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Woman must repay victims for theft

Michael Allen was in court Friday when a Superior Court judge ordered a Dawsonville woman to pay back more than $20,000 she admitted stealing from him and a friend.

January 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen accused of unlawful videotaping

A Dawson County teen was taken into custody Wednesday morning after authorities said he used his cell phone to video females in three local restrooms.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County to break ground on new courthouse, government center

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners, along with county staff and court administrators, will break ground on a new courthouse and government center at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. The event, orginally scheduled for Jan. 20 was rescheduled late Tuesday afternoon, due to the threat of inclement weather.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County man charged with rape

A 20-year-old Dawson County man has been charged with rape and molestation after an encounter with a 13-year-old girl authorities say he met online.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More families seek home heating help

While the snow from Dawsonville's recent storm has melted away, the cold weather will be around for a few more months.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Filling a need

Walking into Good Shepherd Clinic, Retha Smith had a glow not often seen in the three years since she and her husband lost nearly everything to identity theft.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dine out for United Way is Thursday

Dine out Thursday at participating restaurants and help a neighbor in need.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


39-year-old charged with molestation

A 39-year-old Dawsonville man has been arrested on charges of child molestation.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New ISO ratings mean a safer county

The Monday after Christmas Dawson County Emergency Services opened a present it had been waiting on.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Ice keeps officials on the go

The arctic blast that dropped nearly an inch of snow in Dawson County on Jan. 7 kept sheriff's deputies and emergency services personnel busy well into the weekend.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson takes hit in 2009

Dawson County took an economic hit in 2009 as the unemployment rate rose, businesses shuttered and home foreclosures soared.

January 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Death penalty possible

Nearly three weeks after the slayings of a southeast Georgia couple along the Amicalola River, there's increasing speculation that one or both suspects could face the death penalty.

January 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officials urge safety for holiday weekend

Dawson County authorities will be out in force this weekend trying to keep motorists safe as they ring in the New Year.

December 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Christmas tree recycling opportunities growing

Keep Dawson County Beautiful has expanded efforts this holiday season to give Dawson County residents more opportunities to recycle their live Christmas trees.

December 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man selected for NASA teaching project

A lifelong fascination with space travel and astronomy paid off for a Dawson County man when he was accepted last week to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project.

December 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


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Elliott holds on to series lead

With five races left in the season, Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is poised to take home the NASCAR Nationwide Championship title in his first year on the circuit.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Volunteers sweep shore

Massive amounts of Styrofoam, parts of an abandoned houseboat and two crumbling docks were among the debris collected in Dawson County on Saturday during the Lake Lanier Association's 26th annual Shore Sweep.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Backpack Buddies’ provides snacks for kids

A new collaboration is gearing up to make sure local children are not going hungry when they leave school and are home on the weekends.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Champ consolidates racing collection

A 30-year racing career can produce quite a collection of cars and memorabilia.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Swafford named state’s top deputy coroner

Lanier Swafford was recently named the state's top deputy coroner by the Georgia Coroner's Association.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Holiday season to bring jobs

Unemployment continues to improve across the north Georgia region and officials believe the busy holiday shopping season will bring even lower rates in the coming months.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Consolidation floated

A recent flurry of requests from Dawson County residents wanting to annex their property into Dawsonville has prompted officials to explore the possibility of a unified government.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer resigns amid inquiry

A Dawson County Detention Center employee resigned earlier this month during an investigation that exposed an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official: March blaze no accident

The local investigation into an explosion and fire that leveled a southern Dawson County home in March is ongoing, but Allstate Insurance officials said they've denied the property owner's compensation claim because the incident wasn't an accident.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rezoning approved for retail center

The last 10 acres of a tract of land needed to develop a new retail center along Ga. 400 were rezoned last week.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Men indicted for rape, kidnapping

Two men accused in unrelated rape and kidnapping cases were indicted last week by a Dawson County grand jury.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect indicted in credit card scheme

A Riverdale man has been indicted on nearly two dozen charges in connection with a credit card scheme and high-speed chase last summer.

September 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More are seeking to annex

Despite protests from Dawson County officials concerning recent annexation requests, Dawsonville continues to receive applications from people who want to live in the city limits.

September 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man sentenced to 12 years for molestation

A Dawson County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a child molestation arrest in 2012.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Suspect surrenders in burglary

A 17-year-old surrendered to authorities last week after avoiding arrest for months in connection with a spring burglary in eastern Dawson County.

September 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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