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Field growing for clerk seat

The field of candidates hoping to become Dawson County's next clerk of Superior Court continued to swell as four more have said they planned to seek election.

April 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Lawman seeks seat

A veteran law enforcement officer who spent the last six years as a supervisor in court services announced Monday he will run for Dawson County's clerk of Superior Court.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Businessman to run

A local businessman has joined the growing list of residents hoping to become Dawson County's next clerk of Superior Court.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Volunteers keep Dawson beautiful

More than 65 bags of trash and 27 tires were collected last week as Keep Dawson County Beautiful and the Dawson County Marshal's Office teamed up to kick off the Great American Clean-up.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Judge hears motion in motorsports suit

Attorneys for the couple trying to stop construction of a motorsports park in western Dawson County say a security deed signed by EHK Investments confirms the group is a proper party in the lawsuit.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Public is pleased with plan for Ga. 400

State Department of Transportation officials say renovations to Dawson County's busiest intersection could begin within the next 18 months.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Candidate qualifying gets under way Monday

Qualifying begins Monday in Dawson County for candidates running for county commission, school board and clerk of Superior Court.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Family back on track

Jennifer Bowman of Dawsonville got the surprise of her life as she arrived to work one day in early January.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Junior law academies offered this summer

Every year about this time, Lt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office begins answering the question: "When can I sign my chid up for your junior law enforcement academy?"

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


System warns of crime

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is now one of more than 3,600 law enforcement agencies across the country using instant messaging to communicate with the public.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads in slayings

A Dawson County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting Monday he killed his 22-year-old stepdaughter and her husband late last year.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lottery tickets lead to suspect

Authorities followed a trail of scratch-off lottery tickets to find the man they say is responsible for breaking into a Dawson County convenience store last week.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities foil bank robbery

A Jasper man who authorities say robbed a Marble Hill bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning was arrested a short time later following a high-speed chase and crash.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


College closing stuns community

Students at a Catholic college in Dawsonville returned from spring break Monday to begin packing to say goodbye for the semester.

April 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


County and shelter reach agreement

After months of negotiating, the local humane society and Dawson County have reached a deal.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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The spirit of campmeeting

Mardie Townley remembers the Thursday night of Lumpkin Campmeeting eight years ago like it was yesterday.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LIFE


DNR ranger up for national boating officer award

Come fall, Cpl. Jason Roberson, a Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement ranger from Dawsonville, could be the nation's top boating officer.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Georgia racing legend to serve as festival grand marshal

A Georgia racing legend has been selected to serve as grand marshal for this year's 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


High speed chase ends in arrest

A Dahlonega man is in custody following a high speed chase on Ga. 400 overnight Saturday.

Jerry Dakhota McCranie, 29, was being pulled over during ...

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man racks up nearly $3,700 in unauthorized charges

A woman who entrusted a Dawsonville man to make a purchase for her with her credit card while she was hospitalized last year is now ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office renews state certification

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently received word that the department's state certification has been renewed.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bond burning marks government center payoff

Haynes Johnson has driven by the Dawson County Government Center thousands of times, and yet, he's still awestruck by the structure.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Deputy injured by irate bank customer

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy was injured Friday evening when an irate bank customer trying to flee the scene of a disorderly conduct call ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family of road rage victim recognized

The parents of a young mother killed in a violent road rage tragedy were recognized last week for their efforts to bring awareness to aggressive ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Performance pay raises in works for county employees

County officials are looking to put extra dollars into their employees' wallets.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


County bond burning ceremony planned Thursday

It was three and a half years ago that the then new Dawson County Government Center officially opened for business.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville man crashes truck fleeing from officers

What appears to have started as a reported domestic call ended Sunday evening with a Dawson County man crashing the truck he was driving into ...

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff proposes pay raises for longtime employees

Longtime employees of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are likely to get pay increases in the coming weeks.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Speaker David Ralston proposes Pastor’s Protection Act

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal that would protect clergy from being required to perform marriage ceremonies that conflict with their religious beliefs.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities release names in Dawsonville murder-suicide

DAWSONVILLE - The victim in Wednesday's murder-suicide has been identified as a Forsyth County 911 communication officer.

July 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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