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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Electronic recycling event set for Saturday

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

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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


Motorcycle wreck claims life of Dawsonville man

Officials have released the name of the man killed in yesterday's crash on Hwy. 53 West.

April 09, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officials unclear if armed robbery suspect connected to Dawsonville CVS heist

The FBI task force investigating a string of armed robberies at CVS stores across metro-Atlanta has not reached out to local law enforcement to determine if a February robbery at the Dawsonville location is connected.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors

Holding on to a walker, Peggy Jenkins slowly made her way to the front of the crowd Thursday night to claim her "survivor" medallion.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Dawsonville man racks up nearly $3,700 in unauthorized charges

A woman who entrusted a Dawsonville man to make a purchase for her with her credit card while she was hospitalized last year is now ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office renews state certification

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently received word that the department's state certification has been renewed.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bond burning marks government center payoff

Haynes Johnson has driven by the Dawson County Government Center thousands of times, and yet, he's still awestruck by the structure.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Deputy injured by irate bank customer

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy was injured Friday evening when an irate bank customer trying to flee the scene of a disorderly conduct call ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family of road rage victim recognized

The parents of a young mother killed in a violent road rage tragedy were recognized last week for their efforts to bring awareness to aggressive ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Performance pay raises in works for county employees

County officials are looking to put extra dollars into their employees' wallets.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


County bond burning ceremony planned Thursday

It was three and a half years ago that the then new Dawson County Government Center officially opened for business.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville man crashes truck fleeing from officers

What appears to have started as a reported domestic call ended Sunday evening with a Dawson County man crashing the truck he was driving into ...

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff proposes pay raises for longtime employees

Longtime employees of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are likely to get pay increases in the coming weeks.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Speaker David Ralston proposes Pastor’s Protection Act

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal that would protect clergy from being required to perform marriage ceremonies that conflict with their religious beliefs.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities release names in Dawsonville murder-suicide

DAWSONVILLE - The victim in Wednesday's murder-suicide has been identified as a Forsyth County 911 communication officer.

July 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sparks light up the sky

Independence Day has many different meanings to many different people.

July 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Buchan is Miss Georgia Jr. Teen

Gabrielle Buchan was supposed to be recuperating from a basketball knee injury. Instead, she was taking home to the title of Miss Georgia Jr. Teen ...

July 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville singer has chance to record in Nashville

A local singer and songwriter has the opportunity to record his first solo album, but needs help from friends, family and supporters if he is ...

July 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commissioners approve social hosting ordinance

Dawson on Thursday became only the second county in the state to implement a social hosting ordinance, which holds adults accountable if they knowingly allow ...

July 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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