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Teen driver awarded

Makayla Crowder was shocked and surprised when she was called out of class March 27 by a local deputy.

"I wasn't sure what was going on," the Dawson County High School junior said.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Hearings set on alcohol ordinance

Hearings have been set to gauge public opinion on amending the county's alcohol ordinance, though commissioners don't expect much conflict.

Voters approved a measure March 6 that allows the sale of package alcohol at stores on Sunday in unincorporated Dawson County by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin. Sunday drink sales passed by a similar margin, about 64 percent to 36 percent.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


County to dedicate time capsule

The community is invited to a ceremony Thursday to dedicate a 30-year time capsule that will be buried at the new Dawson County Government Center.

The time capsule will be placed in a flower bed in front of the building and identified with a granite marker that will list the installation date as well as the year it is to be opened.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Donation box issue up for discussion

An ordinance that places limits on clothing donation boxes across the county is up for discussion this week.

A second public hearing will be held Thursday during the 6 p.m. meeting of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The Dawson County Planning Commission heard the proposed ordinance March 20 and voted to recommend approval as drafted.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Fundraiser benefits cause

Tickets are now on sale for a barbecue chicken fundraiser next week at Julia's Neighborhood Deli.

Sponsored by SunTrust Bank and the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, proceeds from the April 10 dinner will benefit Relay for Life, an overnight event in May that celebrates survivorship, while raising money for cancer research and programs.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local soldier returns from Afghanistan

A special homecoming celebration was delayed a couple weeks for U.S. Army PFC Tyler Youngblood who arrived in Atlanta last month from an 11-month tour in Afghanistan.

Mother Anita Youngblood said life is great, knowing her son is back home safe.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tasting bill passes Senate

A bill that would allow tasting at distilleries across the state has made its way through the Georgia General Assembly and awaits the governor's signature.

Proponents of the bill, including master distiller Dwight Bearden, who will oversee operations at Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, say the measure will drive economic development.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


‘That’s a wrap’

Tuesday was a wrap for movie scenes filmed at a motel near downtown Dawsonville.

The cast and crew have moved on to their next location, leaving only the memory that Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood spent a week here and gave the community a glimpse of Hollywood.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man pleads guilty in assault case

A man accused of attempted rape during a New Year's Eve party in Big Canoe has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Jose Alfredo Delafuente, 49, was sentenced as a first offender and received a 14-year sentence with a year to be served in jail and the remainder on probation.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Residents take to the range

Samantha Moulder admits firing a gun for the first time was scary, but also exciting.

Moulder, 16, was one of about three dozen participants that drove to a gun range in Cumming in late February to take a firearms training course offered through the Dawson County Sheriff's Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Paving scam suspect arrested in Indiana

Local authorities are awaiting the extradition of a suspect who reportedly swindled an elderly Dawson County man out of more than $8,000.

Johnny Shane Wells, 21, of North Augusta, S.C., was arrested in Shelbyville, Ind., in mid-March after a bank employee alerted police to a possible suspicious check.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Board mulls redrawing boundary for precinct

Hundreds of voters could be affected by a proposal to align local voting precincts with the district lines for the state House of Representatives.

The Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration is in talks to redraw the county's western precinct boundary to match up with a redrawn District 7.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Local GOP encourages youth involvement

Republicans across the state met recently to select delegates to send to regional and state GOP conventions later this spring.

Barron Carlton was among a group of young voters in Dawsonville hoping to be selected to represent Dawson County at the 9th Congressional and state conventions.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Poker run benefits man injured on trip

It had been more than a decade since James and Barbara Carnes had last taken a vacation.

"We were on a cruise to Costa Maya, Mexico, but it turned into a nightmare," Barbara Carnes said recalling the trip last November that left her husband without use of his arms and legs.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Motorcycle fatality under investigation

One person from Forsyth County was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon on Ga. 400 in Dawson County.

Emergency workers said Krista Stein, 47, was thrown from the motorcycle on which she was traveling with her husband and died at the scene.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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