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Dawson sheriff withdraws from certification program

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has temporarily withdrawn from a state certification program for law enforcement agencies and plans to seek certification again next spring.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle sent a letter to the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police on July 20 requesting to voluntarily withdraw from the program.

August 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Local man acquitted of child molestation charges

A 54-year-old Dawson County man arrested nearly a year ago on child molestation charges has been acquitted.

With friends and family by his side Aug. 10, Louis "Lou" Renevillia said he felt a weight lifted from his shoulders as a jury returned not guilty verdicts on each of the nine charges.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ex-planning member arrested in drug sting

A former member of Dawson County's planning board was arrested Monday in a drug sting.

Elbert Phil Clark, 62, of Dawsonville was charged with trafficking methamphetamine after authorities said he bought 4 ounces of the drug at a local motel.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Maps up for change

State lawmakers representing Dawson County said earlier this week they were pleased with the proposed House and Senate districts.

"It couldn't be better if I had drawn it myself," said District 9 Rep. Amos Amerson on Tuesday morning.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Proposed budget limits spending

The preliminary 2012 budget presented last week to the Dawson County commission limits spending to critical capital needs.

"This budget is nothing more than a balancing act," said Commission Chairman Mike Berg. "Revenue in versus expenses out."

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Ga. 400/53 plans ahead of schedule

State transportation officials say plans to renovate Dawson County's busiest intersection are ahead of schedule.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Race benefits senior center

The drive from his home in Fayetteville to Dawsonville was well worth Robert Osburn's time Saturday morning.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Commission chair to present budget

The proposed budget Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg plans to present this week calls for about a 4 percent drop in spending for 2012.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Couple charged in burglary

A Dawsonville couple who authorities say are responsible for a burglary last week were arrested after tips from nearby residents.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Philanthropist remembered for passion

A celebration of life will be held Saturday for the woman many credit with giving homeless animals in Dawson County a chance.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


General Assembly could consider district lines

State lawmakers could review Dawson County's district lines when the Georgia General Assembly reconvenes in August for a special session on state redistricting.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Graves to address chamber

Congressman Tom Graves will be the guest speaker at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at noon Thursday.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Former official mourned

A lifelong Dawsonville resident and former city council member died Thursday at her home.

Friends say Gennie Melinda "Linda" Grant, 62, will be remembered for her devotion to her son and commitment to her hometown.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Theft case nears end

Prosecutors expect to resolve the state's theft case against former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord next month.

A plea hearing is set for Sept. 16, two days after McCord is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud charges.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Cycling for a cure

A local man will be among some 5,000 cyclists riding through Massachusetts this weekend to help fight cancer.

Brian Hood of Dawsonville said the overall goal is to raise $34 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for cancer research and treatment.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Lucky winners roll the dice at Roaring Rotary casino

Dawson County deputies raided an underground gambling parlor Saturday night and arrested several well-known wiseguys on alcohol and racketeering charges.

July 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Etowah votes to lay 12-inch waterlines on Nix Bridge

Residents along Nix Bridge Road will soon have the waterlines needed for improved fire safety, though there are no immediate plans by the county to ...

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Neikirk named interim county manager

Commissioners Thursday night voted to appoint Vicki Neikirk to serve as interim county manager following Randy Dowling's abrupt resignation earlier that day.

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission chair recommends full property tax rollback

Commission Chairman Mike Berg is calling for a full millage rate rollback that, if approved, would be the county's first tax reduction in 12 ...

July 20, 2016 | By Michele Hester | Government


Tax commissioner candidates make plea for runoff votes

Andi Henson Juliette and Nicole Stewart made final public pleas to voters last week asking for support in Tuesday's runoff election for Dawson County ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff’s candidates square off in debate

The men vying to be Dawson County's first new sheriff in 20 years squared off in a heated debate last week before a standing ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Weeklong revival begins Monday at Lumpkin Campground

Some say time seems to stand still on the hallowed grounds of Lumpkin Campground during the weeklong spiritual revival and celebration known as campmeeting.

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Magistrate judges to get raises

Commissioners last week approved a request to increase salaries for the county's two fulltime magistrate judges.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City threatens lawsuit over SPLOST documents

City officials last week sent a letter to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners threatening suit over alleged missing documents detailing sales tax expenditures.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Prayers for the police

Hundreds from across the community were in downtown Dawsonville Sunday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


More parents indicted for children’s truancy

The Dawson County School System continues to crack down on local parents violating the state's truancy law.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Star-spangled celebration

It's not always an easy task to impress an 11-year-old.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Vandals damage teen’s military memorial

A local teen will not let disrespect by a chosen few detour him from supporting American servicemen and women.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville mayor elected to state municipal association board

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was recently elected to the Georgia Municipal Association board of directors during the group's annual meeting in Savannah June 27.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials confirm rabies case in Dawson County

A Dawson County woman is receiving treatment after being bitten by a rabid dog June 24.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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