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Smoke detectors can save lives

Dozens of Dawson County residents had a surprise visitor at their front doors last week as Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine joined local emergency personnel to install free smoke detectors in area homes.

December 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners sign fire station agreement

Dawson and Pickens counties have partnered to make the residents on Burnt Mountain safer with the creating of a joint fire station.

December 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Interest in park peaks

The proposed Atlanta Motorsports Park received glowing endorsements from several big names in the speed industry Saturday morning.

November 30, 2008 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Ordinance on noise considered

The Dawson County commission is considering an ordinance that would limit excessive noise.

November 30, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Charity basketball game to benefit local officer

When a resident's in need, deputies with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are ready to act.

November 30, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Protest targets pipe sales

Doug Nadin has been clean for more than two years.

November 30, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City continuing sidewalk project

Everyday, around 3 p.m., dozens of children from elementary to high school choose to bypass the bus rides and walk home from school.

November 30, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Protesters want convenience store to pipe down

Doug Nadin has been clean for over two years.

November 25, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County, state of Georgia still voting ‘Red’

Running on a platform of change, Barack Obama broke through barriers to become the nation's first African American president last Tuesday with an early win over Arizona Senator John McCain.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocacy center receives present from local women’s organization

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle has worked for years to create a local victim's advocacy center.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Protestors to picket ‘pipe’ store Thursday

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 120 methamphetamine and marijuana arrests in Dawson County, according to statistics compiled by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing hall of fame board disbanded

Citing the need for a full-time employee, the Dawsonville City Council voted last week to disband the five-member volunteer panel that oversaw the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Just one of the guys

Growing up in the west Georgia town of Franklin, Lori Barrett learned early how to tend to a garden and work in the fields.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Developer offers peek at car park site

An invite-only crowd will be the first to tour the property where Jeremy Porter hopes to open a sports car country club in rural western Dawson County.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Honoring all who served

Tuesdays brisk wind and cool breeze flew the flags with ease as the community paid tribute to all who served.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Rabies clinic is Saturday

Low cost rabies vaccinations are available Saturday at various locations across the county.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Governor set to sign sludge bill

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Dawsonville this morning to sign into law a bill that will place tougher regulations on sludge application.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


District 7 candidates square off

In their first public debate, candidates for the District 7 seat in the state House of Representatives met last week in Dawsonville.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Fatal wreck on Easter kills Blairsville woman

A 78-year-old Blairsville woman died Sunday morning after a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 53 in western Dawson County.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Essay winners reflect on lessons learned

The local Rotary Club recently recognized the Dawson County High School Laws of Life Essay Contest winners during a special awards program.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Forum’s focus on issues

Several dozen local voters filled the auditorium at Dawson County Middle School last week to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 commission seat.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer fired after arrest

A Dawson County Sheriff's employee was terminated Monday, weeks after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Movie scenes filmed at Amicalola Park

Amicalola Falls State Park is the backdrop for a new movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pancake breakfast is Saturday

There's no need to fret over what to make for breakfast Saturday morning.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Baskets of fun

Makeshift barricades separated anxious young hunters from thousands of plastic Easter eggs spread across the football field at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hometown racer draws crowd

Coming off back-to-back wins in NASCAR's Nationwide Series, Chase Elliott came home to Dawsonville on Wednesday and was greeted by a couple hundred fans ready to meet their hometown hero.

April 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Business community thanks top teachers

The local business community last week paid tribute to the county's top teachers.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chase wins again

Downtown Dawsonville is not typically known for its loud nightlife. Except when there's a NASCAR race on TV and native son Chase Elliott is celebrating in victory lane.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Electronic recycling event is Saturday

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Chase Elliott wins again

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott won his second consecutive victory in the Nationwide Series Friday at Darlington Speedway in South Carolina.

April 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


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