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Blaze destroys two-story cabin

Officials say lightning may be to blame for a fire Thursday that destroyed a log cabin in western Dawson County.

August 05, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Public comment meetings address endangered fish

Officials with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service are asking animal lovers to help save several endangered or threatened species, including three that can be found in Dawson County.

August 05, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man sought in armed robbery

Authorities are searching for a suspect who reportedly held another man at gunpoint while robbing him early Friday morning in his home.

July 31, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officer graduates head of the class

Every law enforcement officer has his own story to tell on how or why he got into the field.

July 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Board to discuss ATV ordinance

County officials are considering an ordinance to regulate the use of all-terraine vehicles in Dawson County.

July 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Driver arrested twice in three days

A Dawsonville man remains in custody after being arrested twice in three days for driving under the influence.

July 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Theft charge dismissed

A Superior Court judge has determined a Dawsonville accountant did not break any laws when he transferred more than $60,000 from a client's escrow account to pay other expenses.

July 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County adopts 2010 budget

With the approval of the county's operating budget last week, residents can breath a sigh of relief that there will be no tax increase in 2010.

July 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville farmer grows giant tomato

It's not the biggest he's ever grown, but the 2.75- pound tomato Kenneth Allison plucked from his garden on New Hope Road is one of the biggest local Extension Agent Clark Beusse has seen this season.

July 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Board agrees to settle sign suit

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners placed a moratorium on sign permits last week following a decision to settle a lawsuit with a marketing company wanting to set up billboards on Ga. 400.

July 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Longtime employee honored

Margie Weaver was not looking forward to the July 16 Dawson County commission meeting.

July 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Local author to sign newest book Saturday

Even as a child, Larry Pirkle wrote about the "old times" and the life lessons he learned from his mother and her parents growing up near the Etowah River.

July 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Confidence crowned

Walter and Janice Lee always knew their oldest daughter would do great things.

July 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Criminal charge not valid against local CPA

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday determined an accountant did not break the law when he transferred over $60,000 from a client's escrow account to pay other expenses.

July 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County may settle sign suit

Dawson County is weighing whether to settle a lawsuit with a marketing company that wants to set up billboards along a main traffic corridor.

July 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


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Deputy cleared of any wrongdoing

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman over the weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy placed on leave after woman arrested at political rally

The deputy who arrested a Roswell woman over the weekend at a political rally in Dawson County has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

August 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival rocks Dawsonville

A new, local tradition continued to brew over the weekend during the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County objects to annexation into the city

Commissioners last week voted to deny the application from a county resident that wants to annex his west side property in the city of Dawsonville.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Racing legend donates car from personal collection

NASCAR legend Bill Elliott last week donated a 1937 Ford from his private collection that will be raffled off to raise money to support the Dawsonville History Museum.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman arrested at rally

A Roswell woman was arrested Saturday after she refused to stop recording a political rally in Dawson County with her video camera.

August 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commissioner questions annexation

A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Retail development expected to surge

At least six retail shops, including three restaurants, have contracts or commitments in place to be among the first to open in a new commercial development on Ga. 400.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival on tap this weekend for music, beer

Be on the lookout for food, drinks and fun this weekend as the downtown area plays host to the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Island set to open next week

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park will be open for the Labor Day weekend.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner named ‘Champion of Cities’

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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