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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


Agency close to goal

In a year when more people than ever looked to others for assistance, United Way for Dawson County raised more than $87,000 locally for those in need.

March 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bingo to benefit senior center

American Legion Post 247 plans to donate proceeds from its weekly Bingo event to raise funds for an elevator at the local senior citizens center.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Players find tough competition

When players signed on to play in the Inaugural Dawson County Jaycees Flag Football Tournament last Saturday they knew there would be some tough competition.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Negotiations continue

The inability to agree on a deal has brought Dawson County and the local humane society full circle.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Bond denied for suspects

A Superior Court judge denied bond last week for two Dawson County men charged in the December slayings of a south Georgia couple.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Business relocating headquarters here

A national leader in sanitizing technology will move its corporate headquarters to Dawson County.

March 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Clothing drive to benefit Haitian earthquake victims

A local group would like you to start spring cleaning early this year and donate your spring and summer clothing to the earthquake victims in Haiti.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Graves to run for commission

Lionel Graves had little to no intention of running for public office when he retired to Dawson County about eight years ago.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Humane society says funding not enough

Humane Society officials say Dawson County's offer to split the cost of a required audit may not be enough to seal a proposed contract.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


‘We got to laugh at ourselves’

It doesn't matter that the Dawsonville Shooting Stars came up a few points short in Friday night's game, because everyone wins when the Harlem Ambassadors come to town.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Board warns accountant

A state board that oversees professional licensing last Wednesday told a local accountant accused of substandard practices to follow the rules or lose his license.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Case against slaying suspects proceeds

Two Dawson County men charged in the killing of a south Georgia couple late last year along the Amicalola River were indicted Monday.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County discusses possibility of creating TADs

A stretch of Ga. 400 near Henry Grady Hwy., where rundown buildings have sat vacant for years, could fit the criteria for a tax allocation district, according to one Dawson County official.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘biggest’ fan

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


SPLOST approval could generate $9.6 million

If voters approve a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax next month, the measure could generate as much as $9.6 million for projects within downtown Dawsonville.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


BBQ supports United Way

A barbecue fundraiser Saturday supports United Way for Dawson County and its many local partners.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pups in the Park Dog Show is this weekend

Fun and furry festivities are planned this weekend at the inaugural Pups in the Park Dog Show.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner receives award for legislative leadership

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently recognized by the Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for his leadership in passing legislation that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Bones found at dump human

State investigators have confirmed that bones discovered in August at the Dawson County Transfer Station are human remains.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official keeps pushing for consolidation

Commissioner Gary Pichon may have just two more months as an elected official, but that isn't stopping him from pushing for a consolidated government in Dawson County.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Business group supports SPLOST

Advance voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election, which includes a referendum asking voters to extend Dawson County's 1-cent sales tax.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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