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‘Veterans supporting veterans’

A law passed by Congress in 1999 ensured all veterans would receive full military honors at burial.

November 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Illegal dumping probed

Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are investigating the illegal dumping of dozens of barrels filled with old paint and solvents in western Dawson County.

November 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Fight night delights

Bobby Cordell said his son doesn't miss a professional wrestling event.

November 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Driver charged in woman’s death

A Dawsonville man has been charged in connection with a deadly collision that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman this summer on Ga. 400.

November 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Charges issued in Hwy. 9 fatal wreck

A Dawson County maintenance worker turned himself into authorities Tuesday to face charges stemming from his role in a wreck that killed a Dawsonville man June 15.

November 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Government class aims to engage students

Government isn't typically on the list of favorite high school subjects.

November 03, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Food drives planned to stock pantry

Several food drives are planned through the end of the year in an effort to stock the pantry at the local food bank for the holidays.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Schools kick off annual drug resistance campaign

Schools across the county kicked off Red Ribbon Week on Monday with programs planned that encourage students to say no to drugs.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Daughter charged in theft case

The daughter of a woman arrested earlier this month for allegedly taking thousands of dollars from her employer has also been charged in the case.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Veterans continue service to community

Vietnam veteran Steve de Lyra remembers returning from the service to a hostile homecoming.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Board questions request

Pick almost any day each week and you'll find the county's IT department working on the sheriff's records management system.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Senior awarded for safe driving

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers in America, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Ceremony inducts new class to hall

Ernie Elliott says he is more comfortable under the hood of a race car than in front of the camera.

October 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Two held on drug charges

A multi-agency drug sting led to the recent arrest of a Norcross man who local authorities had been investigating for the past year.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Company out $100,000

A longtime employee accused of taking more than $100,000 from a local grading company turned herself into authorities last week.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


The spirit of campmeeting

Mardie Townley remembers the Thursday night of Lumpkin Campmeeting eight years ago like it was yesterday.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LIFE


DNR ranger up for national boating officer award

Come fall, Cpl. Jason Roberson, a Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement ranger from Dawsonville, could be the nation's top boating officer.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Georgia racing legend to serve as festival grand marshal

A Georgia racing legend has been selected to serve as grand marshal for this year's 48th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


High speed chase ends in arrest

A Dahlonega man is in custody following a high speed chase on Ga. 400 overnight Saturday.

Jerry Dakhota McCranie, 29, was being pulled over during ...

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man racks up nearly $3,700 in unauthorized charges

A woman who entrusted a Dawsonville man to make a purchase for her with her credit card while she was hospitalized last year is now ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff’s office renews state certification

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recently received word that the department's state certification has been renewed.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bond burning marks government center payoff

Haynes Johnson has driven by the Dawson County Government Center thousands of times, and yet, he's still awestruck by the structure.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Deputy injured by irate bank customer

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy was injured Friday evening when an irate bank customer trying to flee the scene of a disorderly conduct call ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family of road rage victim recognized

The parents of a young mother killed in a violent road rage tragedy were recognized last week for their efforts to bring awareness to aggressive ...

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Performance pay raises in works for county employees

County officials are looking to put extra dollars into their employees' wallets.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


County bond burning ceremony planned Thursday

It was three and a half years ago that the then new Dawson County Government Center officially opened for business.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville man crashes truck fleeing from officers

What appears to have started as a reported domestic call ended Sunday evening with a Dawson County man crashing the truck he was driving into ...

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sheriff proposes pay raises for longtime employees

Longtime employees of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are likely to get pay increases in the coming weeks.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Speaker David Ralston proposes Pastor’s Protection Act

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal that would protect clergy from being required to perform marriage ceremonies that conflict with their religious beliefs.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities release names in Dawsonville murder-suicide

DAWSONVILLE - The victim in Wednesday's murder-suicide has been identified as a Forsyth County 911 communication officer.

July 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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