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Minor to run for commission

A few years ago, Bill Minor was at the center of a battle to keep property adjoining his residential neighborhood from being zoned commercial.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Bill targets mall bandits

An estimated $100,000 in designer clothing, expensive handbags and cell phones has been taken over the last few years in a series of smash-and-grab break-ins at North Georgia Premium Outlets.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Manager appointed to state board

A former lawman now serving as Dawson County's manager on Friday was named the Ninth Congressional District Representative on the state board of corrections.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Probate Court moves forward

Six months have passed since a Dawson County probate clerk was arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from the court.

March 31, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Judges appoint interim clerk of courts

Late Friday afternoon, the judges of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit appointed a local woman to serve as Dawson County's interim clerk of courts.

March 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Bingo raises funds for center elevator

Margie Weaver didn't know what to expect Friday night as she stepped through the door at the American Legion.

March 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Time to be counted

Mail carriers last week stuffed every residential mailbox in Dawson County with 2010 Census packets.

March 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Clerk of courts resigns position

In what local officials say was an unexpected turn of events, Dawson County's clerk of courts resigned Thursday.

March 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Open house set by DOT for intersection

An informational open house set for April 15 will show the public plans for improvements to Dawson County's busiest intersection.

March 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Clerk of Courts resigns from office

In what local officials say was an unexpected turn of events, Dawson County's clerk of court resigned Thursday.

March 18, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


IRS looks into clerk of courts

The Internal Revenue Service has opened a case on Dawson County Clerk of Court Becky McCord, authorities said Monday.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


DOT unveils new plan

Representatives with the state Department of Transportation say proposed changes to the bustling Ga. 400-Hwy. 53 crossing could be the first of their kind in Georgia.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


No outlet for theft

Larry Taffar was working in his garden March 9 when he noticed two men sprint past his house behind the outlet mall.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Football team moves to town

Their jerseys say they're from Gainesville, but soon the adult full contact football team will be known as the North Georgia Gladiators.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Humane society agrees to deal

Just weeks after the local humane society rejected a contract with the Dawson County commission, the group agreed last week to move forward with the deal.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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Deputy cleared of any wrongdoing

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman over the weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy placed on leave after woman arrested at political rally

The deputy who arrested a Roswell woman over the weekend at a political rally in Dawson County has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

August 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival rocks Dawsonville

A new, local tradition continued to brew over the weekend during the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County objects to annexation into the city

Commissioners last week voted to deny the application from a county resident that wants to annex his west side property in the city of Dawsonville.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Racing legend donates car from personal collection

NASCAR legend Bill Elliott last week donated a 1937 Ford from his private collection that will be raffled off to raise money to support the Dawsonville History Museum.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman arrested at rally

A Roswell woman was arrested Saturday after she refused to stop recording a political rally in Dawson County with her video camera.

August 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commissioner questions annexation

A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Retail development expected to surge

At least six retail shops, including three restaurants, have contracts or commitments in place to be among the first to open in a new commercial development on Ga. 400.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival on tap this weekend for music, beer

Be on the lookout for food, drinks and fun this weekend as the downtown area plays host to the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Island set to open next week

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park will be open for the Labor Day weekend.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner named ‘Champion of Cities’

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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