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Plan could fix up 400

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to have planning staff look into an idea that would spruce up the Ga. 400 corridor in hopes of luring new business to the area.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Teen pleads guilty for restroom videos

Two days before he was set to graduate with honors from Dawson County High School, a teenager admitted making video recordings of women and young girls in three local restrooms.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


City approves budget

It's been almost three decades since the city of Dawsonville had a property tax increase.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Protect, serve ... educate

With a father who is a sheriff's officer, Taylor Swafford knows a thing or two about law enforcement.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Early voting begins

Early voting began Monday for the July 20 primary and will continue through July 16 at the Dawson County Elections and Registration Office.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Board OKs budget

A drastic reduction in state funding has local school officials looking at ways to save while still providing a quality education for students.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Boy turns up at school

A woman who reported her son missing May 27 faces drug and other charges after the child turned up safe at a day care, where he had been the whole time.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Service honors sacrifice

A crowd of about 200 gathered Monday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ex-clerk’s husband surrenders to authorities

Authorities say Wayne McCord did not help take the thousands of dollars his wife is accused of funneling from Dawson County Clerk of Courts' accounts.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Road dispute winds down

A decade long dispute over who's responsible for the upkeep of two roads in the Chestatee subdivision is expected to come to an end on Thursday.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


New government center building on schedule

Anyone planning to go to the courthouse over the next few months should plan a little longer walk to the front door.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Family mourning loss of teenager

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a former Dawson County middle school student.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teens arrested for hoax

Two Dawson County High School seniors are spending the last few days of the school year at home after they were arrested on felony charges for having a hoax device at campus.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘Such a success’

The threat of rain may have forced Relay for Life inside Dawson County High School, but little could have dampened the celebration.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Fees for court filings increase

On May 16, the cost to register a trade name in Dawson County Superior Court was $30.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Pepper Pettit named Rotarian of the Year

It's not often that Pepper Pettit finds himself speechless.

July 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Forsyth County man killed in weekend crash

A Forsyth County man was killed Saturday night as he attempted to pull onto Ga. 400 from Nightfire Drive.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sparks fly for the 4th of July

The Independence Day celebration will once again rev into gear Saturday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display to wow spectators for miles away.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hospitality Highway renamed for tourism pioneer

The north end of Ga. 400 will now be known as the Bill T. Hardman Hospitality Highway.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local churches take stance on same-sex marriage

Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage drew both jeers and cheers, and was followed by ministers across the state taking the issue to the pulpit on Sunday morning.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman charged after alleged home invasion

A Forsyth County woman was arrested last week in connection with what authorities are calling a home invasion at a local mobile home park near Ga. 400.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville Heritage Days festivities this weekend

Take a step back in time and experience life of days gone by at Dawsonville's Heritage Days this weekend.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Public has one more chance to speak on social hosting ordinance

The public has one more chance to voice their concerns on a proposed county ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their friends.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Parent group supports social hosting ordinance

County commissioners are considering a proposed ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their friends.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


A new makeover

A local civic club is lending a helping hand in support of the arts by painting the deck at the Bowen Center.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Search continues for missing Dawsonville man

A local family is pleading for answers as authorities continue to pursue leads in the search for a missing Dawsonville man.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drugs taken during robbery

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 last week.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man robbed at Dawson County gas station

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Search continues for missing Dawsonville man

A local family is pleading for answers as authorities continue to pursue leads in the search for a missing Dawsonville man.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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