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Property tax seminar planned Saturday

An educational seminar on understanding property taxes is planned for Saturday morning at the Appalachian Community Bank Conference Center in downtown Dawsonville.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


New tastes in town

While many counties and cities across north Georgia are struggling with businesses closing down, the city of Dawsonville is experiencing a surprising growth spurt.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Increase expected on 2009 tax bills

Homeowners can expect to pay between $200 and $300 more on their property taxes due to the cancellation of the state's homestead exemption for 2009.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Workers facing furloughs

It wasn't an easy decision, but Dawson County's finance and budget staff is recommending employee furloughs beginning next month.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Ex-cop pleads guilty

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled, former Dawson County Sheriff's Officer Kenneth Cannon admitted he impersonated a state patrol officer to illegally gather information on his ex-wife.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with child porn

A Dawsonville man faces nearly a dozen felony charges for sexual exploitation of children after he reportedly made contact with a teen over the Internet.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Training for the future

Walking across the stage Friday at Riverview Middle School, 27 young cadets became the inaugural graduating class of the Dawson County Junior Firefighter Academy.

August 05, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Task force aims to locate fugitives

Communicating vital information is key in the search and apprehension of fugitives.

August 05, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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SPLOST, governor’s race on Tuesday’s ballot

Proponents for extending the county's 1-cent sales tax for six more years hope their campaign mail-outs, speaking engagements and social media presence to promote a "yes" vote resonates at the polls.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Luncheon on Saturday celebrates art

Preparations are under way for the eighth annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club named volunteer of the year

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for building a waterpark, Rotary Island, at Rock Creek Park.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

It's been a history-making season for the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

A Dawsonville teenager was cut with a knife in a fight at a downtown gas station Saturday during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Budget includes employee pay increases

For the first time in six years, Dawson County's proposed 2014 budget includes pay increases for employees.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man killed in logging incident

A Dawson County man was killed Monday evening in an incident involving a log splitter at his home.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘biggest’ fan

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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