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Book program halted

A lack of funding has forced a local literacy group to suspend a program that provides free books to children.

January 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Top employees honored by sheriff

Deputy Stan Harrison was born to be a school resource officer.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County still ranks high in prosperity

Dawson County is one of the top 10 best places to live, work and play in Georgia, according to a recent report from the Department of Community Affairs.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Wreck claims life of teenager

Authorities are reminding motorists to use caution on area roads this holiday weekend in the wake of the county's 10th traffic-related death of 2008.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing brother named race track manager

Dawsonville's Elliott family racing franchise began a new chapter in local racing history Monday when Dan Elliott was named General Manager of the newly purchased Peachstate Speedway in Jefferson.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Familiar face returns to sheriff’s office

It's been more than four years since Johnny Holtzclaw wore a badge or carried a gun.

December 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Building honors last sole commissioner

Kenneth H. Long had the foresight to be part of a group of local businessmen who worked to bring the outlet mall and needed infrastructure to Dawson County.

December 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson named 11th fastest growing

Dawson County retained its ranking as the nation's 11th fastest growing county in a recent survey by the U.S Census Bureau, but officials say the numbers don't reflect the recent economic downturn.

December 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


New officials to be sworn in Friday

The community is invited to the Dawson County Courthouse on Friday for an official swearing in ceremony of Dawson County's newest elected officials.

December 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


GBI looks for man in 1986 slaying

Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials say they never close out an unsolved murder.

December 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Car park hits snag over study

Plans for a motorsports country club in Dawson County hit their first snag Monday night when the Dawsonville Planning Commission tabled the rezoning request until January.

December 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Early morning wreck claims one life

One man was killed and two others injured Friday morning when the Geo Tracker they were traveling in on Shoal Creek Road in Dawson County left the roadway and hit a tree. No other vehicles were involved.

December 26, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man indicted in 22-year-old murder

State authorities reopened a 22-year-old cold murder case over the summer, and Thursday the man they believe responsible was indicted for murder.

December 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County honors top employees

Dawson County government has a talented staff of many, but county leaders say none are more deserving to be named employees of the year than James Tolbert, Donna Rutledge and Kerry Vanderpool.

December 21, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Tournament raises funds for deputy

Whether it's a resident or one of their own in need, Dawson County Sheriff's deputies will do whatever they can to make a difference.

December 21, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


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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


Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


2nd arrest in church burglaries

A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of church burglaries over the past several months.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Lumpkin Campmeeting this week

Lynn Nahlik looks forward to campmeeting at Lumpkin Campground all year.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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