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DCSO awards junior

Devin Nichols admits he is still a bit nervous behind the wheel of his Mustang.

"I always wear my seatbelt," said the Dawson County High School junior.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Crash nets goods

Thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise was recovered Thursday after shoplifting suspects crashed on Dawson Forest Road as they attempted to flee authorities.

Carl Anthony McCrady, 23, of St. Louis, Mo., was arrested at the scene of the single-vehicle wreck. He is being held at the Dawson County jail on $12,000 bond.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Confiscated drug money to fund cars

Sheriff Billy Carlisle plans to use nearly $8,400 of confiscated drug money to help purchase four new patrol cars.

"Some of our patrol cars have 200,000 to 250,000 miles on them, so we've taken several off the road. Now, we're trying to replace the main ones that are out there responding to emergency calls," he said.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Park modifies proposed plan

Commissioners appear more likely to adopt a master plan for parks and recreation in Dawson County after officials revised the proposal to suit current economic uncertainties.

The board postponed the vote in December saying the park's initial plan, which called for improvements to existing amenities and acquiring land for new parks, was ambitious and unrealistic in today's sluggish economy.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Auction kicks off Relay efforts

Aromas of fresh baked cakes, cookies and pastries filled the lobby of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office on Friday as visitors placed bids on dozens of wanted desserts.

An American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser, the silent auction netted more than $530 with several cakes fetching as much as $50 and $100 each.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Film to feature local motel

Scenes for a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood are scheduled to be shot in Dawsonville next month.

Pravin Patel, owner of Amicalola Lodge, confirmed Friday that the motel on Hwy. 53 west of downtown will be the backdrop for several scenes in "Trouble with the Curve."

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Festival founder dies

The man credited with founding what has become Dawsonville's Mountain Moonshine Festival died Sunday at age 75.

Born in Dawson County in 1936, friends called Fred Goswick a man of vision who recognized that tales of Dawsonville's pioneer heritage and sordid moonshine history had the potential to be something big.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County resident charged with trafficking meth

A Dawson County man who authorities say they had been watching for more than two years was charged with trafficking methamphetamine earlier this month.

Daniel Jeffrey Thompson, 46, is being held without bond at the Dawson County jail.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jury convicts driver

A Dawsonville man awaits sentencing after a jury found him guilty in connection with an incident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman in 2010.

The jury took less than four hours Feb. 3 to reach its verdict against Colon Louis Hartzler, who authorities said was driving under the influence of alcohol when passenger Jenna Fitzgerald fell from his Jeep and was struck by a minivan on Ga. 400.

February 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County holds meeting, court in new center

Commissioners held their first meeting in the Dawson County Government Center on Feb. 2.

The meeting room's new electronic system allows commissioners to cast votes electronically on agenda items. The votes are then displayed on several flat screen monitors inside the board's assembly room on the second floor.

February 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Parolee charged with battery

A woman recently released from prison to care for her elderly father was arrested over the weekend after Dawson County Sheriff's deputies reportedly saw her physically abusing the man.

Martha Ann Horvat, 45, is being held at the Dawson County jail without bond, authorities said.

February 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Third candidate enters sheriff’s race

The race for sheriff in Dawson County has become a three-man contest.

Last week, lifelong resident Johnny Glass said he has been encouraged to run and, if elected, plans to focus on the community.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Chief magistrate will seek second term

Dawson County's chief magistrate judge has announced she will seek a second term.

"I care about magistrate court, I care about the citizens in this county, and I want to represent them for another four years," said Lisa Thurmond, who was elected in 2008 after serving as associate magistrate judge for four years.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Amerson talks state issues over breakfast

A bill that would allow free tastings of distilled spirits at distilleries for educational and promotional tours topped the discussion Saturday morning when State Rep. Amos Amerson sat down to breakfast with voters in Dawson County.

Dawsonville City Councilman James Grogan said he attended the breakfast to gauge Amerson's interest in House Bill 514, which would allow free tastings of distilled spirits at distilleries. The bill could have a direct impact on one that is currently awaiting permitting to open in Dawsonville.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Wildcat buys fire truck

Volunteers have raised more than $38,000 over the past year for a replacement fire engine at Station 8 in western Dawson County.

The donation will be combined with $3,500 from the government of neighboring Pickens County and about $5,700 from Dawson County to buy a used engine.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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