richard Barclay, President and CEO of Hawthorne Gold.

Cassiar Gold Camp

The Cassiar Gold Camp hosts the permitted Table Mountain gold mine, consisting of a 300 ton-per-day gravity flotation mill, power plant and tailings pond. Historical gold production from the camp amounted to just under 500,000 ounces at a gold grade of roughly 0.5 ounces/ton. Gold mineralization at Table Mountain is primarily hosted in extensive quartz-carbonate-gold vein systems strongly associated with thrust faulting within altered greenstone and/or altered carbonatized ultramafic volcanic assemblages that are typical of some of Canada's largest gold camps, including Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Val d'Or. The Company is working towards gold production at Table Mountain in 2009.

The Cassiar property also hosts the Taurus project, consisting of bulk-tonnage, low-grade gold deposits located on strike and approximately five kilometres north of the Table Mountain mine. The Taurus deposits host an National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 compliant inferred gold resource estimate of 1.04 million ounces consisting of 32.4 million tonnes at a gold grade of 1.0 g/t (technical report prepared by Wardrop Engineering and titled, "Report on the Taurus Deposit -- Liard Mining District, B.C." and dated June 2007, is available at www.sedar.com).

Jim Sparling, P.Geo, the Company's Exploration Manager and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.

About Hawthorne Gold Corp.

Hawthorne Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based gold exploration and development company with key properties located in British Columbia, Canada. Hawthorne is led by well-respected mining leaders Richard Barclay and Michael Beley, together with mining veteran Michael Redfearn. Hawthorne's goal is to become a junior gold producer by working towards production at Table Mountain in 2009 and continued resource development at the nearby Taurus deposit, as well as the Frasergold deposit in the Cariboo region of south central British Columbia.

For more information on Hawthorne, contact Todd Hanas toll free at 1-866-869-8072 or the Company at (604) 629-1505 or toll free at 1-888-629-1505, or you can visit Hawthorne's website at www.hawthornegold.com.


"Richard J. Barclay"
President & CEO

Certain information regarding the Company including management's assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks associated with mining exploration and development, volatility of prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of resource estimates, environmental and permitting risks, access to labour and services, competition from other companies and ability to access sufficient capital. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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