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Forum opportunity to meet candidates

With six candidates vying for two open seats, Dawsonville election officials aren't sure what to expect in the Nov. 3 City Council election.

October 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Board will seek public input

Election officials on Monday decided to ask voters what they think about a plan to consolidate the county's polling places.

October 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Volunteer handbook now online

From women's clubs to civic organizations, health iniatives to beautification projects and humanitarian efforts, volunteer opportunities abound in Dawson County.

October 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Postal worker sentenced

A postal worker who pleaded guilty last month to selling methamphetamine will serve about six months at a women's residential treatment center, followed by several months of strict supervision and fines.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Miss KARE for Kids crowned

Lindsey Porter is the new face of KARE for Kids.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local mother named to magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’

Ask your six year old if she knows what marijuana is, and she'll probably say no.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Council for Quality Growth to speak at builder’s meeting

Representatives from the Council for Quality Growth will discuss a controversial water conservation plan at the Dawson County Homebuilder's Association's Oct. 21 meeting.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Business Expo brings out big crowd

There was a time when you had to travel outside the county for many products and services.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


School asking voters to extend tax

Voters are being asked by the school system to approve extending the county's 1-cent education sales tax to help fund several needed projects.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Boy, 11, killed in hunting accident

What was supposed to be a afternoon outing for a Dawson County youth and his grandfather turned tragic Oct. 9 when the boy's deer rifle discharged, fatally wounding him.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Young drivers ‘Caught Safe’

Anyone wanting to ride home from school with Daniel Walker knows to put on a seat belt or find another way home.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Grad rate sets record

Dawson County High administrators were pleased earlier this year when the school's graduation rate hit 84.4 percent.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


County eligible for flood relief from FEMA

Dawson is one of 21 Georgia counties approved for public assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Child dies after hunting accident

Emergency officials confirmed a young boy was shot in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area late Friday afternoon.

October 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Workforce initiative awarded grant

Dawson County is one of five counties awarded a $35,000 state grant to improve the local workforce.

October 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Commissioner questions annexation

A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Retail development expected to surge

At least six retail shops, including three restaurants, have contracts or commitments in place to be among the first to open in a new commercial development on Ga. 400.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival on tap this weekend for music, beer

Be on the lookout for food, drinks and fun this weekend as the downtown area plays host to the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Island set to open next week

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park will be open for the Labor Day weekend.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner named ‘Champion of Cities’

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorcycle collides with SUV, killing one on Hwy. 9

A 21-year-old Baldwin man was killed on July 29 after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a pickup truck on Hwy. 9.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man charged with pandering, solicitation

A 37-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested last week on pandering and solicitation charges.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Renovation under way at state park lodge

A makeover at Amicalola Falls State Park lodge is on schedule to be complete in time for the fall season.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tanner named legislator of the year

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently named legislator of the year by the Brain Injury Association of Georgia for his work on a resolution that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Salary study finds pay lagging in Dawson

A recent salary study commissioned by Dawson County found there are positions within the government that are below the recommended minimum pay level compared to neighboring jurisdictions.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Authority closes on park land

The Downtown Development Authority has closed on a loan to buy 18 acres behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex for a planned city park.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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