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Plan could fix up 400

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to have planning staff look into an idea that would spruce up the Ga. 400 corridor in hopes of luring new business to the area.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Teen pleads guilty for restroom videos

Two days before he was set to graduate with honors from Dawson County High School, a teenager admitted making video recordings of women and young girls in three local restrooms.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


City approves budget

It's been almost three decades since the city of Dawsonville had a property tax increase.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Protect, serve ... educate

With a father who is a sheriff's officer, Taylor Swafford knows a thing or two about law enforcement.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Early voting begins

Early voting began Monday for the July 20 primary and will continue through July 16 at the Dawson County Elections and Registration Office.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Board OKs budget

A drastic reduction in state funding has local school officials looking at ways to save while still providing a quality education for students.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Boy turns up at school

A woman who reported her son missing May 27 faces drug and other charges after the child turned up safe at a day care, where he had been the whole time.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Service honors sacrifice

A crowd of about 200 gathered Monday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ex-clerk’s husband surrenders to authorities

Authorities say Wayne McCord did not help take the thousands of dollars his wife is accused of funneling from Dawson County Clerk of Courts' accounts.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Road dispute winds down

A decade long dispute over who's responsible for the upkeep of two roads in the Chestatee subdivision is expected to come to an end on Thursday.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


New government center building on schedule

Anyone planning to go to the courthouse over the next few months should plan a little longer walk to the front door.

June 02, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Family mourning loss of teenager

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a former Dawson County middle school student.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teens arrested for hoax

Two Dawson County High School seniors are spending the last few days of the school year at home after they were arrested on felony charges for having a hoax device at campus.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘Such a success’

The threat of rain may have forced Relay for Life inside Dawson County High School, but little could have dampened the celebration.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Fees for court filings increase

On May 16, the cost to register a trade name in Dawson County Superior Court was $30.

May 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Benefit fund set up after house fire

A local woman lost nearly everything she owned in a fire Saturday afternoon.

March 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local lawman named state’s top boating officer

A Dawson County lawman has been named the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

March 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local authorities search for man in CVS robbery

Authorities are seeking assistance in identifying a suspect from an armed robbery at CVS in Dawsonville last week.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County names planning director

County officials last week announced that a new planning and development director has been named.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Annual Leap for Literacy set for Saturday

As cold as it has been recently, you'd think the community would be running toward warmer locales.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Sweet Sixteen

The undefeated Lady Tigers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with Thursday's 71-35 win over Elbert County.

February 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Arbor Day Friday

The community is invited to a celebration of trees Friday afternoon at War Hill Park on Lake Lanier.

The Dawson County Tree Preservation Committee, in conjunction with Keep Dawson County Beautiful and the local extension agency, will meet at 2 p.m. in honor of Arbor Day, held in Georgia on the third week of February each year.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arrest made in church fire

An arrest was made last week in connection with a fire late last year at Gospel Way Baptist Church.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ice knocks down 1,000 trees

Crews were still moving downed trees from roadways and responding to weather-related incidents Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 hours after Mother Nature dumped at least a an estimated half inch of ice across Dawson County.

"Stay at home and off the roads unless it's an emergency," was the common request among first responders as early as noon Monday.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Forecaster predicts Dawson’s population at 100,000 by 2030

Community leaders are both hopeful and hesitant after hearing a north Georgia real estate forecaster say he expects the county's population to quadruple in the next 15 years.

"Our plan has always been to have 50,000 folks in 2030," said Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lady Tigers go entire season without loss

The Dawson County Lady Tigers are perfect after Friday night's victory over West Hall.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville man killed in logging incident

A Dawsonville man died from injuries sustained in a logging incident over the weekend.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County withdraws annexation objection

County leaders last week agreed they would not a fight a recent annexation into the city of Dawsonville.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Mayor urges citizens to reject proposed transportation bill

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan is urging citizens in the city and county to reject a proposed transportation bill floating through the state capitol.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman on probation for theft, forgery arrested again

An ex-realtor who pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges last year was arrested again last week, this time for fraud.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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