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Community rejoiced in Day of Prayer

More than 200 people gathered Thursday at noon in downtown Dawsonville and rejoiced in prayer.

May 13, 2009 | Michele Hester | Religion


Track success runs in the family

Charles and Emily Beusse made their parents proud last Saturday as the Dawson County siblings won their respective divisions in the Kiwanis Club's 5K run through Dawsonville.

May 13, 2009 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Tiger’s Maroon and Gold scrimmage set for May 16

After conditioning all winter, the Dawson County Tigers football team is ready to show the community what they are made of.

May 13, 2009 | Michele Hester | High School


Two plead in botched burglary

Two of six defendants in what authorities say was a botched burglary last summer at a local outlet mall entered guilty pleas Thursday.

May 06, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Golf tournament benefits local, global initiatives

Teams are still forming for Dawson County Rotary Club's annual charity golf tournament to be held at Chestatee Golf Club next Tuesday.

May 06, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


City in hunt for police car plant

Dawsonville is in the running for an assembly plant that would build a specialized, high performance police car.

May 06, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Parks inducted into hall of fame

At 95, Raymond Parks doesn't get out as much as he used to.

May 05, 2009 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Slaying remains unsolved

More than a year has passed since family members found the body of Cheryl Ann Williams in her parents' Brookwood Drive home near Lake Lanier.

April 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Former lawman charged with stalking ex-wife

A former Dawson County sheriff's investigator remained in custody Tuesday, four days after he was arrested on charges of stalking his ex-wife.

April 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Friends and colleagues recall late chamber director

Nearly two decades have passed since the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce board of directors made a decision to hire a full-time director.

April 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Search and rescue dogs join department

When a person is lost, four legs are often better than two.

April 29, 2009 | Michele Hester | LIFE


City considering building for local non-profit organizations

The city of Dawsonville is considering building a 9,000 square foot building for several local non-profit organizations.

April 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Fees may soon be stopped

In an effort to stimulate the local economy, the Dawson County commission has proposed doing away with impact fees on new development for up to two years.

April 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Wreck claims life of DCHS senior

A Dawson County High School senior was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Friday, a day after officials said he picked up his cap and gown for next month's graduation.

April 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Barn dance set for Saturday

Grab your partner and do-si-do this Saturday at the second annual Old-Fashioned Barn Dance for children's literacy.

April 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


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Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


2nd arrest in church burglaries

A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of church burglaries over the past several months.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Lumpkin Campmeeting this week

Lynn Nahlik looks forward to campmeeting at Lumpkin Campground all year.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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