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Commissioners open floor for additional public comment

The public will have additional opportunities to speak at county commission meetings following a unanimous vote by the board last week to extend public comment at regular meetings.

August 24, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man charged with rape, child molestation

A 45-year-old Dawsonville man is being held without bail on allegations that he raped a teen family member.

August 24, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New middle school dedicated

Dawson County Middle School will welcome its first students Monday. But the halls were alive with laughter and celebration Sunday for the new school's dedication.

August 17, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Golf tourney aids domestic violence shelter

In the last year, more than 800 calls placed to the local domestic violence hotline resulted in the discovery of more than 200 Dawson County victims of domestic violence.

August 17, 2008 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Training burn tower to be operational by September

Workers moved the first loads of dirt last week to make way for the county's new fire training facility.

August 17, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Two new package stores approved

Two new packages stores, both east of Ga. 400, were approved to open in Dawson County recently.

August 17, 2008 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


City approves airstrip rezoning

Property owners Bill, Dan and Ernie Elliott have moved one step closer in their plans to redevelop their land on Elliott Family Parkway into a light industrial complex.

August 17, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County pinching pennies

Faced with the highest gas prices in history and rising operational costs, Dawson County government has implemented several cost-cutting measures.

August 17, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Security is improved at courthouse

Residents can expect tighter security at the Dawson County courthouse within the next month.

August 17, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Community Agenda sets Dawson’s stage for next 20 years

Dawson County's development plan for the next 20 years was submitted to the Department of Community Affairs for review earlier this month.

August 10, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Buddy Baker to serve as festival grand marshal

Legendary NASCAR driver and famed commentator Buddy Baker will serve as Grand Marshal for Dawsonville's 41st annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

August 10, 2008 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Dawson to pilot drug program

After piloting the CHAMPS elementary program for the state in 2003, the Dawson County School System is one of five counties in the state set to pilot a similar program at the middle school level.

August 10, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bridge, pathway dedicated at park

A bridge and walkway connecting the new Dawson County Humane Society and Rock Creek Park is now open to the public.

August 10, 2008 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Riverview Middle School fails to meet AYP

Four of the county's five schools made adequate yearly progress status for 2008.

August 10, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County appraiser receives state certification

Dawson County Appraiser Kurt Tangel last month was awarded the state's highest designation for an appraiser.

August 10, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


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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