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Graduate airlifted after wreck

A Dawsonville teen was airlifted in serious condition to Atlanta Medical Center following a collision Saturday afternoon just hours after graduating with honors from Dawson County High School.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fausett ready to serve

A week after winning the seat in a three-way race for the county's District 1 commission seat, Sharon Fausett is still ecstatic over the victory.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


SPLOST talks to continue

Dawson County and Dawsonville officials have begun outlining the projects they would like to see funded if voters approve a 1-cent sales tax extension in November.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Ralston overcomes challenge in primary

House Speaker David Ralston held on to his 7th District seat in the Georgia General Assembly by defeating challenger Sam Snider in last week's primary.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Fans flock to former Falcons’ coach estate sale

The sign leading up to the lake home on Holly Drive in Dawsonville said estate sale, but the better description would have been the "Jerry Glanville Museum."

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Impulse employees see finished product

The last six months have been hard on the employees at Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonville.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Commissioners approve design for splash pad

The updated design plans for a new water feature at Rock Creek Park have been approved by county officials.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott named to NASCAR Hall of Fame

Dawsonville's Bill Elliott is back in Victory Lane.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


'Awesome Bill' named to NASCAR Hall of Fame

Dawsonville's Bill Elliott was at the top of the list Wednesday afternoon when NASCAR's 2015 Hall of Fame class was announced.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Commission approves ordinance limiting night burning

County commissioners last week approved an ordinance that limits burning debris from construction sites to daytime hours.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Board suspends store’s alcohol license

The two convenience stores involved in an alleged illegal gambling operation can no longer sell beer and wine.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Sheriff to fight budget

With Dawson County's annual budget hearings approaching, Sheriff Billy Carlisle said he can no longer stand by and watch longtime employees leave for higher paying jobs with better benefits.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County, city officials to discuss sales tax projects

County and city officials have a joint meeting this afternoon to discuss how revenue should be distributed if voters pass the upcoming special purpose local option sales tax extension in November.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Fausett wins commission seat

Political newcomer Sharon Fausett is Dawson County's next District 1 commissioner.

May 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Forum gives voters opportunity to question candidates

A small political forum Wednesday evening gave voters a final opportunity to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 commission seat.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


2nd arrest in church burglaries

A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of church burglaries over the past several months.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Lumpkin Campmeeting this week

Lynn Nahlik looks forward to campmeeting at Lumpkin Campground all year.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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