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Proposal fuses hospitality and healthcare

Dawson County is one of several north Georgia communities considered ideal for a new adult living initiative that would fuse hospitality with healthcare.

September 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Former Dawson County Chief Magistrate dies

Funeral services for the man that served Dawson County for over 40 years as justice of the peace and chief magistrate judge will be Friday at Bearden's Funeral Home.

September 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


State cuts won’t sink reservoir

Etowah Water and Sewer Authority General Manager Brooke Anderson had planned this week to apply for a share of $40 million in state grants to build reservoirs in Georgia.

September 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park event educates public on available social services

More than 40 agencies have partnered to give residents a broad look at social services available in and around Dawson County.

September 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Stinking good time supports 2-Day walk

It's a bizarre fundraising effort, but a lucrative one for two prize winners and a group of local women hoping to aid the fight against breast cancer.

September 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Reverse raffle tickets now on sale

If you had a choice between going home with a brand new car or $10,000 in cash, which would you choose?

August 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Ditch the workout and join the party

"Make it sexy girls," Patsy Brookshire said as infectious Latin music played in the background. "It's got to be sexy."

August 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Steepled in tradition

Since Aug. 21, 1833, generations of souls have been saved at Liberty Baptist Church.

August 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Job fair at library scheduled for Monday

Some 15 local companies will be represented Monday as the Dawson County Library and Dawson County Chamber of Commerce pair up to provide that glimmer of hope for area job seekers.

August 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Staying young at heart

They may not be spring chickens, but they are definitely young at heart.

August 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sales of toy-like lighters may end

A Dawson County emergency services official is leading the charge in asking the county to ban the sale of toy-like novelty lighters.

August 31, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


4 stores hit in 3 counties

Authorities in three counties continued searching Wednesday for a suspect in several convenience store burglaries and car thefts.

August 24, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


No tax increase for city residents

Almost three decades have passed since city of Dawsonville residents have seen a property tax increase. The tradition will continue at least one more year.

August 24, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Deal talks energy at town hall meeting

Energy was Rep. Nathan Deal's hot button issue last week as he toured the region meeting with constituents.

August 24, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Suspects indicted in jeans case

A Dawson County Grand Jury has indicted six people authorities say are part of a group known as the Blue Jean Bandits on a combined total of almost 50 charges.

August 24, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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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


Elliott struggles at Kansas

With four races left in the season, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott remains at the top of the NASCAR Nationwide Series leader board, despite a 10th-place finish at Kansas Speedway on Saturday.

October 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Bones confirmed as human

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

October 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Elliott holds on to series lead

With five races left in the season, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is poised to take home the NASCAR Nationwide Championship title in his first year on the circuit.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Volunteers sweep shore

Massive amounts of Styrofoam, parts of an abandoned houseboat and two crumbling docks were among the debris collected in Dawson County on Saturday during the Lake Lanier Association's 26th annual Shore Sweep.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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