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More families seek home heating help

While the snow from Dawsonville's recent storm has melted away, the cold weather will be around for a few more months.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Filling a need

Walking into Good Shepherd Clinic, Retha Smith had a glow not often seen in the three years since she and her husband lost nearly everything to identity theft.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dine out for United Way is Thursday

Dine out Thursday at participating restaurants and help a neighbor in need.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


39-year-old charged with molestation

A 39-year-old Dawsonville man has been arrested on charges of child molestation.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New ISO ratings mean a safer county

The Monday after Christmas Dawson County Emergency Services opened a present it had been waiting on.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Ice keeps officials on the go

The arctic blast that dropped nearly an inch of snow in Dawson County on Jan. 7 kept sheriff's deputies and emergency services personnel busy well into the weekend.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson takes hit in 2009

Dawson County took an economic hit in 2009 as the unemployment rate rose, businesses shuttered and home foreclosures soared.

January 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Death penalty possible

Nearly three weeks after the slayings of a southeast Georgia couple along the Amicalola River, there's increasing speculation that one or both suspects could face the death penalty.

January 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officials urge safety for holiday weekend

Dawson County authorities will be out in force this weekend trying to keep motorists safe as they ring in the New Year.

December 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Christmas tree recycling opportunities growing

Keep Dawson County Beautiful has expanded efforts this holiday season to give Dawson County residents more opportunities to recycle their live Christmas trees.

December 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local man selected for NASA teaching project

A lifelong fascination with space travel and astronomy paid off for a Dawson County man when he was accepted last week to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project.

December 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Couple’s families struggle to cope with slayings

Services were held earlier this week for the Effingham County couple shot to death near the Amicalola River in Dawson County on Dec. 19.

December 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Two held in slayings

Authorities are trying to determine what led to a fatal family confrontation over the weekend on the Amicalola River.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local lawmaker voted to lead state House

Local lawmakers say North Georgia got an early Christmas present last week when David Ralston was named the next speaker of the state House of Representatives.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Store donates to public service

Emergency services and sheriff's officials say donations collected by Fred's Hometown Discount Store from shoppers will help a variety of community initiatives.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Festival to feature grand casino event

Roll the dice for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday and Saturday night during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival features collection of muscle, racecars

The Mountain Moonshine Festival has become one of the top locales in the southeast to see hotrods.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Moonshiner’s hall of fame inducts pioneers of trade

A tribute to history and heritage will take place during the opening ceremony of the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival Oct.25 with the addition of five new inductees to the National Moonshiner's Hall of Fame.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival dedicated in memory of racing’s ‘biggest’ fan

Lifelong fan and one-time driver James Bolt "JB" Day once rode his bike all the way from South Carolina to watch a race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta. He was 11 at the time.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


World War II veteran dies

One of Dawson County's most decorated World War II heroes died last week at the age of 97.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival here all weekend

It's not every day that white lightning and fast cars are harmoniously fused, except on the fourth weekend in October at the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Literacy pheasant shoot is Saturday

Organizers are hoping to gain greater exposure for a local literacy group by expanding fundraising efforts to include a European pheasant shoot on Saturday.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


SPLOST approval could generate $9.6 million

If voters approve a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax next month, the measure could generate as much as $9.6 million for projects within downtown Dawsonville.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


BBQ supports United Way

A barbecue fundraiser Saturday supports United Way for Dawson County and its many local partners.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pups in the Park Dog Show is this weekend

Fun and furry festivities are planned this weekend at the inaugural Pups in the Park Dog Show.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner receives award for legislative leadership

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently recognized by the Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for his leadership in passing legislation that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Bones found at dump human

State investigators have confirmed that bones discovered in August at the Dawson County Transfer Station are human remains.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Official keeps pushing for consolidation

Commissioner Gary Pichon may have just two more months as an elected official, but that isn't stopping him from pushing for a consolidated government in Dawson County.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Business group supports SPLOST

Advance voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election, which includes a referendum asking voters to extend Dawson County's 1-cent sales tax.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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