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Resort aimed at sports car enthusiasts

Golf clubs in Dawson County haven't faired well in recent months, but developers hope a new concept in country club living will motor past the competition.

October 12, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman’s Club garage sale raises $8,000

Members of the Dawson County Woman's Club collapsed in exhaustion and civic pride Saturday evening after raising more than $8,000 for several local organizations with the club's annual Garage Sale-Abration at Rock Creek Sports Complex.

October 12, 2008 | Michele Hester | LIFE


A hero’s welcome home

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joshua Sfeir didn't sleep last Friday night, as he waited to return home from Hawaii to Atlanta.

October 05, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poker Run benefits drug recovery efforts

A graphic and disturbing dose of reality is on display at the Dawson County Courthouse to shed light on the number of people, young and old, affected by loved one's drug and alcohol addictions.

October 05, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Community picnic honors CERT volunteers

One of the largest crowds in the last eight years was in attendance last Tuesday for the county's annual community picnic at Amicalola Falls State Park.

October 05, 2008 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Feeding the hungry

Most of us don't know what it's like to be hungry or to stay awake at night wondering how to come up with the money to feed our children breakfast.

October 05, 2008 | Michele Hester | Religion


United Way sets annual goal

The United Way for Dawson County announced an ambitious goal of $100,009 Friday, knowing the stress of hard economic times translates to more people needing assistance.

October 05, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Child safety events set for Saturday at John Megel Chevrolet

In an effort to bring awareness to the number of children injured in car accidents, John Megel Chevrolet and Dawson County SafeKids have paired to kickoff National Child Passenger Safety Week.

September 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Plea possible in slaying case

Prosecutors say a plea agreement could be reached as early as this week in the case against Joshua Glen Layman.

September 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Operators receive licenses

Etowah Water and Sewer Authority announced last week that two members of its staff completed Class III certification to receive their wastewater treatment operator licenses.

September 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Local man indicted for alleged molestation

A Dawsonville man accused of molesting a female family member was indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Soldier returning from Iraq

Wendy Sfier describes her oldest son, Joshua, as someone who would give up the shirt off his back.

September 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


United Way kickoff set for Friday

This Friday will be casual day for several local businessmen and women as they dress down and get their hands dirty for a Day of Caring.

September 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Layman pleas to manslaughter

The Forsyth County man who was set to stand trial at the end of the month for a 2003 fatal stabbing pleaded guilty this morning to reduced charges.

September 28, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man identified in deadly shooting

Authorities are now saying the shooting death of a 44-year-old man in Big Canoe Tuesday morning is being investigated as self-defense.

September 27, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Dawsonville toddler recovering after transplant

A toddler from Dawsonville has a long recovery ahead of him after a successful kidney tranplant last week.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man charged with impersonating public officer in Dawsonville

A Dawsonville man arrested Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol also faces a charge of impersonating a public officer.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Emergency personnel recognized at banquet

An awards ceremony last month recognized several members of Dawson County Emergency Services for going above and beyond in 2014.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff honors top staff at annual luncheon

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recognized its top employees during the department's annual Christmas luncheon and celebration on Friday.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Intersection changes to begin in spring

Sweeping changes at Dawson County's busiest intersection has at least one national eatery planning a move away from the crossing.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


City to hear new request

City officials continue to receive requests for annexation in to Dawsonville.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Suspect charged with murder in fatal shooting

An arrest was made Thursday morning in the fatal shooting last month of a popular coach and father of three.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bones have yet to be identified

Authorities continue to wait on lab results to positively identify bones found in a wooded area of southeast Dawson County last month.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


3-year-old to receive new kidney

Thursday is going to be a big day for a little guy from Dawsonville.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Christmas takes center stage

Sleigh bells were ringing and children were singing in Dawsonville's second annual Christmas parade that took over the downtown streets Saturday afternoon.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Coptic convent purchases former Catholic college

The first Coptic Orthodox convent outside Egypt recently opened in Dawsonville.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poverty simulation shows low income struggles

Several dozen local leaders and college students found themselves living on minimum wage salaries, wondering how to make ends meet from paycheck to paycheck.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arrest made in fatal shooting

An arrest was made Thursday morning in the fatal shooting of a popular coach and father of three.

December 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Human bones found by hunters

The discovery of human remains in southern Dawson County on Sunday launched a full-scale search of the wooded area by multiple law enforcement agencies.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Season of spending begins

By noon, the women of Sugar Valley Country Club had already stocked up on the early morning, after-Thanksgiving bargains at North Georgia Premium Outlets and were hoping some leftover turkey and veggies would give them the blast of energy needed to continue their Black Friday shopping tradition.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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