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Gathering reunites emergency workers

A lot of the new personnel with Dawson County Emergency Services are too young to remember a time when calls were dispatched by telephone and those responding had to read the chalkboard at the stations to find out where to find the fire.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Deadline looms for SPLOST agreement

Thursday is the deadline for county and city officials to reach an agreement on the upcoming special purpose local option sales tax extension set to go before voters in November.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer fired over sexual harassment

A Dawson County Detention Center officer was fired last month after an investigation into accusations he had sexually harassed a former female co-worker.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen charged with statutory rape

A Dawsonville teenager is facing statutory rape and child molestation charges after admitting to having had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘Pups in the Park’ set for fall

Plans are under way for the Dawson County Humane Society's inaugural Pups in the Park Dog Show later this fall.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Crossing named in youth’s memory

A legion of supporters gathered Thursday to pay tribute to a young man many knew as "Soldier Boy."

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott battles, runs sixth at Michigan

Chase Elliott remains in third place in NASCAR's Nationwide Series points standing after finishing sixth in Michigan on Saturday.

June 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Store cleared to sell beer, wine to public

A convenience store in southern Dawson County is once again able to sell beer and wine.

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Intersection named in youth’s memory

A ceremony will be held Thursday in memory of a young man many in Dawsonville knew as "Soldier Boy."

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Counsel chosen for pay issue

County commissioners last week voted to retain an attorney after learning Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle plans to fight for salary increases for his employees.

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Two from EMS honored

The state advocacy agent for Georgia emergency services personnel recently recognized two men from Dawson County for their dedication to the field.

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Celebrity waiter breakfast is Friday

The community will be seeing stars on Friday for Family Connection's Celebrity Waiter breakfast.

June 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Respected business leader mourned

Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the death of a well-respected business leader known for his generosity and civic involvement.

June 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber committee supports SPLOST

County road improvements and a park in downtown Dawsonville top the wish lists of potential projects to be funded if voters approve a 1-cent sales tax extension in November.

June 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


DCES honors recently promoted personnel

Dawson County Emergency Services recently promoted three to new leadership positions within the department.

June 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

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

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott wins Nationwide championship

Nationwide champion. Rookie of the year. Most popular driver.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody

A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Competitive team takes it to state finals

Saturday's contest may not have been the result Dawson County High School's competitive cheerleaders had hoped for, but the excitement of competing in the state finals in Columbus had the team pumped in celebration of a winning season.

November 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Chase Elliott is NASCAR's newest champion

The "si-rene" atop the world-famous Pool Room is screaming through downtown Dawsonville for Chase Elliott

November 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Citizens graduate from academy

A ceremony was held last week to celebrate the latest graduates of the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Amendment by local legislator passes

Georgia voters last week approved an amendment to the state's Constitution that imposes additional fees for reckless driving violations when they are pleaded down from driving under the influence.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Homeowner charged with fraud

A woman whose Dawson County home caught fire and exploded in March has been charged with felony insurance fraud after officials say she exaggerated the extent of her losses from the blaze.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Elliott clinches the title

Dawsonville's legacy of producing NASCAR champions continued Saturday when Chase Elliott clinched the 2014 Nationwide Series title with a fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Speedway.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Road repaving could hinge on agreement with city

A portion of road could be skipped when the county begins a repaving project on Burt Creek Road if an agreement with the city isn't reached.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community honors servicemen and women

The community paid tribute to servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military Tuesday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


House Republicans re-elect Ralston

Rep. David Ralston will retain his position as one of the most powerful leaders in the Georgia General Assembly after House Republicans unanimously approved his nomination as Speaker of the House for another two years during Monday morning's caucus meeting at the state capitol.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocates urge BOC to support adult literacy

The first of two public hearings required before commissioners can adopt the county's 2015 budget brought out a handful of speakers in support of adult literacy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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