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Family mourning loss of teenager

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a former Dawson County middle school student.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teens arrested for hoax

Two Dawson County High School seniors are spending the last few days of the school year at home after they were arrested on felony charges for having a hoax device at campus.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘Such a success’

The threat of rain may have forced Relay for Life inside Dawson County High School, but little could have dampened the celebration.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Fees for court filings increase

On May 16, the cost to register a trade name in Dawson County Superior Court was $30.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Rotary Club celebrates 18th annual tournament

Looking back, Lake Gibson said he can't believe 18 years has passed since a group of local businessmen and women chartered the Dawson County Rotary Club.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Memorial Day service planned for Monday

Five flag poles stand at attention at Dawson County Veteran's Memorial Park.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Seniors arrested for hoax device

A pair of Dawson County High School seniors will spend the last few days of the school year at home after they were arrested on felony charges for having a hoax device at campus.

May 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Relay celebrates life

Kenny Stewart wasn't sure he would see his ninth birthday.

May 19, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man convicted of molestation

A Dawsonville man convicted of child molestation asked a judge Thursday to sentence him to life without parole.

May 19, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pastor will be missed

Some called him pastor, but to many more he was a friend.

May 19, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


K-9 handlers receive national certifications

Two handlers from the Dawson County Emergency Services K-9 Strike Team are now certified to national standards.

May 19, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson man sentenced in theft ring

A Dawson County businessman with deep roots in the community was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years, with a year to serve in custody, for his involvement in a theft ring.

May 19, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jury convicts man in property theft ring

A local businessman with deep ties to the community will be sentenced next week for his role in a property theft ring.

May 12, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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


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County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

Preparations are in place for everyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott wins Nationwide championship

Nationwide champion. Rookie of the year. Most popular driver.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody

A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Competitive team takes it to state finals

Saturday's contest may not have been the result Dawson County High School's competitive cheerleaders had hoped for, but the excitement of competing in the state finals in Columbus had the team pumped in celebration of a winning season.

November 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Chase Elliott is NASCAR's newest champion

The "si-rene" atop the world-famous Pool Room is screaming through downtown Dawsonville for Chase Elliott

November 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Citizens graduate from academy

A ceremony was held last week to celebrate the latest graduates of the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Amendment by local legislator passes

Georgia voters last week approved an amendment to the state's Constitution that imposes additional fees for reckless driving violations when they are pleaded down from driving under the influence.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Homeowner charged with fraud

A woman whose Dawson County home caught fire and exploded in March has been charged with felony insurance fraud after officials say she exaggerated the extent of her losses from the blaze.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Elliott clinches the title

Dawsonville's legacy of producing NASCAR champions continued Saturday when Chase Elliott clinched the 2014 Nationwide Series title with a fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Speedway.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Road repaving could hinge on agreement with city

A portion of road could be skipped when the county begins a repaving project on Burt Creek Road if an agreement with the city isn't reached.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community honors servicemen and women

The community paid tribute to servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military Tuesday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


House Republicans re-elect Ralston

Rep. David Ralston will retain his position as one of the most powerful leaders in the Georgia General Assembly after House Republicans unanimously approved his nomination as Speaker of the House for another two years during Monday morning's caucus meeting at the state capitol.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocates urge BOC to support adult literacy

The first of two public hearings required before commissioners can adopt the county's 2015 budget brought out a handful of speakers in support of adult literacy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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