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Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen faces additional sexual battery charges

The case against a teenager arrested last month on misdemeanor sex charges has grown.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Thieves continue to target churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


GBI investigating jail employee

A night shift supervisor at the Dawson County Detention Center is on paid administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looks into accusations he punched an inmate in the face.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officers train to protect schools

During the summer months, there are not students roaming the halls of area schools, but come August, when class is back in session, officers charged with securing their safety plan to be ready in the event of a dangerous situation.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


County continues tax rate discussions

A meeting last week was the public's first of three opportunities to weigh in on the county's millage rate.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Teacher charged with intimidating co-worker

A local elementary school teacher was among two people arrested last week after authorities responded to reports of a burglary at her colleague's home in neighboring Gilmer County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


1 arrested after stop by deputy

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a traffic stop last week in Dawson County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Speeding SUV leads to marijuana bust

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a routine traffic stop Tuesday in Dawson County.

June 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family rescued from balcony during fire

Firefighters rescued three people from a third-floor balcony Thursday after a fire broke out at a home on Grizzle Farm Road.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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