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Veterans continue service to community

Vietnam veteran Steve de Lyra remembers returning from the service to a hostile homecoming.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Board questions request

Pick almost any day each week and you'll find the county's IT department working on the sheriff's records management system.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Senior awarded for safe driving

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers in America, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Ceremony inducts new class to hall

Ernie Elliott says he is more comfortable under the hood of a race car than in front of the camera.

October 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Two held on drug charges

A multi-agency drug sting led to the recent arrest of a Norcross man who local authorities had been investigating for the past year.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Company out $100,000

A longtime employee accused of taking more than $100,000 from a local grading company turned herself into authorities last week.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


KARE for Kids comes through for local family

Tears still come to Tammi Carter's eyes when she thinks back to Christmas 2008.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Father dies after accident on dirt bike

Memorial services will be held today for a 30-year-old Dawsonville man who died Sunday night following a dirt bike accident in western Dawson County.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman’s club head of the class

In a room of about 200 last week, Duane Wallace was the only person who knew which animal kills the most people each year in Africa.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Guys and Dolls Jr.’ begins Friday

One of the most beloved Broadway musicals comes to life this weekend in Dawsonville.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tatum Trail closed for repair

Tatum Trail in northwestern Dawson County will be closed Oct. 20-22 while crews replace a pipe damaged by recent flooding.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Gun club dispute is set for court Monday

More than four years have passed since the Dawson County commission voted to sever a lease with the owner of a sporting clays gun club on the south end of the county.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Annual expo helps businesses

Damian and Silvia Roberti opened Amadeo's Italian Cookies on Nix Bridge Road about six months ago, and aside from their regular customers, it's taken some time to get the word out.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lanier Tech recognized for adult literacy efforts

For the second consecutive year, Lanier Technical College and its partners in adult education are being recognized at the state level.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Bennett named Miss KARE for Kids

Dressed in a floor length, silk gown, Morgan Bennett was crowned Miss KARE for Kids 2011 Saturday afternoon at Riverview Middle School.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Lucky winners roll the dice at Roaring Rotary casino

Dawson County deputies raided an underground gambling parlor Saturday night and arrested several well-known wiseguys on alcohol and racketeering charges.

July 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Etowah votes to lay 12-inch waterlines on Nix Bridge

Residents along Nix Bridge Road will soon have the waterlines needed for improved fire safety, though there are no immediate plans by the county to ...

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Neikirk named interim county manager

Commissioners Thursday night voted to appoint Vicki Neikirk to serve as interim county manager following Randy Dowling's abrupt resignation earlier that day.

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission chair recommends full property tax rollback

Commission Chairman Mike Berg is calling for a full millage rate rollback that, if approved, would be the county's first tax reduction in 12 ...

July 20, 2016 | By Michele Hester | Government


Tax commissioner candidates make plea for runoff votes

Andi Henson Juliette and Nicole Stewart made final public pleas to voters last week asking for support in Tuesday's runoff election for Dawson County ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff’s candidates square off in debate

The men vying to be Dawson County's first new sheriff in 20 years squared off in a heated debate last week before a standing ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Weeklong revival begins Monday at Lumpkin Campground

Some say time seems to stand still on the hallowed grounds of Lumpkin Campground during the weeklong spiritual revival and celebration known as campmeeting.

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Magistrate judges to get raises

Commissioners last week approved a request to increase salaries for the county's two fulltime magistrate judges.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City threatens lawsuit over SPLOST documents

City officials last week sent a letter to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners threatening suit over alleged missing documents detailing sales tax expenditures.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Prayers for the police

Hundreds from across the community were in downtown Dawsonville Sunday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


More parents indicted for children’s truancy

The Dawson County School System continues to crack down on local parents violating the state's truancy law.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Star-spangled celebration

It's not always an easy task to impress an 11-year-old.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Vandals damage teen’s military memorial

A local teen will not let disrespect by a chosen few detour him from supporting American servicemen and women.

July 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville mayor elected to state municipal association board

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was recently elected to the Georgia Municipal Association board of directors during the group's annual meeting in Savannah June 27.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials confirm rabies case in Dawson County

A Dawson County woman is receiving treatment after being bitten by a rabid dog June 24.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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