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Christmas coming

Santa, Mrs. Claus help light city tree

By Michele Hester

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Breakfast supports Christmas for seniors

The community is invited to the Dawson County Senior Center on Friday morning for a downhome country breakfast.

Director Margie Weaver said funds from the event will help provide Christmas presents for seniors who utilize the center throughout the year.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Longtime member of tax board steps down

After 14 years on the Dawson County Tax Assessor's Board of Directors, Sara Halstead is retiring at the end of this year.

She reported for her last board meeting Monday morning unaware her colleagues had planned a retirement party to follow the meeting.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Taste of Dawson High benefits school’s PTSO

Several local restaurants will showcase a collection of appetizers, entrees and desserts during the third annual Taste of Dawson High on Saturday.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the commons area at Dawson County High School. Admission is $5 per person, or a maximum of $20 per family. Children younger than five are free.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


City tree lighting Friday

The city of Dawsonville invites the community to town Friday for the annual Christmas tree lighting.

Santa Claus is also expected to make an appearance to hear what local children want for Christmas this year.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Students’ film wins international acclaim

A student film shot on location in Dawson County has received international acclaim.

"Scarlett's Secret," a film project by four Riverview Middle School students, was named Best of Festival and Judges' Favorite in the 2011 International Student Media Festival.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Winners selected in winter art show

Winners of the Dawson County High School Winter Art Show were announced Friday.

Senior Shelby Sage directed "The City of Ember," a salute to "steampunk," which she describes as "sci-fi in the Victorian Age, where everything ran on steam engines."

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Laying the cornerstone

Officers of the Grand Lodge of Georgia Free and Accepted Masons joined members of the Etowah Lodge on Sunday to lay a cornerstone at the new Dawson County Government Center.

Etowah Lodge donated the 12-by-24-inch stone that was placed in the front right corner of the building and includes the names of Georgia's Grand Master Jerry Moss and Worshipful Master Woodrow Harvey II of the local lodge.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Federal cuts leave local residents in the cold

A program designed to help low-income households with their heating bills has been postponed due to a lack of federal funding.

Ninth District Opportunity Inc., a nonprofit agency offering programs to low-income residents, learned last week that the anticipated $630,000 in funding had been suspended.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa has breakfast with kids

Santa Claus was making his list and checking it twice as he stopped for breakfast Saturday morning in Dawsonville.

"Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas," Claus chuckled.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sunday sales vote set for March ballot

A referendum on Sunday package alcohol sales in Dawson County is set for the March 6 presidential preference primary.

The ballot will also ask voters whether restaurants in unincorporated areas of the county should be allowed to serve distilled spirits on Sundays.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


County may hold vote on Sunday alcohol sales

Dawson County residents likely will have the opportunity in March to decide whether stores should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays.

County commissioners will take up the matter during their meeting Thursday night.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Deputies urge caution during holiday season

The recent arrest of a teenager in a theft case has Dawson County Sheriff's officials reminding residents to be cautious this holiday season.

"Just like when it's warm outside, as the weather changes near the holidays, we have an increase in criminal activity," said Capt. Tony Wooten.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Start to season

The Black Friday madness in Dawsonville started early as bargain hunters descended on North Georgia Premium Outlets for the center's annual Midnight Madness after Thanksgiving shopping event.

Many stores chose to open by 9 p.m. Thursday to accommodate the most dedicated bargain hunters.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Scuffle, theft lead to charges

A 26-year-old Gainesville man faces several felony charges after an alleged shoplifting scheme went awry in the early hours of post-Thanksgiving shopping.

Authorities said Steven Strickland was arrested after he reportedly tried to sneak a laptop computer out of the crowded local Walmart about midnight Thursday.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Etowah votes to lay 12-inch waterlines on Nix Bridge

Residents along Nix Bridge Road will soon have the waterlines needed for improved fire safety, though there are no immediate plans by the county to ...

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Neikirk named interim county manager

Commissioners Thursday night voted to appoint Vicki Neikirk to serve as interim county manager following Randy Dowling's abrupt resignation earlier that day.

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission chair recommends full property tax rollback

Commission Chairman Mike Berg is calling for a full millage rate rollback that, if approved, would be the county's first tax reduction in 12 ...

July 20, 2016 | By Michele Hester | Government


Tax commissioner candidates make plea for runoff votes

Andi Henson Juliette and Nicole Stewart made final public pleas to voters last week asking for support in Tuesday's runoff election for Dawson County ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff’s candidates square off in debate

The men vying to be Dawson County's first new sheriff in 20 years squared off in a heated debate last week before a standing ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Weeklong revival begins Monday at Lumpkin Campground

Some say time seems to stand still on the hallowed grounds of Lumpkin Campground during the weeklong spiritual revival and celebration known as campmeeting.

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Magistrate judges to get raises

Commissioners last week approved a request to increase salaries for the county's two fulltime magistrate judges.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City threatens lawsuit over SPLOST documents

City officials last week sent a letter to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners threatening suit over alleged missing documents detailing sales tax expenditures.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Prayers for the police

Hundreds from across the community were in downtown Dawsonville Sunday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


More parents indicted for children’s truancy

The Dawson County School System continues to crack down on local parents violating the state's truancy law.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Star-spangled celebration

It's not always an easy task to impress an 11-year-old.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Vandals damage teen’s military memorial

A local teen will not let disrespect by a chosen few detour him from supporting American servicemen and women.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville mayor elected to state municipal association board

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was recently elected to the Georgia Municipal Association board of directors during the group's annual meeting in Savannah June 27.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials confirm rabies case in Dawson County

A Dawson County woman is receiving treatment after being bitten by a rabid dog June 24.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Early voting for July 26 runoff underway

Early voting is underway for the July 26 runoff election to choose Dawson County's next sheriff and tax commissioner.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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