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Eight arrests as drug case unfolds

Eight people from four counties remain in custody on drug charges after their arrests last week in a Dawson County drug bust.

March 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Trucker indicted in wreck

A log truck driver has been indicted on several charges in connection with an April wreck that claimed the life of a 33-year-old Forsyth County woman.

March 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Academy shows how cops work

Holding the .40 caliber Glock for the first time last Tuesday, Inez Couch's small hands shook as she aimed and pulled the trigger.

March 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man arrested in statewide child porn investigation

A Dawsonville man was arrested earlier today after state and local authorities executed a search warrant at his home and recovered child pornography.

March 10, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


DCSO played key role in death case

Dawson County Sheriff's investigators played a key role in the recent sting that led to the arrests of four suspected members of a right-to-die group, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Maintaining the fleet

A change in several policies could help Dawson County keep track of its 131 vehicles.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


No charges yet in fatal collision

The mother of a Cumming teenager says she doesn't know how her daughter will deal with the aftermath of a Feb. 23 wreck that claimed the life of another teen and injured four other people.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New service organization geared toward young professionals

A group of local young professionals is moving closer to establishing a chapter of the Jaycees in Dawson County.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


County raising hotel/motel tax

Travelers in Dawson County could see an increase in their hotel/motel stays by the new year.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Ex-jailer charged with molestation

A former Dawson County Sheriff's detention officer has posted $80,200 bail following his arrest on child molestation and statutory rape charges.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Undercover assisted suicide sting disrupted in Dawson County

The GBI, with help from the Dawson County Sheriff's Office and the Cumming Police Department, arrested two alleged members of the Final Exit Network Wednesday afternoon in Dawson County.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County revisits impact fee structure

A representative from the Krystal Corporation told commissioners Monday that high impact fees may keep the southern regional chain from opening a restaurant in Dawson County.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Collision kills teen, injures 4

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle collision Monday that claimed the life of a Dawson County teenager and injured four other people.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Investigator nominated for award

January 2008 was one of the most difficult months in Investigator John Cagle's 30-year law enforcement career.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Recycling center to hold ‘green’ opening

The community is invited to a "green" ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday to officially kickoff the county's new single stream recycling program.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


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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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