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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


Son to testify against dad in theft case

A Dawson County man has agreed to testify against his father and another relative in a case involving more than $25,000 in stolen home appliances and furnishings.

January 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman must repay victims for theft

Michael Allen was in court Friday when a Superior Court judge ordered a Dawsonville woman to pay back more than $20,000 she admitted stealing from him and a friend.

January 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen accused of unlawful videotaping

A Dawson County teen was taken into custody Wednesday morning after authorities said he used his cell phone to video females in three local restrooms.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County to break ground on new courthouse, government center

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners, along with county staff and court administrators, will break ground on a new courthouse and government center at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. The event, orginally scheduled for Jan. 20 was rescheduled late Tuesday afternoon, due to the threat of inclement weather.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County man charged with rape

A 20-year-old Dawson County man has been charged with rape and molestation after an encounter with a 13-year-old girl authorities say he met online.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More families seek home heating help

While the snow from Dawsonville's recent storm has melted away, the cold weather will be around for a few more months.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Filling a need

Walking into Good Shepherd Clinic, Retha Smith had a glow not often seen in the three years since she and her husband lost nearly everything to identity theft.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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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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