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Rotary team is ‘Smarter than a 10 year-old’

It's not technically a trick question, but tricky all the same to nearly everyone gathered Oct. 11 at Dawson County Middle School.

"Name all of the states that border the Great Lakes," said emcee Gary Pichon during the Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hall of fame induction ceremony is Friday

There will be a packed house for Friday night's Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

Announced earlier this year, the 2011 class of inductees are George Elliott, Mike Head, Harold Kite, Swayne Pritchett and Ken Ragan.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Homans installed as Kiwanis president

Local attorney Joey Homans was installed last week as president of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club by the group's 2011 President Lisa Thurmond.

"There's a lot of opportunities to be involved in community activities in Dawson County. Kiwanis is the way I've been able to tap into the community," Homans said. "I hope to just continue along the path that Lisa Thurmond set and continue to be positive to grow and strengthen our club."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

If the U.S. Air Force called tomorrow and asked Laura Bishop to re-enlist, she wouldn't hesitate to board the next plane.

"I loved it. I really loved it," said the mother of two grown daughters.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Burt named this year’s Miss KARE for Kids

Dawson County native Natalie Burt was crowned Miss KARE for Kids 2012 on Saturday evening at Riverview Middle School.

A junior at Dawson County High School, the veteran beauty queen, who has been competing in pageants since elementary school, is excited to be the face of KARE for Kids for the next year.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Golfers hit greens for the chamber

Golfers hit the greens earlier this month for the annual Dawson County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament.

Marty Williams, organizer and vice president of tourism for the chamber, said: "You couldn't ask for a better day for a round of golf."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man was staying at closed fun center

Authorities are trying to determine just how long a theft suspect had been living at a former Dawsonville family fun park.

Paul Henry Moran, 19, was arrested Friday night at Christ Fellowship Church after employees reported finding a door that leads to the adjacent family fun center propped open with a golf putter.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Funding will help improve young lives

A local partnership recently learned it will receive more than $121,000 to help fund its efforts to improve the lives of young people.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Office of Prevention Services has awarded Dawson County Family Connection a grant to focus on underage alcohol prevention.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annexation battle resolved

Dawson County commissioners agreed last week to back away from an annexation battle with the city of Dawsonville.

The two governments have been at odds since the city filed several petitions on behalf of residents seeking to have their properties annexed.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Ex-clerk pleads guilty

The state has resolved its criminal case against Dawson County's former clerk of courts, who pleaded guilty Friday to theft by taking and violation of oath of offices charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, 62-year-old Becky McCord received a 10-year sentence, with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Nordson closing local plant

Corporate officials confirmed Monday that Nordson will be closing its manufacturing plant in Dawson County next year.

"We are restructuring operations in the state of Georgia," said Jim Jaye, director of corporate communications and investor relations.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Panel sets road projects for T-SPLOST vote

Dawson County could see some major transportation improvements if voters next year approve a measure to raise the sales tax to pay for area roads.

The 26-member Georgia Mountains Transportation Roundtable voted Oct. 5 to approve putting on the ballot some $1.26 billion in projects for a 13-county area that includes Dawson.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


City to revisit ordinance

The Dawsonville City Council plans to take a new look at its alcohol ordinance during a special called meeting Monday.

The 5 p.m. meeting will be held in the G.L. Pete Gilleland Council Chambers at city hall.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials review evaluation process

A recent joint meeting of the Dawson County commission and tax assessor's board could become a regular occurrence.

The two groups met Oct. 5 to discuss property evaluations and how officials could work together in the future.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Badcock welcomes general manager

Huge selection, good prices and easy financing is what you'll find at Badcock Home Furniture and More in Dawsonville, according to the store's new general manager Nathan Hill.

"It's not just furniture anymore," said Hill, who relocated to the area from Alabama in August.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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11-year-old in dirt bike crash dies

A charity page to assist with final expenses has been set up in memory of a Dawson County boy involved in a dirt bike wreck ...

May 26, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Child in critical condition following dirt bike wreck

An 11-year-old child was listed in critical condition following a dirt bike wreck in western Dawson County Monday afternoon.

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Long Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer of fun

The sun is out and it's been nice for several weeks now, but it's the long Memorial Day weekend that many consider the ...

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Independent zombie flick films at historic jail

Dawson County's Historic Jail will serve as the backdrop for an independent movie being filmed in mid-June.

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Attorney for accused jewel thief wants some charges dropped

The attorney for a woman accused of robbing Zales Outlet in Dawsonville last summer wants some of the charges against her client dropped, according to ...

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Delivery driver reports armed robbery

The driver of a delivery van was reportedly robbed at gunpoint Friday evening in western Dawson County.

May 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy resigns following DUI arrest in Lumpkin

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy tendered his resignation following his arrest in Lumpkin County when he was charged with driving under the influence of ...

May 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pup recovering after dog pack attack

Bowser, the 9-year-old miniature Schnauzer attacked last month by a pack of dogs in downtown Dawsonville, is recovering well, according to his owner.

May 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


'Suspicious' package deemed safe

The Biscayne neighborhood is back to normal following the report of a suspicious package found at a home on Sandcastle Court.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Suspicious package’ reported at Dawson County home

Dawson County deputies are investigating a suspicious package found at a home on Sandcastle Court in the Biscayne subdivision, near Ga. 400.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bobbie T. Owen

Bobbie T. Owen, 74, of Dawsonville, died May 16, 2016.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | OBITS


New traffic signals planned in Ga. 400 corridor

Dawson County motorists can expect to see new traffic signals along the Ga. 400 corridor within the next few months in response to the increased ...

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Primary election is set for Tuesday

Advanced voting continues through Friday for Tuesday's General Primary election.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Cancer fundraiser relays past $50,000 goal

Some ran, others walked and many held hands with loved ones as they relayed around the makeshift track in front of the Dawsonville Municipal Complex ...

May 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Residents vow to fight for hydrants

Residents living in the areas of Kilough and Nix Bridge roads are vowing to continue their fight to get fire hydrants in the area.

May 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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