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Public says noise ordinance needs tweaking

Chickens get out at night, sweeper trucks clean up parking lots after businesses close and on occasion, water pipes burst after dark. All three examples make noise.

March 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Poker run benefits veterans’ memorial enhancements

The local chapter of the Wingmen Motorcycle Club plans to donate proceeds from a poker run Saturday to a local veterans group.

March 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Planning commission structure may change

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners is considering a change to the structure by which planning commissioners are appointed and the terms they serve.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


County offers Rx discount card

Dawson County citizens will soon have the opportunity to save up to 20 percent on their prescription drug costs.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials seek to ‘live within our means’

Dawson County is looking for ways to trim nearly $5 million from its 2009 operating budget to make up for a drop in revenue during the economic downturn.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Council discusses car park

Dawsonville City Council held the first of a possible two work sessions to discuss a proposed motorsports park Monday night.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


EPD says smog levels elevated

Strict standards for measuring air quality levels have once again led Georgia's Environmental Protection Division to recommend designating Dawson County a nonattainment zone under the U.S. Clean Air Act.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Republicans honor Geeslin at convention

A man of many words when he discusses his religion or his political party, Hugh Geeslin was almost speechless Saturday morning.

March 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Wreck claims life of local teen

A Dawson County teen that was ejected from his car Tuesday afternoon died Wednesday from injuries sustained in the crash, according to Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden.

March 11, 2009 | By Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gooch appointed to technical board

Lumpkin County resident Stephen W. "Steve" Gooch was appointed last week to serve as the Ninth Congressional District Representative on the State Board of Technical and Adult Education.

March 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Eight arrests as drug case unfolds

Eight people from four counties remain in custody on drug charges after their arrests last week in a Dawson County drug bust.

March 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Trucker indicted in wreck

A log truck driver has been indicted on several charges in connection with an April wreck that claimed the life of a 33-year-old Forsyth County woman.

March 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Academy shows how cops work

Holding the .40 caliber Glock for the first time last Tuesday, Inez Couch's small hands shook as she aimed and pulled the trigger.

March 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man arrested in statewide child porn investigation

A Dawsonville man was arrested earlier today after state and local authorities executed a search warrant at his home and recovered child pornography.

March 10, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


DCSO played key role in death case

Dawson County Sheriff's investigators played a key role in the recent sting that led to the arrests of four suspected members of a right-to-die group, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

Preparations are in place for everyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott wins Nationwide championship

Nationwide champion. Rookie of the year. Most popular driver.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody

A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Competitive team takes it to state finals

Saturday's contest may not have been the result Dawson County High School's competitive cheerleaders had hoped for, but the excitement of competing in the state finals in Columbus had the team pumped in celebration of a winning season.

November 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Chase Elliott is NASCAR's newest champion

The "si-rene" atop the world-famous Pool Room is screaming through downtown Dawsonville for Chase Elliott

November 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Citizens graduate from academy

A ceremony was held last week to celebrate the latest graduates of the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Amendment by local legislator passes

Georgia voters last week approved an amendment to the state's Constitution that imposes additional fees for reckless driving violations when they are pleaded down from driving under the influence.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Homeowner charged with fraud

A woman whose Dawson County home caught fire and exploded in March has been charged with felony insurance fraud after officials say she exaggerated the extent of her losses from the blaze.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Elliott clinches the title

Dawsonville's legacy of producing NASCAR champions continued Saturday when Chase Elliott clinched the 2014 Nationwide Series title with a fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Speedway.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Road repaving could hinge on agreement with city

A portion of road could be skipped when the county begins a repaving project on Burt Creek Road if an agreement with the city isn't reached.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community honors servicemen and women

The community paid tribute to servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military Tuesday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


House Republicans re-elect Ralston

Rep. David Ralston will retain his position as one of the most powerful leaders in the Georgia General Assembly after House Republicans unanimously approved his nomination as Speaker of the House for another two years during Monday morning's caucus meeting at the state capitol.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocates urge BOC to support adult literacy

The first of two public hearings required before commissioners can adopt the county's 2015 budget brought out a handful of speakers in support of adult literacy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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