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Man hurt in sledding incident

A 22-year-old man was injured in a sledding incident Wednesday afternoon in Dawson County.

February 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson Schools closed Thursday

Emergency officials are urging everyone to stay home today as the roadways in Dawson County are treacherous.

February 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Senator discusses water bill during town hall meeting

A town hall meeting in Dahlonega on Saturday focused on a controversial piece of legislation being proposed in the Georgia General Assembly.

February 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County says ‘no’ to annexation request

Dawson County commissioners have reiterated their opposition to an annexation request that, if approved, would bring a home into the city of Dawsonville.

February 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Young Elliott’s career on track

It's been more than 25 years since Bill Elliott won the Winston Cup Championship and thrust Dawsonville into the spotlight as a powerhouse racing community.

February 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Turn lane welcomed at intersection

A new right turn lane has opened at Hwys. 9 and 53.

February 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Weather system brings snow, freezing rain and sleet

A winter storm warning has been issued for North Georgia with the anticipation of heavy snow, freezing rain and sleet expected to begin overnight Monday.

February 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Weather system could produce black ice on roads

An incoming weather system could bring a wintry mix overnight and black ice by morning.

February 06, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


State senator kicks off town hall meetings

The first of several town hall meetings across the state's 51st Senate District will be held Saturday in Lumpkin County.

February 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville man guilty of child molestation

A Dawsonville man awaits sentencing Thursday after a jury convicted him of sex crimes involving children.

Jose Francisco Gonzalez, 41, was initially indicted on two counts of sexual battery, two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and a single child molestation charge.

February 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


State celebrates ACCG’s centennial anniversary

ATLANTA - It was 100 years ago that county commissioners in Georgia came together in support of committing funds to improve roads and create the state's first highway department.

On Tuesday, lawmakers recognized that effort and commended the Association County Commissioners of Georgia as a "respected legislative advocate for and voice of Georgia's 159 counties."

February 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Commuters say northern counties better prepared

David Yenerall expected his commute from Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody to Dawsonville to last a bit longer than usual Jan. 28.

But the astronomy professor never could have imagined the 45-minute trek would not end until nearly 14 hours later.

February 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


New rules make Elliott hall of fame eligible

Bill Elliott is among a handful of legends now eligible for nomination into the NASCAR Hall of Fame after racing officials announced procedural changes in December intended to broaden the slate of available candidates.

Any driver that competed for 30 years is now eligible for induction in to the hall of fame, as are drivers that have reached their 55th birthday after competing for 10 years.

February 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Dawson County Schools closed Thursday

With the moisture on area roads expected to freeze again overnight Wednesday, Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter has canceled classes for students and staff on Thursday.

January 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Motorists encouraged to stay home

Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford said road conditions are improving but many remain "treacherous."

January 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Firefighters battle blazes around county

Three residential structure fires in six days have emergency personnel urging the community to be cautious and prepared.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


3rd suspect arrested in gambling sting

A third suspect has been charged with commercial gambling after authorities raided two local convenience stores earlier this month and seized a dozen coin-operated poker machines.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Convicted child molester left without telling authorities

A convicted child molester who reportedly violated his probation by vacating his home without notifying authorities is back in custody.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Manufacturer applies for building variance

A local steel fabricator has applied for a building variance in anticipation of expanding its manufacturing operations.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chair: Road needs repairs

The chairman of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week declared a state of local emergency for a section of Kelly Bridge Road that officials say needs immediate repair.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Man arrested for impersonating officer

A 40-year-old Jasper man was arrested Monday for allegedly impersonating a law enforcement officer.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Traffic snarled on Ga. 400 near showcase

A couple thousand people from across the region were in Dawsonville on Thursday to see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


2012 election complaints investigated

Dawson County election officials are confident the Secretary of State's office will find no merit in complaints a resident filed in 2012.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Wade named Rotary assistant district governor

When Will Wade joined the Rotary Club of Dawson County nine years ago, he was drawn to the organization's "Service Above Self" motto.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Charges in poker machine raid

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with what authorities described as an illegal gambling operation in Dawson County.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Employee reprimanded for using county vehicle

A longtime Dawson employee has been reprimanded and suspended without pay for one day after he admitted to using his county-owned vehicle to haul firewood to his home last week.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Two arrested for entering autos

Video surveillance from a neighbor's private security system helped investigators find two suspects they say are responsible for a string of thefts from automobiles in mid-February.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen released on bond

A local teenager facing numerous charges in connection with a reported rape has been released on bond.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Electronics targeted in break-ins

According to authorities, several thousands of dollars in electrical equipment is missing from two local churches.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


BOC race draws third candidate

A lifelong county resident is the third candidate to announce her plans to run for the county's District 1 commission seat.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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