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Maintaining the fleet

A change in several policies could help Dawson County keep track of its 131 vehicles.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


No charges yet in fatal collision

The mother of a Cumming teenager says she doesn't know how her daughter will deal with the aftermath of a Feb. 23 wreck that claimed the life of another teen and injured four other people.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New service organization geared toward young professionals

A group of local young professionals is moving closer to establishing a chapter of the Jaycees in Dawson County.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


County raising hotel/motel tax

Travelers in Dawson County could see an increase in their hotel/motel stays by the new year.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Ex-jailer charged with molestation

A former Dawson County Sheriff's detention officer has posted $80,200 bail following his arrest on child molestation and statutory rape charges.

March 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Undercover assisted suicide sting disrupted in Dawson County

The GBI, with help from the Dawson County Sheriff's Office and the Cumming Police Department, arrested two alleged members of the Final Exit Network Wednesday afternoon in Dawson County.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County revisits impact fee structure

A representative from the Krystal Corporation told commissioners Monday that high impact fees may keep the southern regional chain from opening a restaurant in Dawson County.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Collision kills teen, injures 4

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle collision Monday that claimed the life of a Dawson County teenager and injured four other people.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Investigator nominated for award

January 2008 was one of the most difficult months in Investigator John Cagle's 30-year law enforcement career.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Recycling center to hold ‘green’ opening

The community is invited to a "green" ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday to officially kickoff the county's new single stream recycling program.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Two public hearings set on proposed noise ordinance

After wrestling with the idea for over three months, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners agreed on Thursday to send a proposed noise ordinance draft to public hearings for comments.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Forecaster says Dawson poised for great long-term growth

Frank Norton Jr., known for his North Georgia economic forecasts and predictions, told members of the Dawson County Home Builders Association last week that Dawson County is poised for great long-term growth, despite the lack of new development that took place in the county in the last year.

February 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Wreck claims life of Dawson County teen

A Dawson County teen was killed and four people injured in a two- vehicle wreck Monday afternoon near Kelly Bridge and Coltrane roads in southwestern Dawson County.

February 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tyger named volunteer of the year

After spending the day setting up tables and decorating the banquet hall, Carol Tyger laughed in delight as she was named Volunteer of the Year at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Cowboy Ball.

February 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Four arrested after jean theft

Four people were arrested Friday after they reportedly took about $2,000 in designer jeans from North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall.

February 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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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. 7 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


SPLOST approval could generate $9.6 million

If voters approve a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax next month, the measure could generate as much as $9.6 million for projects within downtown Dawsonville.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


BBQ supports United Way

A barbecue fundraiser Saturday supports United Way for Dawson County and its many local partners.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pups in the Park Dog Show is this weekend

Fun and furry festivities are planned this weekend at the inaugural Pups in the Park Dog Show.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner receives award for legislative leadership

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently recognized by the Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for his leadership in passing legislation that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Bones found at dump human

State investigators have confirmed that bones discovered in August at the Dawson County Transfer Station are human remains.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official keeps pushing for consolidation

Commissioner Gary Pichon may have just two more months as an elected official, but that isn't stopping him from pushing for a consolidated government in Dawson County.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Business group supports SPLOST

Advance voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election, which includes a referendum asking voters to extend Dawson County's 1-cent sales tax.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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