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Clerk of Courts resigns from office

In what local officials say was an unexpected turn of events, Dawson County's clerk of court resigned Thursday.

March 18, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


IRS looks into clerk of courts

The Internal Revenue Service has opened a case on Dawson County Clerk of Court Becky McCord, authorities said Monday.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


DOT unveils new plan

Representatives with the state Department of Transportation say proposed changes to the bustling Ga. 400-Hwy. 53 crossing could be the first of their kind in Georgia.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


No outlet for theft

Larry Taffar was working in his garden March 9 when he noticed two men sprint past his house behind the outlet mall.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Football team moves to town

Their jerseys say they're from Gainesville, but soon the adult full contact football team will be known as the North Georgia Gladiators.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Humane society agrees to deal

Just weeks after the local humane society rejected a contract with the Dawson County commission, the group agreed last week to move forward with the deal.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Agency close to goal

In a year when more people than ever looked to others for assistance, United Way for Dawson County raised more than $87,000 locally for those in need.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bingo to benefit senior center

American Legion Post 247 plans to donate proceeds from its weekly Bingo event to raise funds for an elevator at the local senior citizens center.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Players find tough competition

When players signed on to play in the Inaugural Dawson County Jaycees Flag Football Tournament last Saturday they knew there would be some tough competition.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Negotiations continue

The inability to agree on a deal has brought Dawson County and the local humane society full circle.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Bond denied for suspects

A Superior Court judge denied bond last week for two Dawson County men charged in the December slayings of a south Georgia couple.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Business relocating headquarters here

A national leader in sanitizing technology will move its corporate headquarters to Dawson County.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Clothing drive to benefit Haitian earthquake victims

A local group would like you to start spring cleaning early this year and donate your spring and summer clothing to the earthquake victims in Haiti.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Graves to run for commission

Lionel Graves had little to no intention of running for public office when he retired to Dawson County about eight years ago.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Humane society says funding not enough

Humane Society officials say Dawson County's offer to split the cost of a required audit may not be enough to seal a proposed contract.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury, last week, handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bridge repairs impacted due to federal cuts

Federal cuts have delayed repairs to two heavily traveled bridges in Dawson County.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC avoids arbitration

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has avoided going into arbitration with the city of Dawsonville over an annexation dispute.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Iowa man indicted after alleged rape at local motel

An Iowa man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at a local motel late last year was indicted on the charges by a Dawson County grand jury last week.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen charged as adult in molestation case

A 15-year-old from Dawsonville has been charged as an adult in the alleged molestation of a young child.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New hardware store is looking to break ground

The owner of a hardware store in Dahlonega is expanding to Dawson County after officials last week approved a request to rezone nearly three acres at Hwy. 53 East and Stephens Road.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury on Tuesday handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

Friends, family, neighbors and even strangers are pouring on the love for Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his family after their home caught fire on Saturday afternoon.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bridge dedication celebrates local man’s legacy of service

The memory of a local businessman and community leader is now forever enshrined upon a bridge renamed last week in his honor.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lawmaker outlines legislative plans at breakfast

The budget, transportation and education are expected to be hot issues under the Gold Dome now that state lawmakers have returned to Atlanta for the 2015 Legislative Session.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman charged for alleged false report

A Powder Springs woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by three men in the parking lot of a local business has been charged with false report of a crime.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

A fire that may have started in the laundry room Saturday afternoon destroyed the home of Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle.

January 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


School officials prepared for extreme temperatures

Dawson County School Superintendent Damon Gibbs on Wednesday said the system is prepared for the freezing weather moving into the area this evening.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education


Arbitration likely in annexation dispute

City officials on Monday said arbitration would be the next step in a more than four month dispute with the Dawson County Board of Commissioners over an annexation request.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Hearing set in murder case

A hearing initially set for last week in the state's murder case against a Dawsonville man has been moved to Jan. 21, according to court records.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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