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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


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


Thieves continue to target churches

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

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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


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


GBI investigating jail employee

A night shift supervisor at the Dawson County Detention Center is on paid administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looks into accusations he punched an inmate in the face.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officers train to protect schools

During the summer months, there are not students roaming the halls of area schools, but come August, when class is back in session, officers charged with securing their safety plan to be ready in the event of a dangerous situation.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


County continues tax rate discussions

A meeting last week was the public's first of three opportunities to weigh in on the county's millage rate.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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


Speeding SUV leads to marijuana bust

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

June 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family rescued from balcony during fire

Firefighters rescued three people from a third-floor balcony Thursday after a fire broke out at a home on Grizzle Farm Road.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Execution date set in 1991 slaying

An execution date has been set for Georgia death row inmate Tommy Lee Waldrip, who was convicted in the murder of a Dawsonville man more than 20 years ago.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Dawsonville toddler recovering after transplant

A toddler from Dawsonville has a long recovery ahead of him after a successful kidney tranplant last week.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man charged with impersonating public officer in Dawsonville

A Dawsonville man arrested Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol also faces a charge of impersonating a public officer.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Emergency personnel recognized at banquet

An awards ceremony last month recognized several members of Dawson County Emergency Services for going above and beyond in 2014.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff honors top staff at annual luncheon

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recognized its top employees during the department's annual Christmas luncheon and celebration on Friday.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Intersection changes to begin in spring

Sweeping changes at Dawson County's busiest intersection has at least one national eatery planning a move away from the crossing.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


City to hear new request

City officials continue to receive requests for annexation in to Dawsonville.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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


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


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


Coptic convent purchases former Catholic college

The first Coptic Orthodox convent outside Egypt recently opened in Dawsonville.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poverty simulation shows low income struggles

Several dozen local leaders and college students found themselves living on minimum wage salaries, wondering how to make ends meet from paycheck to paycheck.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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


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


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