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Couple seeks $1 million after criminal charges dismissed

A couple arrested for interference of child custody in 2014 is seeking a sizable retribution from the Dawson County Sheriff's Office after the charges were dismissed.

May 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Trial dates set for murder suspect

Trial dates are set for the man accused of gunning down a popular coach last November.

May 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Eugene “Gene” Emory Wallis

Eugene "Gene" Emory Wallis, 83, of Cumming, died May 3, 2015.

May 05, 2015 | Michele Hester | OBITS


Deal signs transparency bill in Dawsonville

A bill signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday in Dawsonville opens transparency into one of the state's most secretive agencies.

May 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson County in line for ice storm disaster relief

Dawson County is eligible for thousands of dollars of disaster relief reimbursements for damage caused by the ice storms that downed an estimated 1,000 trees across the county in mid-February.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville couple facing felony drug charges

A Dawsonville couple is facing felony drug charges after authorities were called to their home on a reported domestic case and discovered suspected narcotics laying out in plain view.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Names of drivers released in head-on wreck

A 39-year-old Dawsonville man has been cited in last week's head-on collision that sent him and a second driver to area hospitals with serious injuries.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man found guilty of evidence tampering

A Dawson County man was sentenced to 20 days in jail last week for his role in a 2013 shooting in southwestern Dawson County.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Chase Elliott jumps to second in points

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is closing in on the Xfinity Series points lead with Friday night's fifth place finish at Martinsville International Raceway.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Governor to sign parole transparency bill Friday

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Dawsonville Friday morning to sign a bill into law that will make sweeping transparency changes to one of the Georgia's most secretive agencies.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tons of electronics recycled at annual event

Lori Burke had been looking for a place to recycle the electronic clutter that had accumulated at her home over the years.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


More than $37K raised as part of weekend cancer event

A new venue and shorter event schedule proved a positive move for Relay for Life in Dawson County.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


DOT commissioner touts intersection improvements

The state's top transportation official was on a tour of several roads in Dawson County Friday as crews on Ga. 400 continued work to improve the intersection of Hwy. 53.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Rotary Club essay winners reflect on life lessons

Nearly a dozen Dawson County High School students were recognized on April 23 for sharing the challenges they have faced in their young lives during this year's Laws of Life essay contest.

April 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education


Case of alleged 2012 voting process violations dismissed

The investigation into complaints filed by a resident in 2012 over alleged voting process violations has been dismissed.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


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Underwater search and recovery team earns new certification

Divers with the Dawson County Underwater Search and Recovery Team completed training last week that certifies the entire group at the technician level.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman arrested at political rally seeks $550,000

Attorneys for a Roswell woman arrested last summer during a political rally in Dawson County have filed notice that a lawsuit is looming unless a ...

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson County history book now available for purchasing

Zack and Annice Meeler have been making trips from Augusta to Dawsonville for years, tracing family history and making memories.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tax credits available for employers that help workers get GEDs

New tax credits are available for employers who help their employees earn their GEDs.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Judge grants separate trials in murder case

The two men facing charges in connection with the murder of a local Little League coach will be tried separately.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Churches burglarized, two hit in two weeks

Authorities are investigating the back-to-back weekend burglaries of two churches in Dawson County.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


You’re challenged to a Downtown Showdown

So you say you have the best chili in Dawson County?

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Thieves target outlets: Burberry, Zales both hit in August

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation sketch artist is being called in to help create a better picture of the woman who robbed a local jewelry ...

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Patrol deputy injured but OK after wreck

A Dawson County deputy was injured last week when a driver failed to stop at a traffic light and collided into his patrol cruiser.

September 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Treatment court leads addicts down the road to recovery

The road to recovery was a long, rough drive for Pam Williams.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


BOC votes to increase employee pay

County employees will soon see a few more dollars going into their wallets after the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved pay raises Thursday night.

August 26, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Smash and grab thieves target outlets

North Georgia Premium Outlets has once again become the target for thieves, and this time the suspects got away with more than $20,000 in ...

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Wooten announces bid for sheriff

Capt. Tony Wooten on Monday announced his bid to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More retail, restaurants eye Dawson

Hobby Lobby, Panda Garden, Ulta, Academy Sports, Organic Nails.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


DCES welcomes new volunteer recruits

Dawson County Emergency Services on Saturday celebrated the graduation of 11 new recruits into the department's volunteer firefighter program.

August 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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