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‘We got to laugh at ourselves’

It doesn't matter that the Dawsonville Shooting Stars came up a few points short in Friday night's game, because everyone wins when the Harlem Ambassadors come to town.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Board warns accountant

A state board that oversees professional licensing last Wednesday told a local accountant accused of substandard practices to follow the rules or lose his license.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Case against slaying suspects proceeds

Two Dawson County men charged in the killing of a south Georgia couple late last year along the Amicalola River were indicted Monday.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County discusses possibility of creating TADs

A stretch of Ga. 400 near Henry Grady Hwy., where rundown buildings have sat vacant for years, could fit the criteria for a tax allocation district, according to one Dawson County official.

March 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Community invited to free Thanksgiving meals

Preparations are in place for everyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father of three off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Thanksgiving serves up traditions

Turkey, dressing, corn on the cob, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes are traditional staples for many families each Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rezoning to bring grocer

Commissioners last week approved a rezoning that will make way for a new grocery store and retail center at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Dawson Forest Road.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Commissioners to work with sheriff on budget

A gallery of uniformed deputies, plainclothes officers and administrative staff filed into the Dawson County Board of Commissioner's meeting room on Thursday to see if budget demands made by the sheriff to increase pay would be approved.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Floats needed for parade

There's still time to have a float in this year's Christmas parade.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man falls down 50-foot embankment fleeing police

An Atlanta man suspected of fraud was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital Friday night after plummeting about 50 feet down an embankment while fleeing authorities.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Holiday shoppers looking to hit stores on Thanksgiving night

An estimated 140 million shoppers will take advantage of holiday sales, some opting to forego the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and hitting the stores early in hopes of getting one of those advertised pre-Black Friday super deals.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Floats needed for parade

There's still time to have a float in this year's Christmas parade.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Elliott wins Nationwide championship

Nationwide champion. Rookie of the year. Most popular driver.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody

A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Competitive team takes it to state finals

Saturday's contest may not have been the result Dawson County High School's competitive cheerleaders had hoped for, but the excitement of competing in the state finals in Columbus had the team pumped in celebration of a winning season.

November 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


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