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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


‘What Christmas is about’

Megan Norris knew she had $100 to spend at the Dawsonville Wal-Mart.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Society’s funding hinges on audit

The local Humane Society must have a professional financial audit if it wants to receive funding from Dawson County, commissioners decided last week.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Nordson named in top 10

For the second consecutive year, Nordson has been named one of the top manufacturing plants in the nation by Industry Week magazine.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


City sewers getting upgrade

Sewer lines in the city of Dawsonville are in the process of having their life expectancy improved by about 50 years.

December 23, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Murder suspects denied bond

The two Dawsonville men arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting deaths of an Effingham County couple have been charged with murder.

December 21, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Rotary Club recognizes top employees

Many service organizations tend to honor their own at end of the year banquets.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Suspect in drug case surrenders

The man at the center of what authorities call one of the largest methamphetamine trafficking cases in Dawson County history turned himself in last week after several weeks on the run.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pheasant shoot raises money

Anyone who knows Jonah Brinson knows that if they want to find him on the weekend, they need to look in a tree stand.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man gets 13 years in terror case

A Dawsonville man was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Monday for conspiring to support terror groups and making casing videos of possible U.S. targets.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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SPLOST, governor’s race on Tuesday’s ballot

Proponents for extending the county's 1-cent sales tax for six more years hope their campaign mail-outs, speaking engagements and social media presence to promote a "yes" vote resonates at the polls.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Luncheon on Saturday celebrates art

Preparations are under way for the eighth annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club named volunteer of the year

Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for building a waterpark, Rotary Island, at Rock Creek Park.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

It's been a history-making season for the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

A Dawsonville teenager was cut with a knife in a fight at a downtown gas station Saturday during the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Budget includes employee pay increases

For the first time in six years, Dawson County's proposed 2014 budget includes pay increases for employees.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man killed in logging incident

A Dawson County man was killed Monday evening in an incident involving a log splitter at his home.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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


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