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Tree recycling effort under way

Volunteers with Keep Dawson County Beautiful are asking the community to go green this holiday season by recycling their real Christmas trees.

December 31, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bank changes name

Dawson County-based First Citizens Bank of Georgia will open Thursday as Foothills Community Bank.

December 31, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lifesaving efforts awarded

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently recognized its tops employees, including two that saved the life of an inmate, during the department's annual Christmas celebration at the law enforcement center.

December 31, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Santa delivers gifts to seniors

Santa made a special trip to the Dawson County Senior Center on Thursday to drop off a few presents and wish everyone a happy holiday.

December 24, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Zoning for apartments approved

Dawson County commissioners have approved a rezoning to allow a new apartment complex near Ga. 400.

December 24, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Report gives few details into plane crash

A report released by the National Transportation and Safety Bureau gives little information into the cause of a plane crash in Dawson County earlier this month.

December 24, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authority advises against tax abatement

The authority charged with boosting economic development in Dawson County has determined the timing may not be right for possible tax incentives to help a local manufacturer expand.

December 24, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


County recognizes employee service milestones

Billy Thurmond was still in high school when he first starting working with Dawson County Park and Recreation in the late 1970s.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Recovered gun likely used in Cherokee slaying

Authorities say a handgun found after a standoff at a Harmony Church Road home is likely the weapon used to kill a Woodstock man earlier this month.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Hall pays tribute to founder

Gordon Pirkle spent most of last week preparing for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame's 2013 induction ceremony only to learn that the spotlight would be on him.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


State board recognizes Tanner for legislation

The state's Sexual Offender Registration Review Board recently recognized Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, for his work on House Bill 122.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Brothers plan all year for Christmas display

Take an evening drive along Cothran Road off Hwy. 136 in Dawson County and you're likely to see Ryan and Joseph Ciafone in matching Christmas sweaters waving as neighbors slow down to see the brothers' elaborate display of holiday lights.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Veteran lawman retiring

A veteran lawman with nearly four decades of service will take off his badge for the last time Dec. 31.

December 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Third murder suspect in custody

The third suspect wanted in connection with the weekend shooting of a Woodstock man was apprehended Wednesday afternoon.

December 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man arrested in home fire case

A 64-year-old Dawson County man was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with what authorities are calling a suspicious fire.

December 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Business community thanks top teachers

The local business community last week paid tribute to the county's top teachers.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chase wins again

Downtown Dawsonville is not typically known for its loud nightlife. Except when there's a NASCAR race on TV and native son Chase Elliott is celebrating in victory lane.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Electronic recycling event is Saturday

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

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Chase Elliott wins again

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott won his second consecutive victory in the Nationwide Series Friday at Darlington Speedway in South Carolina.

April 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


FAA awards pilot

A local pilot, who currently serves as director of operations for the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol based in Gainesville, was recently recognized for flying accident free through his 54-year career.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County seeks back taxes from business

County officials are once again seeking legal action against a local hotel owner over delinquent taxes.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County plans hearings on proposed burn ordinance

Dawson County officials have agreed to move forward with public hearings on a proposed ordinance that would limit where debris from construction sites can be burned.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Drivers put Dawsonville in spotlight

Chase Elliott's first Nationwide Series win Friday night made Dawsonville the most popular city in the country, at least for a few minutes.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities seek suspect in reported car theft

Authorities are hoping the public can help them identify the man who reportedly stole a vehicle from a local repair shop.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


CHASE WINS!

The siren at the world famous Pool Room rang out through Dawsonville on Friday night after native son Chase Elliott won his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Drug treatment court seeks new coordinator

Dawson County Treatment Court is under new management.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Chase Elliott wins first Nationwide Series race

The siren at the world famous Pool Room rang out through Dawsonville Friday night when Chase Elliott won his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

April 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Coffee with a Cop offers safety advice

In an effort to educate seniors on the dangers they could face, the Dawson County Sheriff's Office conducted a question and answer session Thursday at the Margie Weaver Senior Center.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Club updates splash park concept

The Rotary Club of Dawson County has updated the initial concept for its community splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Kroger awarded as top United Way contributor

Dawsonville Kroger is again United Way for Dawson County's top contributor.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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