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‘They got a show’

For members of Dawson County's Little Mountain bluegrass band, it doesn't get much better than playing for the home crowd.

September 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Seized truck to be used at jail

It's not brand new and it needs a bit of maintenance, but the 1997 red Ford F-150 sitting outside the Dawson County Sheriff's Office will be put to good use.

September 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Financial outlook grows more bleak

The Dawson County commission plans to move about $220,000 from its reserves as the final step in trimming nearly $5 million from the 2009 operating budget.

September 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


College student drowns

The search is over for a 22-year-old Southern Catholic College student who drowned Monday night while swimming in a lake at Gold Creek Golf Club.

September 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Developer closes on car park property

Less than 24 hours before a judge was to rule on a lawsuit aimed at stopping a proposed motorsports park in western Dawson County, the developer closed on the property.

September 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Time may be running out for day care

Ann Mullinax covered her face with her hands Thursday when she learned she likely will have to close her child care center in downtown Dawsonville.

September 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Ex-postal worker pleads guilty to drug charges

A postal worker arrested over the summer for making methamphetamine deliveries while on her route pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday.

September 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Out of Africa

A commercial pilot from Forsyth County isn't planning to fly back to western Africa anytime soon, if ever.

September 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Trucker pleads guilty in wreck

A log truck driver pleaded guilty Monday to charges in connection with a collision that claimed the life of a 33-year-old Forsyth County mother.

September 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Plan for reservoir proceeds

Local officials are surprised at the pace with which the Atlanta City Council is moving on a proposal to sell 10,000 acres in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

September 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Day care owner seeks longer lease

The operator of a local day care is holding out hope the Dawson County commission will vote to extend her lease Thursday.

September 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Training bridges the gap

Lt. Stephen Knowles comes from a long line of firefighters.

September 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Good Shepherd Clinic set to open Monday

It's been just over a year since members of Grace Presbyterian Church first started discussing the need for a free medical clinic in Dawsonville.

September 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Student safety first

Classes started back Tuesday at Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville, but school leaders have been on campus for more than a week preparing for the new year.

September 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Service planned to remember 9/11

The community is invited to gather Friday morning to honor the more than 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives eight years ago in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

September 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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SPLOST, governor’s race on Tuesday’s ballot

Proponents for extending the county's 1-cent sales tax for six more years hope their campaign mail-outs, speaking engagements and social media presence to promote a "yes" vote resonates at the polls.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Luncheon on Saturday celebrates art

Preparations are under way for the eighth annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club named volunteer of the year

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for building a waterpark, Rotary Island, at Rock Creek Park.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

It's been a history-making season for the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

A Dawsonville teenager was cut with a knife in a fight at a downtown gas station Saturday during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Budget includes employee pay increases

For the first time in six years, Dawson County's proposed 2014 budget includes pay increases for employees.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man killed in logging incident

A Dawson County man was killed Monday evening in an incident involving a log splitter at his home.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘biggest’ fan

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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