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Forum opportunity to meet candidates

With six candidates vying for two open seats, Dawsonville election officials aren't sure what to expect in the Nov. 3 City Council election.

October 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Board will seek public input

Election officials on Monday decided to ask voters what they think about a plan to consolidate the county's polling places.

October 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Volunteer handbook now online

From women's clubs to civic organizations, health iniatives to beautification projects and humanitarian efforts, volunteer opportunities abound in Dawson County.

October 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Postal worker sentenced

A postal worker who pleaded guilty last month to selling methamphetamine will serve about six months at a women's residential treatment center, followed by several months of strict supervision and fines.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Miss KARE for Kids crowned

Lindsey Porter is the new face of KARE for Kids.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local mother named to magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’

Ask your six year old if she knows what marijuana is, and she'll probably say no.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Council for Quality Growth to speak at builder’s meeting

Representatives from the Council for Quality Growth will discuss a controversial water conservation plan at the Dawson County Homebuilder's Association's Oct. 21 meeting.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Business Expo brings out big crowd

There was a time when you had to travel outside the county for many products and services.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


School asking voters to extend tax

Voters are being asked by the school system to approve extending the county's 1-cent education sales tax to help fund several needed projects.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Boy, 11, killed in hunting accident

What was supposed to be a afternoon outing for a Dawson County youth and his grandfather turned tragic Oct. 9 when the boy's deer rifle discharged, fatally wounding him.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Young drivers ‘Caught Safe’

Anyone wanting to ride home from school with Daniel Walker knows to put on a seat belt or find another way home.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Grad rate sets record

Dawson County High administrators were pleased earlier this year when the school's graduation rate hit 84.4 percent.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


County eligible for flood relief from FEMA

Dawson is one of 21 Georgia counties approved for public assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

October 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Child dies after hunting accident

Emergency officials confirmed a young boy was shot in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area late Friday afternoon.

October 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Workforce initiative awarded grant

Dawson County is one of five counties awarded a $35,000 state grant to improve the local workforce.

October 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Benefit fund set up after house fire

A local woman lost nearly everything she owned in a fire Saturday afternoon.

March 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local lawman named state’s top boating officer

A Dawson County lawman has been named the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

March 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local authorities search for man in CVS robbery

Authorities are seeking assistance in identifying a suspect from an armed robbery at CVS in Dawsonville last week.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County names planning director

County officials last week announced that a new planning and development director has been named.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Annual Leap for Literacy set for Saturday

As cold as it has been recently, you'd think the community would be running toward warmer locales.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Sweet Sixteen

The undefeated Lady Tigers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with Thursday's 71-35 win over Elbert County.

February 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Arbor Day Friday

The community is invited to a celebration of trees Friday afternoon at War Hill Park on Lake Lanier.

The Dawson County Tree Preservation Committee, in conjunction with Keep Dawson County Beautiful and the local extension agency, will meet at 2 p.m. in honor of Arbor Day, held in Georgia on the third week of February each year.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arrest made in church fire

An arrest was made last week in connection with a fire late last year at Gospel Way Baptist Church.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ice knocks down 1,000 trees

Crews were still moving downed trees from roadways and responding to weather-related incidents Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 hours after Mother Nature dumped at least a an estimated half inch of ice across Dawson County.

"Stay at home and off the roads unless it's an emergency," was the common request among first responders as early as noon Monday.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Forecaster predicts Dawson’s population at 100,000 by 2030

Community leaders are both hopeful and hesitant after hearing a north Georgia real estate forecaster say he expects the county's population to quadruple in the next 15 years.

"Our plan has always been to have 50,000 folks in 2030," said Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lady Tigers go entire season without loss

The Dawson County Lady Tigers are perfect after Friday night's victory over West Hall.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville man killed in logging incident

A Dawsonville man died from injuries sustained in a logging incident over the weekend.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County withdraws annexation objection

County leaders last week agreed they would not a fight a recent annexation into the city of Dawsonville.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Mayor urges citizens to reject proposed transportation bill

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan is urging citizens in the city and county to reject a proposed transportation bill floating through the state capitol.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman on probation for theft, forgery arrested again

An ex-realtor who pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges last year was arrested again last week, this time for fraud.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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