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Samples recalled for love of city, racing

The woman credited by many with saving Thunder Road and keeping Dawsonville's racing history alive died Monday following a brief illness.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Mystery theater benefits critters

Murder and mayhem was the theme Saturday night as Peach Brandy Cottage opened its doors for a presentation of The Curse of the Hopeless Diamond.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Berg elected group's third vice president

Mike Berg, chairman of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners, was elected last month to serve the Association County Commissioners of Georgia as third vice president.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Service remembered

Law enforcement officers know they should never take threats lightly.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Former clerk arrested again

Authorities have added tax evasion to the litany of charges against Dawson County's embattled former clerk of courts.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Outdoor festival welcomes spring

Stepping up to the children's area at the Spring Fling in Dawsonville Sunday afternoon, Nathan Frazier told his sister he was going to win a goldfish.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


10 vying for clerk of court

Other than the size of the field, there were few surprises Friday as qualifying for the July 20 primary election came to a close.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Pearson won’t seek re-election

District 51 State Sen. Chip Pearson is looking forward to spending time with his family when his term expires in December.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Goodson appointed to state board

A local certified public accountant was appointed Friday by Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve on the Georgia State Board of Accountancy.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Special election next week

Candidates for the 9th District U.S. House seat made stops in Dawsonville earlier this week as polls opened for advance voting in next week's special election.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Boot drive this week

There have been more than 600 fire fatalities in the U.S. since the beginning of the year.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former official killed in wreck

A former Lumpkin County commissioner who spent the last several years in Dawsonville was killed Friday in a three-vehicle wreck near the War Hill community.

April 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lake park gets makeover

Evan Curry arrived to a campsite at the newly renovated War Hill Park last Thursday to spend the week fishing with his young sons and enjoying some time with his extended family.

April 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Students talk of mentoring success

Ryan Pritchard never thought he'd go to college.

April 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Field growing for clerk seat

The field of candidates hoping to become Dawson County's next clerk of Superior Court continued to swell as four more have said they planned to seek election.

April 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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Proposed Black’s Mill cell tower draws opposition

Neighbors living in and around Black's Mill Place subdivision have banded together in opposition to a cell phone tower proposed for the area.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Elliott makes Sprint Cup debut Sunday

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is set to make his Sprint Cup debut in Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Variance makes way for new Aldi store on Ga. 400

Dawson County's Planning Commission approved a variance last week that could make way for a new grocery store on Ga. 400.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawsonville man in standoff arrested again

Days after a Dawsonville man with a shotgun held officers at bay for nearly five hours, deputies issued a new warrant for his arrest, this time for aggravated stalking.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County pursuing legal action to recover back taxes

Dawson County Commissioners last week agreed to move forward with litigation against a local innkeeper in an effort to recoup more than $30,000 in delinquent hotel/motel taxes.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Ellijay teen killed in fiery crash on Hwy. 52

A Gilmer County teen was killed in a fiery crash last week when his car ran off the road in northwestern Dawson County, hit a tree and ignited in flames.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Removal of trees part of ‘routine maintenance’

County officials say the removal of 16 trees is part of the routine maintenance needed as workers prepare to open the campground of War Hill Park this weekend.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


No adjustment to humane society funds

A vote last week by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners requires an annual audit of the local animal shelter's finances.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Republicans salute Churchill’s legacy

There was a capacity crowd at Big Canoe on March 13 to pay tribute to Winston Churchill's life, legacy and leadership.

March 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Aldi is coming to Dawson County

Dawson County's Planning Commission approved a variance Tuesday that could make way for a new grocery store on Ga. 400.

March 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Intersection update irks business owner

The changes planned for the crossing at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 has the owner of a local restaurant wondering how he'll be able to stay in business without access to his main entrance.

March 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ellijay teen killed in fiery crash

A Gilmer County teen was killed in a fiery crash Tuesday afternoon when his car ran off the road in northwestern Dawson County, hit a tree and ignited in flames.

March 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Humane society at risk to lose funds

Commissioners are considering a measure that could reduce funding for the local animal shelter.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Spring has sprung

After a bitter cold winter that brought snow, sleet and ice to the area on multiple occasions, local families welcomed the near 80 degree temperatures that started blooming earlier this week.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Murder suspect enters not guilty plea

The Dawson County man charged with murder in the shooting death of a local coach has entered a not guilty plea.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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