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Woman accused of perjury in connection with murder trial released from custody

The woman taken into custody by sheriff's investigators this morning at the Dawson County courthouse for allegedly lying under oath was released on a signature bond.

February 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Neighbor accused of lying under oath in connection with murder case

A neighbor of Herman James "Bo" Seppenfield VII , who is on trial for the 2014 murder of a local little league coach, was taken into custody at the Dawson County Government Center this morning, accused of lying under oath.

February 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deliberations in murder trial to resume Monday

Court is in recess until Monday morning in the murder case against a Dawson County man accused of shooting a local father of three and little league coach.

February 26, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Chase Elliott makes Sprint Cup debut at hometown track Sunday

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott has a special place in his heart for Atlanta Motor Speedway.

February 26, 2016 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Defendant testifies that shooting was self-defense

The attorney for the Dawson County man accused in the shooting death of a popular little league coach in 2014 wasted no time with small talk Thursday afternoon when his client took the stand.

February 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High winds to blame for power outage that closed big-box stores in Dawson County Wednesday

Local shoppers looking for groceries, clothing and home improvement goods were out of luck Wednesday evening after a power outage shutdown several big-box retailers along Ga. 400 in Dawson County.

February 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local banker announces bid for tax commissioner

A local banker and community volunteer on Monday announced her intention to run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Royals raise $55,000 for hospice care

Dressed in gold, green and purple, North Georgia royalty celebrated as if they were partying on Bourbon Street and in the process raised more than $55,000 for a local hospice care center.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hughes Nix announces re-election campaign

Longtime Dawson County District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix has announced she will seek a fifth term.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dolores Bearden

Dolores Bearden, 59, of Dahlonega, died Feb. 15, 2016.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | OBITS


Dawson County school bus involved in crash

A Dawson County school bus and a passenger vehicle collided Wednesday morning at Academy Avenue and Hwy. 9 South in downtown Dawsonville.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual Leap for Literacy is Saturday

Flip flops one day, parkas the next. With the Georgia weather, you never know what to expect.

February 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fire Station No. 3 reopens with fulltime staff

The fire station near the intersection of Harmony Church and Nix Bridge roads is now serving the community with a full time staff.

February 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County honors longtime planning commission chairman

After more than a decade a chairman of the Dawson County Planning Commission, Dick Bergen conducted his last meeting on Feb. 16.

February 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Cumming man arrested after crashing truck into Dawsonville Walmart

Dawson County Sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in connection with crash early Sunday morning in which a Cumming man drove a Ford pick-up through the front glass doors at Walmart in Dawsonville.

February 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Dawson County News moves to new office near downtown square

Dawson County News is on the move.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman and pet attacked by pack of dogs

City officials have made contact with the owners of three dogs that attacked a Dawsonville woman walking her small dog in her backyard Saturday morning.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City of Dawsonville receives $100,000 grant

The City of Dawsonville is among more than a dozen municipalities poised to receive thousands of dollars through the state's Recreational Trail Grants program.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting begins Monday for May 24 General Primary

The early voting period for this year's May 24 General Primary begins Monday at the Dawson County Voter Registration and Elections Office in downtown ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Political newcomer promises to bring new perspective to county commission

A political newcomer who's been active in the local Republican Party for the last several years promises to bring a fresh perspective and new ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


‘Olympians’ compete in special games

Student Olympians from across Dawson County were going for gold last week as they sprinted, tossed and bowled in some very special games held at ...

April 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Education


Congregation seeks volunteers to serve community

The congregation at Mountain Lake Church-Dawson invites the community to join them in a day of service.

April 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Adult siblings killed in head-on crash

Authorities have identified the two people killed in Monday's head-on collision on Kelly Bridge Road as adult siblings from Dawsonville.

April 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Toddlers die in Monday afternoon house fire

The Dawson and Lumpkin communities are mourning the deaths of two toddlers who died in a mobile home fire Monday afternoon.

April 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Two killed in Kelly Bridge Road head-on collision

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle is now confirming that two people have died from injuries sustained in the head-on collision this afternoon on Kelly Bridge ...

April 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drone bill waits Deal’s approval

A House bill awaiting the governor's signature has potential to set the stage for Georgia to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft industry.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners reject long-term hydrant contract

County commissioners last week said they were not comfortable approving a long term contract with the local water and sewer authority for hydrants.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Package found in lot deemed safe

Authorities investigating a suspicious package reported in the parking lot of Walmart in Dawsonville last week found no threat to the public.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man accused of rape

A local man has been charged with rape in connection with an alleged beating attack at his Dawson County home.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Low cost rabies clinics this weekend

Low cost rabies vaccinations will be available Saturday at various locations across the county.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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