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Elliott holds on to series lead

With five races left in the season, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is poised to take home the NASCAR Nationwide Championship title in his first year on the circuit.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Rezoning approved for retail center

The last 10 acres of a tract of land needed to develop a new retail center along Ga. 400 were rezoned last week.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Official: March blaze no accident

The local investigation into an explosion and fire that leveled a southern Dawson County home in March is ongoing, but Allstate Insurance officials said they've denied the property owner's compensation claim because the incident wasn't an accident.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Jailer resigns amid inquiry

A Dawson County Detention Center employee resigned earlier this month during an investigation that exposed an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Consolidation floated

A recent flurry of requests from Dawson County residents wanting to annex their property into Dawsonville has prompted officials to explore the possibility of a unified government.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Suspect indicted in credit card scheme

A Riverdale man has been indicted on nearly two dozen charges in connection with a credit card scheme and high-speed chase last summer.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Men indicted for rape, kidnapping

Two men accused in unrelated rape and kidnapping cases were indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More are seeking to annex

Despite protests from Dawson County officials concerning recent annexation requests, Dawsonville continues to receive applications from people who want to live in the city limits.

September 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Suspect surrenders in burglary

A 17-year-old surrendered to authorities last week after avoiding arrest for months in connection with a spring burglary in eastern Dawson County.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man sentenced to 12 years for molestation

A Dawson County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a child molestation arrest in 2012.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy cleared in arrest at rally

A Dawson County Sheriff's officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman at a political event last month.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Rotary Island is open

The Rotary Club of Dawson County made a splash Thursday with the grand opening of Rotary Island, an interactive water playground at Rock Creek Park.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott finishes fifth

HAMPTON - There was little doubt who the star of the Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Hungry was at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


County’s request for public records denied

Dawson County's request for the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to declassify information regarding its decision to grant clemency to a man convicted of a 1991 slaying has been denied.

September 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy cleared of any wrongdoing

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman over the weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Dawsonville toddler recovering after transplant

A toddler from Dawsonville has a long recovery ahead of him after a successful kidney tranplant last week.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man charged with impersonating public officer in Dawsonville

A Dawsonville man arrested Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol also faces a charge of impersonating a public officer.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Emergency personnel recognized at banquet

An awards ceremony last month recognized several members of Dawson County Emergency Services for going above and beyond in 2014.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff honors top staff at annual luncheon

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recognized its top employees during the department's annual Christmas luncheon and celebration on Friday.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Intersection changes to begin in spring

Sweeping changes at Dawson County's busiest intersection has at least one national eatery planning a move away from the crossing.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


City to hear new request

City officials continue to receive requests for annexation in to Dawsonville.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Suspect charged with murder in fatal shooting

An arrest was made Thursday morning in the fatal shooting last month of a popular coach and father of three.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bones have yet to be identified

Authorities continue to wait on lab results to positively identify bones found in a wooded area of southeast Dawson County last month.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


3-year-old to receive new kidney

Thursday is going to be a big day for a little guy from Dawsonville.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Christmas takes center stage

Sleigh bells were ringing and children were singing in Dawsonville's second annual Christmas parade that took over the downtown streets Saturday afternoon.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Coptic convent purchases former Catholic college

The first Coptic Orthodox convent outside Egypt recently opened in Dawsonville.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poverty simulation shows low income struggles

Several dozen local leaders and college students found themselves living on minimum wage salaries, wondering how to make ends meet from paycheck to paycheck.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arrest made in fatal shooting

An arrest was made Thursday morning in the fatal shooting of a popular coach and father of three.

December 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Human bones found by hunters

The discovery of human remains in southern Dawson County on Sunday launched a full-scale search of the wooded area by multiple law enforcement agencies.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Season of spending begins

By noon, the women of Sugar Valley Country Club had already stocked up on the early morning, after-Thanksgiving bargains at North Georgia Premium Outlets and were hoping some leftover turkey and veggies would give them the blast of energy needed to continue their Black Friday shopping tradition.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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