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Students honored for willingness to learn

Dozens of students at Dawson County High School were recognized recently for their enthusiasm to learn and willingness to achieve.

The Tiger Awards are given each semester to students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning, are willing to put out extra effort for the sake of doing a good job and are willing to help others achieve.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Group invited to showcase talent

The Dawson County Arts Council will be well represented later this month at the 2011 Junior Theater Festival at Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.

The invitation only event brings together more than 3,000 students, teachers and Broadway professionals to raise their voices in celebration of on-stage and backstage excellence in musical theatre.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Man arrested after chase on Ga. 400

A Lumpkin County man remains in jail a week after he was charged with attempting to run over the officers who were pursuing him on an arrest warrant.

Christopher Kevin Jones, 25, is being held at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center without bond in connection with the Dec. 27 altercation that began in the parking lot of Ingles and ended after a high speed chase on Ga. 400.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grand jury hands down indictments

A convicted child molester was indicted last month on similar charges in Dawson County.

Hugh Clay Williams, 33, was among the nearly three dozen people indicted Dec. 15 by a Dawson County Grand Jury.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New Year’s brings old traditions

Call it superstition, folklore or good ol' Southern heritage, but collard greens, black-eyed peas and hog jowls are a staple of New Year's Day meals in Dawson County and across the South.

David and Regina Disharoon were among hundreds of friends and neighbors who enjoyed their lunch Sunday at the Dawsonville Pool Room.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Leaders hail building

State and local dignitaries gathered with hundreds of residents Tuesday for the dedication and grand opening of the new Dawson County Government Center.

Delivering the keynote address, Gov. Nathan Deal called the building in downtown Dawsonville a testament to a progressive community and one that is going to continue to prosper.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Council members welcomed

There will be a changing of the guard Monday night as two new members take their seats on the Dawsonville City Council.

Political newcomers Chris Gaines and Jason Power were elected to the council in November, unseating incumbents Mike Sosebee and Mike Wilson.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Carlisle announces bid for re-election

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle has announced he will seek re-election for a fifth term in 2012.

A certified officer since 1988, Carlisle began his law enforcement career as a 911 dispatcher before transferring to the patrol division, where he rose to lieutenant and later division commander.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


DCSO spreads joy at the jail

Visiting a jail isn't typically a happy occasion.

But last week, the smiles were contagious as Sheriff Billy Carlisle passed out bags of Christmas presents to children coming to see family members at the detention center.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Probe ongoing into find

Authorities continue to investigate the Dec. 21 discovery of an explosive device at a downtown Dawsonville gas station.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten, a 38-year-old Hall County man gave "no real reason" for having the device, which was described as an industrial grade explosive typically used on construction sites.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff honors top officers

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office honored its top employees last week during the department's annual Christmas luncheon at the law enforcement center.

In a time when budgets are tight, Sheriff Billy Carlisle opted to give gift cards and commendations to the winners instead of plaques.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


First look at new home

After years of planning and nearly 24 months of construction, the new Dawson County Government Center will open next week.

A ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, with Gov. Nathan Deal delivering the keynote address.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Moviegoers take a walk on the wild side

Moviegoers took a walk on the wild side last week at the cinema in Dawsonville.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, a nonprofit zoo and rescue in Dahlonega, brought several exotic animals to the theater Dec. 23 to celebrate the opening of "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Explosive found in car at Dawsonville gas station

Several blocks in downtown Dawsonville were shut down Wednesday night while authorities investigated an explosive device found in a car parked at a gas station on Ga. 9 North.

December 22, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local zoo comes to the movies

To celebrate the opening of acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe's movie "We Bought a Zoo," Chestatee Wildlife Preserve will be at the Dawsonville 400 Stadium Cinemas 10 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Molly Potts, cinema general manager, said having zoo animals at the movies on opening day seemed like a perfect fit.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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11-year-old in dirt bike crash dies

A charity page to assist with final expenses has been set up in memory of a Dawson County boy involved in a dirt bike wreck ...

May 26, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Child in critical condition following dirt bike wreck

An 11-year-old child was listed in critical condition following a dirt bike wreck in western Dawson County Monday afternoon.

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Long Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer of fun

The sun is out and it's been nice for several weeks now, but it's the long Memorial Day weekend that many consider the ...

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Independent zombie flick films at historic jail

Dawson County's Historic Jail will serve as the backdrop for an independent movie being filmed in mid-June.

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Attorney for accused jewel thief wants some charges dropped

The attorney for a woman accused of robbing Zales Outlet in Dawsonville last summer wants some of the charges against her client dropped, according to ...

May 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Delivery driver reports armed robbery

The driver of a delivery van was reportedly robbed at gunpoint Friday evening in western Dawson County.

May 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy resigns following DUI arrest in Lumpkin

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy tendered his resignation following his arrest in Lumpkin County when he was charged with driving under the influence of ...

May 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pup recovering after dog pack attack

Bowser, the 9-year-old miniature Schnauzer attacked last month by a pack of dogs in downtown Dawsonville, is recovering well, according to his owner.

May 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


'Suspicious' package deemed safe

The Biscayne neighborhood is back to normal following the report of a suspicious package found at a home on Sandcastle Court.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Suspicious package’ reported at Dawson County home

Dawson County deputies are investigating a suspicious package found at a home on Sandcastle Court in the Biscayne subdivision, near Ga. 400.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bobbie T. Owen

Bobbie T. Owen, 74, of Dawsonville, died May 16, 2016.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | OBITS


New traffic signals planned in Ga. 400 corridor

Dawson County motorists can expect to see new traffic signals along the Ga. 400 corridor within the next few months in response to the increased ...

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Primary election is set for Tuesday

Advanced voting continues through Friday for Tuesday's General Primary election.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Cancer fundraiser relays past $50,000 goal

Some ran, others walked and many held hands with loved ones as they relayed around the makeshift track in front of the Dawsonville Municipal Complex ...

May 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Residents vow to fight for hydrants

Residents living in the areas of Kilough and Nix Bridge roads are vowing to continue their fight to get fire hydrants in the area.

May 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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