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‘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


Sheriff's office names top personnel

Employees with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are expected to set positive examples not only in their community but also in their roles on the job.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Furloughs put to rest ’til March

It will be March at the earliest before Dawson County employees know whether they must continue taking so-called "days of rest" next year.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Society ready to fight cuts

Judging by the e-mails circulating among volunteers, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners should expect a fight when the local humane society's contract comes up for review Thursday.

December 16, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission weighs more furlough days

Dawson County employees may have to take as many as 12 unpaid days off in 2010.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Banks says it’ll repair Gold Creek entrance

The main entrance to Gold Creek subdivision off Hwy. 136 will be repaired, an official with Regions Bank said last week, though it's not clear how soon that will happen.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City kicks off holiday season

Hundreds of kiddies were on their best behavior Saturday evening at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame museum.

December 09, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


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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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