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Plan may give ‘teeth’ to park enforcement

Angry parents tossed from youth league games don't have much to worry about at Dawson County parks.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Indictment: Ex-jailer had relationship with inmate

The former Dawson County Sheriff's detention officer who was arrested in February on child molestation and statutory rape charges is now accused of sexual assault against a female inmate in custody, according to a grand jury indictment filed on June 16.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County plans to appoint surveyor

Dawson County officials plan to appoint a new county surveyor rather than holding a costly special election in November.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Fireworks to light up park

From live music and children's activities to food and fireworks, Rock Creek Park is the place to be Friday night for one of the most festive Independence Day celebrations in North Georgia.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities urge safety this holiday weekend

A wreck Monday morning shut down both lanes of Dawson Forest Road after a Dawsonville man left the road way and careened down a 25 foot embankment.

July 01, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County offers drug discount card

Dawson County residents now have the opportunity to save up to 20 percent on their prescription drug costs.

June 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Teen sentenced in molestation case

A Dawson County teenager convicted as an adult in a child molestation case received a life sentence with a mandatory 25 years to serve in prison, June 16.

June 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


City expected to adopt budget $1.16 million Monday

The Dawsonville City Council is expected to adopt its 2009/2010 budget at a special called meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at city hall.

June 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Mail carrier indicted on drug charges

A suspended postal worker has been indicted by a Dawson County grand jury on charges that she used her route to deliver drugs.

June 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Adult education advocates gather

High school never really seemed like the answer for Eric Dowdy.

June 24, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Jungle Paradise to hold an open garden event

For the first time in more than 13 years, Suzanne Franklin plans to open her exotic garden, Jungle Paradise, free to the public June 20 and 21.

June 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


No tax increase proposed for city of Dawsonville

A special called meeting of the Dawsonville City Council will be held at 4 p.m. today, at city hall, to hear public comment on the city's proposed 2009-2010 budget.

June 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Lawsuit challenges motorsports park

The attorney for a couple attempting to block the construction of a motorsports country club in western Dawson County vows a lengthy legal battle.

June 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Board to field input on budget

The Dawson County commission will gather feedback on the county's 2010 budget during Thursday night's regular called meeting.

June 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Postal worker suspended

A Dawson County mail carrier accused of selling methamphetamine on her route is off the job pending the outcome of the investigation, authorities said Monday.

June 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Treatment court leads addicts down the road to recovery

The road to recovery was a long, rough drive for Pam Williams.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


BOC votes to increase employee pay

County employees will soon see a few more dollars going into their wallets after the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved pay raises Thursday night.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Smash and grab thieves target outlets

North Georgia Premium Outlets has once again become the target for thieves, and this time the suspects got away with more than $20,000 in ...

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Wooten announces bid for sheriff

Capt. Tony Wooten on Monday announced his bid to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More retail, restaurants eye Dawson

Hobby Lobby, Panda Garden, Ulta, Academy Sports, Organic Nails.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


DCES welcomes new volunteer recruits

Dawson County Emergency Services on Saturday celebrated the graduation of 11 new recruits into the department's volunteer firefighter program.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Beats and brews: Music festival rocks Dawsonville

Little Dylan Nixon may only be 5-years-old, but he quite possibly could be the biggest AC/DC fan in north Georgia.

August 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Gainesville man arrested in mountain resort heist

An arrest has been made in last week's burglary at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort.

August 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Brazen thieves hit resort cabins, steal 15 flat screen TVs

The owners of a popular mountain resort just across the Dawson County line in Dahlonega are once again reeling to recover after thieves reportedly stole ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County leader believes future vision talks overdue

County Commission Chairman Mike Berg was seated next to School Superintendent Damon Gibbs last week at a chamber of commerce event when he mentioned two ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Campground host fires gunshots at lake visitors

A Buford man is facing state and federal charges after authorities say he attempted to take the law into his own hands Saturday night by ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


DA plans to add fourth attorney in Dawson

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh plans to add a fourth attorney to cover the court caseload in Dawson County.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Florida woman identified as driver in fatal car chase

Authorities have positively identified a Florida woman as the driver in last week's fatal high speed chase.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man appointed to state committee

A community banker from Dawsonville was recently appointed to serve on a state committee charged with studying and identifying guidelines to be utilized in partnerships ...

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Retailers commit to Dawson Crossroads shopping center

The first truckloads of dirt were moved over the weekend to make way for a new shopping center on Ga. 400 near Dawson Forest Road.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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