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Southern supper aids elevator fund

There's no need to cook next Friday night.

Instead, stop by the Dawson County Senior Center on Oct. 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. for a southern supper of smoked ham, pinto beans with cornbread and onions, slaw, iced tea and homemade fried fruit pies - all for just $5 a plate.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Video system unveiled

A new program is saving Dawson County Magistrate Court and Sheriff's Office time and money.

Designed by Icon Software Corp., the new EZ Warrant system brings officers and judges together through video conferencing to secure warrants and hold first appearance hearings.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials arrest 2 in theft case

Two suspects are in custody and two more are sought in connection with a string of thefts in Dawson and Forsyth counties.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the Sept. 21 arrest of Calvin Blackstone, 31, of Dawsonville for a probation violation led investigators to a home off Knight Road in north Forsyth.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Concerns over reservoir plan

One Dawson County commissioner said nothing raised during a recent public hearing on a proposed reservoir came as a surprise to him.

"I didn't hear any issues I haven't already heard before," Gary Pichon said of Thursday's session.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Tax office closes satellite location

Tax Commissioner Linda Townley said budget constraints have forced her to close Dawson County's satellite tag and tax office effective Friday.

The office on Liberty Drive, off Hwy. 53 near Dawson Forest Road, opened in January to serve residents living along the busy Ga. 400 corridor.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Nonprofit receives mark

The local agency dedicated to providing for underprivileged children in Dawson County was recently granted a service mark by the Georgia Secretary of State.

Calvin Byrd, president of KARE for Kids, said the group applied for the service mark, similar to a trademark, to create a branding for the nonprofit organization and its signature annual fundraiser, the Mountain Moonshine Festival.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In their own words

At 24, Brian Fox was living in Lincoln, Ark. with his new wife, Tammy, and a baby. He was working as an independent tile and carpet contractor with nothing to fall back on in the event of an emergency.

"I just got tired of living paycheck to paycheck, and I was worried that if anything ever happened to my family, what would we do," he said.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local advocate appointed to sex offender registry board

A local victim advocate has been appointed to the board that reviews the state's sex offender registry and categorizes offenders.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of Katie Strayhorn to the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board on Sept. 16. The term is for four years.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Governor approves districts

Changes to the Dawson County commission and school board districts have been approved by the governor.

Gov. Nathan Deal approved the local legislation last week. It now must be approved by the Department of Justice, according to Glenda Ferguson, chair of the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Concerns voiced over reservoir plan

Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon says he's heard every concern discussed Thursday night during a public hearing on a proposed reservoir in the county.

"I didn't hear any issues I haven't already heard before," he said. "I wish the community as a whole would understand that we do not own that property, the state does not own that property in the Dawson tract and the county does not own that property."

September 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Campus expansion

Lanier Technical College broke ground Thursday on a major expansion that will more than double educational space at its Dawson County campus.

"We're very excited to be here," said Russell Vandiver, president of the college. "We think it's a wonderful opportunity for the community, the county and the city of Dawsonville.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Teen injured in wreck

A local teenager was flown to an Atlanta-area children's hospital after being trapped in a crushed pickup truck for nearly two hours Monday night.

According to authorities, the 13-year-old girl was a passenger in a Ford F-150 that struck a power pole near Harmony Church Road and Ga. 400 just after 11 p.m.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tourney benefits local boy

There is still time to register to participate in Team Soldier Boy's third annual one pitch softball tournament.

Proceeds from the event benefit 10-year-old Kenneth "Kenny" Stewart III of Dawsonville, who was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In their own words

When Russell Lowery enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard while still in high school, he was looking for adventure and a path that would give him self-worth and a purpose.

"I wanted to do something that was important, and I found that through the military," said Lowery, now 42.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Judge rejects plea deal

Former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord will be back in Superior Court next month after a judge rejected her guilty plea on theft by taking and violation of oath of office charges.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin did not publicly say Friday why she refused to accept the plea, which had been negotiated and approved by both the state and McCord's attorneys.

September 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Dawson County News moves to new office near downtown square

Dawson County News is on the move.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman and pet attacked by pack of dogs

City officials have made contact with the owners of three dogs that attacked a Dawsonville woman walking her small dog in her backyard Saturday morning.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City of Dawsonville receives $100,000 grant

The City of Dawsonville is among more than a dozen municipalities poised to receive thousands of dollars through the state's Recreational Trail Grants program.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting begins Monday for May 24 General Primary

The early voting period for this year's May 24 General Primary begins Monday at the Dawson County Voter Registration and Elections Office in downtown ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Political newcomer promises to bring new perspective to county commission

A political newcomer who's been active in the local Republican Party for the last several years promises to bring a fresh perspective and new ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


‘Olympians’ compete in special games

Student Olympians from across Dawson County were going for gold last week as they sprinted, tossed and bowled in some very special games held at ...

April 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Education


Congregation seeks volunteers to serve community

The congregation at Mountain Lake Church-Dawson invites the community to join them in a day of service.

April 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Adult siblings killed in head-on crash

Authorities have identified the two people killed in Monday's head-on collision on Kelly Bridge Road as adult siblings from Dawsonville.

April 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Toddlers die in Monday afternoon house fire

The Dawson and Lumpkin communities are mourning the deaths of two toddlers who died in a mobile home fire Monday afternoon.

April 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Two killed in Kelly Bridge Road head-on collision

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle is now confirming that two people have died from injuries sustained in the head-on collision this afternoon on Kelly Bridge ...

April 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drone bill waits Deal’s approval

A House bill awaiting the governor's signature has potential to set the stage for Georgia to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft industry.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners reject long-term hydrant contract

County commissioners last week said they were not comfortable approving a long term contract with the local water and sewer authority for hydrants.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Package found in lot deemed safe

Authorities investigating a suspicious package reported in the parking lot of Walmart in Dawsonville last week found no threat to the public.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man accused of rape

A local man has been charged with rape in connection with an alleged beating attack at his Dawson County home.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Low cost rabies clinics this weekend

Low cost rabies vaccinations will be available Saturday at various locations across the county.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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