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City considering building for local non-profit organizations

The city of Dawsonville is considering building a 9,000 square foot building for several local non-profit organizations.

April 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Fees may soon be stopped

In an effort to stimulate the local economy, the Dawson County commission has proposed doing away with impact fees on new development for up to two years.

April 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Wreck claims life of DCHS senior

A Dawson County High School senior was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Friday, a day after officials said he picked up his cap and gown for next month's graduation.

April 22, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Single car wreck claims teen’s life

One teen was killed and another injured Friday afternoon in a single vehicle wreck on Hugh Stowers Road.

April 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fees may have less of impact

In the face of slowing growth, officials continue to study Dawson County's impact fee structure and ways to trim the capital improvements it funds.

April 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Bank controls Gold Creek golf course

Few details have surfaced in the week since Regions Bank emerged from auction with control of the defunct Gold Creek Golf course. Members of the Gold Creek Homeowners Association are relieved the bank has the site, while an attorney for the former owners has not ruled out further legal action. No outside parties submitted bids April 7. James M. Ottley, the attorney who handled the foreclosure for Regions, said he was not authorized to comment on the matter, though he did confirm the bank has possession of the property. Joe Brakebill, association president, said the community hopes the bank wants ...

April 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Searching for a golden egg

Carrying brightly colored baskets and many wearing their Sunday bests, thousands of eager, young treasure hunters covered the grounds at Veterans Memorial Park Saturday in search of golden Easter eggs.

April 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Board may send station out for bid

A revision to the initial site plan presented to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners for a new fire station near Ga. 400 would save the county about $300,000.

April 15, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Motorsports club gets green light

The Dawsonville City Council waved the green flag Monday night when they unanimously approved a high-end motorsports park set for northwestern Dawson County.

April 13, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Regions Bank takes possession of Gold Creek

What was once billed as a premier golfing destination in Dawson County, Gold Creek Golf Club failed to go to a bidder on the courthouse steps yesterday as part of the property's foreclosure proceedings, and is now the property of Regions Bank.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lumpkin man charged in pharmacy fire

A man arrested last month in a Dawson County drug sting has now been charged with setting the Dahlonega Rite Aid on fire two days earlier.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Noise ordinance talks continue

If a proposed noise ordinance is approved as written, make sure your neighbor is fine with you cutting your grass or playing basketball with your kids outside.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Council to vote on car park Monday

Mayor Joe Lane Cox is pretty certain the Dawsonville City Council will make a decision on the motorsports park at Monday night's meeting.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chestatee developer accepts deal with county, drops lawsuit

Developers of the Chestatee community have agreed to drop a lawsuit against the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Making an old tradition new

Dozens of ladies donned their hats and gloves to sit down for an afternoon tea March 28 at the Bowen Center for the Arts.

April 08, 2009 | Michele Hester | LIFE


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Parent group supports social hosting ordinance

County commissioners are considering a proposed ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their friends.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


A new makeover

A local civic club is lending a helping hand in support of the arts by painting the deck at the Bowen Center.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Search continues for missing Dawsonville man

A local family is pleading for answers as authorities continue to pursue leads in the search for a missing Dawsonville man.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drugs taken during robbery

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 last week.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man robbed at Dawson County gas station

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Search continues for missing Dawsonville man

A local family is pleading for answers as authorities continue to pursue leads in the search for a missing Dawsonville man.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Group improves flooding and erosion issues at Rock Creek

A major conservation project is underway at Rock Creek Park to repair erosion damage caused by torrential rainfall last year.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man reported missing

The search for a missing Dawsonville man has his family frantically waiting for answers.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local teenager pleads guilty to reduced charges

A local teenager will spend the next 36 months in county lockup after admitting to sex crimes involving a younger family member.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Cadets learn law lessons at police camp

Ethan Duncan wasn't sure what to expect on his first day of the Dawson County Sheriff's Junior Law Enforcement Academy.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man reported missing

A large scale search of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area is underway as authorities from multiple agencies look for a Dawsonville man that was last seen Saturday.

June 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


NASCAR engine builder’s wife back in custody

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott is back in Dawson County Sheriff's Office custody.

June 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local celebrities ‘connect’ for families

A visit from Dawsonville's "mafia" may have had a bit to do with the additional funds that were collected during Family Connection's Celebrity Waiter breakfast on Friday at Longhorn Steakhouse.

June 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hunger Games crew returns to Dawsonville

Crews from the widely successful Hunger Games movie franchise returned to Dawsonville last week to wrap-up scenes for Mockingjay Part 2, the last segment in the four-part series.

June 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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