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Wallace wins $10K at chamber event

After a long day at work last Thursday, Taylor Wallace planned to spend a relaxing evening at home.

But as 9 p.m. approached, his phone started to ring.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Couple celebrates 50 years of marriage

Barbara Wallace couldn't think of a single reason why she was receiving a letter from the governor's office when she checked her mail one morning earlier this summer.

"It just didn't make sense. Why in the world would the governor be writing to us?" she said.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Dateline to profile Hilton on Friday

An upcoming episode of NBC's Dateline will profile accused serial killer Gary Michael Hilton who admitted killing a young Gwinnett County woman in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management area in January 2008.

Fittingly named "Mystery on Blood Mountain," Friday night's Dateline episode that will air at 9 p.m. follows Hilton as he stalked his human prey along hiking trails and lonely roads from Florida to North Carolina.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Roll the dice for charity

Tickets are still available for the Dawson County Humane Society's second annual Lucky Dog Casino night.

Featuring Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Texas Hold 'Em Poker, the event will be held at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex from 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘A collaborative effort’

Less than a month after he was named to the National Drug Court Hall of Fame, the judge responsible for envisioning a treatment court in Dawson County was honored during a ceremony marking the program's fifth anniversary.

"I've been really given too much credit," said Northeastern Judicial Circuit Senior Judge John Girardeau. "Those of us who work in the drug court arena know that success is never attributable to just one person. It is a collaborative effort.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Board set to vote on ’12 budget

The public had little to say during a recent hearing on Dawson County's proposed 2012 operating budget.

The county commission is expected to vote on the $20.9 million spending plan Sept. 1.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Volunteer thanked for service

Jay Walker didn't live in Dawson County the last 10 years, but he made Dawsonville his home.

"This community has taken care of my family," Walker said. "I've just always felt that it was important to give back to the community that's taken care of you."

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawson sheriff withdraws from certification program

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has temporarily withdrawn from a state certification program for law enforcement agencies and plans to seek certification again next spring.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle sent a letter to the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police on July 20 requesting to voluntarily withdraw from the program.

August 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Local man acquitted of child molestation charges

A 54-year-old Dawson County man arrested nearly a year ago on child molestation charges has been acquitted.

With friends and family by his side Aug. 10, Louis "Lou" Renevillia said he felt a weight lifted from his shoulders as a jury returned not guilty verdicts on each of the nine charges.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-planning member arrested in drug sting

A former member of Dawson County's planning board was arrested Monday in a drug sting.

Elbert Phil Clark, 62, of Dawsonville was charged with trafficking methamphetamine after authorities said he bought 4 ounces of the drug at a local motel.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Maps up for change

State lawmakers representing Dawson County said earlier this week they were pleased with the proposed House and Senate districts.

"It couldn't be better if I had drawn it myself," said District 9 Rep. Amos Amerson on Tuesday morning.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Proposed budget limits spending

The preliminary 2012 budget presented last week to the Dawson County commission limits spending to critical capital needs.

"This budget is nothing more than a balancing act," said Commission Chairman Mike Berg. "Revenue in versus expenses out."

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Ga. 400/53 plans ahead of schedule

State transportation officials say plans to renovate Dawson County's busiest intersection are ahead of schedule.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Race benefits senior center

The drive from his home in Fayetteville to Dawsonville was well worth Robert Osburn's time Saturday morning.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Commission chair to present budget

The proposed budget Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg plans to present this week calls for about a 4 percent drop in spending for 2012.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


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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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