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Making an old tradition new

Dozens of ladies donned their hats and gloves to sit down for an afternoon tea March 28 at the Bowen Center for the Arts.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Kangaroo center on VIP Tour

Dawson County is on a list of stops on a north Georgia tour for top diplomats and business officials from across the globe.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Fuel co-op could cut costs

Dawson County officials believe they can save thousands of dollars in fuel costs by buying in bulk with other counties, cities and school systems.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Father inspires Miss Dawson

Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend never met Brittany McCoy.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Man charged after short chase, wreck

A Ball Ground man who authorities say has a lengthy record of driving violations was arrested Sunday night after fleeing a traffic stop and flipping his truck.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Berg to address chamber of commerce

Chairman of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners Mike Berg is the guest speaker April 9 for the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Peach Brandy Cottage.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Looking toward a brighter future

Two and a half years ago, Carol Tyger met her granddaughter Ingrid for the first time.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Humane society voted favorite non-profit

With more than 600 votes as the favorite local non-profit, Kay Harris stepped into a money grab at Appalachian Community Bank Friday and left with $500 for the Dawson County Humane Society.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Habitat hoping to grow in Dawson

Volunteers interested in building low-cost homes for needy families have taken the first steps toward developing a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Dawson County.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | LIFE


March 29 declared Vietnam Veterans Day

For the second year, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day in Georgia.

April 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Support continues for local children’s book program

Entertainment legend and philanthropist Dolly Parton announced a partnership last month with Georgia's Rotary Clubs to continue in the fight to encourage childhood literacy.

March 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Planning board structure headed to hearing

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last Thursday to seek the public's input on changing the structure in which planning commissioners are appointed and serve.

March 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Burglary probed on Kelly Bridge Road

Investigators are trying to find the man who burglarized a Kelly Bridge Road home March 17 and reportedly shot at a member of the homeowner's family.

March 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Getting in the swing of spring

Rock Creek Sports Complex sprung to life Saturday morning as hundreds of young athletes took the fields for opening day at the park.

March 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Parks & Recreation


Magistrate court moves to old jail

Once the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center opened in 2007, accused criminals thought they'd never have to set foot in the old, dilapidated jail again.

March 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Commissioner questions annexation

A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Retail development expected to surge

At least six retail shops, including three restaurants, have contracts or commitments in place to be among the first to open in a new commercial development on Ga. 400.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival on tap this weekend for music, beer

Be on the lookout for food, drinks and fun this weekend as the downtown area plays host to the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Island set to open next week

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park will be open for the Labor Day weekend.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner named ‘Champion of Cities’

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorcycle collides with SUV, killing one on Hwy. 9

A 21-year-old Baldwin man was killed on July 29 after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a pickup truck on Hwy. 9.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man charged with pandering, solicitation

A 37-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested last week on pandering and solicitation charges.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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