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Kayak race raises money for center

Katie Centofanti doesn't quite remember how old she was when she first learned to paddle a kayak.

August 11, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Trail dedication set for Friday

Until a few weeks ago, Veterans Memorial Park looked much like a ghost town most mornings.

August 11, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


3 soldiers in jail after bomb scare

Charges continue to mount for three enlisted soldiers who authorities say tossed training grenades into a crowd of people at a local parking lot over the weekend.

August 11, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Varsity announces plans for restaurant in Dawson

If all goes as planned, the words "What'll ya have?" will begin ringing in Dawson County before Christmas.

August 11, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Soldiers arrested after attack on crowd

Three enlisted soldiers from Camp Frank D. Merrill in Dahlonega were booked Monday morning on dozens of charges, including domestic terrorism, after authorities say they tossed explosive devices into a crowd of people in a Dawson County parking lot.

August 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man drowns in home pool

Authorities have ruled the July 29 drowning of a 34-year-old Dawson County man an accident.

August 04, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Truck explodes on Hwy. 53

Jacob Walker was on his way home from making out-of-state deliveries Monday afternoon when the tractor-trailer he was driving left Hwy. 53, caught fire and exploded in western Dawson County.

August 04, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Walker tapped to chair fundraiser

A local volunteer admits the nation's current economic situation has taken a toll on the ability for non-profits to raise money.

August 04, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dinner, dance raises funds for elevator

Grab your cowboy boots and hats and buy your tickets early for next week's Southern Night's Dinner and Dance at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

August 04, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Canoe race to benefit center elevator fund

If you're looking for an adventure of white water and fierce rapids, then the Dawson County Jaycees Inaugural Etowah River Canoe race may not be for you.

August 04, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Habitat organizers ‘plant seeds’ here

Bill Phinney called last week's organizational meeting for Habitat for Humanity in Dawson County the beginning of "something incredible."

August 04, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Accountant wins chamber drawing

Two times must be the charm for a local accountant who won the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce cash drawing last week.

August 04, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawsonville man found drowned in home pool

Emergency officials say a Dawsonville man drowned Thursday evening while swimming in the pool at his house.

July 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Suspects nabbed in sting

A former employee of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office faces felony drug charges after her recent arrest in what authorities said was a sting operation.

July 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New buses welcomed by riders

Mary Bailey wasn't sure how she would get around after her vehicle was totaled in a 2009 wreck.

July 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Pepper Pettit named Rotarian of the Year

It's not often that Pepper Pettit finds himself speechless.

July 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Forsyth County man killed in weekend crash

A Forsyth County man was killed Saturday night as he attempted to pull onto Ga. 400 from Nightfire Drive.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sparks fly for the 4th of July

The Independence Day celebration will once again rev into gear Saturday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display to wow spectators for miles away.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hospitality Highway renamed for tourism pioneer

The north end of Ga. 400 will now be known as the Bill T. Hardman Hospitality Highway.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local churches take stance on same-sex marriage

Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage drew both jeers and cheers, and was followed by ministers across the state taking the issue to the pulpit on Sunday morning.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman charged after alleged home invasion

A Forsyth County woman was arrested last week in connection with what authorities are calling a home invasion at a local mobile home park near Ga. 400.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville Heritage Days festivities this weekend

Take a step back in time and experience life of days gone by at Dawsonville's Heritage Days this weekend.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Public has one more chance to speak on social hosting ordinance

The public has one more chance to voice their concerns on a proposed county ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their friends.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Parent group supports social hosting ordinance

County commissioners are considering a proposed ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their friends.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


A new makeover

A local civic club is lending a helping hand in support of the arts by painting the deck at the Bowen Center.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Search continues for missing Dawsonville man

A local family is pleading for answers as authorities continue to pursue leads in the search for a missing Dawsonville man.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drugs taken during robbery

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 last week.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man robbed at Dawson County gas station

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Search continues for missing Dawsonville man

A local family is pleading for answers as authorities continue to pursue leads in the search for a missing Dawsonville man.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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