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City sewers getting upgrade

Sewer lines in the city of Dawsonville are in the process of having their life expectancy improved by about 50 years.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Two held in slayings

Authorities are trying to determine what led to a fatal family confrontation over the weekend on the Amicalola River.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local lawmaker voted to lead state House

Local lawmakers say North Georgia got an early Christmas present last week when David Ralston was named the next speaker of the state House of Representatives.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Store donates to public service

Emergency services and sheriff's officials say donations collected by Fred's Hometown Discount Store from shoppers will help a variety of community initiatives.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Murder suspects denied bond

The two Dawsonville men arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting deaths of an Effingham County couple have been charged with murder.

December 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Rotary Club recognizes top employees

Many service organizations tend to honor their own at end of the year banquets.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Suspect in drug case surrenders

The man at the center of what authorities call one of the largest methamphetamine trafficking cases in Dawson County history turned himself in last week after several weeks on the run.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pheasant shoot raises money

Anyone who knows Jonah Brinson knows that if they want to find him on the weekend, they need to look in a tree stand.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man gets 13 years in terror case

A Dawsonville man was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Monday for conspiring to support terror groups and making casing videos of possible U.S. targets.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff's office names top personnel

Employees with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are expected to set positive examples not only in their community but also in their roles on the job.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Furloughs put to rest ’til March

It will be March at the earliest before Dawson County employees know whether they must continue taking so-called "days of rest" next year.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Society ready to fight cuts

Judging by the e-mails circulating among volunteers, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners should expect a fight when the local humane society's contract comes up for review Thursday.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission weighs more furlough days

Dawson County employees may have to take as many as 12 unpaid days off in 2010.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Banks says it’ll repair Gold Creek entrance

The main entrance to Gold Creek subdivision off Hwy. 136 will be repaired, an official with Regions Bank said last week, though it's not clear how soon that will happen.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City kicks off holiday season

Hundreds of kiddies were on their best behavior Saturday evening at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame museum.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


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Commissioner questions annexation

A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Retail development expected to surge

At least six retail shops, including three restaurants, have contracts or commitments in place to be among the first to open in a new commercial development on Ga. 400.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival on tap this weekend for music, beer

Be on the lookout for food, drinks and fun this weekend as the downtown area plays host to the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Island set to open next week

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park will be open for the Labor Day weekend.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner named ‘Champion of Cities’

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Motorcycle collides with SUV, killing one on Hwy. 9

A 21-year-old Baldwin man was killed on July 29 after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a pickup truck on Hwy. 9.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man charged with pandering, solicitation

A 37-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested last week on pandering and solicitation charges.

August 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Renovation under way at state park lodge

A makeover at Amicalola Falls State Park lodge is on schedule to be complete in time for the fall season.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tanner named legislator of the year

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently named legislator of the year by the Brain Injury Association of Georgia for his work on a resolution that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Salary study finds pay lagging in Dawson

A recent salary study commissioned by Dawson County found there are positions within the government that are below the recommended minimum pay level compared to neighboring jurisdictions.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Authority closes on park land

The Downtown Development Authority has closed on a loan to buy 18 acres behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex for a planned city park.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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