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'Awesome Bill' named to NASCAR Hall of Fame

Dawsonville's Bill Elliott was at the top of the list Wednesday afternoon when NASCAR's 2015 Hall of Fame class was announced.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Commission approves ordinance limiting night burning

County commissioners last week approved an ordinance that limits burning debris from construction sites to daytime hours.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Board suspends store’s alcohol license

The two convenience stores involved in an alleged illegal gambling operation can no longer sell beer and wine.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Sheriff to fight budget

With Dawson County's annual budget hearings approaching, Sheriff Billy Carlisle said he can no longer stand by and watch longtime employees leave for higher paying jobs with better benefits.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County, city officials to discuss sales tax projects

County and city officials have a joint meeting this afternoon to discuss how revenue should be distributed if voters pass the upcoming special purpose local option sales tax extension in November.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Fausett wins commission seat

Political newcomer Sharon Fausett is Dawson County's next District 1 commissioner.

May 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Forum gives voters opportunity to question candidates

A small political forum Wednesday evening gave voters a final opportunity to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 commission seat.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Festival rocks Dawsonville

There was a sea of neon, spandex and teased hair as the decade of glam rocked Dawsonville last weekend.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Primary election Tuesday

Advanced voting continues through Friday for the May 20 primary election.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Health board upholds animal control ruling

A local man has two weeks to be in compliance with state law after the Dawson County Health Board upheld a decision by animal control that classifies his 2-year-old Cane Corso Mastiff as vicious.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities warn of phone scam

Authorities are warning the public of a law enforcement impersonator attempting to get personal information over the telephone.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Business loses alcohol license

Dawson County commissioners voted last week to suspend a local convenience store's beer and wine license, and a similar fate may await a second business this week.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Food drive planned for Saturday

Postal customers are being asked to help Stamp out Hunger by donating nonperishable food items that will be given to the local food pantry.

May 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Festival rings in spring

Spring-like conditions last weekend were ideal for the Dawson County Arts Center's annual Art in the Garden Festival.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Impulse acquires two sites

Impulse Manufacturing recently announced the acquisition of MSM Holding Company, a move that could more than double the Dawsonville-based steel fabricator's work force within the next year.

May 07, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Thieves continue to target churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen faces additional sexual battery charges

The case against a teenager arrested last month on misdemeanor sex charges has grown.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


1 arrested after stop by deputy

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a traffic stop last week in Dawson County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teacher charged with intimidating co-worker

A local elementary school teacher was among two people arrested last week after authorities responded to reports of a burglary at her colleague's home in neighboring Gilmer County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County continues tax rate discussions

A meeting last week was the public's first of three opportunities to weigh in on the county's millage rate.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Officers train to protect schools

During the summer months, there are not students roaming the halls of area schools, but come August, when class is back in session, officers charged with securing their safety plan to be ready in the event of a dangerous situation.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


GBI investigating jail employee

A night shift supervisor at the Dawson County Detention Center is on paid administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looks into accusations he punched an inmate in the face.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Speeding SUV leads to marijuana bust

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a routine traffic stop Tuesday in Dawson County.

June 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man charged with battery after fight with roommate

A verbal altercation between roommates that escalated into a physical fight hospitalized one man and sent another on the run early Saturday morning.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County, city near deal for tax split

Dawson County and Dawsonville officials are soon expected to ratify an agreement on a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax that will go before voters in November.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Churches targeted by electronic thieves

Two area congregations arrived Sunday to find electronic equipment missing from their churches.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


First public hearing on millage rate is Thursday

A meeting Thursday will be the public's first of three opportunities to weigh in on a proposed increase to the county's millage rate.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Ex-church intern charged with child pornography

A former youth ministry intern from Dawsonville faces nearly three dozen child pornography charges in connection with an investigation that originated earlier this year in neighboring Forsyth County.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution date set in 1991 slaying

An execution date has been set for Georgia death row inmate Tommy Lee Waldrip, who was convicted in the murder of a Dawsonville man more than 20 years ago.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Family rescued from balcony during fire

Firefighters rescued three people from a third-floor balcony Thursday after a fire broke out at a home on Grizzle Farm Road.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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