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Protesters want convenience store to pipe down

Doug Nadin has been clean for over two years.

November 25, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County, state of Georgia still voting ‘Red’

Running on a platform of change, Barack Obama broke through barriers to become the nation's first African American president last Tuesday with an early win over Arizona Senator John McCain.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocacy center receives present from local women’s organization

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle has worked for years to create a local victim's advocacy center.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Protestors to picket ‘pipe’ store Thursday

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 120 methamphetamine and marijuana arrests in Dawson County, according to statistics compiled by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Racing hall of fame board disbanded

Citing the need for a full-time employee, the Dawsonville City Council voted last week to disband the five-member volunteer panel that oversaw the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Just one of the guys

Growing up in the west Georgia town of Franklin, Lori Barrett learned early how to tend to a garden and work in the fields.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Developer offers peek at car park site

An invite-only crowd will be the first to tour the property where Jeremy Porter hopes to open a sports car country club in rural western Dawson County.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Honoring all who served

Tuesdays brisk wind and cool breeze flew the flags with ease as the community paid tribute to all who served.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Effort under way to bring Habitat here

Some 40 residents gathered Monday night to discuss bringing Habitat for Humanity to Dawson County.

November 23, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


84 Lumber closes store in Dawson

Thirteen employees at the Dawson County 84 Lumber location were offered a transfer or lost their jobs when the lumberyard closed Oct. 25.

November 16, 2008 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Veterans Day celebration planned

One of the nation's most distinguished military officers will be the keynote speaker during Dawsonville's Fourth Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11.

November 16, 2008 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local government workers complete management course

Cathy Brooks, public affairs coordinator for Dawson County, wiped her brow and smiled last Tuesday as she accepted a certificate for completing the Management Development Program with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

November 16, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


Recapping the election

Running on a platform of change, Barack Obama broke through barriers to become the nation's first African American president Tuesday with an early win over Arizona Senator John McCain.

November 16, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


School system braces for more cutbacks

The possibility of losing more than $250,000 of his operating budget has Dawson County's school superintendent planning for cutbacks.

November 16, 2008 | Michele Hester | Education


Going to the polls

Voters were standing in line as early as 6 a.m. for polls opening at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning in the nation's historic 2008 Presidential Election.

November 15, 2008 | Michele Hester | Government


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‘Awesome Bill’ joins NASCAR Hall of Fame

Affectionately known as "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" by his legion of fans, Bill Elliott will cement the town's status in motorsports history when he is inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame Friday night in Charlotte.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Food, fun and football

A lifelong Washington Redskins fan, Jim Sheppard really doesn't care who wins Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man arrested in child molestation case

A Dawsonville man was arrested overnight Monday in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a teen girl.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


McKee new administration director

A longtime employee was promoted last week to serve as Dawson County's director of administration.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Tanner proposes bill to limit no-knock warrants

With an 18-year career in law enforcement, including many with a multi-county narcotics unit, State Rep. Kevin Tanner executed his fair share of arrest warrants.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury, last week, handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bridge repairs impacted due to federal cuts

Federal cuts have delayed repairs to two heavily traveled bridges in Dawson County.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC avoids arbitration

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has avoided going into arbitration with the city of Dawsonville over an annexation dispute.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Iowa man indicted after alleged rape at local motel

An Iowa man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at a local motel late last year was indicted on the charges by a Dawson County grand jury last week.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen charged as adult in molestation case

A 15-year-old from Dawsonville has been charged as an adult in the alleged molestation of a young child.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New hardware store is looking to break ground

The owner of a hardware store in Dahlonega is expanding to Dawson County after officials last week approved a request to rezone nearly three acres at Hwy. 53 East and Stephens Road.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury on Tuesday handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

Friends, family, neighbors and even strangers are pouring on the love for Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his family after their home caught fire on Saturday afternoon.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bridge dedication celebrates local man’s legacy of service

The memory of a local businessman and community leader is now forever enshrined upon a bridge renamed last week in his honor.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lawmaker outlines legislative plans at breakfast

The budget, transportation and education are expected to be hot issues under the Gold Dome now that state lawmakers have returned to Atlanta for the 2015 Legislative Session.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


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