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Sheriff’s office enhances Citizens Law Enforcement Academy

With the addition of firearms training and the opportunity to solve a crime using crime scene investigation equipment and techniques, space is quickly filling for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office's ninth annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pearson reappointed as State Economic Development chair

State Sen. Chip Pearson, R-Dawsonville, was named Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced the reappointment last week.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Deaths, speed on rise

Authorities responded to more traffic fatalities in 2008 on Dawson County roads than they had in nearly a decade.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged in fatal wreck

A Gainesville woman has been charged with vehicular homocide in connection with a 2008 wreck that claimed the life of a Forsyth County man and his unborn daughter.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local lawman graduates at top of police academy

Jarrett Simpson has set the bar high for the next group of Dawson County Sheriff's deputies.

January 14, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grant will enhance area K-9 division

Christmas came a few days late for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, which learned last week that its K-9 division will receive at least $46,000 in homeland security grant money.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Department names battalion chiefs

The new year brought change to Dawson County Emergency Services as Chief Lanier Swafford named the department's first three battalion chiefs.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Slaying tops biggest stories of 2008

Former GBI Special Agent in Charge John Cagle says it is one of the few cases he worked in his 30-year career that touched him personally.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Economic slump hits home in 2008

The impact of 2008s economic downturn took its toll on Dawson County, in the housing market, local governments, retail industry and leisurely activities.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Gulf hurricane causes panic at the pumps in 2008

Gas is currently at the lowest it has been in almost five years, but that was a different story in September when the nation saw gas climb to between $4 and $5 a gallon, after Hurricane Ike shut down refineries and halted fuel production.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Metro Atlanta theft ring busted in Dawson in 2008

Dawson County authorities were not part of the original Atlanta area task force set up to catch a group of thieves targeting high-end department stores, but after a foiled robbery attempt at the Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet in Dawsonville in June, Dawson County's involvement in the case tipped the theft ring wide open.

January 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dooley recalls Dawg tales

About 30 Georgia football fans received an early Christmas present Friday as they sat down to lunch with legendary University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley at Dawsonville City Hall.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Building unveiled as KH Long Government Center

Family and friends gathered Thursday at the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Maple Street in Dawsonville for the unveiling of the KH Long Government Center.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Elected officials sworn in

Dawson County's newest elected officials were sworn in to service Friday afternoon at the Dawson County Courthouse by Superior Court Judge C. Andrew Fuller.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Government academy graduates inaugural class

After 10 weeks of class and several eye-opening experiences, the inaugural class of the Dawson County Citizens Academy graduated last Tuesday night.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


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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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