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Samples recalled for love of city, racing

The woman credited by many with saving Thunder Road and keeping Dawsonville's racing history alive died Monday following a brief illness.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Mystery theater benefits critters

Murder and mayhem was the theme Saturday night as Peach Brandy Cottage opened its doors for a presentation of The Curse of the Hopeless Diamond.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Berg elected group's third vice president

Mike Berg, chairman of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners, was elected last month to serve the Association County Commissioners of Georgia as third vice president.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Service remembered

Law enforcement officers know they should never take threats lightly.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Former clerk arrested again

Authorities have added tax evasion to the litany of charges against Dawson County's embattled former clerk of courts.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Outdoor festival welcomes spring

Stepping up to the children's area at the Spring Fling in Dawsonville Sunday afternoon, Nathan Frazier told his sister he was going to win a goldfish.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


10 vying for clerk of court

Other than the size of the field, there were few surprises Friday as qualifying for the July 20 primary election came to a close.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Pearson won’t seek re-election

District 51 State Sen. Chip Pearson is looking forward to spending time with his family when his term expires in December.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Goodson appointed to state board

A local certified public accountant was appointed Friday by Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve on the Georgia State Board of Accountancy.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Special election next week

Candidates for the 9th District U.S. House seat made stops in Dawsonville earlier this week as polls opened for advance voting in next week's special election.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Boot drive this week

There have been more than 600 fire fatalities in the U.S. since the beginning of the year.

May 05, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former official killed in wreck

A former Lumpkin County commissioner who spent the last several years in Dawsonville was killed Friday in a three-vehicle wreck near the War Hill community.

April 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lake park gets makeover

Evan Curry arrived to a campsite at the newly renovated War Hill Park last Thursday to spend the week fishing with his young sons and enjoying some time with his extended family.

April 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Students talk of mentoring success

Ryan Pritchard never thought he'd go to college.

April 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Field growing for clerk seat

The field of candidates hoping to become Dawson County's next clerk of Superior Court continued to swell as four more have said they planned to seek election.

April 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


SPLOST, governor’s race on Tuesday’s ballot

Proponents for extending the county's 1-cent sales tax for six more years hope their campaign mail-outs, speaking engagements and social media presence to promote a "yes" vote resonates at the polls.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Luncheon on Saturday celebrates art

Preparations are under way for the eighth annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club named volunteer of the year

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for building a waterpark, Rotary Island, at Rock Creek Park.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

It's been a history-making season for the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

A Dawsonville teenager was cut with a knife in a fight at a downtown gas station Saturday during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Budget includes employee pay increases

For the first time in six years, Dawson County's proposed 2014 budget includes pay increases for employees.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man killed in logging incident

A Dawson County man was killed Monday evening in an incident involving a log splitter at his home.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘biggest’ fan

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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