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Nordson donates bikes to children for Christmas

Nordson Corporation donated 30 bikes last week that will be given to area children this holiday season.

The bikes were distributed during KARE for Kids' annual Christmas campaign.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Longtime banker retiring

A prominent fixture in local banking is retiring next week after nearly 43 years on the job.

Senior Vice President Jimmy Bruce's last day at United Community Bank in downtown Dawsonville is Dec. 31.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Treatment coordinator appointed to state board

The coordinator for Dawson County Treatment Court was recently appointed to serve on the state's Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Robert "Bob" C. King to the 10-member regulatory practice board in November.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Couple celebrates 60 years of marriage

It was 60 years today that Francis "Tim" Webb vowed to spend the rest of his life with his sweetheart.

"We had known each other, and we used to tease when she came into the drug store about what a good looking girl she was," he said. "I had to call her two or three times to get a first date."

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Volunteers serve more than 300 meals

Volunteers served more than 300 meals at the second annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner last month at the Lakeview Center.

Organized by the Alliance of Churches of Dawson County, volunteers also delivered meals to several homebound seniors in the community Nov. 23.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


School system receives district achievement

The AdvancED Accreditation Commission has determined the Dawson County School System meets the Accreditation Standards for a Quality School System.

Superintendent Keith Porter read the commission's resolution and presented the school board with a plaque to mark the achievement during the board's monthly meeting Monday night.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Rotary honors top employees

Many service organizations tend to honor their own at end of the year banquets.

But with a motto of "service above self," Dawson County Rotary chooses instead to pay tribute in December to individuals who serve the community as county and city government workers.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC to revisit park plan

A consultant hired to review the parks situation in Dawson County has been directed to come back with a list of realistic projects.

The initial proposal, presented last week to the county commission, recommended acquiring land for new parks and updating existing ones.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Closure in clerk theft case

The state's cases against three people who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the Dawson County Clerk of Courts office came to an end Tuesday with the final suspect's sentencing.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced Donna Jeanette Sheriff to 10 years, with two to be served in state prison and the remainder on probation.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Drive puts presents under trees

Through a recent boot drive, Dawson County Emergency Services raised nearly $9,000 to fulfill Christmas wishes this season.

Capt. Jamerson Kerby organized the campaign, which raised money for KARE for Kids.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Christmas coming

Santa, Mrs. Claus help light city tree

By Michele Hester

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Breakfast supports Christmas for seniors

The community is invited to the Dawson County Senior Center on Friday morning for a downhome country breakfast.

Director Margie Weaver said funds from the event will help provide Christmas presents for seniors who utilize the center throughout the year.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Longtime member of tax board steps down

After 14 years on the Dawson County Tax Assessor's Board of Directors, Sara Halstead is retiring at the end of this year.

She reported for her last board meeting Monday morning unaware her colleagues had planned a retirement party to follow the meeting.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Taste of Dawson High benefits school’s PTSO

Several local restaurants will showcase a collection of appetizers, entrees and desserts during the third annual Taste of Dawson High on Saturday.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the commons area at Dawson County High School. Admission is $5 per person, or a maximum of $20 per family. Children younger than five are free.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


City tree lighting Friday

The city of Dawsonville invites the community to town Friday for the annual Christmas tree lighting.

Santa Claus is also expected to make an appearance to hear what local children want for Christmas this year.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Etowah votes to lay 12-inch waterlines on Nix Bridge

Residents along Nix Bridge Road will soon have the waterlines needed for improved fire safety, though there are no immediate plans by the county to ...

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Neikirk named interim county manager

Commissioners Thursday night voted to appoint Vicki Neikirk to serve as interim county manager following Randy Dowling's abrupt resignation earlier that day.

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission chair recommends full property tax rollback

Commission Chairman Mike Berg is calling for a full millage rate rollback that, if approved, would be the county's first tax reduction in 12 ...

July 20, 2016 | By Michele Hester | Government


Tax commissioner candidates make plea for runoff votes

Andi Henson Juliette and Nicole Stewart made final public pleas to voters last week asking for support in Tuesday's runoff election for Dawson County ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff’s candidates square off in debate

The men vying to be Dawson County's first new sheriff in 20 years squared off in a heated debate last week before a standing ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Weeklong revival begins Monday at Lumpkin Campground

Some say time seems to stand still on the hallowed grounds of Lumpkin Campground during the weeklong spiritual revival and celebration known as campmeeting.

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Magistrate judges to get raises

Commissioners last week approved a request to increase salaries for the county's two fulltime magistrate judges.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City threatens lawsuit over SPLOST documents

City officials last week sent a letter to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners threatening suit over alleged missing documents detailing sales tax expenditures.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Prayers for the police

Hundreds from across the community were in downtown Dawsonville Sunday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


More parents indicted for children’s truancy

The Dawson County School System continues to crack down on local parents violating the state's truancy law.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Star-spangled celebration

It's not always an easy task to impress an 11-year-old.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Vandals damage teen’s military memorial

A local teen will not let disrespect by a chosen few detour him from supporting American servicemen and women.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville mayor elected to state municipal association board

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was recently elected to the Georgia Municipal Association board of directors during the group's annual meeting in Savannah June 27.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials confirm rabies case in Dawson County

A Dawson County woman is receiving treatment after being bitten by a rabid dog June 24.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting for July 26 runoff underway

Early voting is underway for the July 26 runoff election to choose Dawson County's next sheriff and tax commissioner.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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