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Charges likely in wreck

A Dawson County employee involved in a June 15 fatal wreck near Veterans Memorial Park could face charges in connection with the incident, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

June 23, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘Celebrity’ Waiter event serves up fun

Fourteen local "celebrities" traded their business suits and briefcases for aprons and serving trays last week to raise more than $3,000 during the second annual Dawson County Family Connection Celebrity Waiter breakfast.

June 23, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Outlets a mecca for north Georgia

A North Georgia economist and forecaster said June 10 that residents must invest in the Dawson County medicine to see a recovery.

June 23, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Family earns certification

A local couple and their adult son recently took four hours out of their busy schedules to take part in a statewide initiative to become Certified Work Ready.

June 23, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Pick-up drivers buckle up

Pickup drivers have until July 2 to break the habit of not clicking a seat belt on local roads.

June 23, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Teen hit by boat

A 15-year-old girl remained in critical condition Tuesday, authorities said, two days after she was struck by a boat near Nix Bridge Park on Lake Lanier.

June 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Shelter to reopen today

The Dawson County Humane Society is scheduled to reopen today after the discovery of a sick dog forced the facility to go into lockdown for a couple days.

June 16, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Habitat grants wish

Within the next year, Bethany Berg will realize the joy of homeownership as she becomes the first Dawson County Habitat for Humanity recipient.

June 16, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former deputy clerk, cohort plead guilty

Sentencing has been delayed until September for a former Dawson County deputy clerk of court and her accomplice who admitted last week they had taken about $82,000 from an office account.

June 16, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High-speed chase ends with wreck, 3 arrests

A 37-year-old Cumming man faces nearly a dozen charges after he reportedly led authorities on a high-speed chase through Dawson County in a stolen truck.

June 16, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grandmother wins $150K in the lottery

Sandra Smith plays the lottery on occasion.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Restrictions lifted for many sex offenders

A law signed last month by Gov. Sonny Perdue allows more than half of the county's registered sex offenders to live and work wherever they want.

June 09, 2010 | By Stephen Gurr DCN regional staff | CRIME/COURTS


Plan could fix up 400

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to have planning staff look into an idea that would spruce up the Ga. 400 corridor in hopes of luring new business to the area.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Teen pleads guilty for restroom videos

Two days before he was set to graduate with honors from Dawson County High School, a teenager admitted making video recordings of women and young girls in three local restrooms.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


City approves budget

It's been almost three decades since the city of Dawsonville had a property tax increase.

June 09, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


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Chase Elliott Sprint Cup debut doesn’t go as planned

Despite a decent qualifying start for Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, short-track racing in NASCAR's premier series proved difficult for Dawsonville's Chase Elliott.

March 31, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Proposed Black’s Mill cell tower draws opposition

Neighbors living in and around Black's Mill Place subdivision have banded together in opposition to a cell phone tower proposed for the area.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Elliott makes Sprint Cup debut Sunday

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is set to make his Sprint Cup debut in Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Variance makes way for new Aldi store on Ga. 400

Dawson County's Planning Commission approved a variance last week that could make way for a new grocery store on Ga. 400.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawsonville man in standoff arrested again

Days after a Dawsonville man with a shotgun held officers at bay for nearly five hours, deputies issued a new warrant for his arrest, this time for aggravated stalking.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County pursuing legal action to recover back taxes

Dawson County Commissioners last week agreed to move forward with litigation against a local innkeeper in an effort to recoup more than $30,000 in delinquent hotel/motel taxes.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Ellijay teen killed in fiery crash on Hwy. 52

A Gilmer County teen was killed in a fiery crash last week when his car ran off the road in northwestern Dawson County, hit a tree and ignited in flames.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Removal of trees part of ‘routine maintenance’

County officials say the removal of 16 trees is part of the routine maintenance needed as workers prepare to open the campground of War Hill Park this weekend.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


No adjustment to humane society funds

A vote last week by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners requires an annual audit of the local animal shelter's finances.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Republicans salute Churchill’s legacy

There was a capacity crowd at Big Canoe on March 13 to pay tribute to Winston Churchill's life, legacy and leadership.

March 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Aldi is coming to Dawson County

Dawson County's Planning Commission approved a variance Tuesday that could make way for a new grocery store on Ga. 400.

March 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Intersection update irks business owner

The changes planned for the crossing at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 has the owner of a local restaurant wondering how he'll be able to stay in business without access to his main entrance.

March 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ellijay teen killed in fiery crash

A Gilmer County teen was killed in a fiery crash Tuesday afternoon when his car ran off the road in northwestern Dawson County, hit a tree and ignited in flames.

March 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Humane society at risk to lose funds

Commissioners are considering a measure that could reduce funding for the local animal shelter.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Spring has sprung

After a bitter cold winter that brought snow, sleet and ice to the area on multiple occasions, local families welcomed the near 80 degree temperatures that started blooming earlier this week.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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