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DOT encouraged to consider concerns

Local officials want the state Department of Transportation to hear from residents before making any improvements at Ga. 400 and Kilough Church Road.

The Dawson County commission's Sept. 1 vote to send the DOT a letter followed several weeks of discussions about the crossing.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Authorities discover alleged grow houses

For the second time in less than a week, investigators shut down a suspected indoor marijuana-growing operation in western Dawson County.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the two busts, which resulted in three arrests, were unrelated.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Hearing on reservoir is set for Thursday

The first of two public hearings about a proposed reservoir in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area will be held Thursday during a special called meeting of the Dawson County commission.

The meeting is set for 4 p.m. in the G.L. Pete Gilleland Chambers at Dawsonville City Hall.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


In their own words

Terry Ergle was working at a post office in Atlanta when he was drafted to the Army in 1967.

A few months later, he was on an airplane to Vietnam, a place that still haunts him today.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man shot in alleged drug theft

A 42-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested Monday after he reportedly shot an intruder who authorities say was attempting to take marijuana plants from his property early Sunday.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said Darius Marcel Ciupeiu faces felony drug charges as well as a litany of other charges.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Crash under investigation

It could be weeks before the results of an investigation into Saturday's deadly boat crash on Lake Lanier are available.

Melissa Cummings, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said a team began reconstructing the collision Sunday.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Wallace wins $10K at chamber event

After a long day at work last Thursday, Taylor Wallace planned to spend a relaxing evening at home.

But as 9 p.m. approached, his phone started to ring.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Couple celebrates 50 years of marriage

Barbara Wallace couldn't think of a single reason why she was receiving a letter from the governor's office when she checked her mail one morning earlier this summer.

"It just didn't make sense. Why in the world would the governor be writing to us?" she said.

August 31, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Dateline to profile Hilton on Friday

An upcoming episode of NBC's Dateline will profile accused serial killer Gary Michael Hilton who admitted killing a young Gwinnett County woman in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management area in January 2008.

Fittingly named "Mystery on Blood Mountain," Friday night's Dateline episode that will air at 9 p.m. follows Hilton as he stalked his human prey along hiking trails and lonely roads from Florida to North Carolina.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Roll the dice for charity

Tickets are still available for the Dawson County Humane Society's second annual Lucky Dog Casino night.

Featuring Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Texas Hold 'Em Poker, the event will be held at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex from 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘A collaborative effort’

Less than a month after he was named to the National Drug Court Hall of Fame, the judge responsible for envisioning a treatment court in Dawson County was honored during a ceremony marking the program's fifth anniversary.

"I've been really given too much credit," said Northeastern Judicial Circuit Senior Judge John Girardeau. "Those of us who work in the drug court arena know that success is never attributable to just one person. It is a collaborative effort.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Board set to vote on ’12 budget

The public had little to say during a recent hearing on Dawson County's proposed 2012 operating budget.

The county commission is expected to vote on the $20.9 million spending plan Sept. 1.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Volunteer thanked for service

Jay Walker didn't live in Dawson County the last 10 years, but he made Dawsonville his home.

"This community has taken care of my family," Walker said. "I've just always felt that it was important to give back to the community that's taken care of you."

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawson sheriff withdraws from certification program

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has temporarily withdrawn from a state certification program for law enforcement agencies and plans to seek certification again next spring.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle sent a letter to the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police on July 20 requesting to voluntarily withdraw from the program.

August 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Local man acquitted of child molestation charges

A 54-year-old Dawson County man arrested nearly a year ago on child molestation charges has been acquitted.

With friends and family by his side Aug. 10, Louis "Lou" Renevillia said he felt a weight lifted from his shoulders as a jury returned not guilty verdicts on each of the nine charges.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Sheriff’s office seeks help in locating runaway teen

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is turning to the public for help in locating a missing teen.

February 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and ...

February 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Pedestrian killed crossing Ga. 400

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover final expenses for a Dahlonega man who died from injuries sustained when he was hit ...

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Speller had a ‘hankering’ to win bee

Kilough Elementary fifth grader Jacob Vaughan had a real "hankering" to win last week's countywide spelling bee at Dawson County Middle School.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Education


City moving forward with park plans

City officials are entertaining design concepts for the new park going in behind Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Relay for Life volunteers hunt for a cure

Deer hunting season may be over, but those whose mission it is to stop cancer in its tracks are still "Hunting for a Cure."

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tax commissioner will not seek 4th term

Dawson County's longtime tax commissioner announced on Monday that she will not seek re-election.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City workshop draws small crowd

A first of its kind workshop in Dawsonville gave local residents the opportunity last week to learn more about the goings on in city government.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GDOT lowering speed limit on Ga. 400 in Dawson County

State transportation officials announced last month that the speed limit on a stretch of Ga. 400 in Dawson County will be lowered to 55 mph.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pedestrian hit crossing Ga. 400 in Dawson County early Monday morning dies

A pedestrian hit this morning as he attempted to cross Ga. 400 in Dawson County has died.

February 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City considering water rate hike

Water customers in the City of Dawsonville could soon see a slight rate increase.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Chamber superstars unmasked at gala

Winter weather may have postponed the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce annual gala, but the masked revelers still had a ball Sunday.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commission chair will not seek 4th term

When you blow the candles out on your 70th birthday, there also comes a certain degree of privilege.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


POA plans to buy 730 acres inside Big Canoe

A group of Big Canoe property owners are negotiating to purchase more than 700 acres of land in an effort to ensure the property will ...

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Threat of snow prompts officials to err on the side of caution

Milk and bread began disappearing from grocery shelves early last week as threats of ice and snow blew into the area.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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