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Homebuilders combine in Dawson, Lumpkin

The weak economy may set a more successful stage for local builders now that Dawson and Lumpkin counties' home builders associations have joined forces.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Thrift shop, food pantry expand charity operation

For the last few years, volunteers at the RIC Rack thrift store and community food pantry have wanted to expand the charity operation.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Ex-jailer sentenced in molestation case

A former Dawson County jailer will spend the next 15 years in prison after he admitted to molesting a teenage family member.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gold Creek entrance is still closed after flood

Gold Creek residents are furious that the main entrance to their subdivision remains closed nearly two months after heavy rains caused a pipe to collapse.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hall of famer speaks to Jaycees

Hall of fame pitcher Phil Niekro, 70, recalled his fondest baseball memories and answered questions about his career last Friday at Chestatee Golf Club.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Four charged in drug bust

Four men remain in custody after a weekend drug bust in Dawson County.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Council swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday

The public is invited to meet Dawsonville's two new councilmen Tuesday afternoon as Calvin Byrd and James Grogan are sworn into office.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Judge allows motorsports lawsuit to move forward

Plaintiffs in a law suit filed to halt the construction of a motorsports park across from their property in western Dawson County scored a win earlier this week when the judge ruled they could move forward with the suit.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Secretary of State speaks to chamber members

Georgia's Secretary of State Karen Handel made a stop in Dawson County last Thursday as she continues her campaign for governor.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Decorating tables with the classics

Angels were among the ladies of Gold Creek Book Club Nov. 7 as the group took first place in Dawson County Arts Council's Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Voting locations trimmed to three

Most Dawson County voters can expect to cast their ballots at a new location next year.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission curbs pet fee proposal

Dawson County commissioners have made it clear they are not interested in collecting fees from pet owners.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Two plead guilty for thefts

Guilty pleas by two White County men have closed the files on several burglaries in Dawson and four other counties.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Courthouse bids under budget

Bids to build Dawson County's new courthouse and administration building have come in at nearly half the projected cost.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Gilreath signs with Columbus State University

Dawson County High School senior Chase Gilreath had plenty of reasons to be smiling last Thursday when he inked a baseball scholarship with the Columbus State University Cougars.

November 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | High School


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


SPLOST, governor’s race on Tuesday’s ballot

Proponents for extending the county's 1-cent sales tax for six more years hope their campaign mail-outs, speaking engagements and social media presence to promote a "yes" vote resonates at the polls.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Luncheon on Saturday celebrates art

Preparations are under way for the eighth annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club named volunteer of the year

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for building a waterpark, Rotary Island, at Rock Creek Park.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

It's been a history-making season for the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

A Dawsonville teenager was cut with a knife in a fight at a downtown gas station Saturday during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Budget includes employee pay increases

For the first time in six years, Dawson County's proposed 2014 budget includes pay increases for employees.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man killed in logging incident

A Dawson County man was killed Monday evening in an incident involving a log splitter at his home.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘biggest’ fan

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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