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Governor to sign parole transparency bill Friday

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Dawsonville Friday morning to sign a bill into law that will make sweeping transparency changes to one of the Georgia's most secretive agencies.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tons of electronics recycled at annual event

Lori Burke had been looking for a place to recycle the electronic clutter that had accumulated at her home over the years.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


More than $37K raised as part of weekend cancer event

A new venue and shorter event schedule proved a positive move for Relay for Life in Dawson County.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


DOT commissioner touts intersection improvements

The state's top transportation official was on a tour of several roads in Dawson County Friday as crews on Ga. 400 continued work to improve the intersection of Hwy. 53.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Rotary Club essay winners reflect on life lessons

Nearly a dozen Dawson County High School students were recognized on April 23 for sharing the challenges they have faced in their young lives during this year's Laws of Life essay contest.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education


Case of alleged 2012 voting process violations dismissed

The investigation into complaints filed by a resident in 2012 over alleged voting process violations has been dismissed.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Man pleads guilty in Halloween shooting

One of two men charged with aggravated assault in the Halloween 2013 shooting of a Dawsonville man pleaded guilty to the charges last week.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Student arrested in locker room thefts

A Dawson County High School student was arrested Thursday, two days after he reportedly took nearly $600 from the wallets in the school's gymnasium locker room.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


K9 teams train on Lake Lanier

K9 teams from across Georgia searched through thick brush, along the shoreline and from boats on Lake Lanier April 11 in a training exercise at Thompson Creek Park.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County Relay for Life Saturday at GRHOF

Dozens of volunteer teams plan to put cancer survivors in the winner's circle as they "race toward a cure" during Saturday's Relay for Life in Dawson County.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Student arrested with shotgun in truck on Hightower campus

A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested last week for having a weapon on campus.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two airlifted after collision

Both drivers were seriously injured in what appears to have been a head-on collision on Hwy. 136, just west of Bailey Waters Road in Dawson County Tuesday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Veteran lawman announces bid for sheriff

A veteran lawman with more than 26 years in the field is the first to announce his campaign to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson BOC chairman receives top county honor

Mike Berg received an unexpected honor over the weekend when he was named the recipient of the Emory Green Leadership Award.

April 22, 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


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Pepper Pettit named Rotarian of the Year

It's not often that Pepper Pettit finds himself speechless.

July 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Forsyth County man killed in weekend crash

A Forsyth County man was killed Saturday night as he attempted to pull onto Ga. 400 from Nightfire Drive.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sparks fly for the 4th of July

The Independence Day celebration will once again rev into gear Saturday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display to wow spectators for miles away.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hospitality Highway renamed for tourism pioneer

The north end of Ga. 400 will now be known as the Bill T. Hardman Hospitality Highway.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local churches take stance on same-sex marriage

Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage drew both jeers and cheers, and was followed by ministers across the state taking the issue to the pulpit on Sunday morning.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman charged after alleged home invasion

A Forsyth County woman was arrested last week in connection with what authorities are calling a home invasion at a local mobile home park near Ga. 400.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville Heritage Days festivities this weekend

Take a step back in time and experience life of days gone by at Dawsonville's Heritage Days this weekend.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Public has one more chance to speak on social hosting ordinance

The public has one more chance to voice their concerns on a proposed county ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their friends.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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