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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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County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

Preparations are in place for everyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott wins Nationwide championship

Nationwide champion. Rookie of the year. Most popular driver.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody

A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Competitive team takes it to state finals

Saturday's contest may not have been the result Dawson County High School's competitive cheerleaders had hoped for, but the excitement of competing in the state finals in Columbus had the team pumped in celebration of a winning season.

November 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Chase Elliott is NASCAR's newest champion

The "si-rene" atop the world-famous Pool Room is screaming through downtown Dawsonville for Chase Elliott

November 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Citizens graduate from academy

A ceremony was held last week to celebrate the latest graduates of the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Amendment by local legislator passes

Georgia voters last week approved an amendment to the state's Constitution that imposes additional fees for reckless driving violations when they are pleaded down from driving under the influence.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Homeowner charged with fraud

A woman whose Dawson County home caught fire and exploded in March has been charged with felony insurance fraud after officials say she exaggerated the extent of her losses from the blaze.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Elliott clinches the title

Dawsonville's legacy of producing NASCAR champions continued Saturday when Chase Elliott clinched the 2014 Nationwide Series title with a fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Speedway.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Road repaving could hinge on agreement with city

A portion of road could be skipped when the county begins a repaving project on Burt Creek Road if an agreement with the city isn't reached.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Community honors servicemen and women

The community paid tribute to servicemen and women of all ages and from each branch of the military Tuesday during Dawsonville's Veterans Day celebration.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


House Republicans re-elect Ralston

Rep. David Ralston will retain his position as one of the most powerful leaders in the Georgia General Assembly after House Republicans unanimously approved his nomination as Speaker of the House for another two years during Monday morning's caucus meeting at the state capitol.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocates urge BOC to support adult literacy

The first of two public hearings required before commissioners can adopt the county's 2015 budget brought out a handful of speakers in support of adult literacy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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