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Youth organizes 5K

A local youth plans to donate proceeds from a 5K race he organized to help a group of women signed up to participate in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Jared Posey, 11, of Dawsonville said he invites the community out to Rock Creek Park on Friday afternoon for the race. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and is $5 per person.

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Habitat hopeful to build locally

Officials with Habitat for Humanity remain hopeful about building homes in Dawson County.

"We would love to build in Dawson County," said Mary Lamond, the group's North Central Georgia director. "Our biggest struggle is land, finding land at a reasonable price."

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Events planned aim to ‘Save the Pool Room’

Several events are planned in the coming weeks aimed to save Dawsonville's historic Pool Room.

The downtown, landmark eatery was seized by the Georgia Department of Revenue for delinquent taxes. According to a notice that remains posted on the front door, owner Gordon Pirkle owes more than $84,000 in unpaid taxes and fees.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Art transforms building

A reception earlier this month paid tribute to local artists whose works are on display at the Dawson County Government Center.

County native Amber Gilleland said she was honored to have her paintings hanging on the fourth floor of the new center.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fiber optic work nears completion

Construction of a fiber optic network that could mean lightning-fast Internet service for thousands of businesses and households in north Georgia is nearing completion.

Crews were in downtown Dawsonville last week installing what is described as middle- and last-mile fiber runs. These lines will connect to core lines that were put in over the last several months.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Wreck injures three

A local historian and his wife suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon near the Dawson-Forsyth county line.

Charles and Kathy Finley of Dawsonville were flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition following a two-vehicle wreck about 4:15 p.m. on Hwy. 53, just east of War Hill Park Road.

June 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


'Celebrities' raise money at breakfast

A few glasses were dropped and a plate or two landed in the trash, but overall the "celebrity" waiters at LongHorn Steakhouse got the job done Friday morning.

June 13, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


State certification for sheriff's office

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has joined an elite group of law enforcement professionals by receiving its state certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

June 13, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Four face assault, robbery charges

Four people face assault and robbery charges after what authorities described as a botched drug deal June 5 that injured a teenager in northern Dawson County.

June 13, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities: Man sent explicit texts to teen

A Canton man faces sex charges after authorities say he sent explicit text message photos of himself to a Dawson County teenager.

June 13, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


FORUM A FULL NIGHT

A capacity crowd filled the auditorium at Dawson County Middle School on Monday night to hear from local candidates running for office in the July 31 primary.

Sponsored by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the county's Republican and tea parties, the forum featured the hopefuls in contested city, county and state races.

June 06, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Celebrity waiter breakfast Friday

Tickets are going fast for the third annual Family Connection Celebrity Breakfast on Friday at Longhorn in Dawsonville.

"This is always the best breakfast in town," said Family Connection Director Nancy Stites.

June 06, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Northeast Georgia Health System expanding

Health care offerings continue to expand in Dawson County with Northeast Georgia Health System's purchase of the former Moto 400 building near Ga. 400.

The hospital system plans to renovate the 23,000-square-foot facility and develop a multi-purpose medical office building to serve the community's growing needs, according to a spokeswoman.

June 06, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


County now ‘Work Ready’

The Governor's Office of Workforce Development recently announced Dawson County is officially a Work Ready Community.

Established in 2006, Work Ready is a certification process based on a skills assessment for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses designed to generate a workforce that meets the needs of local businesses.

May 30, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Official: Delinquent motel taxes remain unpaid

Dawson County officials say a local motel owner still owes several thousand dollars in back taxes despite management's claims that most of the debt has been paid.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Comfort Inn on Beartooth Parkway was nearly $10,000 behind in hotel/motel taxes, according to Kaye Molden, the county's senior accountant.

May 30, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Commissioners name Bill Tanner interim county manager

During a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon, commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Bill Tanner to serve as county manager until a permanent replacement is ...

July 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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