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Learning the law

A local man is in custody and authorities say he has confessed to a murder that occurred in downtown Dawsonville early Monday morning.

June 10, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


County, school system fuel station opens

A long-term collaboration between the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and the Dawson County School Board came to fruition as a joint fuel station opened on Burt Creek Road last Thursday.

June 10, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Second grader begins colorful recycling project

Blake Wood doesn't travel outside Dawsonville much.

June 03, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


3 arrested in recent burglaries

Three men have been arrested and a large cache of stolen goods recovered in connection with a suspected home burglary spree in Dawson and Murray counties.

June 03, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Amicalola dodges restructuring

Amicalola Falls State Park appears to have dodged the state's first round of restructuring, but Department of Natural Resources officials say the lodge may not be so fortunate.

June 03, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Treatment court graduates eight during ceremony

While many local parents prepared to watch their children complete high school and begin a new chapter in their lives, a different kind of graduation ceremony was taking place last Thursday at the Dawson County Courthouse.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Volunteers needed for new station

With the engines in place and the new station almost complete, there's still one thing preventing a higher level of fire protection on Burnt Mountain in west Dawson County.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Free early learning videos available to families

The creator of an award-winning children's educational video collection announced earlier this month he plans to give the DVDs to Dawson County children free of charge.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Impact fees put on hold

Developers have a year to begin new construction if they want to take advantage of the county's new impact fee structure.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Suspect opts for judge

A Dawsonville man accused of plotting "violent jihad" on American targets has waived his right to a jury trial.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘An important day’

A large crowd gathered Monday in Veterans Memorial Park to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service to the country.

May 27, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Memorial Day service set

For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer - a time when the pools open and the lake fills with boaters from across the region.

May 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Board chooses charter system guidelines

The Dawson County School System plans to spend the next year evaluating changes to improve educational procedures as a charter school system.

May 20, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Wreck claims ‘fun-loving guy’

A 63-year-old Dawsonville great-grandfather who friends said never met a stranger died Saturday, four days after he was badly injured in a four-vehicle, chain-reaction wreck on Ga. 400.

May 20, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Swinging into summer

Keziah Newton couldn't be bothered last Friday afternoon.

May 20, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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SPLOST, governor’s race on Tuesday’s ballot

Proponents for extending the county's 1-cent sales tax for six more years hope their campaign mail-outs, speaking engagements and social media presence to promote a "yes" vote resonates at the polls.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Luncheon on Saturday celebrates art

Preparations are under way for the eighth annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club named volunteer of the year

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for building a waterpark, Rotary Island, at Rock Creek Park.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

It's been a history-making season for the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

A Dawsonville teenager was cut with a knife in a fight at a downtown gas station Saturday during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Budget includes employee pay increases

For the first time in six years, Dawson County's proposed 2014 budget includes pay increases for employees.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man killed in logging incident

A Dawson County man was killed Monday evening in an incident involving a log splitter at his home.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘biggest’ fan

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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