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United Way worried about reaching goal

Just two months into the 2010 campaign, United Way for Dawson County officials are saying they are concerned about reaching a $100,000 goal.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Little interest in polling change

Glenda Ferguson said she was surprised no one wanted to speak at a recent public hearing on plans to consolidate the county's voting precincts.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Suspect held after chase, manhunt

A Dawsonville man with an extensive criminal history is being held without bond following a chase and brief manhunt last week.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


SleeveCo purchases chamber property

One of Dawson County's largest employers plans to expand its operation and create 15 to 20 new jobs in the next year.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Circus featured acrobats, clowns

Kids of all ages were in awe last weekend when the World Renowned Blanstar Circus rolled into town.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ex-meth addict warns students of dangers

Cari McDonald remembers the first time she smoked pot.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Pheasant shoot to benefit seniors

A time-honored European tradition comes to Dawsonville Dec. 12 with the Inaugural Dawson County European Pheasant Shoot at the Whitmire Farm on Goldmine Road.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Precinct plan goes to public

Consolidating Dawson County's eight polling locations will be the topic of discussion at a public hearing Friday morning.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson father wins $250,000

Bobby Taylor buys lottery tickets every week. Sometimes in the scratch off variety, but mostly Mega Million jackpot tickets.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


No place like home

At the urging of her teenage son, a Dawsonville woman has taken in more than 50 children over the last seven years as a foster parent.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Bowen fundraiser is set for next month

Preparations are underway for the third annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Campaign focuses on teen driving

A group of Dawson County teens hopes a bumper sticker initiative will encourage young motorists to drive safely.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Clerk is fired for theft

Authorities say a former longtime clerk took thousands of dollars from Dawson County Probate Court.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Society asks county to collect fees

In an effort to help offset costs at the Dawson County Humane Society, shelter volunteers have asked the county to consider charging pet owners a license fee.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


New gas station pitched for Ga. 400

Officials with RaceTrac convenience stores are putting the finishing touches on a site plan for a new gas station along Ga. 400.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


2nd arrest in church burglaries

A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a string of church burglaries over the past several months.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Lumpkin Campmeeting this week

Lynn Nahlik looks forward to campmeeting at Lumpkin Campground all year.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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