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Fausett wins commission seat

Political newcomer Sharon Fausett is Dawson County's next District 1 commissioner.

May 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Forum gives voters opportunity to question candidates

A small political forum Wednesday evening gave voters a final opportunity to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 commission seat.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Festival rocks Dawsonville

There was a sea of neon, spandex and teased hair as the decade of glam rocked Dawsonville last weekend.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Primary election Tuesday

Advanced voting continues through Friday for the May 20 primary election.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Health board upholds animal control ruling

A local man has two weeks to be in compliance with state law after the Dawson County Health Board upheld a decision by animal control that classifies his 2-year-old Cane Corso Mastiff as vicious.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities warn of phone scam

Authorities are warning the public of a law enforcement impersonator attempting to get personal information over the telephone.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Business loses alcohol license

Dawson County commissioners voted last week to suspend a local convenience store's beer and wine license, and a similar fate may await a second business this week.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Food drive planned for Saturday

Postal customers are being asked to help Stamp out Hunger by donating nonperishable food items that will be given to the local food pantry.

May 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival rings in spring

Spring-like conditions last weekend were ideal for the Dawson County Arts Center's annual Art in the Garden Festival.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Impulse acquires two sites

Impulse Manufacturing recently announced the acquisition of MSM Holding Company, a move that could more than double the Dawsonville-based steel fabricator's work force within the next year.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Racing community mourns ‘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.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Music festival set to rock Dawsonville

The city will be rocking when the region's hottest tribute bands converge this weekend for Rockin' it in the Sticks in downtown Dawsonville.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club wins ‘Gold’ award

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently one of nine clubs in District 6910 to receive the Gold Club designation during the district's 2014 conference at Jekyll Island.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Second man arrested in October shooting

A second man has been charged in connection with an October shooting in southwestern Dawson County.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Team reels in 2nd

The Dawson County High School team members Tristan Melton and Cameron Hudson reeled in second place during the 2014 Georgia State High School Fishing Championship May 3.

May 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Commissioner questions annexation

A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Retail development expected to surge

At least six retail shops, including three restaurants, have contracts or commitments in place to be among the first to open in a new commercial development on Ga. 400.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival on tap this weekend for music, beer

Be on the lookout for food, drinks and fun this weekend as the downtown area plays host to the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Island set to open next week

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park will be open for the Labor Day weekend.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner named ‘Champion of Cities’

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorcycle collides with SUV, killing one on Hwy. 9

A 21-year-old Baldwin man was killed on July 29 after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a pickup truck on Hwy. 9.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man charged with pandering, solicitation

A 37-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested last week on pandering and solicitation charges.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Renovation under way at state park lodge

A makeover at Amicalola Falls State Park lodge is on schedule to be complete in time for the fall season.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tanner named legislator of the year

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently named legislator of the year by the Brain Injury Association of Georgia for his work on a resolution that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Salary study finds pay lagging in Dawson

A recent salary study commissioned by Dawson County found there are positions within the government that are below the recommended minimum pay level compared to neighboring jurisdictions.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Authority closes on park land

The Downtown Development Authority has closed on a loan to buy 18 acres behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex for a planned city park.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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