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A reversal of fortune

Yvonne and Bill Bombardier were about to call it an early night.

September 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


New hours to begin at the parks

Local parks are the latest victim in the county's economic struggle.

September 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


County maintaining vehicles

With about 130 vehicles between emergency services, the sheriff's office, public works and the county administrative team, Dawson County spends about $200,000 a year on vehicle maintenance.

September 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Life is a picnic in Dawson County

Hayrides, hot dogs, hamburgers and a whole lot of fun are expected at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Picnic next week.

September 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Board approves furloughs

With tax revenue down by about 20 percent from last year, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners will save nearly $200,000 by furloughing all full time county employees.

August 26, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Attorney to chair committee

Local attorney Clint Bearden was appointed last week to chair the Legislative Affairs Committee for Georgia's 9th District Republican Party.

August 26, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Reservoir proposed for site in forest

Long before a federal judge threatened to limit water withdrawals from Lake Lanier, officials with the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority had begun making plans to build a reservoir in Dawson County.

August 26, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


County opposes habitat proposal

Dawson County does not plan to join about a dozen other local governments in a habitat conservation plan for the Etowah River basin.

August 26, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Suspected pot farmer arrested

A Dawson County man was arrested Monday afternoon after authorities say they found him tending to a crop of suspected marijuana in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

August 26, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Club moves forward

An information-gathering meeting last Thursday brought together almost two dozen volunteers interested in forming an Optimist Club in Dawson County.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Eating breakfast, solving problems

They talk about politics, the weather, their families and anything else that comes to mind.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Defendants want lawsuit dismissed

The parties named in a lawsuit aimed at blocking plans for a motorsports country club in western Dawson County hope a judge will dismiss the matter next month.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Board may approve furloughs

The Dawson County commission will consider Thursday whether to make county employees take Sept. 4 and four other unpaid "days of rest" this year.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


No vacancy at shelter

Employees and volunteers at the Dawson County Humane Society are considering hanging a "no vacancy" sign on the front door.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Property tax seminar planned Saturday

An educational seminar on understanding property taxes is planned for Saturday morning at the Appalachian Community Bank Conference Center in downtown Dawsonville.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


2nd arrest in church burglaries

A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of church burglaries over the past several months.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Lumpkin Campmeeting this week

Lynn Nahlik looks forward to campmeeting at Lumpkin Campground all year.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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