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Sheriff’s candidates discuss crime prevention, employee retention at forum

Candidates running to be Dawson County's next sheriff answered questions on crime prevention and deputy retention during a political forum held last week by the local chamber of commerce.

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Designers show Main Street Park ideas

The Dawsonville City Council spent Monday evening with three firms that want to design the new Main Street Park going in behind the municipal complex.

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Stanfield wins Miss Dawson County

She has confidence. She has poise. And now Mollie Stanfield has her second crown in two weeks after winning the Miss Dawson County pageant Sunday at Dawson County Middle School.

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Backlash rises over faith-based bill

A faith-based bill that won approval in the state House and Senate and is now awaiting the governor's signature is receiving a corporate backlash from opponents who say the legislation is discriminatory against same-sex couples.

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Lifelong Dawson County resident announces commission seat bid

A local truck driver with deep roots in the community officially announced on Monday he will run for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners District 2.

March 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Architect will run for county commission chair

A local architect who has served many years on the county's development authority recently announced he wants to be Dawson County's next commission chairman.

March 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Mollie Stanfield crowned Miss Relay for Life

Dawson County High sophomore Mollie Stanfield was recently crowned Miss Relay for Life.

March 16, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Slate of candidates set for May 24 primary

Now that the slate of local candidates is set for the upcoming General Primary, several events are popping up for voters to hear from the contenders.

March 16, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


9-1-1 center operator and husband arrested for growing pot

A Dawson County 9-1-1 dispatcher was set to turn herself in to local authorities Tuesday in connection with allegedly growing marijuana at her home with her husband.

March 16, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commissioners nix intersection measure

County commissioners last week voted down a measure that would offset some of the costs to intersection improvements at Hwy. 53 at Stephens Road where a Dahlonega businessman plans to open a True Value hardware store.

March 16, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman arrested at pumpkin farm pleads not guilty

The woman at the center of controversy in connection with her arrest at Burt's Pumpkin Farm in 2014 appeared in court on Tuesday to answer to criminal charges brought against her when she refused to quit videoing a political rally and to leave the property when requested.

March 15, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High speed chase ends in teen’s arrest

A Cumming teen remains in custody a week after authorities say he stole a friend's car and was arrested following a high speed chase with deputies.

March 14, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Surprise snow storm blankets Dawson

A surprise winter storm that rolled into town early Thursday afternoon brought as much as an of inch of unexpected snow to the area.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County political races draw numerous early qualifiers

The political signs started popping up months ago as numerous men and women vowed to run for local office.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Missing Alzheimer’s patient found after two hour search

Search teams combed the area near Country Dog Salon on Hwy. 53 East in Dawson County for two hours Friday morning before locating a missing Alzheimer's patient who wandered away when her husband stopped to drop their dogs off at the groomer.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Relay for Life festivities are Saturday

A day-long event geared to celebrate cancer survivorship will be held Saturday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

May 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Vape devices, electronic cigarettes banned on county property

Vape devices and electronic cigarettes are now banned on county government property following last week's decision by the board of commissioners to modify Dawson ...

May 12, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville-based bank completes $10 million recapitalization plan

Dawson County's only locally based bank on Monday announced the successful completion of a $10 million recapitalization campaign.

May 12, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Conservation group honors Keep Dawson County Beautiful organizer

The Dawson County Tree Preservation Committee last week honored the woman responsible for organizing Keep Dawson County Beautiful more than a decade ago.

May 12, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


BOC vote angers residents

Residents living along Kilough Church and Nix Bridge roads are furious at county commissioners for voting down a proposal that would have brought fire hydrants ...

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Official: Smelly city water is safe for consumption

Despite a lingering foul odor, water from a city of Dawsonville well is safe for human consumption, according to officials.

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Man critically injured in motorcycle crash

Charges are pending against a Dawsonville woman who authorities say pulled into the path of a motorcycle traveling south on Ga. 400 in Dawson County ...

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Citizen journalist files federal wrongful arrest lawsuit

Attorneys for a citizen journalist arrested at a political rally in 2014 at Burts Pumpkin Farm have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the arresting officers ...

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Single vehicle wreck shuts down Hwy. 136 W

Hwy. 136 west of Bailey Waters Road has reopened following a single vehicle crash Friday afternoon.

May 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman crashes into CVS pharmacy wall

The CVS pharmacy on Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville was closed Friday after a woman crashed her car into the side wall.

May 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Neikirk named CFO for Dawson County

Dawson County has a new chief financial officer.

May 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Family displaced by fire thankful for ‘loving’ community

A local family displaced by fire last week is thankful for their "loving" community.

May 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


No one loves you like your mama

As I've grown older, several truths have grown more apparent.

May 05, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Commissioners reevaluating water authority’s proposal

County commissioners are set to revisit a proposed intergovernmental agreement that, if approved, would result in the installation of fire hydrants in a currently underserved ...

May 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Group collects tons of old electronics

Volunteers with Keep Dawson County Beautiful want to make sure outdated electronics stay out of landfills.

May 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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