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Paving scam suspect arrested in Indiana

Local authorities are awaiting the extradition of a suspect who reportedly swindled an elderly Dawson County man out of more than $8,000.

Johnny Shane Wells, 21, of North Augusta, S.C., was arrested in Shelbyville, Ind., in mid-March after a bank employee alerted police to a possible suspicious check.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Board mulls redrawing boundary for precinct

Hundreds of voters could be affected by a proposal to align local voting precincts with the district lines for the state House of Representatives.

The Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration is in talks to redraw the county's western precinct boundary to match up with a redrawn District 7.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Local GOP encourages youth involvement

Republicans across the state met recently to select delegates to send to regional and state GOP conventions later this spring.

Barron Carlton was among a group of young voters in Dawsonville hoping to be selected to represent Dawson County at the 9th Congressional and state conventions.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poker run benefits man injured on trip

It had been more than a decade since James and Barbara Carnes had last taken a vacation.

"We were on a cruise to Costa Maya, Mexico, but it turned into a nightmare," Barbara Carnes said recalling the trip last November that left her husband without use of his arms and legs.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Motorcycle fatality under investigation

One person from Forsyth County was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon on Ga. 400 in Dawson County.

Emergency workers said Krista Stein, 47, was thrown from the motorcycle on which she was traveling with her husband and died at the scene.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rate hits lowest since ’08

Dawson County ended 2011 with a 7.6 percent unemployment rate, its lowest since December 2008.

January's rate is up slightly to 8 percent, but still significantly below the level of the last few years.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawsonville is seeing stars

Movie legend Clint Eastwood was scheduled to arrive Tuesday in Dawsonville to begin filming scenes at a local motel.

The Warner Brothers' production "Trouble with the Curve" stars Eastwood as an aging baseball scout who travels to Atlanta with his daughter to see a hot prospect.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City mourns mayor

The Dawsonville community continues to mourn the death of a passionate public servant whose political career spanned nearly four decades and paved the way for much of the progress seen across the county today.

Mayor Joe Lane Cox died Friday in his sleep at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 72.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Late official accomplished much in life

Dawsonville Mayor Joe Lane Cox will be remembered for dedication to his profession, love for family and commitment to the community.

A man of faith, Cox died Friday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following several years of declining health. He was 72.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Teen detains alleged burglar

Authorities are praising the efforts of a teenager who caught a burglary suspect at his family's Grizzle Road home Friday.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the 17-year-old arrived home from school to find the basement window open.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Movie filming here could affect traffic

Motorists traveling through downtown Dawsonville next week should expect brief delays west of town as filmmakers shoot scenes for a major motion picture.

This month, Warner Brothers will film scenes for a movie starring Clint Eastwood at Amicalola Lodge on Hwy. 53 West.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Park announces upcoming events

Editor's note: In the weeks leading up to Relay for Life, Dawson Community News will feature stories of hope, survivorship and fundraising events intended to increase cancer awareness in the community. The series will also include articles on prevention, early detection and treatment options.

Dawson County Park and Rec is now accepting early registrations for several events planned in April to support Relay for Life.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Community mourns mayor’s death

The Dawsonville community is mourning the death of a passionate public servant whose political career spanned nearly four decades.

Mayor Joe Lane Cox died Friday in his sleep at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 72.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Home destroyed

David Nalley stared in disbelief Tuesday afternoon as firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed his home on Goshen Church Road in northwestern Dawson County.

"I'm still in shock. I guess it really hasn't hit me yet," he said. "It's everything I have, everything I've worked for."

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Home, garden expo this weekend

Live demonstrations, do-it-yourself workshops and innovative products are just a sample of what will be showcased this weekend at the North Georgia Home and Garden Expo.

The expo will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lakeview Center, 2057 Dawson Forest Road.

March 07, 2012 | 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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