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Poker run benefits veterans’ memorial enhancements

The local chapter of the Wingmen Motorcycle Club plans to donate proceeds from a poker run Saturday to a local veterans group.

March 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Planning commission structure may change

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners is considering a change to the structure by which planning commissioners are appointed and the terms they serve.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


County offers Rx discount card

Dawson County citizens will soon have the opportunity to save up to 20 percent on their prescription drug costs.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials seek to ‘live within our means’

Dawson County is looking for ways to trim nearly $5 million from its 2009 operating budget to make up for a drop in revenue during the economic downturn.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Council discusses car park

Dawsonville City Council held the first of a possible two work sessions to discuss a proposed motorsports park Monday night.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


EPD says smog levels elevated

Strict standards for measuring air quality levels have once again led Georgia's Environmental Protection Division to recommend designating Dawson County a nonattainment zone under the U.S. Clean Air Act.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Republicans honor Geeslin at convention

A man of many words when he discusses his religion or his political party, Hugh Geeslin was almost speechless Saturday morning.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Wreck claims life of local teen

A Dawson County teen that was ejected from his car Tuesday afternoon died Wednesday from injuries sustained in the crash, according to Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden.

March 11, 2009 | By Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gooch appointed to technical board

Lumpkin County resident Stephen W. "Steve" Gooch was appointed last week to serve as the Ninth Congressional District Representative on the State Board of Technical and Adult Education.

March 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


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


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Renovation under way at state park lodge

A makeover at Amicalola Falls State Park lodge is on schedule to be complete in time for the fall season.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tanner named legislator of the year

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently named legislator of the year by the Brain Injury Association of Georgia for his work on a resolution that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Salary study finds pay lagging in Dawson

A recent salary study commissioned by Dawson County found there are positions within the government that are below the recommended minimum pay level compared to neighboring jurisdictions.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Authority closes on park land

The Downtown Development Authority has closed on a loan to buy 18 acres behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex for a planned city park.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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