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County opposes habitat proposal

Dawson County does not plan to join about a dozen other local governments in a habitat conservation plan for the Etowah River basin.

August 26, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Suspected pot farmer arrested

A Dawson County man was arrested Monday afternoon after authorities say they found him tending to a crop of suspected marijuana in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

August 26, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Club moves forward

An information-gathering meeting last Thursday brought together almost two dozen volunteers interested in forming an Optimist Club in Dawson County.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Eating breakfast, solving problems

They talk about politics, the weather, their families and anything else that comes to mind.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Defendants want lawsuit dismissed

The parties named in a lawsuit aimed at blocking plans for a motorsports country club in western Dawson County hope a judge will dismiss the matter next month.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Board may approve furloughs

The Dawson County commission will consider Thursday whether to make county employees take Sept. 4 and four other unpaid "days of rest" this year.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


No vacancy at shelter

Employees and volunteers at the Dawson County Humane Society are considering hanging a "no vacancy" sign on the front door.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Property tax seminar planned Saturday

An educational seminar on understanding property taxes is planned for Saturday morning at the Appalachian Community Bank Conference Center in downtown Dawsonville.

August 19, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


New tastes in town

While many counties and cities across north Georgia are struggling with businesses closing down, the city of Dawsonville is experiencing a surprising growth spurt.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Increase expected on 2009 tax bills

Homeowners can expect to pay between $200 and $300 more on their property taxes due to the cancellation of the state's homestead exemption for 2009.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Workers facing furloughs

It wasn't an easy decision, but Dawson County's finance and budget staff is recommending employee furloughs beginning next month.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Ex-cop pleads guilty

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled, former Dawson County Sheriff's Officer Kenneth Cannon admitted he impersonated a state patrol officer to illegally gather information on his ex-wife.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with child porn

A Dawsonville man faces nearly a dozen felony charges for sexual exploitation of children after he reportedly made contact with a teen over the Internet.

August 12, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Training for the future

Walking across the stage Friday at Riverview Middle School, 27 young cadets became the inaugural graduating class of the Dawson County Junior Firefighter Academy.

August 05, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Task force aims to locate fugitives

Communicating vital information is key in the search and apprehension of fugitives.

August 05, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Rabies clinic is Saturday

Low cost rabies vaccinations are available Saturday at various locations across the county.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Governor set to sign sludge bill

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Dawsonville this morning to sign into law a bill that will place tougher regulations on sludge application.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


District 7 candidates square off

In their first public debate, candidates for the District 7 seat in the state House of Representatives met last week in Dawsonville.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Fatal wreck on Easter kills Blairsville woman

A 78-year-old Blairsville woman died Sunday morning after a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 53 in western Dawson County.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Essay winners reflect on lessons learned

The local Rotary Club recently recognized the Dawson County High School Laws of Life Essay Contest winners during a special awards program.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Forum’s focus on issues

Several dozen local voters filled the auditorium at Dawson County Middle School last week to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 commission seat.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer fired after arrest

A Dawson County Sheriff's employee was terminated Monday, weeks after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Movie scenes filmed at Amicalola Park

Amicalola Falls State Park is the backdrop for a new movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pancake breakfast is Saturday

There's no need to fret over what to make for breakfast Saturday morning.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Baskets of fun

Makeshift barricades separated anxious young hunters from thousands of plastic Easter eggs spread across the football field at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hometown racer draws crowd

Coming off back-to-back wins in NASCAR's Nationwide Series, Chase Elliott came home to Dawsonville on Wednesday and was greeted by a couple hundred fans ready to meet their hometown hero.

April 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Business community thanks top teachers

The local business community last week paid tribute to the county's top teachers.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chase wins again

Downtown Dawsonville is not typically known for its loud nightlife. Except when there's a NASCAR race on TV and native son Chase Elliott is celebrating in victory lane.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Electronic recycling event is Saturday

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

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Chase Elliott wins again

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott won his second consecutive victory in the Nationwide Series Friday at Darlington Speedway in South Carolina.

April 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


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