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Former property owner released from lawsuit

A judge ruled Sept. 14 that the former owner of 152 acres in western Dawson County is not a proper party for a lawsuit challenging the construction of a motorsports park on the site.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


United Way sets goal

There wasn't a dry eye during Friday's lunch to kick off United Way for Dawson County's 2011 campaign.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poultry plant likely culprit for EPD fines

State and city officials say a local poultry packaging plant likely is to blame for excessive wastewater discharge in the sewer system.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Citizens police academy seeking participants

Spaces are quickly filling for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office's annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Government academy enters its third year

The third annual Dawson County Citizens Academy is underway and proving to be as interesting and informative as in past years.

September 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Council names Warne clerk

The Dawsonville City Council voted Monday night to appoint Bonnie Warne as city clerk.

September 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Outlet store seeks $100K inventory

As much as $100,000 in merchandise is reportedly missing from a local outlet store following a remodeling in mid-August.

September 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Service pays respect to missing soldiers

A remembrance service Friday night will pay respect to soldiers who remain missing or were once prisoners of war.

September 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dozens to help at Day of Caring

United Way for Dawson County kicks off its 2010 fundraising campaign this Friday with a Day of Caring.

September 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


9/11 remembrance service planned

On Saturday, nine years will have passed since the terrorists attacks on the United States.

September 08, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Lucky Dogs’ win big during casino night

Luck was on the side of the Dawson County Humane Society on Aug. 28 as volunteers collected proceeds from the inaugural Lucky Dog Casino fundraiser.

September 08, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Board considering beautification program

Grants, county funds and committed community involvement would be required if the Dawson County Board of Commissioners moves forward with a program to beautify portions of Ga. 400.

September 08, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Varsity submits site plans

Site plans were submitted last week for the much anticipated Varsity Jr. on Ga. 400 in Dawson County.

September 08, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man killed in wreck with bus

Services were held Sunday for a former pastor involved in a Sept. 1 collision with a tour bus in Dawson County.

September 08, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man sentenced in child porn case

A former assistant manager of a local retail store was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in federal prison on child pornography charges.

September 08, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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The spirit of campmeeting

Mardie Townley remembers the Thursday night of Lumpkin Campmeeting eight years ago like it was yesterday.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LIFE


DNR ranger up for national boating officer award

Come fall, Cpl. Jason Roberson, a Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement ranger from Dawsonville, could be the nation's top boating officer.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Georgia racing legend to serve as festival grand marshal

A Georgia racing legend has been selected to serve as grand marshal for this year's 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


High speed chase ends in arrest

A Dahlonega man is in custody following a high speed chase on Ga. 400 overnight Saturday.

Jerry Dakhota McCranie, 29, was being pulled over during ...

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man racks up nearly $3,700 in unauthorized charges

A woman who entrusted a Dawsonville man to make a purchase for her with her credit card while she was hospitalized last year is now ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office renews state certification

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently received word that the department's state certification has been renewed.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bond burning marks government center payoff

Haynes Johnson has driven by the Dawson County Government Center thousands of times, and yet, he's still awestruck by the structure.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Deputy injured by irate bank customer

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy was injured Friday evening when an irate bank customer trying to flee the scene of a disorderly conduct call ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family of road rage victim recognized

The parents of a young mother killed in a violent road rage tragedy were recognized last week for their efforts to bring awareness to aggressive ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Performance pay raises in works for county employees

County officials are looking to put extra dollars into their employees' wallets.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


County bond burning ceremony planned Thursday

It was three and a half years ago that the then new Dawson County Government Center officially opened for business.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville man crashes truck fleeing from officers

What appears to have started as a reported domestic call ended Sunday evening with a Dawson County man crashing the truck he was driving into ...

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff proposes pay raises for longtime employees

Longtime employees of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are likely to get pay increases in the coming weeks.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Speaker David Ralston proposes Pastor’s Protection Act

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal that would protect clergy from being required to perform marriage ceremonies that conflict with their religious beliefs.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities release names in Dawsonville murder-suicide

DAWSONVILLE - The victim in Wednesday's murder-suicide has been identified as a Forsyth County 911 communication officer.

July 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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