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Poker run benefits kids

Proceeds from a poker run this weekend will benefit the Dawson County Sheriff's annual Shop with a Cop event.

The run departs from the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center on Tucker Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast will be available.

October 26, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshine Festival this weekend

Lee Elrod was at an estate sale three years ago when he stumbled across an early 1940s photo taken atop Amicalola Falls.

An antique collector of sorts, Elrod was intrigued by the image of a man warming his hands over the open flame of a copper liquor still.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Top teachers honored

Kerri Whitmire discovered her passion for education at a very young age.

"I have an aunt that is special needs and watched how she struggled," said Whitmire, a kindergarten teacher at Black's Mill Elementary. "She was six years older than me, but she was learning a lot of the same skills that I was learning at a different age, and that was hard."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | Education


Rotary team is ‘Smarter than a 10 year-old’

It's not technically a trick question, but tricky all the same to nearly everyone gathered Oct. 11 at Dawson County Middle School.

"Name all of the states that border the Great Lakes," said emcee Gary Pichon during the Reading Education Association of Dawson County's annual "Are You Smarter than a 10 Year-Old" competition.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hall of fame induction ceremony is Friday

There will be a packed house for Friday night's Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

Announced earlier this year, the 2011 class of inductees are George Elliott, Mike Head, Harold Kite, Swayne Pritchett and Ken Ragan.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Homans installed as Kiwanis president

Local attorney Joey Homans was installed last week as president of the Dawson County Kiwanis Club by the group's 2011 President Lisa Thurmond.

"There's a lot of opportunities to be involved in community activities in Dawson County. Kiwanis is the way I've been able to tap into the community," Homans said. "I hope to just continue along the path that Lisa Thurmond set and continue to be positive to grow and strengthen our club."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


In Their Own Words

If the U.S. Air Force called tomorrow and asked Laura Bishop to re-enlist, she wouldn't hesitate to board the next plane.

"I loved it. I really loved it," said the mother of two grown daughters.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Burt named this year’s Miss KARE for Kids

Dawson County native Natalie Burt was crowned Miss KARE for Kids 2012 on Saturday evening at Riverview Middle School.

A junior at Dawson County High School, the veteran beauty queen, who has been competing in pageants since elementary school, is excited to be the face of KARE for Kids for the next year.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Golfers hit greens for the chamber

Golfers hit the greens earlier this month for the annual Dawson County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament.

Marty Williams, organizer and vice president of tourism for the chamber, said: "You couldn't ask for a better day for a round of golf."

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man was staying at closed fun center

Authorities are trying to determine just how long a theft suspect had been living at a former Dawsonville family fun park.

Paul Henry Moran, 19, was arrested Friday night at Christ Fellowship Church after employees reported finding a door that leads to the adjacent family fun center propped open with a golf putter.

October 19, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Funding will help improve young lives

A local partnership recently learned it will receive more than $121,000 to help fund its efforts to improve the lives of young people.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Office of Prevention Services has awarded Dawson County Family Connection a grant to focus on underage alcohol prevention.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Annexation battle resolved

Dawson County commissioners agreed last week to back away from an annexation battle with the city of Dawsonville.

The two governments have been at odds since the city filed several petitions on behalf of residents seeking to have their properties annexed.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Ex-clerk pleads guilty

The state has resolved its criminal case against Dawson County's former clerk of courts, who pleaded guilty Friday to theft by taking and violation of oath of offices charges.

In exchange for her negotiated plea, 62-year-old Becky McCord received a 10-year sentence, with four years to be served in custody and the remaining on probation.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Nordson closing local plant

Corporate officials confirmed Monday that Nordson will be closing its manufacturing plant in Dawson County next year.

"We are restructuring operations in the state of Georgia," said Jim Jaye, director of corporate communications and investor relations.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Panel sets road projects for T-SPLOST vote

Dawson County could see some major transportation improvements if voters next year approve a measure to raise the sales tax to pay for area roads.

The 26-member Georgia Mountains Transportation Roundtable voted Oct. 5 to approve putting on the ballot some $1.26 billion in projects for a 13-county area that includes Dawson.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


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Pastor Protection Act passes first hurdles

One of several proposed religious freedom bills won approval in the Georgia House Judiciary Commitee on Tuesday and now moves on to the full House ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Snow day for area students

Students across Dawson County go their wish for a snow day after a dusting of powder throughout the day and overnight Tuesday prompted schools to ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson maintains ‘StormReady’ status

Dawson County is once again being recognized as a National Weather Service StormReady community.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former city councilman will run for county commission seat

Former Dawsonville City Councilman Chris Gaines announced last week that he plans to seek Dawson County's District 2 commission seat.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GDOT seeks public comment on intersection

State transportation officials will be at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge Thursday to gage public opinion over changes proposed to the intersection of Highways ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Accused jewelry bandits indicted in Florida

A Northern District of Florida Grand Jury has indicted an Atlanta area pair accused in a Southeast jewelry theft operation.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Economy expert to speak at chamber lunch

North Georgia real estate and economic expert Frank Norton Jr. will highlight trends in the local housing market and commercial industry during the Dawson County ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Three Tigers qualify for state wrestling championships

Coming off his best in class win a week earlier, Dawson County freshman Kelton LeBaron was one of three Tigers to qualify for the state ...

February 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Tigers see improvement

One thing the Dawson County High School varsity boys basketball team didn't have a lot of coming in to the season was experience. Head ...

February 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Dawson County under winter weather advisory

With the potential for a surge of winter weather tonight, the Dawson County School System will make a decision on whether to cancel classes early ...

February 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Possible gas leak at medical center

Emergency crews are at Northside-Dawson Medical Campus investigating a possible gas leak.

February 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sheriff’s office seeks help in locating runaway teen

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is turning to the public for help in locating a missing teen.

February 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and ...

February 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Pedestrian killed crossing Ga. 400

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover final expenses for a Dahlonega man who died from injuries sustained when he was hit ...

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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