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Council members sworn in

Calvin Byrd said he was more surprised than anyone when he was appointed mayor pro-tem of Dawsonville for 2010.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Bandits hit twice over weekend

Bandits made off with more than $14,000 worth of designer clothing in two separate smash-and-grab robberies over the weekend at North Georgia Premium Outlets, authorities said.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Emergency services honors pioneers

Jackie Townley was 15-years-old when he fought his first fire.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Volunteers spend a day cleaning the city

Dozens of volunteers arrived early Saturday morning to help clean streets through the city of Dawsonville.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Shoppers scramble for deals

Matthew Grizzle needed a laptop computer with the latest Windows 7 operating system for college.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Smash-and-grab bandits strike at outlet mall

About $25,000 in merchandise is missing from the Coach Factory Store after authorities say at least two men smashed a front window at North Georgia Premium Outlets early Thanksgiving morning.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect charged in assault at motel

A Dawsonville woman remains hospitalized and her boyfriend is in custody a week after what authorities described as a brutal attack at an extended stay motel.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tree lighting ceremony set for Saturday

The city of Dawsonville will kick off the holiday season on Saturday with its annual tree lighting spectacle.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


College installs president

The Archbishop and Archdiocese of Atlanta were part of a procession Monday afternoon that welcomed a new president at Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


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


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County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

Preparations are in place for everyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott wins Nationwide championship

Nationwide champion. Rookie of the year. Most popular driver.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody

A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Competitive team takes it to state finals

Saturday's contest may not have been the result Dawson County High School's competitive cheerleaders had hoped for, but the excitement of competing in the state finals in Columbus had the team pumped in celebration of a winning season.

November 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Chase Elliott is NASCAR's newest champion

The "si-rene" atop the world-famous Pool Room is screaming through downtown Dawsonville for Chase Elliott

November 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Citizens graduate from academy

A ceremony was held last week to celebrate the latest graduates of the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Amendment by local legislator passes

Georgia voters last week approved an amendment to the state's Constitution that imposes additional fees for reckless driving violations when they are pleaded down from driving under the influence.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Homeowner charged with fraud

A woman whose Dawson County home caught fire and exploded in March has been charged with felony insurance fraud after officials say she exaggerated the extent of her losses from the blaze.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Elliott clinches the title

Dawsonville's legacy of producing NASCAR champions continued Saturday when Chase Elliott clinched the 2014 Nationwide Series title with a fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Speedway.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Road repaving could hinge on agreement with city

A portion of road could be skipped when the county begins a repaving project on Burt Creek Road if an agreement with the city isn't reached.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community honors servicemen and women

The community paid tribute to servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military Tuesday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


House Republicans re-elect Ralston

Rep. David Ralston will retain his position as one of the most powerful leaders in the Georgia General Assembly after House Republicans unanimously approved his nomination as Speaker of the House for another two years during Monday morning's caucus meeting at the state capitol.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocates urge BOC to support adult literacy

The first of two public hearings required before commissioners can adopt the county's 2015 budget brought out a handful of speakers in support of adult literacy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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