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Board agrees to settle sign suit

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners placed a moratorium on sign permits last week following a decision to settle a lawsuit with a marketing company wanting to set up billboards on Ga. 400.

July 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Longtime employee honored

Margie Weaver was not looking forward to the July 16 Dawson County commission meeting.

July 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Local author to sign newest book Saturday

Even as a child, Larry Pirkle wrote about the "old times" and the life lessons he learned from his mother and her parents growing up near the Etowah River.

July 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Confidence crowned

Walter and Janice Lee always knew their oldest daughter would do great things.

July 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Criminal charge not valid against local CPA

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday determined an accountant did not break the law when he transferred over $60,000 from a client's escrow account to pay other expenses.

July 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County may settle sign suit

Dawson County is weighing whether to settle a lawsuit with a marketing company that wants to set up billboards along a main traffic corridor.

July 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman charged in wreck

A Forsyth County teenager has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a February wreck that claimed the life of her boyfriend and injured four other people in southwestern Dawson County.

July 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Popularity of tattoos grows

When Bob Shelton opened Dragon's Den tattoo studio at War Hill almost two decades ago, he was one of only a few tattoo artists in north Georgia.

July 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Fresh off the vine

It was a few weeks early for corn, okra and tomatoes, but beans, potatoes and squash were ripe for the picking as the Dawson County Farmers Market opened July 1.

July 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Plan may give ‘teeth’ to park enforcement

Angry parents tossed from youth league games don't have much to worry about at Dawson County parks.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Indictment: Ex-jailer had relationship with inmate

The former Dawson County Sheriff's detention officer who was arrested in February on child molestation and statutory rape charges is now accused of sexual assault against a female inmate in custody, according to a grand jury indictment filed on June 16.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County plans to appoint surveyor

Dawson County officials plan to appoint a new county surveyor rather than holding a costly special election in November.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Fireworks to light up park

From live music and children's activities to food and fireworks, Rock Creek Park is the place to be Friday night for one of the most festive Independence Day celebrations in North Georgia.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities urge safety this holiday weekend

A wreck Monday morning shut down both lanes of Dawson Forest Road after a Dawsonville man left the road way and careened down a 25 foot embankment.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County offers drug discount card

Dawson County residents now have the opportunity to save up to 20 percent on their prescription drug costs.

June 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


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Elliott holds on to series lead

With five races left in the season, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is poised to take home the NASCAR Nationwide Championship title in his first year on the circuit.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Volunteers sweep shore

Massive amounts of Styrofoam, parts of an abandoned houseboat and two crumbling docks were among the debris collected in Dawson County on Saturday during the Lake Lanier Association's 26th annual Shore Sweep.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Backpack Buddies’ provides snacks for kids

A new collaboration is gearing up to make sure local children are not going hungry when they leave school and are home on the weekends.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Champ consolidates racing collection

A 30-year racing career can produce quite a collection of cars and memorabilia.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Swafford named state’s top deputy coroner

Lanier Swafford was recently named the state's top deputy coroner by the Georgia Coroner's Association.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Holiday season to bring jobs

Unemployment continues to improve across the north Georgia region and officials believe the busy holiday shopping season will bring even lower rates in the coming months.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Consolidation floated

A recent flurry of requests from Dawson County residents wanting to annex their property into Dawsonville has prompted officials to explore the possibility of a unified government.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer resigns amid inquiry

A Dawson County Detention Center employee resigned earlier this month during an investigation that exposed an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official: March blaze no accident

The local investigation into an explosion and fire that leveled a southern Dawson County home in March is ongoing, but Allstate Insurance officials said they've denied the property owner's compensation claim because the incident wasn't an accident.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rezoning approved for retail center

The last 10 acres of a tract of land needed to develop a new retail center along Ga. 400 were rezoned last week.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Men indicted for rape, kidnapping

Two men accused in unrelated rape and kidnapping cases were indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect indicted in credit card scheme

A Riverdale man has been indicted on nearly two dozen charges in connection with a credit card scheme and high-speed chase last summer.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More are seeking to annex

Despite protests from Dawson County officials concerning recent annexation requests, Dawsonville continues to receive applications from people who want to live in the city limits.

September 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man sentenced to 12 years for molestation

A Dawson County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a child molestation arrest in 2012.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect surrenders in burglary

A 17-year-old surrendered to authorities last week after avoiding arrest for months in connection with a spring burglary in eastern Dawson County.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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