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Motorsports park may open in September

Weather has delayed by at least six months the opening of a motorsports park in western Dawson County.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Grant to fund walking trail

Georgia Department of Transportation announced last week that $250,000 has been approved for a multi-purpose trail that would connect the City of Dawsonville to Veterans Memorial Park.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities urge caution during summer months

As the summer months approach and families are outside enjoying the weather, local authorities want to remind the community to be cautious and stay safe.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former county worker agrees to reduced charge

A former Dawson County maintenance worker has been sentenced for his role in a June 2010 wreck that claimed the life of a Dawsonville man.

James "Jim" Ferrante, 42, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Revision to proposed sign ordinance online

The public has two more weeks to review proposed changes to the county's sign ordinance.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners plans to wait until June 2 to vote on the proposed changes in order to give the public time to review the document, which is available online at dawsoncounty.org.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Fire chars Hwy. 53 home

Dawson County fire officials are investigating a blaze that destroyed a Hwy. 53 home early Tuesday and displaced a family of four.

Tim Satterfield, deputy chief of emergency services, said no one was injured in the fire, which occurred sometime after midnight at 5364 Hwy. 53 East, but the home was a complete loss.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Relay roundup

Before the first lap around the track Friday night, organizers were celebrating a successful Relay for Life in Dawson County

"We went into the evening a couple thousand dollars above our $60,000 goal," said Jay Walker, campaign chairman. "Early on, we said we'd be ecstatic if we hit $70,000."

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County manager to chair Lanier Tech foundation

A Dawson County man was recently elected to lead a foundation that supports Lanier Technical College.

Kevin Tanner, 39, who has served as vice chairman of the college's foundation board of trustees for the past 18 months, will begin his one-year term as chairman July 1.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Locals aspire to lead

After months of classes, homework, field trips and a group service project, 26 local men and women are now graduates of the 2011 Leadership Dawson class.

A ceremony last Tuesday night at the Lakeview Center celebrated the accomplishment and awarded the graduates for their commitment to leadership.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawsonville man lives ‘pipe’ dream

Dewitt Wannamaker doesn't remember if he was joking several years ago when he told his wife he wanted a set of bagpipes for his birthday.

Today, at the age of 68, the Dawsonville man says he couldn't have asked for a more perfect gift.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Program offers support to local teen parents

A rise in teen pregnancy rates and the absence of local programs for preschool children led volunteers to form a new support group for teen parents.

"We know of at least two teen moms who are going to Cumming each week to a group for teen moms," said Nancy Stites of Family Connection, a partner agency with Growing Bright Stars, which focuses on kindergarten readiness.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Soccer club secures land for complex

If all goes as planned, about 15 acres in southern Dawson County will become home to a new soccer complex later this summer.

Anton Sieber, director of Dawson County United Soccer Club, said Monday the complex will be built in phases with construction beginning in July.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | Parks & Recreation


Gainesville man charged in former official’s death

A 73-year-old Gainesville man faces charges in connection with a 2010 collision that claimed the life of a former Lumpkin County commissioner.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Roundabout considered for busy intersection

The Georgia Department of Transportation is looking at the intersection of Hwy. 9 and Dawson Forest Road as another possible roundabout site.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man backs over wife

A Dawson County man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after authorities say he backed over his wife in the couple's Valley Brook Circle driveway Sunday.

May 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Child in critical condition following dirt bike wreck

An 11-year-old child was listed in critical condition following a dirt bike wreck in western Dawson County Monday afternoon.

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Long Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer of fun

The sun is out and it's been nice for several weeks now, but it's the long Memorial Day weekend that many consider the ...

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Independent zombie flick films at historic jail

Dawson County's Historic Jail will serve as the backdrop for an independent movie being filmed in mid-June.

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Attorney for accused jewel thief wants some charges dropped

The attorney for a woman accused of robbing Zales Outlet in Dawsonville last summer wants some of the charges against her client dropped, according to ...

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Delivery driver reports armed robbery

The driver of a delivery van was reportedly robbed at gunpoint Friday evening in western Dawson County.

May 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy resigns following DUI arrest in Lumpkin

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy tendered his resignation following his arrest in Lumpkin County when he was charged with driving under the influence of ...

May 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pup recovering after dog pack attack

Bowser, the 9-year-old miniature Schnauzer attacked last month by a pack of dogs in downtown Dawsonville, is recovering well, according to his owner.

May 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


'Suspicious' package deemed safe

The Biscayne neighborhood is back to normal following the report of a suspicious package found at a home on Sandcastle Court.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Suspicious package’ reported at Dawson County home

Dawson County deputies are investigating a suspicious package found at a home on Sandcastle Court in the Biscayne subdivision, near Ga. 400.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bobbie T. Owen

Bobbie T. Owen, 74, of Dawsonville, died May 16, 2016.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | OBITS


New traffic signals planned in Ga. 400 corridor

Dawson County motorists can expect to see new traffic signals along the Ga. 400 corridor within the next few months in response to the increased ...

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Primary election is set for Tuesday

Advanced voting continues through Friday for Tuesday's General Primary election.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Cancer fundraiser relays past $50,000 goal

Some ran, others walked and many held hands with loved ones as they relayed around the makeshift track in front of the Dawsonville Municipal Complex ...

May 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Residents vow to fight for hydrants

Residents living in the areas of Kilough and Nix Bridge roads are vowing to continue their fight to get fire hydrants in the area.

May 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Relay for Life festivities are Saturday

A day-long event geared to celebrate cancer survivorship will be held Saturday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

May 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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