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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


Clerk indicted in theft

A grand jury on Monday indicted longtime Dawson County Clerk of Court Becky McCord in connection with more than $140,000 in missing funds.

March 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Tree committee honors county facilities staff

When the Dawson County facilities staff planted a Willow Oak Tree at Rock Creek Park for the annual Arbor Day celebration last Friday, they had no idea the tree they planted would be dedicated in their honor.

February 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Home expo set for this weekend

Anyone looking to make improvements to their current home or build a new one will find a variety of innovative ideas and demonstrations this weekend at the inaugural North Georgia Home Expo.

February 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


New businesses closer to locating in Dawson

New businesses are steps closer to locating in Dawson County.

February 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


County to share cost of audit

It's been nearly two months since the Dawson County commission approved a contract with the local humane society to care for stray animals.

February 24, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Snow blankets county

Emergency officials braced for the worst Friday, when as much as 4 inches of snow fell across some areas of Dawson County.

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rep. Amerson answers questions from residents

The state's current economic climate topped the list of concerns late last month when State Representative Amos Amerson sat down with constituents for breakfast.

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Flag football tourney benefits local youth

The Dawson County Jaycees is looking for a few more teams for the inaugural Chili Bowl and Flag Football Tournament next month.

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officials want clerk out

The Dawson County commission voted Friday to file a petition in Superior Court to remove longtime Clerk of Superior Court Becky McCord from office.

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


SPLOST, governor’s race on Tuesday’s ballot

Proponents for extending the county's 1-cent sales tax for six more years hope their campaign mail-outs, speaking engagements and social media presence to promote a "yes" vote resonates at the polls.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Luncheon on Saturday celebrates art

Preparations are under way for the eighth annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club named volunteer of the year

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for building a waterpark, Rotary Island, at Rock Creek Park.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

It's been a history-making season for the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

A Dawsonville teenager was cut with a knife in a fight at a downtown gas station Saturday during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Budget includes employee pay increases

For the first time in six years, Dawson County's proposed 2014 budget includes pay increases for employees.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man killed in logging incident

A Dawson County man was killed Monday evening in an incident involving a log splitter at his home.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘biggest’ fan

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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