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Ex-jailer sentenced in molestation case

A former Dawson County jailer will spend the next 15 years in prison after he admitted to molesting a teenage family member.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gold Creek entrance is still closed after flood

Gold Creek residents are furious that the main entrance to their subdivision remains closed nearly two months after heavy rains caused a pipe to collapse.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hall of famer speaks to Jaycees

Hall of fame pitcher Phil Niekro, 70, recalled his fondest baseball memories and answered questions about his career last Friday at Chestatee Golf Club.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Four charged in drug bust

Four men remain in custody after a weekend drug bust in Dawson County.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Council swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday

The public is invited to meet Dawsonville's two new councilmen Tuesday afternoon as Calvin Byrd and James Grogan are sworn into office.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Judge allows motorsports lawsuit to move forward

Plaintiffs in a law suit filed to halt the construction of a motorsports park across from their property in western Dawson County scored a win earlier this week when the judge ruled they could move forward with the suit.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Secretary of State speaks to chamber members

Georgia's Secretary of State Karen Handel made a stop in Dawson County last Thursday as she continues her campaign for governor.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Decorating tables with the classics

Angels were among the ladies of Gold Creek Book Club Nov. 7 as the group took first place in Dawson County Arts Council's Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Voting locations trimmed to three

Most Dawson County voters can expect to cast their ballots at a new location next year.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission curbs pet fee proposal

Dawson County commissioners have made it clear they are not interested in collecting fees from pet owners.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Two plead guilty for thefts

Guilty pleas by two White County men have closed the files on several burglaries in Dawson and four other counties.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Courthouse bids under budget

Bids to build Dawson County's new courthouse and administration building have come in at nearly half the projected cost.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Gilreath signs with Columbus State University

Dawson County High School senior Chase Gilreath had plenty of reasons to be smiling last Thursday when he inked a baseball scholarship with the Columbus State University Cougars.

November 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | High School


Votes are in

Political newcomers Calvin Byrd and James Grogan were elected to the Dawsonville City Council Tuesday night.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


United Way worried about reaching goal

Just two months into the 2010 campaign, United Way for Dawson County officials are saying they are concerned about reaching a $100,000 goal.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Elliott holds on to series lead

With five races left in the season, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is poised to take home the NASCAR Nationwide Championship title in his first year on the circuit.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Volunteers sweep shore

Massive amounts of Styrofoam, parts of an abandoned houseboat and two crumbling docks were among the debris collected in Dawson County on Saturday during the Lake Lanier Association's 26th annual Shore Sweep.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Backpack Buddies’ provides snacks for kids

A new collaboration is gearing up to make sure local children are not going hungry when they leave school and are home on the weekends.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Champ consolidates racing collection

A 30-year racing career can produce quite a collection of cars and memorabilia.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Swafford named state’s top deputy coroner

Lanier Swafford was recently named the state's top deputy coroner by the Georgia Coroner's Association.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Holiday season to bring jobs

Unemployment continues to improve across the north Georgia region and officials believe the busy holiday shopping season will bring even lower rates in the coming months.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Consolidation floated

A recent flurry of requests from Dawson County residents wanting to annex their property into Dawsonville has prompted officials to explore the possibility of a unified government.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer resigns amid inquiry

A Dawson County Detention Center employee resigned earlier this month during an investigation that exposed an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official: March blaze no accident

The local investigation into an explosion and fire that leveled a southern Dawson County home in March is ongoing, but Allstate Insurance officials said they've denied the property owner's compensation claim because the incident wasn't an accident.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rezoning approved for retail center

The last 10 acres of a tract of land needed to develop a new retail center along Ga. 400 were rezoned last week.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Men indicted for rape, kidnapping

Two men accused in unrelated rape and kidnapping cases were indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect indicted in credit card scheme

A Riverdale man has been indicted on nearly two dozen charges in connection with a credit card scheme and high-speed chase last summer.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More are seeking to annex

Despite protests from Dawson County officials concerning recent annexation requests, Dawsonville continues to receive applications from people who want to live in the city limits.

September 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man sentenced to 12 years for molestation

A Dawson County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a child molestation arrest in 2012.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect surrenders in burglary

A 17-year-old surrendered to authorities last week after avoiding arrest for months in connection with a spring burglary in eastern Dawson County.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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