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Former deputy clerk, cohort plead guilty

Sentencing has been delayed until September for a former Dawson County deputy clerk of court and her accomplice who admitted last week they had taken about $82,000 from an office account.

June 16, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High-speed chase ends with wreck, 3 arrests

A 37-year-old Cumming man faces nearly a dozen charges after he reportedly led authorities on a high-speed chase through Dawson County in a stolen truck.

June 16, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grandmother wins $150K in the lottery

Sandra Smith plays the lottery on occasion.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Restrictions lifted for many sex offenders

A law signed last month by Gov. Sonny Perdue allows more than half of the county's registered sex offenders to live and work wherever they want.

June 09, 2010 | By Stephen Gurr DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Plan could fix up 400

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to have planning staff look into an idea that would spruce up the Ga. 400 corridor in hopes of luring new business to the area.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Teen pleads guilty for restroom videos

Two days before he was set to graduate with honors from Dawson County High School, a teenager admitted making video recordings of women and young girls in three local restrooms.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


City approves budget

It's been almost three decades since the city of Dawsonville had a property tax increase.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Protect, serve ... educate

With a father who is a sheriff's officer, Taylor Swafford knows a thing or two about law enforcement.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Early voting begins

Early voting began Monday for the July 20 primary and will continue through July 16 at the Dawson County Elections and Registration Office.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Board OKs budget

A drastic reduction in state funding has local school officials looking at ways to save while still providing a quality education for students.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Boy turns up at school

A woman who reported her son missing May 27 faces drug and other charges after the child turned up safe at a day care, where he had been the whole time.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Service honors sacrifice

A crowd of about 200 gathered Monday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ex-clerk’s husband surrenders to authorities

Authorities say Wayne McCord did not help take the thousands of dollars his wife is accused of funneling from Dawson County Clerk of Courts' accounts.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Road dispute winds down

A decade long dispute over who's responsible for the upkeep of two roads in the Chestatee subdivision is expected to come to an end on Thursday.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


New government center building on schedule

Anyone planning to go to the courthouse over the next few months should plan a little longer walk to the front door.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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Meth lab found in southeast Dawson

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday morning of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘Awesome Bill’ joins NASCAR Hall of Fame

Affectionately known as "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" by his legion of fans, Bill Elliott will cement the town's status in motorsports history when he is inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame Friday night in Charlotte.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Food, fun and football

A lifelong Washington Redskins fan, Jim Sheppard really doesn't care who wins Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man arrested in child molestation case

A Dawsonville man was arrested overnight Monday in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a teen girl.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


McKee new administration director

A longtime employee was promoted last week to serve as Dawson County's director of administration.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Tanner proposes bill to limit no-knock warrants

With an 18-year career in law enforcement, including many with a multi-county narcotics unit, State Rep. Kevin Tanner executed his fair share of arrest warrants.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury, last week, handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bridge repairs impacted due to federal cuts

Federal cuts have delayed repairs to two heavily traveled bridges in Dawson County.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC avoids arbitration

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has avoided going into arbitration with the city of Dawsonville over an annexation dispute.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Iowa man indicted after alleged rape at local motel

An Iowa man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at a local motel late last year was indicted on the charges by a Dawson County grand jury last week.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen charged as adult in molestation case

A 15-year-old from Dawsonville has been charged as an adult in the alleged molestation of a young child.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New hardware store is looking to break ground

The owner of a hardware store in Dahlonega is expanding to Dawson County after officials last week approved a request to rezone nearly three acres at Hwy. 53 East and Stephens Road.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury on Tuesday handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

Friends, family, neighbors and even strangers are pouring on the love for Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his family after their home caught fire on Saturday afternoon.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Bridge dedication celebrates local man’s legacy of service

The memory of a local businessman and community leader is now forever enshrined upon a bridge renamed last week in his honor.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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