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Courthouse bids under budget

Bids to build Dawson County's new courthouse and administration building have come in at nearly half the projected cost.

November 18, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Gilreath signs with Columbus State University

Dawson County High School senior Chase Gilreath had plenty of reasons to be smiling last Thursday when he inked a baseball scholarship with the Columbus State University Cougars.

November 17, 2009 | Michele Hester | High School


Votes are in

Political newcomers Calvin Byrd and James Grogan were elected to the Dawsonville City Council Tuesday night.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


United Way worried about reaching goal

Just two months into the 2010 campaign, United Way for Dawson County officials are saying they are concerned about reaching a $100,000 goal.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Little interest in polling change

Glenda Ferguson said she was surprised no one wanted to speak at a recent public hearing on plans to consolidate the county's voting precincts.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Suspect held after chase, manhunt

A Dawsonville man with an extensive criminal history is being held without bond following a chase and brief manhunt last week.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


SleeveCo purchases chamber property

One of Dawson County's largest employers plans to expand its operation and create 15 to 20 new jobs in the next year.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Circus featured acrobats, clowns

Kids of all ages were in awe last weekend when the World Renowned Blanstar Circus rolled into town.

November 11, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ex-meth addict warns students of dangers

Cari McDonald remembers the first time she smoked pot.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Pheasant shoot to benefit seniors

A time-honored European tradition comes to Dawsonville Dec. 12 with the Inaugural Dawson County European Pheasant Shoot at the Whitmire Farm on Goldmine Road.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Precinct plan goes to public

Consolidating Dawson County's eight polling locations will be the topic of discussion at a public hearing Friday morning.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson father wins $250,000

Bobby Taylor buys lottery tickets every week. Sometimes in the scratch off variety, but mostly Mega Million jackpot tickets.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


No place like home

At the urging of her teenage son, a Dawsonville woman has taken in more than 50 children over the last seven years as a foster parent.

November 04, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


Bowen fundraiser is set for next month

Preparations are underway for the third annual Lunch at an Artful Table fundraiser for the Dawson County Arts Council.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Campaign focuses on teen driving

A group of Dawson County teens hopes a bumper sticker initiative will encourage young motorists to drive safely.

October 28, 2009 | Michele Hester | Education


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Deputy cleared of any wrongdoing

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman over the weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deputy placed on leave after woman arrested at political rally

The deputy who arrested a Roswell woman over the weekend at a political rally in Dawson County has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

August 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival rocks Dawsonville

A new, local tradition continued to brew over the weekend during the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County objects to annexation into the city

Commissioners last week voted to deny the application from a county resident that wants to annex his west side property in the city of Dawsonville.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Racing legend donates car from personal collection

NASCAR legend Bill Elliott last week donated a 1937 Ford from his private collection that will be raffled off to raise money to support the Dawsonville History Museum.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman arrested at rally

A Roswell woman was arrested Saturday after she refused to stop recording a political rally in Dawson County with her video camera.

August 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commissioner questions annexation

A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Retail development expected to surge

At least six retail shops, including three restaurants, have contracts or commitments in place to be among the first to open in a new commercial development on Ga. 400.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man charged under new state law

A 20-year-old Dawsonville man is the first to be charged locally under a new state law that prohibits sending sexually explicit photographs without the consent of the person depicted.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Report details use of force incident

Personnel documents released by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office detail the use-of-force incident that resulted in the firing of a jail sergeant earlier this month.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Festival on tap this weekend for music, beer

Be on the lookout for food, drinks and fun this weekend as the downtown area plays host to the second annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Island set to open next week

Rotary Island at Rock Creek Park will be open for the Labor Day weekend.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tanner named ‘Champion of Cities’

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Jailer will lose post

The termination process is underway for a Dawson County Detention Center shift supervisor accused of punching an inmate in June.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County wants clemency answers

County commissioners are demanding answers after a state board's ruling last month to grant clemency to a convicted murderer.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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