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Festival rocks Dawsonville

There was a sea of neon, spandex and teased hair as the decade of glam rocked Dawsonville last weekend.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Primary election Tuesday

Advanced voting continues through Friday for the May 20 primary election.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Health board upholds animal control ruling

A local man has two weeks to be in compliance with state law after the Dawson County Health Board upheld a decision by animal control that classifies his 2-year-old Cane Corso Mastiff as vicious.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities warn of phone scam

Authorities are warning the public of a law enforcement impersonator attempting to get personal information over the telephone.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Business loses alcohol license

Dawson County commissioners voted last week to suspend a local convenience store's beer and wine license, and a similar fate may await a second business this week.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Food drive planned for Saturday

Postal customers are being asked to help Stamp out Hunger by donating nonperishable food items that will be given to the local food pantry.

May 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival rings in spring

Spring-like conditions last weekend were ideal for the Dawson County Arts Center's annual Art in the Garden Festival.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Impulse acquires two sites

Impulse Manufacturing recently announced the acquisition of MSM Holding Company, a move that could more than double the Dawsonville-based steel fabricator's work force within the next year.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Racing community mourns ‘biggest fan’

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Music festival set to rock Dawsonville

The city will be rocking when the region's hottest tribute bands converge this weekend for Rockin' it in the Sticks in downtown Dawsonville.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club wins ‘Gold’ award

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently one of nine clubs in District 6910 to receive the Gold Club designation during the district's 2014 conference at Jekyll Island.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Second man arrested in October shooting

A second man has been charged in connection with an October shooting in southwestern Dawson County.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Team reels in 2nd

The Dawson County High School team members Tristan Melton and Cameron Hudson reeled in second place during the 2014 Georgia State High School Fishing Championship May 3.

May 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Early voting is under way

Advanced voting for the May 30 primary election got under way with 38 local voters casting their ballots Monday, according to elections officials.

April 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Deal signs sludge bill

A grassroots effort to stop a developer from dumping partially treated wastewater in Dawson County was realized last week when Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill to regulate sludge application.

April 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


2nd arrest in church burglaries

A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of church burglaries over the past several months.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Lumpkin Campmeeting this week

Lynn Nahlik looks forward to campmeeting at Lumpkin Campground all year.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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