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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


Testing adult knowledge

From college students and retired teachers, to builders and county officials, they all think they are smarter than a 10-year-old.

October 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Guardian Angel

Spencer Wright has received numerous accolades over the years as chorus director at Dawson County High School.

October 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Black bear sightings increase

Firefighters at Station 6 near Big Canoe have learned not to leave the bay door open for even a few minutes after recently finding bear prints and overturned trash inside.

October 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Precincts remain unchanged

Two members of the Dawson County Elections Board say the county's some 10,000 registered voters can be served by two precincts, one in town and another on the county's east side.

October 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Teen driver to run in the American 200

He's only had a driver's license for a year, but 17-year-old Casey Roderick has been behind the wheel for more than a decade.

October 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


New walking trail approved

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners gave full support to a 1-mile walking trail proposed for Veterans Memorial Park during last week's meeting.

October 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Wreck claims N. Ga. man

The death of a 31-year-old Cleveland man in a single-vehicle wreck Friday night was the sixth fatality on Dawson County roads in 2009 and first since the spring.

October 07, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park may get walking trail

A new walking trail at Veterans Memorial Park could be finished by March if the county commission approves the project Thursday.

September 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


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Memorial Day ceremony Monday at Veterans park

A service Monday at Veterans Memorial Park will honor local military men and women who served their country honorably and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club of Dawson County named tops

The Rotary Club of Dawson County has been named 2014-2015 Club of the Year among large clubs in the district.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man accused of hitting family member with metal fire poker

A Dawsonville man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the brutal beating of a family member.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Manufacturer moving to Dawson

A manufacturer currently based in north Forsyth broke ground on its new plant in Dawson County earlier this month.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man pleads guilty to Lumpkin church thefts

A Dahlonega man pleaded guilty last week to his part in a string of church burglaries in Lumpkin County.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Marine pilot with ties to Dawsonville killed delivering disaster aid

A candlelight vigil and prayer service was held Sunday at Juno Baptist Church in memory of U.S. Marine Mark Johnson, one of eight soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed on a relief mission in Nepal.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lawmakers recap legislative session

The state's new transportation funding mechanism was among the key topics last week when Dawson County's state delegation met to recap the 2015 legislative session.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Caldwell claims elusive state title

Dawson County Senior Madison Caldwell went into Monday's state championship golf match with nerves of steel, an unmatched mental focus and a drive to achieve the goal she set for herself four years ago.

May 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Proposal designed to prevent underage drinking

Parents caught allowing their kids to host drinking parties with their friends could face hefty fines and punishments if a proposed ordinance is passed by county commissioners.

May 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Marine pilot with ties to Dawsonville killed delivering military aid

A candlelight vigil and prayer service was held Sunday at Juno Baptist Church in memory of U.S. Marine Mark Johnson, one of eight soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed on a relief mission in Nepal.

May 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Cumming man killed in tree-cutting accident

A Cumming man was killed in a tree-cutting accident Tuesday evening in southern Dawson County.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


DCHS wins ‘All-Sports Trophy’

Student athletes and coaches are celebrating Dawson County High's latest victory after the school was awarded the Region 7-AAA All-Sports Trophy last week.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Weapons, ammo stolen from deputy’s vehicle

Authorities are investigating the thefts of guns and ammo taken from a deputy's service vehicle last week.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Governor’s seal lifts local moonshiners’ spirits

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery will soon have the option to take home a bottle of its signature backwoods spirits.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawson man dies from injuries sustained in crash

A Dawson County man died Sunday from injuries sustained in a head-on collision near his home a week before.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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