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Society ready to fight cuts

Judging by the e-mails circulating among volunteers, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners should expect a fight when the local humane society's contract comes up for review Thursday.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission weighs more furlough days

Dawson County employees may have to take as many as 12 unpaid days off in 2010.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Banks says it’ll repair Gold Creek entrance

The main entrance to Gold Creek subdivision off Hwy. 136 will be repaired, an official with Regions Bank said last week, though it's not clear how soon that will happen.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City kicks off holiday season

Hundreds of kiddies were on their best behavior Saturday evening at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame museum.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

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

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father of three off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Thanksgiving serves up traditions

Turkey, dressing, corn on the cob, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes are traditional staples for many families each Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rezoning to bring grocer

Commissioners last week approved a rezoning that will make way for a new grocery store and retail center at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Dawson Forest Road.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Commissioners to work with sheriff on budget

A gallery of uniformed deputies, plainclothes officers and administrative staff filed into the Dawson County Board of Commissioner's meeting room on Thursday to see if budget demands made by the sheriff to increase pay would be approved.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Floats needed for parade

There's still time to have a float in this year's Christmas parade.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man falls down 50-foot embankment fleeing police

An Atlanta man suspected of fraud was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital Friday night after plummeting about 50 feet down an embankment while fleeing authorities.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Holiday shoppers looking to hit stores on Thanksgiving night

An estimated 140 million shoppers will take advantage of holiday sales, some opting to forego the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and hitting the stores early in hopes of getting one of those advertised pre-Black Friday super deals.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Floats needed for parade

There's still time to have a float in this year's Christmas parade.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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


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