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Judge allows motorsports lawsuit to move forward

Plaintiffs in a law suit filed to halt the construction of a motorsports park across from their property in western Dawson County scored a win earlier this week when the judge ruled they could move forward with the suit.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Secretary of State speaks to chamber members

Georgia's Secretary of State Karen Handel made a stop in Dawson County last Thursday as she continues her campaign for governor.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Decorating tables with the classics

Angels were among the ladies of Gold Creek Book Club Nov. 7 as the group took first place in Dawson County Arts Council's Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Voting locations trimmed to three

Most Dawson County voters can expect to cast their ballots at a new location next year.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission curbs pet fee proposal

Dawson County commissioners have made it clear they are not interested in collecting fees from pet owners.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Two plead guilty for thefts

Guilty pleas by two White County men have closed the files on several burglaries in Dawson and four other counties.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Courthouse bids under budget

Bids to build Dawson County's new courthouse and administration building have come in at nearly half the projected cost.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Gilreath signs with Columbus State University

Dawson County High School senior Chase Gilreath had plenty of reasons to be smiling last Thursday when he inked a baseball scholarship with the Columbus State University Cougars.

November 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | High School


Votes are in

Political newcomers Calvin Byrd and James Grogan were elected to the Dawsonville City Council Tuesday night.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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Renovation under way at state park lodge

A makeover at Amicalola Falls State Park lodge is on schedule to be complete in time for the fall season.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tanner named legislator of the year

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently named legislator of the year by the Brain Injury Association of Georgia for his work on a resolution that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Salary study finds pay lagging in Dawson

A recent salary study commissioned by Dawson County found there are positions within the government that are below the recommended minimum pay level compared to neighboring jurisdictions.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Authority closes on park land

The Downtown Development Authority has closed on a loan to buy 18 acres behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex for a planned city park.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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