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Teen collects ‘Christmas for Critters’

A freshman at Dawson County High School wants to make sure Dawsonville's furry population has a merry Christmas this holiday season.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commissioner will not seek reelection

Dawson County Commissioner James Swafford recently announced that he will not seek reelection in 2016.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


First responders recognized for service

A recent awards ceremony allowed Dawson County Emergency Services to pay tribute to personnel who went above and beyond in their service during 2015.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

The City of Dawsonville and Dawson County Chamber of Commerce are inviting the community to ring in the holiday season during Saturday's Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting celebration.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Shopping and Santa: Season brings annual Christmas traditions

Every year Meredith Stroup has the opportunity to let her children see Santa when he makes a stop at her husband's company Christmas party.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


February date set for murder case

A trial date has been set in the case of a Dawson County man accused in the 2014 shooting death of a local little league coach.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Kroger seeks tax relief for new store

The Development Authority of Dawson County recently reached an agreement that would give Kroger some tax relief while also securing the grocer's new, larger location in Dawsonville on Ga. 400.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bearden signs to play basketball at Lenoire-Rhyne

Lady Tiger Karlie Bearden is the first to admit she wasn't always the basketball player she is today.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Chase Elliott wins ‘Most Popular Driver’ for second consecutive season

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott has once again been voted one of NASCAR's most popular drivers.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Commissioners deny slaughterhouse zoning

A family that has spent more than $50,000 on equipment in preparation of opening a butchery and slaughterhouse on the east side of the county found out last week that their request to rezone their property would not be approved.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Date set for rescheduled sheriff’s candidate debate

Organizers have set a date to reschedule a recently canceled sheriff's candidate debate.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Realignment in works for grades 6-12

A proposal to realign 6th-12th grades in the Dawson County School System are in the works with plans for the change to begin as early as fall 2016.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education


Thanksgiving feast free to everyone

Preparations are in place for anyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Police: Man set fire over bad drug deal

Authorities are saying a Dawsonville man was so mad after a drug deal that he walked to a neighbor's home where he poured gasoline on two cars and a deck before igniting the flame and setting the home ablaze while children were inside.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tigers defeat Spencer 22-12

The 7-AAA champion Dawson County Tigers kept the dream alive Friday night, defeating Spencer High's Green Waves 22-12 in the second round of the state playoffs.

November 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


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Sheriff’s office seeks help in locating runaway teen

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is turning to the public for help in locating a missing teen.

February 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and ...

February 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Pedestrian killed crossing Ga. 400

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover final expenses for a Dahlonega man who died from injuries sustained when he was hit ...

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Speller had a ‘hankering’ to win bee

Kilough Elementary fifth grader Jacob Vaughan had a real "hankering" to win last week's countywide spelling bee at Dawson County Middle School.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Education


City moving forward with park plans

City officials are entertaining design concepts for the new park going in behind Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Relay for Life volunteers hunt for a cure

Deer hunting season may be over, but those whose mission it is to stop cancer in its tracks are still "Hunting for a Cure."

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tax commissioner will not seek 4th term

Dawson County's longtime tax commissioner announced on Monday that she will not seek re-election.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City workshop draws small crowd

A first of its kind workshop in Dawsonville gave local residents the opportunity last week to learn more about the goings on in city government.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GDOT lowering speed limit on Ga. 400 in Dawson County

State transportation officials announced last month that the speed limit on a stretch of Ga. 400 in Dawson County will be lowered to 55 mph.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pedestrian hit crossing Ga. 400 in Dawson County early Monday morning dies

A pedestrian hit this morning as he attempted to cross Ga. 400 in Dawson County has died.

February 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City considering water rate hike

Water customers in the City of Dawsonville could soon see a slight rate increase.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Chamber superstars unmasked at gala

Winter weather may have postponed the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce annual gala, but the masked revelers still had a ball Sunday.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commission chair will not seek 4th term

When you blow the candles out on your 70th birthday, there also comes a certain degree of privilege.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


POA plans to buy 730 acres inside Big Canoe

A group of Big Canoe property owners are negotiating to purchase more than 700 acres of land in an effort to ensure the property will ...

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Threat of snow prompts officials to err on the side of caution

Milk and bread began disappearing from grocery shelves early last week as threats of ice and snow blew into the area.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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