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Dawson County political races draw numerous early qualifiers

The political signs started popping up months ago as numerous men and women vowed to run for local office.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Missing Alzheimer’s patient found after two hour search

Search teams combed the area near Country Dog Salon on Hwy. 53 East in Dawson County for two hours Friday morning before locating a missing Alzheimer's patient who wandered away when her husband stopped to drop their dogs off at the groomer.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


A Trump town: ‘The Donald’ wins Dawson

Turn on the national news, scroll through social media or try to watch one of your favorite TV shows, and you'll undoubtedly see one of the many political campaigns fighting for your attention and your vote.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville hears annexation request

The Dawsonville City Council on Monday night heard the first reading of a request to annex nearly 80 acres of county land into the city limits.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Taking the plunge on Leap Day

An old Irish tradition collided with new technology last week when a Dawsonville woman took matrimony matters into her own hands and texted the question to her beau on Leap Day.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


State drops charges against Miguez

Two days after a jury acquitted a Dawson County man in connection with the shooting death of a local little league coach, the state filed an order dismissing the charges against his co-defendant.

March 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local woman declares bid for tax commissioner

Karin McKee hopes the second time is the charm in her run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

March 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dozens out of work after Dawsonville Ryan’s closes

Lewis Bergeron had a full calendar of tasks he needed to complete Monday morning.

March 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Body located in abandoned car near Ga. 400 identified as missing Atlanta woman

Dawson County Sheriff's investigators have identified the woman, whose body was found inside an abandoned car nar Ga. 400 Thursday morning, as a missing Atlanta woman.

March 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Surprise winter weather rolls into town

A surprise winter storm that rolled into town early Thursday afternoon could bring as much as an of inch of snow to the area.

March 03, 2016 | From staff reports, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Volunteers make a splash for literacy

The temperature for Lake Lanier was a brisk 40 degrees on Saturday morning, ideal weather, some say, for the first swim of 2016.

March 02, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Seppenfield acquitted of all charges in murder case

There was a hushed sound of relief as Dawson County Clerk of Courts Justin Power read the verdict.

March 02, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman accused of perjury in connection with murder trial released from custody

The woman taken into custody by sheriff's investigators this morning at the Dawson County courthouse for allegedly lying under oath was released on a signature bond.

February 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Neighbor accused of lying under oath in connection with murder case

A neighbor of Herman James "Bo" Seppenfield VII , who is on trial for the 2014 murder of a local little league coach, was taken into custody at the Dawson County Government Center this morning, accused of lying under oath.

February 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deliberations in murder trial to resume Monday

Court is in recess until Monday morning in the murder case against a Dawson County man accused of shooting a local father of three and little league coach.

February 26, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


PetSmart clear to operate at new shopping center

County commissioners last week approved a special use permit to allow PetSmart to operate at the new shopping center going in at the southeast intersection ...

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Day celebration offers free food, fun

Rotary Club of Dawson County invites the entire community out to Rotary Day at Rotary Island Saturday for a summer celebration featuring free food, music ...

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ministry aims to make sure kids won’t go to bed hungry

Children should go to bed happy, not hungry is the profound theme for volunteers with Meals by Grace

June 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ministry thrives to help women heal

Jada Fiorentino doesn't like to look back at the life she once lived, the life of drug addition, sexual abuse and self-destruction.

June 15, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Two downtown businesses to split city grant funds

A new art studio and an existing event venue in downtown Dawsonville are set to split $7,500 in grant funding from the city of ...

June 15, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


White primer on Historic Courthouse concerns residents

The past few weeks have had many residents in Dawson County in full fret mode as they have driven through downtown Dawsonville and seen the ...

June 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Water quality improved for Pigeon Creek

Water quality has improved for residents living in Pigeon Creek Estates following the city's move to reroute service through a new well.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


New church looks to find permanent pastor, location

A new church founded last year in Dawson County, is looking to hire a permanent pastor in the coming months.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Illinois company purchases Dawsonville label maker SleeveCo

A leading supplier of high-impact decorative labels announced last week the acquisition of Dawsonville-based SleeveCo.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Women charged in children's truancy

Warrants were issued last week for two Dawson County mothers accused of violating the state's school truancy law.

June 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Proposed city budget up $400,000 from current year

The park going in behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex and plans to continue with a downtown revitalization project top capital expenses in the city's ...

June 02, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Attorney for citizen journalist wants DA disqualified from criminal case

Counsel for a citizen journalist facing criminal charges over a ruckus at a political rally in 2014 has filed a motion in an attempt to ...

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Coalition forms locally to combat Zika

A local doctor is encouraging the community to take precautions against the Zika virus.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Upgrades planned for Dawson Forest Road

Commissioners are considering a plan to rehabilitate Dawson Forest Road.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Summer shines: Hot holiday weekend kicks off season

In a high-pitched squeak, 4-year-old Patience Finnegan ran toward her grandma.

June 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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