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Woman charged for alleged false report

A Powder Springs woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by three men in the parking lot of a local business has been charged with false report of a crime.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lawmaker outlines legislative plans at breakfast

The budget, transportation and education are expected to be hot issues under the Gold Dome now that state lawmakers have returned to Atlanta for the 2015 Legislative Session.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

A fire that may have started in the laundry room Saturday afternoon destroyed the home of Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle.

January 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


School officials prepared for extreme temperatures

Dawson County School Superintendent Damon Gibbs on Wednesday said the system is prepared for the freezing weather moving into the area this evening.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education


Ralston named among state’s most influential

A high-ranking member of Dawson County's legislative delegation has been recently named to a power list of the most influential leaders of Georgia in 2015.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Legislator invites public to breakfast

State Rep. Kevin Tanner will carry on a longstanding tradition in the 9th legislative district by meeting with his constituents over breakfast each Saturday morning during the upcoming session.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Bracing for frigid temperature blast

North Georgia is bracing for extremely cold temperatures, most likely the coldest the area has felt since last January.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


High court ruling eliminates 28 outstanding warrants

State lawmakers are expected to revisit the handling of misdemeanor probation cases after the Georgia Supreme Court ruling late last year that banned the practice of tolling.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen arrested after alleged drunken rampage

A local teen arrested last week wearing only his boxer shorts faces numerous charges in connection with an alleged drunken rampage that left cars beat up, windows busted and a mailbox damaged in downtown Dawsonville.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gazing into 2015

Even without a crystal ball, there's no doubt that Dawson County will see some major changes take place in 2015.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hearing set in murder case

A hearing initially set for last week in the state's murder case against a Dawsonville man has been moved to Jan. 21, according to court records.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arbitration likely in annexation dispute

City officials on Monday said arbitration would be the next step in a more than four month dispute with the Dawson County Board of Commissioners over an annexation request.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Bridge dedicated in local man’s memory

The bridge that crosses the Etowah River on Hwy. 53 East will soon bear the name of a local man who made positive impacts on the lives of numerous scouts in Dawson County.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Dawson BOC chairman receives top county honor

Mike Berg received an unexpected honor over the weekend when he was named the recipient of the Emory Green Leadership Award.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Veteran lawman announces bid for sheriff

A veteran lawman with more than 26 years in the field is the first to announce his campaign to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Two airlifted after collision

Both drivers were seriously injured in what appears to have been a head-on collision on Hwy. 136, just west of Bailey Waters Road in Dawson County Tuesday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Student arrested with shotgun in truck on Hightower campus

A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested last week for having a weapon on campus.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson County Relay for Life Saturday at GRHOF

Dozens of volunteer teams plan to put cancer survivors in the winner's circle as they "race toward a cure" during Saturday's Relay for Life in Dawson County.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


K9 teams train on Lake Lanier

K9 teams from across Georgia searched through thick brush, along the shoreline and from boats on Lake Lanier April 11 in a training exercise at Thompson Creek Park.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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


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


Healthcare system plans expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Electronic recycling event set for Saturday

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County worker injured clearing storm debris

An equipment operator on Dawson County's road crew was injured when he was struck by a tree on a job site Monday morning on Perimeter Road.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Farley named deputy tax commissioner

Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley recently announced the promotion of BJ Farley as the county's deputy tax commissioner.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Senate makes changes to parole board transparency bill

After passage in the State Senate on the last day of the 2015 General Assembly, the House Bill designed to make one of the state's most secretive agencies more transparent is awaiting the governor's signature.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville on international display with VIP tour

Dawsonville is among several destinations a group of international dignitaries will be touring across northeast Georgia this week.

April 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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