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Murder suspect’s bond set at $250K

Bond has been set at $250,000 for the Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Meth lab found

Four suspects are in custody after drug agents last week raided a home in southeastern Dawson County where an active methamphetamine lab was uncovered.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Meth lab found in southeast Dawson

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday morning of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Healthcare system plans expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Electronic recycling event set for Saturday

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County worker injured clearing storm debris

An equipment operator on Dawson County's road crew was injured when he was struck by a tree on a job site Monday morning on Perimeter Road.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Farley named deputy tax commissioner

Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley recently announced the promotion of BJ Farley as the county's deputy tax commissioner.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Senate makes changes to parole board transparency bill

After passage in the State Senate on the last day of the 2015 General Assembly, the House Bill designed to make one of the state's most secretive agencies more transparent is awaiting the governor's signature.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville on international display with VIP tour

Dawsonville is among several destinations a group of international dignitaries will be touring across northeast Georgia this week.

April 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Motorcycle wreck claims life of Dawsonville man

Officials have released the name of the man killed in yesterday's crash on Hwy. 53 West.

April 09, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Buchan crowned Miss Dawson County

Gabby Buchan was recently crowned Miss Dawson County.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Verizon pulls plans for cellphone tower

A proposed cellphone tower will not be built on property in southern Dawson County after a group of neighbors came out in strong opposition to the measure.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bill opens new doors for local distillery

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery who want to take home a bottle of the signature backwoods spirits today have to leave the premises, drive a half mile away and shop at the local package store.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Judge sets bond for NASCAR engine builder’s wife

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott remained in custody Tuesday, nearly a week after she was arrested for reportedly trying to run him over.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors

Holding on to a walker, Peggy Jenkins slowly made her way to the front of the crowd Thursday night to claim her "survivor" medallion.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officials unclear if armed robbery suspect connected to Dawsonville CVS heist

The FBI task force investigating a string of armed robberies at CVS stores across metro-Atlanta has not reached out to local law enforcement to determine if a February robbery at the Dawsonville location is connected.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Aldi cancels plans for Dawson store

Corporate officials have announced that plans for an Aldi grocery store in Dawson have been called off.

April 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawson County’s Sweat retiring in June

Dawson County High School's Steve Sweat, who coached the Lady Tigers to a history-making, undefeated regular season in 2015, confirmed today that he will be retiring at the end of June.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


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