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Woman’s club head of the class

In a room of about 200 last week, Duane Wallace was the only person who knew which animal kills the most people each year in Africa.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Guys and Dolls Jr.’ begins Friday

One of the most beloved Broadway musicals comes to life this weekend in Dawsonville.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tatum Trail closed for repair

Tatum Trail in northwestern Dawson County will be closed Oct. 20-22 while crews replace a pipe damaged by recent flooding.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Gun club dispute is set for court Monday

More than four years have passed since the Dawson County commission voted to sever a lease with the owner of a sporting clays gun club on the south end of the county.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Annual expo helps businesses

Damian and Silvia Roberti opened Amadeo's Italian Cookies on Nix Bridge Road about six months ago, and aside from their regular customers, it's taken some time to get the word out.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lanier Tech recognized for adult literacy efforts

For the second consecutive year, Lanier Technical College and its partners in adult education are being recognized at the state level.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Bennett named Miss KARE for Kids

Dressed in a floor length, silk gown, Morgan Bennett was crowned Miss KARE for Kids 2011 Saturday afternoon at Riverview Middle School.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Varsity Jr. breaks ground in Dawsonville

Construction crews broke ground Friday on a new Varsity Jr. restaurant, which will sit on 2 acres along Ga. 400 in Dawson County.

October 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Winner of raffle‘stunned’

James Grogan was the luckiest man in town Sept. 30.

October 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Smarter than a 10-year-old contest set for Tuesday

As adults, we'd all like to think we're smarter than a 10-year-old.

October 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Businesses coming to Dawsonville

Recent activity along the Ga. 400 corridor and in the city of Dawsonville has officials optimistic the local economy is starting to see signs of recovery.

October 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Local accountant indicted in theft case

A local accountant arrested two years ago on theft charges has been indicted again by a Dawson County grand jury.

October 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Volunteer board to run museum

On just about any given day, Gordon Pirkle can be found giving tours at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

September 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County weighs historic label

The Dawson County Commission could soon examine the possibility of labeling certain locations in the county as "historic."

September 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bowen turns 10

Dawsonville celebrated a decade of fine arts with a gala Saturday night at the Bowen Center for the Arts.

September 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Healthcare system plans expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Electronic recycling event set for Saturday

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County worker injured clearing storm debris

An equipment operator on Dawson County's road crew was injured when he was struck by a tree on a job site Monday morning on Perimeter Road.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Farley named deputy tax commissioner

Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley recently announced the promotion of BJ Farley as the county's deputy tax commissioner.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Senate makes changes to parole board transparency bill

After passage in the State Senate on the last day of the 2015 General Assembly, the House Bill designed to make one of the state's most secretive agencies more transparent is awaiting the governor's signature.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville on international display with VIP tour

Dawsonville is among several destinations a group of international dignitaries will be touring across northeast Georgia this week.

April 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Motorcycle wreck claims life of Dawsonville man

Officials have released the name of the man killed in yesterday's crash on Hwy. 53 West.

April 09, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Buchan crowned Miss Dawson County

Gabby Buchan was recently crowned Miss Dawson County.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Verizon pulls plans for cellphone tower

A proposed cellphone tower will not be built on property in southern Dawson County after a group of neighbors came out in strong opposition to the measure.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bill opens new doors for local distillery

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery who want to take home a bottle of the signature backwoods spirits today have to leave the premises, drive a half mile away and shop at the local package store.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Judge sets bond for NASCAR engine builder’s wife

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott remained in custody Tuesday, nearly a week after she was arrested for reportedly trying to run him over.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors

Holding on to a walker, Peggy Jenkins slowly made her way to the front of the crowd Thursday night to claim her "survivor" medallion.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officials unclear if armed robbery suspect connected to Dawsonville CVS heist

The FBI task force investigating a string of armed robberies at CVS stores across metro-Atlanta has not reached out to local law enforcement to determine if a February robbery at the Dawsonville location is connected.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Aldi cancels plans for Dawson store

Corporate officials have announced that plans for an Aldi grocery store in Dawson have been called off.

April 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawson County’s Sweat retiring in June

Dawson County High School's Steve Sweat, who coached the Lady Tigers to a history-making, undefeated regular season in 2015, confirmed today that he will be retiring at the end of June.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


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