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BOC votes to increase employee pay

County employees will soon see a few more dollars going into their wallets after the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved pay raises Thursday night.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Smash and grab thieves target outlets

North Georgia Premium Outlets has once again become the target for thieves, and this time the suspects got away with more than $20,000 in designer handbags, clothing and accessories.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

DCES welcomes new volunteer recruits

Dawson County Emergency Services on Saturday celebrated the graduation of 11 new recruits into the department's volunteer firefighter program.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

More retail, restaurants eye Dawson

Hobby Lobby, Panda Garden, Ulta, Academy Sports, Organic Nails.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS

Wooten announces bid for sheriff

Capt. Tony Wooten on Monday announced his bid to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Beats and brews: Music festival rocks Dawsonville

Little Dylan Nixon may only be 5-years-old, but he quite possibly could be the biggest AC/DC fan in north Georgia.

August 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Gainesville man arrested in mountain resort heist

An arrest has been made in last week's burglary at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort.

August 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Brazen thieves hit resort cabins, steal 15 flat screen TVs

The owners of a popular mountain resort just across the Dawson County line in Dahlonega are once again reeling to recover after thieves reportedly stole more than a dozen flat screen TVs from cabins on the property.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Dawsonville man appointed to state committee

A community banker from Dawsonville was recently appointed to serve on a state committee charged with studying and identifying guidelines to be utilized in partnerships between local government entities and the private sector.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS

Florida woman identified as driver in fatal car chase

Authorities have positively identified a Florida woman as the driver in last week's fatal high speed chase.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

DA plans to add fourth attorney in Dawson

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh plans to add a fourth attorney to cover the court caseload in Dawson County.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Campground host fires gunshots at lake visitors

A Buford man is facing state and federal charges after authorities say he attempted to take the law into his own hands Saturday night by firing shots at lake visitors he believed were involved in illegal activity.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

County leader believes future vision talks overdue

County Commission Chairman Mike Berg was seated next to School Superintendent Damon Gibbs last week at a chamber of commerce event when he mentioned two new housing developments that could bring around 600 homes to Dawson County.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Woman sought in outlet mall jewelry store heist

Authorities are on the lookout for a woman that held up a Dawsonville jewelry store at the North Georgia Premium Outlets last week.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Unidentified woman killed in Friday night wreck

An unidentified woman died from injuries sustained in a wreck on Hwy. 52 in northwestern Dawson County Friday evening.

August 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

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Articles By Author - Michele Hester

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 ...

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

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

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 ...

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education

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

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 ...

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

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

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

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 ...

November 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

Tigers ready for round two of the playoffs

The crowd wore white last week, but for Friday night's second round playoff game, the Dawson County Tigers are calling for everyone to wear ...

November 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

BOC begins search for next county manager

The search for Dawson County's next chief administrative officer began last week when commissioners opened advertisements to replace Cindy Campbell, who unexpectedly resigned last ...

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Maxwell will play baseball for UGA

Dawson County athletics inked a historical moment last week when Tucker Maxwell signed on to play baseball for the University of Georgia.

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

Council names finalists for city manager

Council members have named two finalists for Dawsonville's newly created city manager position.

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Dawson student scores above average on Milestones

The results of the Georgia Milestones test are in, and despite lower than expected scores, Dawson County school officials said they are not disappointed.

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education

Vietnam serviceman is Veteran of the Year

Sitting on the front row of Dawson County Middle School's auditorium, surrounded by family and friends, Charles Spain listened to stories of military men ...

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Cheerleaders place sixth at state meet

The Dawson County High Competition Cheerleaders are in celebration mode after placing sixth in Saturday's state completion at the Columbus Civic Center.

November 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

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