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Clerk of court arrested

Dawson County's longtime clerk of Superior Court has been charged in connection with the theft of more than $119,000 from the county over the last five years.

February 11, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville woman is first traffic fatality in 2010

An autopsy is scheduled for a Dawsonville woman who died after a wreck Tuesday in western Dawson County.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Court offers free weddings, renewals

With Valentine's Day on Sunday, many men and women are trying to come up with the perfect gift that tells their loved one how much they care.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Expansion complete

Almost two decades have passed since a group of Dawson County women set up shop in a small basement on the outskirts of town in an effort to collect clothes and food for local individuals in need.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Missing money probe expands

Local authorities have expanded their investigation into money missing from the Dawson County Clerk of Court's office and involved the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in the matter.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Crashed plane registered to Dawson County man

A plane involved in a fiery crash Monday in Lawrenceville is registered to a Dawson County man.

February 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Two charged in theft

Authorities say a longtime employee took nearly $82,000 over the last 10 months from the Dawson County Clerk of Court's office.

February 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Work gets under way at courthouse

Tractors began moving dirt within moments of Dawson County officials breaking ground on a new courthouse and government center Jan. 28.

February 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Search, rescue welcomes new recruit

A six-week-old chocolate lab named Nitro is the newest recruit on the Dawson County Emergency Services K-9 search and rescue team.

February 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Park and rec pays tribute to volunteers

The gymnasium at Rock Creek Sports Complex was filled almost to capacity Jan. 22, although there were no youth sporting events scheduled for the evening.

February 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Parks & Recreation


Dawson County breaks ground on new courthouse

Tractors began moving dirt moments after Dawson County officials broke ground on a new courthouse and government center Thursday afternoon.

January 28, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Election board moves to new office

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the county's request to combine precincts and create three voting locations in the county.

January 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Teen charged with filming in restrooms

It's possible authorities may not be able to identify all the juveniles and women a Dawsonville teen secretly made videos of inside three local restrooms.

January 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County considering tweaks to regulations

Dawson County planners say proposed revisions to residential zoning areas will better align districts with the county's future land-use plan.

January 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber awards members

Taylor Wallace admits he spends a whole lot of time traveling throughout the community asking other people for money in support of several local service organizations.

January 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


2nd arrest in church burglaries

A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of church burglaries over the past several months.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Lumpkin Campmeeting this week

Lynn Nahlik looks forward to campmeeting at Lumpkin Campground all year.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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