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Dates set for park hearings

Two hearings are scheduled in September to let the public weigh in on a proposed reservoir and the possibility of a park in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Earlier this month, Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon encouraged his fellow board members to consider his idea for a grand park on a portion of the 10,000 acre tract.

July 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Hilton appears in N.C. federal court

Convicted killer Gary Michael Hilton pleaded not guilty Monday in a North Carolina federal court to allegations he kidnapped and murdered an elderly couple in 2007.

Already serving a life sentence for a Georgia slaying and awaiting execution in Florida for another, Hilton could face the death penalty for the double murder of John and Irene Bryant who disappeared while hiking in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.

July 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local site in running for America’s Favorite Park

The honor of America's Favorite Park is up for grabs and a park in Dawsonville is in the running.

Amicalola Falls State Park, home of the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, is trailing in fifth place for a chance to win a $100,000 recreation grant from Coca-Cola. The second place park will receive a $50,000 grant and third place will receive $25,000.

July 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Save time, get fined

Parking right in front of your favorite coffee shop, pizza place or dry cleaner may save a few minutes, but it could also carry a hefty fine.

The Dawson County commission last month gave officers the authority to enforce a new local fire lane ordinance.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Board talks of taking a stance

Officials are considering a series of public hearings to gauge interest in a park and proposed reservoir in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon has been talking about his dream for a grand park as long as he's served.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Man arrested, cache of stolen items found

Several firearms reportedly stolen in late June were recovered last week during a search of a home off War Hill Park Road.

Investigators also found jewelry taken in the same theft case at a local jewelry store, according to Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Campmeeting a 181 year tradition

An annual tradition will light up Lumpkin Campground on Sunday as families and friends gather to whitewash tree trunks in preparation for a weeklong spiritual revival known as campmeeting.

"We painted the trees so we wouldn't run into them before we got electricity," said Thelma Byrd, who has attended campmeeting each summer for more than eight decades.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE


Canoe race to benefit center elevator fund

Proceeds from a canoe and kayak race on the Etowah River Aug. 6 will help fund an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.

"We're so grateful to have this. The seniors really need an elevator," said Margie Weaver, center director. "We're so close and this will be a really big help to us."

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Speaker appoints local man to commission

A local architect was recently named to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

House Speaker David Ralston, of Blue Ridge, appointed Peter Hill, of Dawsonville, to the commission during the group's June 30 meeting in Rabun County.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Workers honored for cardiac care

More than a dozen emergency workers were recognized last week for making a difference in the lives of Dawson County residents in life threatening medical distress.

Each of the individuals honored at last week's county commission meeting "contributed to save a cardiac patient," said Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Service to seniors

Margie Weaver was sewing Boy Scout uniforms at a local manufacturing plant when first approached about heading up the Dawson County Senior Center.

Nearly three decades later, Weaver can't imagine doing anything else.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County settles lawsuit with club

A more than five-year feud over noise from gunfire has ended, with a controversial gun club staying put in southeastern Dawson County.

County commissioners voted 3-1 on Thursday to settle a lawsuit with Richard Becker, owner of Etowah Valley Sporting Clays.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Boy who died after wreck in lake ID’d

Authorities continue to investigate the death of a 10-year-old northern Virginia boy, who was killed last week when he was struck by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier.

Conor Tierney died July 3 from head and body injuries suffered in the collision, according to Dawson County Coroner Ted Bearden.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man arrested for downtown burglary

A 49-year-old man was arrested last week, less than a day after authorities received reports that a downtown business had been burglarized.

Randy Lee Mooney of Davis Road was identified as the lone suspect after Dawson County Sheriff's investigators showed jail employees a video surveillance photo of him at the crime scene.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Boy killed in personal watercraft collision ID'd

The 10-year-old boy who died Wednesday evening after being hit by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier has been identified as Conor Tierney of McLean, Va.

The Department of Natural Resources Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident that happened about 2:45 p.m. on the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier in Dawson County, DNR spokesman Rick Lavender said Thursday afternoon.

July 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Pastor Protection Act passes first hurdles

One of several proposed religious freedom bills won approval in the Georgia House Judiciary Commitee on Tuesday and now moves on to the full House ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Snow day for area students

Students across Dawson County go their wish for a snow day after a dusting of powder throughout the day and overnight Tuesday prompted schools to ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson maintains ‘StormReady’ status

Dawson County is once again being recognized as a National Weather Service StormReady community.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former city councilman will run for county commission seat

Former Dawsonville City Councilman Chris Gaines announced last week that he plans to seek Dawson County's District 2 commission seat.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GDOT seeks public comment on intersection

State transportation officials will be at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge Thursday to gage public opinion over changes proposed to the intersection of Highways ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Accused jewelry bandits indicted in Florida

A Northern District of Florida Grand Jury has indicted an Atlanta area pair accused in a Southeast jewelry theft operation.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Economy expert to speak at chamber lunch

North Georgia real estate and economic expert Frank Norton Jr. will highlight trends in the local housing market and commercial industry during the Dawson County ...

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Three Tigers qualify for state wrestling championships

Coming off his best in class win a week earlier, Dawson County freshman Kelton LeBaron was one of three Tigers to qualify for the state ...

February 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Tigers see improvement

One thing the Dawson County High School varsity boys basketball team didn't have a lot of coming in to the season was experience. Head ...

February 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Dawson County under winter weather advisory

With the potential for a surge of winter weather tonight, the Dawson County School System will make a decision on whether to cancel classes early ...

February 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Possible gas leak at medical center

Emergency crews are at Northside-Dawson Medical Campus investigating a possible gas leak.

February 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sheriff’s office seeks help in locating runaway teen

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is turning to the public for help in locating a missing teen.

February 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and ...

February 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Pedestrian killed crossing Ga. 400

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover final expenses for a Dahlonega man who died from injuries sustained when he was hit ...

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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