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County and shelter reach agreement

After months of negotiating, the local humane society and Dawson County have reached a deal.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Daughter talks of mom’s military service as pilot

World War II is a popular subject for students at Riverview Middle School, but there's at least one wartime story they aren't reading in their history books, yet.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Plea nets man 2 life sentences

A local man admitted Monday to his role in the double homicide of a South Georgia couple along the Amicalola River in Dawson County last December.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Fatal wreck first for ’10

A Dahlonega woman was killed Saturday night when she crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle near the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Thompson Road in Dawson County.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drum named top of academy class

For the third time in just more than a year, a Dawson County Sheriff's officer graduated at the top of the class at the Regional Police Academy in Athens.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pichon to seek second commission term

Commissioner Gary Pichon announced last week he will seek a second term on the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Training goes ‘above and beyond’

With seven local firefighters certified to give the latest version of a driver and apparatus competency exam, Dawson County is only the second department in the state testing personnel at that level.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Minor to run for commission

A few years ago, Bill Minor was at the center of a battle to keep property adjoining his residential neighborhood from being zoned commercial.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Bill targets mall bandits

An estimated $100,000 in designer clothing, expensive handbags and cell phones has been taken over the last few years in a series of smash-and-grab break-ins at North Georgia Premium Outlets.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Manager appointed to state board

A former lawman now serving as Dawson County's manager on Friday was named the Ninth Congressional District Representative on the state board of corrections.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Probate Court moves forward

Six months have passed since a Dawson County probate clerk was arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from the court.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Judges appoint clerk

A local woman was sworn in Monday afternoon as Dawson County's interim clerk of courts.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Tournament benefits youth homes

Teams are still forming for the inaugural Georgia Jail Association's charity golf tournament at Chestatee Golf Club April 12.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Broadwell crowned Miss Dawson County

Walking on stage as one of the top five contestants in Saturday night's Miss Dawson County pageant, Kirstie Broadwell smiled confidently at the crowd of friends and family in the audience.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Judges appoint interim clerk of courts

Late Friday afternoon, the judges of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit appointed a local woman to serve as Dawson County's interim clerk of courts.

March 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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Memorial Day ceremony Monday at Veterans park

A service Monday at Veterans Memorial Park will honor local military men and women who served their country honorably and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club of Dawson County named tops

The Rotary Club of Dawson County has been named 2014-2015 Club of the Year among large clubs in the district.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man accused of hitting family member with metal fire poker

A Dawsonville man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the brutal beating of a family member.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Manufacturer moving to Dawson

A manufacturer currently based in north Forsyth broke ground on its new plant in Dawson County earlier this month.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man pleads guilty to Lumpkin church thefts

A Dahlonega man pleaded guilty last week to his part in a string of church burglaries in Lumpkin County.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Marine pilot with ties to Dawsonville killed delivering disaster aid

A candlelight vigil and prayer service was held Sunday at Juno Baptist Church in memory of U.S. Marine Mark Johnson, one of eight soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed on a relief mission in Nepal.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lawmakers recap legislative session

The state's new transportation funding mechanism was among the key topics last week when Dawson County's state delegation met to recap the 2015 legislative session.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Caldwell claims elusive state title

Dawson County Senior Madison Caldwell went into Monday's state championship golf match with nerves of steel, an unmatched mental focus and a drive to achieve the goal she set for herself four years ago.

May 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Proposal designed to prevent underage drinking

Parents caught allowing their kids to host drinking parties with their friends could face hefty fines and punishments if a proposed ordinance is passed by county commissioners.

May 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Marine pilot with ties to Dawsonville killed delivering military aid

A candlelight vigil and prayer service was held Sunday at Juno Baptist Church in memory of U.S. Marine Mark Johnson, one of eight soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed on a relief mission in Nepal.

May 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Cumming man killed in tree-cutting accident

A Cumming man was killed in a tree-cutting accident Tuesday evening in southern Dawson County.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


DCHS wins ‘All-Sports Trophy’

Student athletes and coaches are celebrating Dawson County High's latest victory after the school was awarded the Region 7-AAA All-Sports Trophy last week.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Weapons, ammo stolen from deputy’s vehicle

Authorities are investigating the thefts of guns and ammo taken from a deputy's service vehicle last week.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Governor’s seal lifts local moonshiners’ spirits

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery will soon have the option to take home a bottle of its signature backwoods spirits.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawson man dies from injuries sustained in crash

A Dawson County man died Sunday from injuries sustained in a head-on collision near his home a week before.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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