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Bill targets mall bandits

An estimated $100,000 in designer clothing, expensive handbags and cell phones has been taken over the last few years in a series of smash-and-grab break-ins at North Georgia Premium Outlets.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Manager appointed to state board

A former lawman now serving as Dawson County's manager on Friday was named the Ninth Congressional District Representative on the state board of corrections.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Probate Court moves forward

Six months have passed since a Dawson County probate clerk was arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from the court.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Judges appoint clerk

A local woman was sworn in Monday afternoon as Dawson County's interim clerk of courts.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Tournament benefits youth homes

Teams are still forming for the inaugural Georgia Jail Association's charity golf tournament at Chestatee Golf Club April 12.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Broadwell crowned Miss Dawson County

Walking on stage as one of the top five contestants in Saturday night's Miss Dawson County pageant, Kirstie Broadwell smiled confidently at the crowd of friends and family in the audience.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Judges appoint interim clerk of courts

Late Friday afternoon, the judges of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit appointed a local woman to serve as Dawson County's interim clerk of courts.

March 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Bingo raises funds for center elevator

Margie Weaver didn't know what to expect Friday night as she stepped through the door at the American Legion.

March 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Time to be counted

Mail carriers last week stuffed every residential mailbox in Dawson County with 2010 Census packets.

March 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Clerk of courts resigns position

In what local officials say was an unexpected turn of events, Dawson County's clerk of courts resigned Thursday.

March 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Open house set by DOT for intersection

An informational open house set for April 15 will show the public plans for improvements to Dawson County's busiest intersection.

March 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Clerk of Courts resigns from office

In what local officials say was an unexpected turn of events, Dawson County's clerk of court resigned Thursday.

March 18, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


IRS looks into clerk of courts

The Internal Revenue Service has opened a case on Dawson County Clerk of Court Becky McCord, authorities said Monday.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


DOT unveils new plan

Representatives with the state Department of Transportation say proposed changes to the bustling Ga. 400-Hwy. 53 crossing could be the first of their kind in Georgia.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


No outlet for theft

Larry Taffar was working in his garden March 9 when he noticed two men sprint past his house behind the outlet mall.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Benefit fund set up after house fire

A local woman lost nearly everything she owned in a fire Saturday afternoon.

March 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local lawman named state’s top boating officer

A Dawson County lawman has been named the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

March 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local authorities search for man in CVS robbery

Authorities are seeking assistance in identifying a suspect from an armed robbery at CVS in Dawsonville last week.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County names planning director

County officials last week announced that a new planning and development director has been named.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Annual Leap for Literacy set for Saturday

As cold as it has been recently, you'd think the community would be running toward warmer locales.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Sweet Sixteen

The undefeated Lady Tigers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with Thursday's 71-35 win over Elbert County.

February 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Arbor Day Friday

The community is invited to a celebration of trees Friday afternoon at War Hill Park on Lake Lanier.

The Dawson County Tree Preservation Committee, in conjunction with Keep Dawson County Beautiful and the local extension agency, will meet at 2 p.m. in honor of Arbor Day, held in Georgia on the third week of February each year.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arrest made in church fire

An arrest was made last week in connection with a fire late last year at Gospel Way Baptist Church.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ice knocks down 1,000 trees

Crews were still moving downed trees from roadways and responding to weather-related incidents Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 hours after Mother Nature dumped at least a an estimated half inch of ice across Dawson County.

"Stay at home and off the roads unless it's an emergency," was the common request among first responders as early as noon Monday.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Forecaster predicts Dawson’s population at 100,000 by 2030

Community leaders are both hopeful and hesitant after hearing a north Georgia real estate forecaster say he expects the county's population to quadruple in the next 15 years.

"Our plan has always been to have 50,000 folks in 2030," said Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lady Tigers go entire season without loss

The Dawson County Lady Tigers are perfect after Friday night's victory over West Hall.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville man killed in logging incident

A Dawsonville man died from injuries sustained in a logging incident over the weekend.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County withdraws annexation objection

County leaders last week agreed they would not a fight a recent annexation into the city of Dawsonville.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Mayor urges citizens to reject proposed transportation bill

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan is urging citizens in the city and county to reject a proposed transportation bill floating through the state capitol.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman on probation for theft, forgery arrested again

An ex-realtor who pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges last year was arrested again last week, this time for fraud.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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