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Christmas takes center stage

Sleigh bells were ringing and children were singing in Dawsonville's second annual Christmas parade that took over the downtown streets Saturday afternoon.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


3-year-old to receive new kidney

Thursday is going to be a big day for a little guy from Dawsonville.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bones have yet to be identified

Authorities continue to wait on lab results to positively identify bones found in a wooded area of southeast Dawson County last month.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect charged with murder in fatal shooting

An arrest was made Thursday morning in the fatal shooting last month of a popular coach and father of three.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in fatal shooting

An arrest was made Thursday morning in the fatal shooting of a popular coach and father of three.

December 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Christmas parade Saturday

Dawsonville is celebrating the start of the holiday season Saturday with dozens of decorated floats lining the downtown streets in the city's second annual Christmas parade.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


No arrests in fatal shooting

The investigation into the shooting death of a Dawson County man remains a top priority for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Phillips takes council seat

Newly appointed council member Caleb Phillips took his seat on the Dawsonville City Council, following a brief swearing-in ceremony on Monday at city hall.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Season of spending begins

By noon, the women of Sugar Valley Country Club had already stocked up on the early morning, after-Thanksgiving bargains at North Georgia Premium Outlets and were hoping some leftover turkey and veggies would give them the blast of energy needed to continue their Black Friday shopping tradition.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Human bones found by hunters

The discovery of human remains in southern Dawson County on Sunday launched a full-scale search of the wooded area by multiple law enforcement agencies.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

Preparations are in place for everyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Floats needed for parade

There's still time to have a float in this year's Christmas parade.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Holiday shoppers looking to hit stores on Thanksgiving night

An estimated 140 million shoppers will take advantage of holiday sales, some opting to forego the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and hitting the stores early in hopes of getting one of those advertised pre-Black Friday super deals.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man falls down 50-foot embankment fleeing police

An Atlanta man suspected of fraud was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital Friday night after plummeting about 50 feet down an embankment while fleeing authorities.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Floats needed for parade

There's still time to have a float in this year's Christmas parade.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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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


Electronic recycling event set for Saturday

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

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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


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


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


Buchan crowned Miss Dawson County

Gabby Buchan was recently crowned Miss Dawson County.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Verizon pulls plans for cellphone tower

A proposed cellphone tower will not be built on property in southern Dawson County after a group of neighbors came out in strong opposition to the measure.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bill opens new doors for local distillery

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery who want to take home a bottle of the signature backwoods spirits today have to leave the premises, drive a half mile away and shop at the local package store.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Judge sets bond for NASCAR engine builder’s wife

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott remained in custody Tuesday, nearly a week after she was arrested for reportedly trying to run him over.

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


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


Aldi cancels plans for Dawson store

Corporate officials have announced that plans for an Aldi grocery store in Dawson have been called off.

April 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawson County’s Sweat retiring in June

Dawson County High School's Steve Sweat, who coached the Lady Tigers to a history-making, undefeated regular season in 2015, confirmed today that he will be retiring at the end of June.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


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