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Tax increase unlikely

While neighboring counties are opting to increase property taxes to offset declining revenue, Dawson County officials do not plan to raise the millage rate for 2011.

July 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Candidates make their final appeals to voters

From waving flags on street corners to knocking on doors and sending mass e-mails, candidates are hoping to rake in support as the July 20 primary election enters its final days.

July 14, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Board declares loss in clerk case

The Dawson County commission voted Thursday to officially declare a loss in an effort to recover the nearly $225,000 in funds taken from the local Clerk of Courts office.

July 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Early voting turnout lower than expected

With less than two weeks left before Election Day, the steady stream of early voters at the Dawson County Board of Elections has almost dried up.

July 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Teen hospitalized after wreck

A Dawsonville teenager remained hospitalized Tuesday, five days after he was injured in a two-vehicle wreck near Ga. 400.

July 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Water official will speak to chamber

Preparing for future growth will be the topic of discussion as Etowah Water and Sewer Authority General Manager Brooke Anderson speaks to the local chamber of commerce tomorrow.

July 07, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Traffic advisory for holiday

Authorities are advising travelers not attending Saturday's Dawson Day Sparks in the Park fireworks display at Rock Creek Park to avoid the area.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Charges likely after passenger ejected

Authorities say a Dawsonville man likely will face charges after a passenger fell out of the Jeep he was driving Friday night on Ga. 400 and was killed when hit by an oncoming minivan.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Hopefuls for clerk face off at forum

Passport fees and fiscal responsibility topped discussions during a June 24 political forum at Dawson County Middle School.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Independence celebration Saturday at Rock Creek

Fireworks will light up the sky Saturday night at Rock Creek Park as Dawson County gets a jump start on the July Fourth holiday.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teenager hit by boat on Father’s Day dies

A Woodstock teenager died of her injuries June 24, four days after she was struck by a boat on Lake Lanier.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Grand Jury hands down indictments

A Dawson County Grand Jury last week indicted 20 suspects on charges ranging from perjury to child molestation and statutory rape. The following list of indictments was provided by the Dawson County Clerk of Superior Courts office.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New leadership plans to move shelter forward

The Dawson County Humane Society installed a new executive board of directors during its June 3 meeting.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Cadets awarded for superior skills

Sadie Hardsey is about six years away from graduating high school, but she knows what she plans to be when she grows up.

June 30, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Teen boating victim identified as Woodstock resident

Authorities have released the name of a teen who died Thursday after being struck by a boat on Lake Lanier over the weekend.

June 25, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Dawson BOC chairman receives top county honor

Mike Berg received an unexpected honor over the weekend when he was named the recipient of the Emory Green Leadership Award.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Veteran lawman announces bid for sheriff

A veteran lawman with more than 26 years in the field is the first to announce his campaign to be Dawson County's next sheriff.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Two airlifted after collision

Both drivers were seriously injured in what appears to have been a head-on collision on Hwy. 136, just west of Bailey Waters Road in Dawson County Tuesday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Student arrested with shotgun in truck on Hightower campus

A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested last week for having a weapon on campus.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson County Relay for Life Saturday at GRHOF

Dozens of volunteer teams plan to put cancer survivors in the winner's circle as they "race toward a cure" during Saturday's Relay for Life in Dawson County.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


K9 teams train on Lake Lanier

K9 teams from across Georgia searched through thick brush, along the shoreline and from boats on Lake Lanier April 11 in a training exercise at Thompson Creek Park.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Student arrested in locker room thefts

A Dawson County High School student was arrested Thursday, two days after he reportedly took nearly $600 from the wallets in the school's gymnasium locker room.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man pleads guilty in Halloween shooting

One of two men charged with aggravated assault in the Halloween 2013 shooting of a Dawsonville man pleaded guilty to the charges last week.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Case of alleged 2012 voting process violations dismissed

The investigation into complaints filed by a resident in 2012 over alleged voting process violations has been dismissed.

April 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Healthcare system plans expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Electronic recycling event set for Saturday

Keep Dawson County Beautiful's annual electronics recycling event is this weekend.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County worker injured clearing storm debris

An equipment operator on Dawson County's road crew was injured when he was struck by a tree on a job site Monday morning on Perimeter Road.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Farley named deputy tax commissioner

Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley recently announced the promotion of BJ Farley as the county's deputy tax commissioner.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Senate makes changes to parole board transparency bill

After passage in the State Senate on the last day of the 2015 General Assembly, the House Bill designed to make one of the state's most secretive agencies more transparent is awaiting the governor's signature.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville on international display with VIP tour

Dawsonville is among several destinations a group of international dignitaries will be touring across northeast Georgia this week.

April 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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