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Decision on park bumped

The decision to delay action on a proposed motorsports park in western Dawson County until at least April 13 was greeted with relief by those on both sides of the divisive issue.

February 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Council delays vote on motorsports park

More than 200 people packed the Dawsonville Municipal Complex Monday night to hear the fate of a proposed motorsports park in western Dawson County.

February 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man cleared of molestation charge

A 38-year-old Dawsonville man arrested last year on child molestation charges was acquitted by a jury Feb. 4.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Floridian charged with molestation

A Florida man was taken into custody in Dawson County last week and charged with child molestation.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Emergency services promotes ‘next generation of leaders’

Dawson County Emergency Services made history last week by promoting 15 employees to supervisory positions.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Courthouse design submitted

There hasn't been a vote or even a preliminary design submitted, but the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is sure about two things.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Joint fuel station closer to reality

With gas prices beginning to climb once again, the Dawson County Board of Education and the Dawson County Board of Commissioners plan to be ready in the event of another crisis.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


City urged to take time on rezoning

The Dawson County commission has encouraged the Dawsonville City Council to take a long look at plans for a proposed motorsports park.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


County can’t pay hospital’s tab

Grady Health System wants Dawson County to pay nearly $211,000 to cover the cost of medical care the Atlanta trauma hospital says it provided to 35 local patients in 2008.

February 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


More dining choices on the way in 2009

The uncertain economy has hurt the housing industry in north Georgia, but the restaurant industry seems to be thriving, at least in Dawson County.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tourism alive in Dawson County

Dawson County officials traveled to the state capital last week to put a spotlight on Georgia's and the county's second largest industry.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Council delays vote on car park

As anticipated, the Dawsonville City Council rescheduled Monday's public hearing on the rezoning for a proposed 152-acre motorsports park in western Dawson County.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Book program back on track

A new organization hopes to rekindle children's interest in reading, starting with Dawson County's youngest residents.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Gainesville man charged with entering vehicles in parking lots

Local authorities are warning individuals to use caution when leaving valuables inside cars.

February 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorsports park moves on under caution

Plans for a motorsports country club in western Dawson County drew the blessing of Dawsonville's planning board Monday night.

January 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Men indicted for rape, kidnapping

Two men accused in unrelated rape and kidnapping cases were indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect indicted in credit card scheme

A Riverdale man has been indicted on nearly two dozen charges in connection with a credit card scheme and high-speed chase last summer.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More are seeking to annex

Despite protests from Dawson County officials concerning recent annexation requests, Dawsonville continues to receive applications from people who want to live in the city limits.

September 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man sentenced to 12 years for molestation

A Dawson County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a child molestation arrest in 2012.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect surrenders in burglary

A 17-year-old surrendered to authorities last week after avoiding arrest for months in connection with a spring burglary in eastern Dawson County.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County’s request for public records denied

Dawson County's request for the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to declassify information regarding its decision to grant clemency to a man convicted of a 1991 slaying has been denied.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Elliott finishes fifth

HAMPTON - There was little doubt who the star of the Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Hungry was at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Rotary Island is open

The Rotary Club of Dawson County made a splash Thursday with the grand opening of Rotary Island, an interactive water playground at Rock Creek Park.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Deputy cleared in arrest at rally

A Dawson County Sheriff's officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman at a political event last month.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy cleared of any wrongdoing

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman over the weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy placed on leave after woman arrested at political rally

The deputy who arrested a Roswell woman over the weekend at a political rally in Dawson County has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

August 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Racing legend donates car from personal collection

NASCAR legend Bill Elliott last week donated a 1937 Ford from his private collection that will be raffled off to raise money to support the Dawsonville History Museum.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County objects to annexation into the city

Commissioners last week voted to deny the application from a county resident that wants to annex his west side property in the city of Dawsonville.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Festival rocks Dawsonville

A new, local tradition continued to brew over the weekend during the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman arrested at rally

A Roswell woman was arrested Saturday after she refused to stop recording a political rally in Dawson County with her video camera.

August 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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