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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


Chase Elliott makes Sprint Cup debut at hometown track Sunday

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott has a special place in his heart for Atlanta Motor Speedway.

February 26, 2016 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Defendant testifies that shooting was self-defense

The attorney for the Dawson County man accused in the shooting death of a popular little league coach in 2014 wasted no time with small talk Thursday afternoon when his client took the stand.

February 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High winds to blame for power outage that closed big-box stores in Dawson County Wednesday

Local shoppers looking for groceries, clothing and home improvement goods were out of luck Wednesday evening after a power outage shutdown several big-box retailers along Ga. 400 in Dawson County.

February 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local banker announces bid for tax commissioner

A local banker and community volunteer on Monday announced her intention to run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Royals raise $55,000 for hospice care

Dressed in gold, green and purple, North Georgia royalty celebrated as if they were partying on Bourbon Street and in the process raised more than $55,000 for a local hospice care center.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hughes Nix announces re-election campaign

Longtime Dawson County District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix has announced she will seek a fifth term.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dolores Bearden

Dolores Bearden, 59, of Dahlonega, died Feb. 15, 2016.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | OBITS


Dawson County school bus involved in crash

A Dawson County school bus and a passenger vehicle collided Wednesday morning at Academy Avenue and Hwy. 9 South in downtown Dawsonville.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annual Leap for Literacy is Saturday

Flip flops one day, parkas the next. With the Georgia weather, you never know what to expect.

February 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fire Station No. 3 reopens with fulltime staff

The fire station near the intersection of Harmony Church and Nix Bridge roads is now serving the community with a full time staff.

February 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Officials confirm rabies case in Dawson County

A Dawson County woman is receiving treatment after being bitten by a rabid dog Friday.

June 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Joint committee to tackle rural Georgia’s high-speed internet challenges

Members of Dawson County's state delegation have been tasked with tackling rural Georgia's high-speed internet challenges.

June 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Hundreds cool off at Rotary Island on hottest day in four years

On the hottest day reported in four years, hundreds cooled off at Rotary Island Saturday and enjoyed a summer day at the park.

June 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Firefighters battle three blazes in two days

Two people are in custody in connection with a house fire on Amicalola Church Road that has been ruled arson.

June 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


4th fireworks roar Monday at motorsports park

Organizers are asking Independence Day revelers to RSVP to Monday's fireworks extravaganza at Atlanta Motorsports Park in western Dawson County.

June 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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