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Local lawman graduates at top of police academy

Jarrett Simpson has set the bar high for the next group of Dawson County Sheriff's deputies.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grant will enhance area K-9 division

Christmas came a few days late for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, which learned last week that its K-9 division will receive at least $46,000 in homeland security grant money.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Department names battalion chiefs

The new year brought change to Dawson County Emergency Services as Chief Lanier Swafford named the department's first three battalion chiefs.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Slaying tops biggest stories of 2008

Former GBI Special Agent in Charge John Cagle says it is one of the few cases he worked in his 30-year career that touched him personally.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Economic slump hits home in 2008

The impact of 2008s economic downturn took its toll on Dawson County, in the housing market, local governments, retail industry and leisurely activities.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Gulf hurricane causes panic at the pumps in 2008

Gas is currently at the lowest it has been in almost five years, but that was a different story in September when the nation saw gas climb to between $4 and $5 a gallon, after Hurricane Ike shut down refineries and halted fuel production.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Metro Atlanta theft ring busted in Dawson in 2008

Dawson County authorities were not part of the original Atlanta area task force set up to catch a group of thieves targeting high-end department stores, but after a foiled robbery attempt at the Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet in Dawsonville in June, Dawson County's involvement in the case tipped the theft ring wide open.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dooley recalls Dawg tales

About 30 Georgia football fans received an early Christmas present Friday as they sat down to lunch with legendary University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley at Dawsonville City Hall.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Building unveiled as KH Long Government Center

Family and friends gathered Thursday at the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Maple Street in Dawsonville for the unveiling of the KH Long Government Center.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Elected officials sworn in

Dawson County's newest elected officials were sworn in to service Friday afternoon at the Dawson County Courthouse by Superior Court Judge C. Andrew Fuller.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Government academy graduates inaugural class

After 10 weeks of class and several eye-opening experiences, the inaugural class of the Dawson County Citizens Academy graduated last Tuesday night.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


County-line confusion clears

Walter Danchak is indeed a Lumpkin County resident.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Book program halted

A lack of funding has forced a local literacy group to suspend a program that provides free books to children.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Top employees honored by sheriff

Deputy Stan Harrison was born to be a school resource officer.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County still ranks high in prosperity

Dawson County is one of the top 10 best places to live, work and play in Georgia, according to a recent report from the Department of Community Affairs.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Rabies clinic is Saturday

Low cost rabies vaccinations are available Saturday at various locations across the county.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Governor set to sign sludge bill

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Dawsonville this morning to sign into law a bill that will place tougher regulations on sludge application.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


District 7 candidates square off

In their first public debate, candidates for the District 7 seat in the state House of Representatives met last week in Dawsonville.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Fatal wreck on Easter kills Blairsville woman

A 78-year-old Blairsville woman died Sunday morning after a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 53 in western Dawson County.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Essay winners reflect on lessons learned

The local Rotary Club recently recognized the Dawson County High School Laws of Life Essay Contest winners during a special awards program.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Forum’s focus on issues

Several dozen local voters filled the auditorium at Dawson County Middle School last week to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 commission seat.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer fired after arrest

A Dawson County Sheriff's employee was terminated Monday, weeks after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Movie scenes filmed at Amicalola Park

Amicalola Falls State Park is the backdrop for a new movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pancake breakfast is Saturday

There's no need to fret over what to make for breakfast Saturday morning.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Baskets of fun

Makeshift barricades separated anxious young hunters from thousands of plastic Easter eggs spread across the football field at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hometown racer draws crowd

Coming off back-to-back wins in NASCAR's Nationwide Series, Chase Elliott came home to Dawsonville on Wednesday and was greeted by a couple hundred fans ready to meet their hometown hero.

April 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Business community thanks top teachers

The local business community last week paid tribute to the county's top teachers.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chase wins again

Downtown Dawsonville is not typically known for its loud nightlife. Except when there's a NASCAR race on TV and native son Chase Elliott is celebrating in victory lane.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Electronic recycling event is Saturday

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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