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Elliott ready to rebound at Dover

Coming off his worst finish in his Nationwide Series career, Chase Elliott is ready to head to Dover International Speedway where he said "anything short of winning is just not good enough."

May 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Graduate airlifted after wreck

A Dawsonville teen was airlifted in serious condition to Atlanta Medical Center following a collision Saturday afternoon just hours after graduating with honors from Dawson County High School.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Fausett ready to serve

A week after winning the seat in a three-way race for the county's District 1 commission seat, Sharon Fausett is still ecstatic over the victory.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


SPLOST talks to continue

Dawson County and Dawsonville officials have begun outlining the projects they would like to see funded if voters approve a 1-cent sales tax extension in November.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Ralston overcomes challenge in primary

House Speaker David Ralston held on to his 7th District seat in the Georgia General Assembly by defeating challenger Sam Snider in last week's primary.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Fans flock to former Falcons’ coach estate sale

The sign leading up to the lake home on Holly Drive in Dawsonville said estate sale, but the better description would have been the "Jerry Glanville Museum."

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Impulse employees see finished product

The last six months have been hard on the employees at Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonville.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Commissioners approve design for splash pad

The updated design plans for a new water feature at Rock Creek Park have been approved by county officials.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott named to NASCAR Hall of Fame

Dawsonville's Bill Elliott is back in Victory Lane.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


'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


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


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


Crossing named in youth’s memory

A legion of supporters gathered Thursday to pay tribute to a young man many knew as "Soldier Boy."

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Pups in the Park’ set for fall

Plans are under way for the Dawson County Humane Society's inaugural Pups in the Park Dog Show later this fall.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teen charged with statutory rape

A Dawsonville teenager is facing statutory rape and child molestation charges after admitting to having had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Jailer fired over sexual harassment

A Dawson County Detention Center officer was fired last month after an investigation into accusations he had sexually harassed a former female co-worker.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deadline looms for SPLOST agreement

Thursday is the deadline for county and city officials to reach an agreement on the upcoming special purpose local option sales tax extension set to go before voters in November.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Gathering reunites emergency workers

A lot of the new personnel with Dawson County Emergency Services are too young to remember a time when calls were dispatched by telephone and those responding had to read the chalkboard at the stations to find out where to find the fire.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Elliott battles, runs sixth at Michigan

Chase Elliott remains in third place in NASCAR's Nationwide Series points standing after finishing sixth in Michigan on Saturday.

June 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Two from EMS honored

The state advocacy agent for Georgia emergency services personnel recently recognized two men from Dawson County for their dedication to the field.

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Counsel chosen for pay issue

County commissioners last week voted to retain an attorney after learning Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle plans to fight for salary increases for his employees.

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Intersection named in youth’s memory

A ceremony will be held Thursday in memory of a young man many in Dawsonville knew as "Soldier Boy."

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Store cleared to sell beer, wine to public

A convenience store in southern Dawson County is once again able to sell beer and wine.

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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