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Ex-planning member arrested in drug sting

A former member of Dawson County's planning board was arrested Monday in a drug sting.

Elbert Phil Clark, 62, of Dawsonville was charged with trafficking methamphetamine after authorities said he bought 4 ounces of the drug at a local motel.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Maps up for change

State lawmakers representing Dawson County said earlier this week they were pleased with the proposed House and Senate districts.

"It couldn't be better if I had drawn it myself," said District 9 Rep. Amos Amerson on Tuesday morning.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Proposed budget limits spending

The preliminary 2012 budget presented last week to the Dawson County commission limits spending to critical capital needs.

"This budget is nothing more than a balancing act," said Commission Chairman Mike Berg. "Revenue in versus expenses out."

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Ga. 400/53 plans ahead of schedule

State transportation officials say plans to renovate Dawson County's busiest intersection are ahead of schedule.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Race benefits senior center

The drive from his home in Fayetteville to Dawsonville was well worth Robert Osburn's time Saturday morning.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Commission chair to present budget

The proposed budget Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg plans to present this week calls for about a 4 percent drop in spending for 2012.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Couple charged in burglary

A Dawsonville couple who authorities say are responsible for a burglary last week were arrested after tips from nearby residents.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Philanthropist remembered for passion

A celebration of life will be held Saturday for the woman many credit with giving homeless animals in Dawson County a chance.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


General Assembly could consider district lines

State lawmakers could review Dawson County's district lines when the Georgia General Assembly reconvenes in August for a special session on state redistricting.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Graves to address chamber

Congressman Tom Graves will be the guest speaker at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at noon Thursday.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Former official mourned

A lifelong Dawsonville resident and former city council member died Thursday at her home.

Friends say Gennie Melinda "Linda" Grant, 62, will be remembered for her devotion to her son and commitment to her hometown.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Theft case nears end

Prosecutors expect to resolve the state's theft case against former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord next month.

A plea hearing is set for Sept. 16, two days after McCord is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud charges.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Cycling for a cure

A local man will be among some 5,000 cyclists riding through Massachusetts this weekend to help fight cancer.

Brian Hood of Dawsonville said the overall goal is to raise $34 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for cancer research and treatment.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Upcoming golf tourney supporting Red Cross

Teams are still forming for the 7th annual Don Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament.

A fundraiser for the Northeast Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross, the tournament will be held Aug. 8 at Chestatee Golf Club in Dawsonville.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tax appeals rise slightly from ’10

The number of property tax appeals submitted to the Dawson County Board of Assessors is up slightly from 2010.

Chief appraiser Michael Roberts said his office received roughly 750 appeals from more than 15,000 assessments mailed out to property owners in June. The office received nearly 600 in 2010.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


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Sheriff’s office seeks help in locating runaway teen

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is turning to the public for help in locating a missing teen.

February 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and ...

February 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Pedestrian killed crossing Ga. 400

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover final expenses for a Dahlonega man who died from injuries sustained when he was hit ...

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Speller had a ‘hankering’ to win bee

Kilough Elementary fifth grader Jacob Vaughan had a real "hankering" to win last week's countywide spelling bee at Dawson County Middle School.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Education


City moving forward with park plans

City officials are entertaining design concepts for the new park going in behind Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Relay for Life volunteers hunt for a cure

Deer hunting season may be over, but those whose mission it is to stop cancer in its tracks are still "Hunting for a Cure."

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tax commissioner will not seek 4th term

Dawson County's longtime tax commissioner announced on Monday that she will not seek re-election.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City workshop draws small crowd

A first of its kind workshop in Dawsonville gave local residents the opportunity last week to learn more about the goings on in city government.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GDOT lowering speed limit on Ga. 400 in Dawson County

State transportation officials announced last month that the speed limit on a stretch of Ga. 400 in Dawson County will be lowered to 55 mph.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pedestrian hit crossing Ga. 400 in Dawson County early Monday morning dies

A pedestrian hit this morning as he attempted to cross Ga. 400 in Dawson County has died.

February 01, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City considering water rate hike

Water customers in the City of Dawsonville could soon see a slight rate increase.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Chamber superstars unmasked at gala

Winter weather may have postponed the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce annual gala, but the masked revelers still had a ball Sunday.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commission chair will not seek 4th term

When you blow the candles out on your 70th birthday, there also comes a certain degree of privilege.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


POA plans to buy 730 acres inside Big Canoe

A group of Big Canoe property owners are negotiating to purchase more than 700 acres of land in an effort to ensure the property will ...

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Threat of snow prompts officials to err on the side of caution

Milk and bread began disappearing from grocery shelves early last week as threats of ice and snow blew into the area.

January 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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