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Volunteers keep Dawson beautiful

More than 65 bags of trash and 27 tires were collected last week as Keep Dawson County Beautiful and the Dawson County Marshal's Office teamed up to kick off the Great American Clean-up.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Judge hears motion in motorsports suit

Attorneys for the couple trying to stop construction of a motorsports park in western Dawson County say a security deed signed by EHK Investments confirms the group is a proper party in the lawsuit.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Public is pleased with plan for Ga. 400

State Department of Transportation officials say renovations to Dawson County's busiest intersection could begin within the next 18 months.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Candidate qualifying gets under way Monday

Qualifying begins Monday in Dawson County for candidates running for county commission, school board and clerk of Superior Court.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Family back on track

Jennifer Bowman of Dawsonville got the surprise of her life as she arrived to work one day in early January.

April 21, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Junior law academies offered this summer

Every year about this time, Lt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office begins answering the question: "When can I sign my chid up for your junior law enforcement academy?"

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


System warns of crime

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is now one of more than 3,600 law enforcement agencies across the country using instant messaging to communicate with the public.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads in slayings

A Dawson County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting Monday he killed his 22-year-old stepdaughter and her husband late last year.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lottery tickets lead to suspect

Authorities followed a trail of scratch-off lottery tickets to find the man they say is responsible for breaking into a Dawson County convenience store last week.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Authorities foil bank robbery

A Jasper man who authorities say robbed a Marble Hill bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning was arrested a short time later following a high-speed chase and crash.

April 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


College closing stuns community

Students at a Catholic college in Dawsonville returned from spring break Monday to begin packing to say goodbye for the semester.

April 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


County and shelter reach agreement

After months of negotiating, the local humane society and Dawson County have reached a deal.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Daughter talks of mom’s military service as pilot

World War II is a popular subject for students at Riverview Middle School, but there's at least one wartime story they aren't reading in their history books, yet.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Plea nets man 2 life sentences

A local man admitted Monday to his role in the double homicide of a South Georgia couple along the Amicalola River in Dawson County last December.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Fatal wreck first for ’10

A Dahlonega woman was killed Saturday night when she crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle near the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Thompson Road in Dawson County.

April 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Elliott holds on to series lead

With five races left in the season, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is poised to take home the NASCAR Nationwide Championship title in his first year on the circuit.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Volunteers sweep shore

Massive amounts of Styrofoam, parts of an abandoned houseboat and two crumbling docks were among the debris collected in Dawson County on Saturday during the Lake Lanier Association's 26th annual Shore Sweep.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Backpack Buddies’ provides snacks for kids

A new collaboration is gearing up to make sure local children are not going hungry when they leave school and are home on the weekends.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Champ consolidates racing collection

A 30-year racing career can produce quite a collection of cars and memorabilia.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Swafford named state’s top deputy coroner

Lanier Swafford was recently named the state's top deputy coroner by the Georgia Coroner's Association.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Holiday season to bring jobs

Unemployment continues to improve across the north Georgia region and officials believe the busy holiday shopping season will bring even lower rates in the coming months.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Consolidation floated

A recent flurry of requests from Dawson County residents wanting to annex their property into Dawsonville has prompted officials to explore the possibility of a unified government.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer resigns amid inquiry

A Dawson County Detention Center employee resigned earlier this month during an investigation that exposed an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official: March blaze no accident

The local investigation into an explosion and fire that leveled a southern Dawson County home in March is ongoing, but Allstate Insurance officials said they've denied the property owner's compensation claim because the incident wasn't an accident.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rezoning approved for retail center

The last 10 acres of a tract of land needed to develop a new retail center along Ga. 400 were rezoned last week.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Men indicted for rape, kidnapping

Two men accused in unrelated rape and kidnapping cases were indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect indicted in credit card scheme

A Riverdale man has been indicted on nearly two dozen charges in connection with a credit card scheme and high-speed chase last summer.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More are seeking to annex

Despite protests from Dawson County officials concerning recent annexation requests, Dawsonville continues to receive applications from people who want to live in the city limits.

September 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man sentenced to 12 years for molestation

A Dawson County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a child molestation arrest in 2012.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect surrenders in burglary

A 17-year-old surrendered to authorities last week after avoiding arrest for months in connection with a spring burglary in eastern Dawson County.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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