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Big Canoe cited by EPD

The Big Canoe Property Owners Association has been issued a notice of violation from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for an unpermitted surface mining operation in western Dawson County.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Senate passes bill for sludge

Legislation that would place tougher regulations on sludge application overwhelmingly passed in the Senate last week and now awaits the governor's approval.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Event aims to safeguard seniors from criminals

An event Thursday at the Margie Weaver Senior Center is intended to keep older adults safe from criminals.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Golf tourney benefits humane society

Teams are still forming for the 12th annual Dogleg Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Dawson County Humane Society.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


2 charged with illegal hunting

Two teenagers from Forsyth County were arrested Sunday morning in connection with what authorities described as a case of illegal hunting.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Wildwood Court home explodes

Dawson County emergency personnel responded to reports of a house explosion shortly after noon Thursday afternoon.

March 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Firefighters battle blazes around county

Three residential structure fires in six days have emergency personnel urging the community to be cautious and prepared.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


3rd suspect arrested in gambling sting

A third suspect has been charged with commercial gambling after authorities raided two local convenience stores earlier this month and seized a dozen coin-operated poker machines.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Convicted child molester left without telling authorities

A convicted child molester who reportedly violated his probation by vacating his home without notifying authorities is back in custody.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Manufacturer applies for building variance

A local steel fabricator has applied for a building variance in anticipation of expanding its manufacturing operations.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chair: Road needs repairs

The chairman of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week declared a state of local emergency for a section of Kelly Bridge Road that officials say needs immediate repair.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man arrested for impersonating officer

A 40-year-old Jasper man was arrested Monday for allegedly impersonating a law enforcement officer.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Traffic snarled on Ga. 400 near showcase

A couple thousand people from across the region were in Dawsonville on Thursday to see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


2012 election complaints investigated

Dawson County election officials are confident the Secretary of State's office will find no merit in complaints a resident filed in 2012.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Wade named Rotary assistant district governor

When Will Wade joined the Rotary Club of Dawson County nine years ago, he was drawn to the organization's "Service Above Self" motto.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Thieves continue to target churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen faces additional sexual battery charges

The case against a teenager arrested last month on misdemeanor sex charges has grown.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


1 arrested after stop by deputy

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a traffic stop last week in Dawson County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teacher charged with intimidating co-worker

A local elementary school teacher was among two people arrested last week after authorities responded to reports of a burglary at her colleague's home in neighboring Gilmer County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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