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Commissioners name Bill Tanner interim county manager

During a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon, commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Bill Tanner to serve as county manager until a permanent replacement is hired. Tanner ass...

July 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government

Kids head back to school

Dawson County Schools are back in business on Friday. Though summer hardly seems to be winding down, kids across the county will move back into classrooms on Aug. 5. The school year brings with it...

July 28, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL


Mountain Education Charter High School opens in Dawson County

The Dawson County Board of Education voted on Monday night to unanimously approve Mountain Education Charter High School to begin operating out of Hightower Academy for the upcoming school year. M...

July 27, 2016 | Amy French | Education

Lucky winners roll the dice at Roaring Rotary casino

Dawson County deputies raided an underground gambling parlor Saturday night and arrested several well-known wiseguys on alcohol and racketeering charges. Working on a tip, Sgt. Eric Johnson uncover...

July 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

That's a fake laugh

Fake laughing may have gotten a bad rap. Just ask certified laughter yoga instructor, Josie Bailey. "Your body doesn't know the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. You receive the...

July 27, 2016 | Amy French | LOCAL

Robert Kenneth Hicks

Robert Kenneth Hicks, 64, of Dawsonville, died July 20, 2016. Mr. Hicks was born Feb. 5, 1952, to the late Robert C. and Vina Hicks. He worked in the residential construction field. His brothers...

July 27, 2016 | | OBITS

Terry “Goodester” Goode

Terry "Goodester" Goode, 54, of Dawsonville, died July 24, 2016. Born Aug. 6, 1961, he was a lifelong resident of Dawson County and a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church. A proud and loving grandf...

July 27, 2016 | | OBITS

There ought to be a few more laws

July is a special time in Georgia because it's the month when most of the laws passed during the previous legislative session go into effect. This July was no exception with new laws that allow st...

July 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | VIEWPOINT

Millage roll back is disappointing

I was extremely disappointed to read the article about lowering the millage rate for our property taxes. Of course, I don't like paying taxes any more than the next person, but I'm a realist. The...

July 27, 2016 | Leslie Kupkowski | LETTERS/COLUMNS

What good is a bucket list without The Gaithers on it?

I don't have a bucket list, but if I did I would be hard-pressed to find room to add anything else. There is not much I have wanted to do that I haven't done, from shooting the breeze with the pres...

July 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | VIEWPOINT

Tips for caring for trees

Trees provide great benefits to our home landscapes. They provide shade, help retain soils and add visual interest. It is important that we take care of our trees. Many of the things we do for our...

July 27, 2016 | Clark Macallister | Lifestyle Columnists

Birthday parties--even my own--freak me out

My child is already making his birthday list, putting a corgi at the top of his list followed by Pokemon cards and DS games. His birthday is months away, mind you. But, he starts early. Real earl...

July 27, 2016 | | Lifestyle Columnists

Why one church's preacher was also the plumber

In the months before we married, I sought to show Tink the Southern mountains of my raising. On a colorful autumn afternoon, I was driving him around the curvy backroads and pointing out spots of v...

July 27, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists

Cheerleaders give back by working with local girls

Last week at Rock Creek Park there was giggling, dancing, clapping, cheering and bows-lots and lots of bows. The Dawson County High School football cheerleaders held camp for girls age 5-12. Over...

July 27, 2016 | Amy French | SPORTS

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