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Bridge dedicated in local man’s memory

The bridge that crosses the Etowah River on Hwy. 53 East will soon bear the name of a local man who made positive impacts on the lives of numerous scouts in Dawson County.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Eatery rings in New Year with tradition

The Dawsonville Pool Room will once again open for lunch on New Year's Day and welcomes everyone to ring in 2015 with the southern tradition of collard greens, black-eyed peas and hog jowls.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


New officials sworn in

A recent ceremony welcomed the county's newest elected officials to their respective positions in local government.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Kentucky man arrested after Kroger robbery

A man wanted in connection with at least two bank heists in Kentucky was arrested Monday, days after authorities say he allegedly robbed the Dawsonville Kroger.

December 31, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Convention center falls into foreclosure

The economic downturn felt across north Georgia and much of the nation has taken its toll on the owners of a popular community gathering place.

December 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Cops grant holiday wishes

Deputies made Christmas merry and bright for dozens of local children last week during the Dawson County Sheriff's annual Shop with a Cop event at Walmart.

December 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


An interview with Santa Claus

The Jolly Ol' Elf himself recently sat down for an exclusive interview with the Dawson Community News to talk about some of the goodies he'll be delivering to the good little boys and girls in Dawsonville later tonight.

December 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commissioner bids farewell

Gary Pichon never planned to serve more than one term on the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

December 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff honors top staff at annual luncheon

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recognized its top employees during the department's annual Christmas luncheon and celebration on Friday.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Emergency personnel recognized at banquet

An awards ceremony last month recognized several members of Dawson County Emergency Services for going above and beyond in 2014.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man charged with impersonating public officer in Dawsonville

A Dawsonville man arrested Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol also faces a charge of impersonating a public officer.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville toddler recovering after transplant

A toddler from Dawsonville has a long recovery ahead of him after a successful kidney tranplant last week.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


City to hear new request

City officials continue to receive requests for annexation in to Dawsonville.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Intersection changes to begin in spring

Sweeping changes at Dawson County's busiest intersection has at least one national eatery planning a move away from the crossing.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Poverty simulation shows low income struggles

Several dozen local leaders and college students found themselves living on minimum wage salaries, wondering how to make ends meet from paycheck to paycheck.

December 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Retail center expected to break ground soon

Construction is expected to begin on a new retail center along Ga. 400 next month.

February 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Lady Tigers are perfect

The Dawson County Lady Tigers are perfect after Friday night's victory over West Hall at home.

February 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Surveyors to halt 400/53 traffic Saturday morning

Survey work at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 will periodically shutdown traffic at the crossing Saturday morning.

February 05, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers looking at perfect season

A victory Friday night at home against West Hall will place the Dawson County Lady Tigers atop a pedestal where no other team in school history has stood before.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Meth lab found

Four suspects are in custody after drug agents last week raided a home in southeastern Dawson County where an active methamphetamine lab was uncovered.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Murder suspect’s bond set at $250K

Bond has been set at $250,000 for the Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Bill Elliott celebrates ‘Awesome’ career

The legend of Bill Elliott's awesome racing career culminated Friday night when the Dawsonville native was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Chase Elliott gets fulltime cup ride in 2016

There was already speculation that Dawsonville's Chase Elliott would take over the No. 24 when four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon announced last week he planned to retire at the end of the 2015 season.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Eight hour standoff ends in arrest

A Dawsonville man is in custody after an eight hour standoff with deputies on Thursday.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local man charged with arson

A Dawsonville man has been charged with first-degree arson in connection with a fire at a local tire shop in 2012.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Cold case TV series to revisit Levi Frady case

Local authorities are hoping an upcoming TV series on cold case files in Georgia will shed some new light on the murder of 11-year-old Levi Frady more than 17 years ago.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman drops 100 pounds

Two years ago, Donna Waters had difficulty getting out of her car and walking even a short distance.

February 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Meth lab found in southeast Dawson

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday morning of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


‘Awesome Bill’ joins NASCAR Hall of Fame

Affectionately known as "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" by his legion of fans, Bill Elliott will cement the town's status in motorsports history when he is inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame Friday night in Charlotte.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Food, fun and football

A lifelong Washington Redskins fan, Jim Sheppard really doesn't care who wins Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

January 28, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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