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Eugene “Gene” Emory Wallis

Eugene "Gene" Emory Wallis, 83, of Cumming, died May 3, 2015.

May 05, 2015 | Michele Hester | OBITS


Deal signs transparency bill in Dawsonville

A bill signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday in Dawsonville opens transparency into one of the state's most secretive agencies.

May 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson County in line for ice storm disaster relief

Dawson County is eligible for thousands of dollars of disaster relief reimbursements for damage caused by the ice storms that downed an estimated 1,000 trees across the county in mid-February.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville couple facing felony drug charges

A Dawsonville couple is facing felony drug charges after authorities were called to their home on a reported domestic case and discovered suspected narcotics laying out in plain view.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Names of drivers released in head-on wreck

A 39-year-old Dawsonville man has been cited in last week's head-on collision that sent him and a second driver to area hospitals with serious injuries.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man found guilty of evidence tampering

A Dawson County man was sentenced to 20 days in jail last week for his role in a 2013 shooting in southwestern Dawson County.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Chase Elliott jumps to second in points

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is closing in on the Xfinity Series points lead with Friday night's fifth place finish at Martinsville International Raceway.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


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


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


The spirit of campmeeting

Mardie Townley remembers the Thursday night of Lumpkin Campmeeting eight years ago like it was yesterday.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LIFE


DNR ranger up for national boating officer award

Come fall, Cpl. Jason Roberson, a Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement ranger from Dawsonville, could be the nation's top boating officer.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Georgia racing legend to serve as festival grand marshal

A Georgia racing legend has been selected to serve as grand marshal for this year's 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


High speed chase ends in arrest

A Dahlonega man is in custody following a high speed chase on Ga. 400 overnight Saturday.

Jerry Dakhota McCranie, 29, was being pulled over during ...

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man racks up nearly $3,700 in unauthorized charges

A woman who entrusted a Dawsonville man to make a purchase for her with her credit card while she was hospitalized last year is now ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office renews state certification

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently received word that the department's state certification has been renewed.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bond burning marks government center payoff

Haynes Johnson has driven by the Dawson County Government Center thousands of times, and yet, he's still awestruck by the structure.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Deputy injured by irate bank customer

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy was injured Friday evening when an irate bank customer trying to flee the scene of a disorderly conduct call ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family of road rage victim recognized

The parents of a young mother killed in a violent road rage tragedy were recognized last week for their efforts to bring awareness to aggressive ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Performance pay raises in works for county employees

County officials are looking to put extra dollars into their employees' wallets.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


County bond burning ceremony planned Thursday

It was three and a half years ago that the then new Dawson County Government Center officially opened for business.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville man crashes truck fleeing from officers

What appears to have started as a reported domestic call ended Sunday evening with a Dawson County man crashing the truck he was driving into ...

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff proposes pay raises for longtime employees

Longtime employees of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are likely to get pay increases in the coming weeks.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Speaker David Ralston proposes Pastor’s Protection Act

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal that would protect clergy from being required to perform marriage ceremonies that conflict with their religious beliefs.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities release names in Dawsonville murder-suicide

DAWSONVILLE - The victim in Wednesday's murder-suicide has been identified as a Forsyth County 911 communication officer.

July 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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