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County can’t pay hospital’s tab

Grady Health System wants Dawson County to pay nearly $211,000 to cover the cost of medical care the Atlanta trauma hospital says it provided to 35 local patients in 2008.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


More dining choices on the way in 2009

The uncertain economy has hurt the housing industry in north Georgia, but the restaurant industry seems to be thriving, at least in Dawson County.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tourism alive in Dawson County

Dawson County officials traveled to the state capital last week to put a spotlight on Georgia's and the county's second largest industry.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Council delays vote on car park

As anticipated, the Dawsonville City Council rescheduled Monday's public hearing on the rezoning for a proposed 152-acre motorsports park in western Dawson County.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Book program back on track

A new organization hopes to rekindle children's interest in reading, starting with Dawson County's youngest residents.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Gainesville man charged with entering vehicles in parking lots

Local authorities are warning individuals to use caution when leaving valuables inside cars.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorsports park moves on under caution

Plans for a motorsports country club in western Dawson County drew the blessing of Dawsonville's planning board Monday night.

January 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Manufacturing plant named in country’s top 20

Nordson's Dawsonville location was selected in early January as one of the top 20 manufacturing plants in the nation in 2008 by Industry Week magazine.

January 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Two arrested for alleged auto break-ins

Officials believe the two men arrested for a string of auto break-ins in Lumpkin County are responsible for at least seven reported thefts in the Chestatee Golf Club community.

January 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


The kids are all right

Infant and child safety seats aren't cheap.

January 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Vote may end battle over plan

After more than two years of litigation, developers of the Chestatee community can move forward with plans for a new residential phase, amenities package and bed and breakfast.

January 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Sportsmen support youth hunting

The Amicalola Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its sixth annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at Rock Creek Sports Complex.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


New home on horizon

Capt. Douglas Wofford has waited 30 years for a new fire station to serve the eastern side of Dawson County.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Treatment expands to include theft

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal estimates that nearly 90 percent of the cases he hears in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit involve a dependency on drugs.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged in Ponzi scheme

The owner of an Alpharetta-based financial firm who lives in Dawsonville has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme worth at least $25 million.

January 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Chase Elliott wins again

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott won his second consecutive victory in the Nationwide Series Friday at Darlington Speedway in South Carolina.

April 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


FAA awards pilot

A local pilot, who currently serves as director of operations for the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol based in Gainesville, was recently recognized for flying accident free through his 54-year career.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County seeks back taxes from business

County officials are once again seeking legal action against a local hotel owner over delinquent taxes.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County plans hearings on proposed burn ordinance

Dawson County officials have agreed to move forward with public hearings on a proposed ordinance that would limit where debris from construction sites can be burned.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Drivers put Dawsonville in spotlight

Chase Elliott's first Nationwide Series win Friday night made Dawsonville the most popular city in the country, at least for a few minutes.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities seek suspect in reported car theft

Authorities are hoping the public can help them identify the man who reportedly stole a vehicle from a local repair shop.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


CHASE WINS!

The siren at the world famous Pool Room rang out through Dawsonville on Friday night after native son Chase Elliott won his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Drug treatment court seeks new coordinator

Dawson County Treatment Court is under new management.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Chase Elliott wins first Nationwide Series race

The siren at the world famous Pool Room rang out through Dawsonville Friday night when Chase Elliott won his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

April 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Coffee with a Cop offers safety advice

In an effort to educate seniors on the dangers they could face, the Dawson County Sheriff's Office conducted a question and answer session Thursday at the Margie Weaver Senior Center.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Club updates splash park concept

The Rotary Club of Dawson County has updated the initial concept for its community splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Kroger awarded as top United Way contributor

Dawsonville Kroger is again United Way for Dawson County's top contributor.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local jailer charged with DUI

A Dawson County Sheriff's employee is on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Candidates debate issues

Citizens had their first chance to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 Commission seat last week during a political forum held by the Dawson County Republican Party.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Board of commissioners consider burn ordinance

County commissioners are considering an ordinance that would place new regulations on where debris from construction sites can be burned.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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