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Man killed in logging incident

A Dawson County man was killed Monday evening in an incident involving a log splitter at his home.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Budget includes employee pay increases

For the first time in six years, Dawson County's proposed 2014 budget includes pay increases for employees.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

A Dawsonville teenager was cut with a knife in a fight at a downtown gas station Saturday during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

It's been a history-making season for the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Rotary Club named volunteer of the year

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for building a waterpark, Rotary Island, at Rock Creek Park.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Luncheon on Saturday celebrates art

Preparations are under way for the eighth annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


SPLOST, governor’s race on Tuesday’s ballot

Proponents for extending the county's 1-cent sales tax for six more years hope their campaign mail-outs, speaking engagements and social media presence to promote a "yes" vote resonates at the polls.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘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.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


SPLOST approval could generate $9.6 million

If voters approve a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax next month, the measure could generate as much as $9.6 million for projects within downtown Dawsonville.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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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


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

Friends, family, neighbors and even strangers are pouring on the love for Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his family after their home caught fire on Saturday afternoon.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bridge dedication celebrates local man’s legacy of service

The memory of a local businessman and community leader is now forever enshrined upon a bridge renamed last week in his honor.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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