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Teen struck, killed on skateboard

A 16-year-old skateboarder died Monday night after he was struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 53 near Dawsonville.

Dawson County Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond said Tyler Seay died at Atlanta Medical Center, where he was flown after suffering critical injuries in the collision.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tax assessments in mail this week

Dawson County property owners should expect to find their tax assessment notices in the mailbox this week.

Chief tax appraiser Michael Roberts said the notices were delayed about a week due to the state's new assessment program.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Family moves into new Habitat house

Walking into her new home Saturday, Bethany Berg said she thanked God for giving her something so perfect and special.

"The house is absolutely perfect ... everything about it is everything I could have wanted," she said.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE


County looking into new insurance provider

A proposed move to Aetna Insurance could save Dawson County almost $800,000 over the next 12 months.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Veterans award scholarship

The local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America recently awarded a scholarship to a Dawson County High School senior.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing history revived at hall

Dawsonville's storied racing history revved up Saturday morning as volunteers with the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame celebrated the museum's grand reopening.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Motorsports park may open in September

Weather has delayed by at least six months the opening of a motorsports park in western Dawson County.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Grant to fund walking trail

Georgia Department of Transportation announced last week that $250,000 has been approved for a multi-purpose trail that would connect the City of Dawsonville to Veterans Memorial Park.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities urge caution during summer months

As the summer months approach and families are outside enjoying the weather, local authorities want to remind the community to be cautious and stay safe.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former county worker agrees to reduced charge

A former Dawson County maintenance worker has been sentenced for his role in a June 2010 wreck that claimed the life of a Dawsonville man.

James "Jim" Ferrante, 42, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Revision to proposed sign ordinance online

The public has two more weeks to review proposed changes to the county's sign ordinance.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners plans to wait until June 2 to vote on the proposed changes in order to give the public time to review the document, which is available online at dawsoncounty.org.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Fire chars Hwy. 53 home

Dawson County fire officials are investigating a blaze that destroyed a Hwy. 53 home early Tuesday and displaced a family of four.

Tim Satterfield, deputy chief of emergency services, said no one was injured in the fire, which occurred sometime after midnight at 5364 Hwy. 53 East, but the home was a complete loss.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Relay roundup

Before the first lap around the track Friday night, organizers were celebrating a successful Relay for Life in Dawson County

"We went into the evening a couple thousand dollars above our $60,000 goal," said Jay Walker, campaign chairman. "Early on, we said we'd be ecstatic if we hit $70,000."

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County manager to chair Lanier Tech foundation

A Dawson County man was recently elected to lead a foundation that supports Lanier Technical College.

Kevin Tanner, 39, who has served as vice chairman of the college's foundation board of trustees for the past 18 months, will begin his one-year term as chairman July 1.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Locals aspire to lead

After months of classes, homework, field trips and a group service project, 26 local men and women are now graduates of the 2011 Leadership Dawson class.

A ceremony last Tuesday night at the Lakeview Center celebrated the accomplishment and awarded the graduates for their commitment to leadership.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Pastor Protection Act passes first hurdles

One of several proposed religious freedom bills won approval in the Georgia House Judiciary Commitee on Tuesday and now moves on to the full House ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Snow day for area students

Students across Dawson County go their wish for a snow day after a dusting of powder throughout the day and overnight Tuesday prompted schools to ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson maintains ‘StormReady’ status

Dawson County is once again being recognized as a National Weather Service StormReady community.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former city councilman will run for county commission seat

Former Dawsonville City Councilman Chris Gaines announced last week that he plans to seek Dawson County's District 2 commission seat.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GDOT seeks public comment on intersection

State transportation officials will be at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge Thursday to gage public opinion over changes proposed to the intersection of Highways ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Accused jewelry bandits indicted in Florida

A Northern District of Florida Grand Jury has indicted an Atlanta area pair accused in a Southeast jewelry theft operation.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Economy expert to speak at chamber lunch

North Georgia real estate and economic expert Frank Norton Jr. will highlight trends in the local housing market and commercial industry during the Dawson County ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Three Tigers qualify for state wrestling championships

Coming off his best in class win a week earlier, Dawson County freshman Kelton LeBaron was one of three Tigers to qualify for the state ...

February 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Tigers see improvement

One thing the Dawson County High School varsity boys basketball team didn't have a lot of coming in to the season was experience. Head ...

February 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Dawson County under winter weather advisory

With the potential for a surge of winter weather tonight, the Dawson County School System will make a decision on whether to cancel classes early ...

February 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Possible gas leak at medical center

Emergency crews are at Northside-Dawson Medical Campus investigating a possible gas leak.

February 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sheriff’s office seeks help in locating runaway teen

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is turning to the public for help in locating a missing teen.

February 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and ...

February 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Pedestrian killed crossing Ga. 400

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover final expenses for a Dahlonega man who died from injuries sustained when he was hit ...

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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