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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


Early voting is under way

Advanced voting for the May 30 primary election got under way with 38 local voters casting their ballots Monday, according to elections officials.

April 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Deal signs sludge bill

A grassroots effort to stop a developer from dumping partially treated wastewater in Dawson County was realized last week when Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill to regulate sludge application.

April 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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Deputy cleared of any wrongdoing

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman over the weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy placed on leave after woman arrested at political rally

The deputy who arrested a Roswell woman over the weekend at a political rally in Dawson County has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

August 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival rocks Dawsonville

A new, local tradition continued to brew over the weekend during the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County objects to annexation into the city

Commissioners last week voted to deny the application from a county resident that wants to annex his west side property in the city of Dawsonville.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Racing legend donates car from personal collection

NASCAR legend Bill Elliott last week donated a 1937 Ford from his private collection that will be raffled off to raise money to support the Dawsonville History Museum.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman arrested at rally

A Roswell woman was arrested Saturday after she refused to stop recording a political rally in Dawson County with her video camera.

August 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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