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Little interest in polling change

Glenda Ferguson said she was surprised no one wanted to speak at a recent public hearing on plans to consolidate the county's voting precincts.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Suspect held after chase, manhunt

A Dawsonville man with an extensive criminal history is being held without bond following a chase and brief manhunt last week.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


SleeveCo purchases chamber property

One of Dawson County's largest employers plans to expand its operation and create 15 to 20 new jobs in the next year.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Circus featured acrobats, clowns

Kids of all ages were in awe last weekend when the World Renowned Blanstar Circus rolled into town.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ex-meth addict warns students of dangers

Cari McDonald remembers the first time she smoked pot.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Pheasant shoot to benefit seniors

A time-honored European tradition comes to Dawsonville Dec. 12 with the Inaugural Dawson County European Pheasant Shoot at the Whitmire Farm on Goldmine Road.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Precinct plan goes to public

Consolidating Dawson County's eight polling locations will be the topic of discussion at a public hearing Friday morning.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson father wins $250,000

Bobby Taylor buys lottery tickets every week. Sometimes in the scratch off variety, but mostly Mega Million jackpot tickets.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


No place like home

At the urging of her teenage son, a Dawsonville woman has taken in more than 50 children over the last seven years as a foster parent.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Bowen fundraiser is set for next month

Preparations are underway for the third annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Campaign focuses on teen driving

A group of Dawson County teens hopes a bumper sticker initiative will encourage young motorists to drive safely.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Clerk is fired for theft

Authorities say a former longtime clerk took thousands of dollars from Dawson County Probate Court.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Society asks county to collect fees

In an effort to help offset costs at the Dawson County Humane Society, shelter volunteers have asked the county to consider charging pet owners a license fee.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


New gas station pitched for Ga. 400

Officials with RaceTrac convenience stores are putting the finishing touches on a site plan for a new gas station along Ga. 400.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


SWAT rappels into training

They are only mobilized a half dozen times each year, but the Dawson County Sheriff's Special Response Team is ready when the call goes out.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Meth lab found in southeast Dawson

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday morning of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘Awesome Bill’ joins NASCAR Hall of Fame

Affectionately known as "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" by his legion of fans, Bill Elliott will cement the town's status in motorsports history when he is inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame Friday night in Charlotte.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Food, fun and football

A lifelong Washington Redskins fan, Jim Sheppard really doesn't care who wins Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man arrested in child molestation case

A Dawsonville man was arrested overnight Monday in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a teen girl.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


McKee new administration director

A longtime employee was promoted last week to serve as Dawson County's director of administration.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Tanner proposes bill to limit no-knock warrants

With an 18-year career in law enforcement, including many with a multi-county narcotics unit, State Rep. Kevin Tanner executed his fair share of arrest warrants.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury, last week, handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bridge repairs impacted due to federal cuts

Federal cuts have delayed repairs to two heavily traveled bridges in Dawson County.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC avoids arbitration

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has avoided going into arbitration with the city of Dawsonville over an annexation dispute.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Iowa man indicted after alleged rape at local motel

An Iowa man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at a local motel late last year was indicted on the charges by a Dawson County grand jury last week.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen charged as adult in molestation case

A 15-year-old from Dawsonville has been charged as an adult in the alleged molestation of a young child.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New hardware store is looking to break ground

The owner of a hardware store in Dahlonega is expanding to Dawson County after officials last week approved a request to rezone nearly three acres at Hwy. 53 East and Stephens Road.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury on Tuesday handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

Friends, family, neighbors and even strangers are pouring on the love for Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his family after their home caught fire on Saturday afternoon.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bridge dedication celebrates local man’s legacy of service

The memory of a local businessman and community leader is now forever enshrined upon a bridge renamed last week in his honor.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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