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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


Dawsonville woman died of natural causes

A cardiac condition was determined to be the cause of death of a woman who died last week in her car in western Dawson County

February 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Clerk of court arrested

Dawson County's longtime clerk of Superior Court has been charged in connection with the theft of more than $119,000 from the county over the last five years.

February 11, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville woman is first traffic fatality in 2010

An autopsy is scheduled for a Dawsonville woman who died after a wreck Tuesday in western Dawson County.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Court offers free weddings, renewals

With Valentine's Day on Sunday, many men and women are trying to come up with the perfect gift that tells their loved one how much they care.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Expansion complete

Almost two decades have passed since a group of Dawson County women set up shop in a small basement on the outskirts of town in an effort to collect clothes and food for local individuals in need.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Missing money probe expands

Local authorities have expanded their investigation into money missing from the Dawson County Clerk of Court's office and involved the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in the matter.

February 10, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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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


SPLOST approval could generate $9.6 million

If voters approve a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax next month, the measure could generate as much as $9.6 million for projects within downtown Dawsonville.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


BBQ supports United Way

A barbecue fundraiser Saturday supports United Way for Dawson County and its many local partners.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pups in the Park Dog Show is this weekend

Fun and furry festivities are planned this weekend at the inaugural Pups in the Park Dog Show.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner receives award for legislative leadership

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently recognized by the Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for his leadership in passing legislation that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Bones found at dump human

State investigators have confirmed that bones discovered in August at the Dawson County Transfer Station are human remains.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official keeps pushing for consolidation

Commissioner Gary Pichon may have just two more months as an elected official, but that isn't stopping him from pushing for a consolidated government in Dawson County.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Business group supports SPLOST

Advance voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election, which includes a referendum asking voters to extend Dawson County's 1-cent sales tax.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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