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Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

Preparations are in place for everyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Floats needed for parade

There's still time to have a float in this year's Christmas parade.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Holiday shoppers looking to hit stores on Thanksgiving night

An estimated 140 million shoppers will take advantage of holiday sales, some opting to forego the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and hitting the stores early in hopes of getting one of those advertised pre-Black Friday super deals.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man falls down 50-foot embankment fleeing police

An Atlanta man suspected of fraud was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital Friday night after plummeting about 50 feet down an embankment while fleeing authorities.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Floats needed for parade

There's still time to have a float in this year's Christmas parade.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commissioners to work with sheriff on budget

A gallery of uniformed deputies, plainclothes officers and administrative staff filed into the Dawson County Board of Commissioner's meeting room on Thursday to see if budget demands made by the sheriff to increase pay would be approved.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Rezoning to bring grocer

Commissioners last week approved a rezoning that will make way for a new grocery store and retail center at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Dawson Forest Road.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Thanksgiving serves up traditions

Turkey, dressing, corn on the cob, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes are traditional staples for many families each Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father of three off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody

A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Elliott wins Nationwide championship

Nationwide champion. Rookie of the year. Most popular driver.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Competitive team takes it to state finals

Saturday's contest may not have been the result Dawson County High School's competitive cheerleaders had hoped for, but the excitement of competing in the state finals in Columbus had the team pumped in celebration of a winning season.

November 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


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Meth lab found in southeast Dawson

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday morning of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘Awesome Bill’ joins NASCAR Hall of Fame

Affectionately known as "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" by his legion of fans, Bill Elliott will cement the town's status in motorsports history when he is inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame Friday night in Charlotte.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Food, fun and football

A lifelong Washington Redskins fan, Jim Sheppard really doesn't care who wins Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man arrested in child molestation case

A Dawsonville man was arrested overnight Monday in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a teen girl.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


McKee new administration director

A longtime employee was promoted last week to serve as Dawson County's director of administration.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Tanner proposes bill to limit no-knock warrants

With an 18-year career in law enforcement, including many with a multi-county narcotics unit, State Rep. Kevin Tanner executed his fair share of arrest warrants.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury, last week, handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bridge repairs impacted due to federal cuts

Federal cuts have delayed repairs to two heavily traveled bridges in Dawson County.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC avoids arbitration

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has avoided going into arbitration with the city of Dawsonville over an annexation dispute.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Iowa man indicted after alleged rape at local motel

An Iowa man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at a local motel late last year was indicted on the charges by a Dawson County grand jury last week.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen charged as adult in molestation case

A 15-year-old from Dawsonville has been charged as an adult in the alleged molestation of a young child.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New hardware store is looking to break ground

The owner of a hardware store in Dahlonega is expanding to Dawson County after officials last week approved a request to rezone nearly three acres at Hwy. 53 East and Stephens Road.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury on Tuesday handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

Friends, family, neighbors and even strangers are pouring on the love for Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his family after their home caught fire on Saturday afternoon.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bridge dedication celebrates local man’s legacy of service

The memory of a local businessman and community leader is now forever enshrined upon a bridge renamed last week in his honor.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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