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Emergency services honors pioneers

Jackie Townley was 15-years-old when he fought his first fire.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Volunteers spend a day cleaning the city

Dozens of volunteers arrived early Saturday morning to help clean streets through the city of Dawsonville.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Shoppers scramble for deals

Matthew Grizzle needed a laptop computer with the latest Windows 7 operating system for college.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Smash-and-grab bandits strike at outlet mall

About $25,000 in merchandise is missing from the Coach Factory Store after authorities say at least two men smashed a front window at North Georgia Premium Outlets early Thanksgiving morning.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect charged in assault at motel

A Dawsonville woman remains hospitalized and her boyfriend is in custody a week after what authorities described as a brutal attack at an extended stay motel.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tree lighting ceremony set for Saturday

The city of Dawsonville will kick off the holiday season on Saturday with its annual tree lighting spectacle.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


College installs president

The Archbishop and Archdiocese of Atlanta were part of a procession Monday afternoon that welcomed a new president at Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Homebuilders combine in Dawson, Lumpkin

The weak economy may set a more successful stage for local builders now that Dawson and Lumpkin counties' home builders associations have joined forces.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Thrift shop, food pantry expand charity operation

For the last few years, volunteers at the RIC Rack thrift store and community food pantry have wanted to expand the charity operation.

December 02, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Ex-jailer sentenced in molestation case

A former Dawson County jailer will spend the next 15 years in prison after he admitted to molesting a teenage family member.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Gold Creek entrance is still closed after flood

Gold Creek residents are furious that the main entrance to their subdivision remains closed nearly two months after heavy rains caused a pipe to collapse.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hall of famer speaks to Jaycees

Hall of fame pitcher Phil Niekro, 70, recalled his fondest baseball memories and answered questions about his career last Friday at Chestatee Golf Club.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Four charged in drug bust

Four men remain in custody after a weekend drug bust in Dawson County.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Council swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday

The public is invited to meet Dawsonville's two new councilmen Tuesday afternoon as Calvin Byrd and James Grogan are sworn into office.

November 25, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Judge allows motorsports lawsuit to move forward

Plaintiffs in a law suit filed to halt the construction of a motorsports park across from their property in western Dawson County scored a win earlier this week when the judge ruled they could move forward with the suit.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


2nd arrest in church burglaries

A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of church burglaries over the past several months.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Lumpkin Campmeeting this week

Lynn Nahlik looks forward to campmeeting at Lumpkin Campground all year.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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