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Local 9/11 ceremony planned

Tim Satterfield remembers his exact whereabouts Sept. 11, 2001, when he learned terrorists had crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in New York and one in Pennsylvania.

September 21, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commission chairman is named to executive board

Dawson County's representation at the state level increased last week with Mike Berg's executive appointment to the governor's Public Defender Standards Council.

September 21, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local farmers upgrade poultry houses, receive USDA energy grants

Two area farmers learned last month they will receive a portion of $1.3 million in grants from the United States Department of Agriculture for energy efficiency on their farms.

September 21, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Firemedics recognized for heroics

April 9 was an ordinary day for Dawson County Firemedics Andy Scott and Frankie Everhart.

September 21, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


KARE for Kids gears up for holiday season

KARE for Kids, the organization that provides for Dawson County's children in need, is now gearing up for the upcoming holiday season.

September 21, 2008 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Woman helps nab suspect in hit and run

DeShan Fishel didn't set out Thursday morning to become a hero, but she had been called one dozens of times by the time she arrived home from taking her daughter to school.

September 20, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hit, run victim released from Atlanta hospital

A 5-year-old boy is expected to recover, family members say, after he was struck by a sport utility vehicle Thursday morning near a school bus stop in Dawson County.

September 20, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Emergency services, community collect funds for the MDA

Motorists traveling through Dawson County played a part in Dawson County Emergency Services last month collecting close to $8,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

September 14, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bridge dedicated in former county employee’s honor

Family, friends and co-workers gathered at Rock Creek Sports Complex last Tuesday to pay tribute to Wayne Elledge, who died July 19 at the age of 66.

September 14, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Garage sale benefits victim’s advocacy center

For the second year in a row, local agencies and organizations will benefit from the Dawson County Woman's Club annual Garage Sale-Abration.

September 14, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady luck

When Pam Bradfield bought a ticket for the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce reverse raffle, she looked at it as her way of supporting the chamber.

September 14, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former judge dies at home

Family and friends celebrated the life of Dawson County's first Chief Magistrate Judge Aug. 29 and memorialized his dedication to his hometown.

September 14, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Budget crisis forces school system to cut back

Budget cuts at the state level are trickling down to the Dawson County School System.

September 14, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commission denies Kelly Bridge chapel rezoning

The attorney for a family whose request to rezone property for a wedding chapel was denied last week submitted a formal letter challenging a planning commissioner's ethics in denying the request.

September 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Citizens Government Academy gives students key to the county

In the not so near future, Calvin Byrd plans to enter the local political arena.

September 07, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

Preparations are in place for everyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott wins Nationwide championship

Nationwide champion. Rookie of the year. Most popular driver.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody

A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Competitive team takes it to state finals

Saturday's contest may not have been the result Dawson County High School's competitive cheerleaders had hoped for, but the excitement of competing in the state finals in Columbus had the team pumped in celebration of a winning season.

November 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Chase Elliott is NASCAR's newest champion

The "si-rene" atop the world-famous Pool Room is screaming through downtown Dawsonville for Chase Elliott

November 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Citizens graduate from academy

A ceremony was held last week to celebrate the latest graduates of the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Amendment by local legislator passes

Georgia voters last week approved an amendment to the state's Constitution that imposes additional fees for reckless driving violations when they are pleaded down from driving under the influence.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Homeowner charged with fraud

A woman whose Dawson County home caught fire and exploded in March has been charged with felony insurance fraud after officials say she exaggerated the extent of her losses from the blaze.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Elliott clinches the title

Dawsonville's legacy of producing NASCAR champions continued Saturday when Chase Elliott clinched the 2014 Nationwide Series title with a fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Speedway.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Road repaving could hinge on agreement with city

A portion of road could be skipped when the county begins a repaving project on Burt Creek Road if an agreement with the city isn't reached.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community honors servicemen and women

The community paid tribute to servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military Tuesday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


House Republicans re-elect Ralston

Rep. David Ralston will retain his position as one of the most powerful leaders in the Georgia General Assembly after House Republicans unanimously approved his nomination as Speaker of the House for another two years during Monday morning's caucus meeting at the state capitol.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocates urge BOC to support adult literacy

The first of two public hearings required before commissioners can adopt the county's 2015 budget brought out a handful of speakers in support of adult literacy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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