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New hardware store is looking to break ground

The owner of a hardware store in Dahlonega is expanding to Dawson County after officials last week approved a request to rezone nearly three acres at Hwy. 53 East and Stephens Road.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Local teen charged as adult in molestation case

A 15-year-old from Dawsonville has been charged as an adult in the alleged molestation of a young child.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Iowa man indicted after alleged rape at local motel

An Iowa man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at a local motel late last year was indicted on the charges by a Dawson County grand jury last week.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


BOC avoids arbitration

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has avoided going into arbitration with the city of Dawsonville over an annexation dispute.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Bridge repairs impacted due to federal cuts

Federal cuts have delayed repairs to two heavily traveled bridges in Dawson County.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury, last week, handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Grand jury indicts murder suspect

A Dawson County Grand Jury on Tuesday handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

January 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman charged for alleged false report

A Powder Springs woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by three men in the parking lot of a local business has been charged with false report of a crime.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Lawmaker outlines legislative plans at breakfast

The budget, transportation and education are expected to be hot issues under the Gold Dome now that state lawmakers have returned to Atlanta for the 2015 Legislative Session.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Bridge dedication celebrates local man’s legacy of service

The memory of a local businessman and community leader is now forever enshrined upon a bridge renamed last week in his honor.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

Friends, family, neighbors and even strangers are pouring on the love for Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his family after their home caught fire on Saturday afternoon.

January 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Blaze destroys sheriff’s home

A fire that may have started in the laundry room Saturday afternoon destroyed the home of Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle.

January 10, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


School officials prepared for extreme temperatures

Dawson County School Superintendent Damon Gibbs on Wednesday said the system is prepared for the freezing weather moving into the area this evening.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education


Ralston named among state’s most influential

A high-ranking member of Dawson County's legislative delegation has been recently named to a power list of the most influential leaders of Georgia in 2015.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Legislator invites public to breakfast

State Rep. Kevin Tanner will carry on a longstanding tradition in the 9th legislative district by meeting with his constituents over breakfast each Saturday morning during the upcoming session.

January 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


House passes state parole board bill

A change in policy that would make one of the state's most secretive agencies more transparent overwhelmingly passed in the Georgia House last week.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Clean-up expected to take months

Clean-up from the ice storm that knocked down an estimated 1,000 trees in Dawson County is expected to take several months.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Arraignments set in murder case

The Dawson County man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father is set to answer to the charges against him in Superior Court on Monday.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


5 hour standoff leads to arrest

A Dawsonville man is in custody following a five hour standoff with deputies overnight Sunday.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Humane society names new director

The Dawson County Humane Society announced the appointment of a new shelter director on Monday.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Regional commission invests in Dawson County

Sewer lines at the outlet mall, support of adult education and dollars set aside to ease traffic at the county's busiest intersection are among projects the Appalachian Regional Commission has had a direct hand in bringing to Dawson County.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Banks crowned Miss Relay for Life for Dawson County

A local high school sophomore was recently crowned Miss Dawson County Relay for Life.

March 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Benefit fund set up after house fire

A local woman lost nearly everything she owned in a fire Saturday afternoon.

March 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local lawman named state’s top boating officer

A Dawson County lawman has been named the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

March 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local authorities search for man in CVS robbery

Authorities are seeking assistance in identifying a suspect from an armed robbery at CVS in Dawsonville last week.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County names planning director

County officials last week announced that a new planning and development director has been named.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Annual Leap for Literacy set for Saturday

As cold as it has been recently, you'd think the community would be running toward warmer locales.

February 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to Sweet Sixteen

The undefeated Lady Tigers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with Thursday's 71-35 win over Elbert County.

February 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Arbor Day Friday

The community is invited to a celebration of trees Friday afternoon at War Hill Park on Lake Lanier.

The Dawson County Tree Preservation Committee, in conjunction with Keep Dawson County Beautiful and the local extension agency, will meet at 2 p.m. in honor of Arbor Day, held in Georgia on the third week of February each year.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Arrest made in church fire

An arrest was made last week in connection with a fire late last year at Gospel Way Baptist Church.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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