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Political newcomer promises to bring new perspective to county commission

A political newcomer who's been active in the local Republican Party for the last several years promises to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Early voting begins Monday for May 24 General Primary

The early voting period for this year's May 24 General Primary begins Monday at the Dawson County Voter Registration and Elections Office in downtown Dawsonville.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City of Dawsonville receives $100,000 grant

The City of Dawsonville is among more than a dozen municipalities poised to receive thousands of dollars through the state's Recreational Trail Grants program.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman and pet attacked by pack of dogs

City officials have made contact with the owners of three dogs that attacked a Dawsonville woman walking her small dog in her backyard Saturday morning.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawson County News moves to new office near downtown square

Dawson County News is on the move.

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Congregation seeks volunteers to serve community

The congregation at Mountain Lake Church-Dawson invites the community to join them in a day of service.

April 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Olympians’ compete in special games

Student Olympians from across Dawson County were going for gold last week as they sprinted, tossed and bowled in some very special games held at Lumpkin County High School.

April 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Education


Adult siblings killed in head-on crash

Authorities have identified the two people killed in Monday's head-on collision on Kelly Bridge Road as adult siblings from Dawsonville.

April 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Toddlers die in Monday afternoon house fire

The Dawson and Lumpkin communities are mourning the deaths of two toddlers who died in a mobile home fire Monday afternoon.

April 19, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Two killed in Kelly Bridge Road head-on collision

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle is now confirming that two people have died from injuries sustained in the head-on collision this afternoon on Kelly Bridge Road.

April 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Events planned to meet local candidates

Early voting for the May 24th Election gets underway in less than three weeks, but there is still time to get to know the local candidates before going to the polls.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dinner gives hope to cancer survivors, caregivers

A dinner Tuesday night will celebrate the lives of local cancer survivors and their caregivers.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Low cost rabies clinics this weekend

Low cost rabies vaccinations will be available Saturday at various locations across the county.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man accused of rape

A local man has been charged with rape in connection with an alleged beating attack at his Dawson County home.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Package found in lot deemed safe

Authorities investigating a suspicious package reported in the parking lot of Walmart in Dawsonville last week found no threat to the public.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Relay for Life festivities are Saturday

A day-long event geared to celebrate cancer survivorship will be held Saturday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

May 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Vape devices, electronic cigarettes banned on county property

Vape devices and electronic cigarettes are now banned on county government property following last week's decision by the board of commissioners to modify Dawson ...

May 12, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville-based bank completes $10 million recapitalization plan

Dawson County's only locally based bank on Monday announced the successful completion of a $10 million recapitalization campaign.

May 12, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Conservation group honors Keep Dawson County Beautiful organizer

The Dawson County Tree Preservation Committee last week honored the woman responsible for organizing Keep Dawson County Beautiful more than a decade ago.

May 12, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


BOC vote angers residents

Residents living along Kilough Church and Nix Bridge roads are furious at county commissioners for voting down a proposal that would have brought fire hydrants ...

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Official: Smelly city water is safe for consumption

Despite a lingering foul odor, water from a city of Dawsonville well is safe for human consumption, according to officials.

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Man critically injured in motorcycle crash

Charges are pending against a Dawsonville woman who authorities say pulled into the path of a motorcycle traveling south on Ga. 400 in Dawson County ...

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Citizen journalist files federal wrongful arrest lawsuit

Attorneys for a citizen journalist arrested at a political rally in 2014 at Burts Pumpkin Farm have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the arresting officers ...

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Single vehicle wreck shuts down Hwy. 136 W

Hwy. 136 west of Bailey Waters Road has reopened following a single vehicle crash Friday afternoon.

May 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman crashes into CVS pharmacy wall

The CVS pharmacy on Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville was closed Friday after a woman crashed her car into the side wall.

May 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Neikirk named CFO for Dawson County

Dawson County has a new chief financial officer.

May 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Family displaced by fire thankful for ‘loving’ community

A local family displaced by fire last week is thankful for their "loving" community.

May 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


No one loves you like your mama

As I've grown older, several truths have grown more apparent.

May 05, 2016 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Commissioners reevaluating water authority’s proposal

County commissioners are set to revisit a proposed intergovernmental agreement that, if approved, would result in the installation of fire hydrants in a currently underserved ...

May 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Group collects tons of old electronics

Volunteers with Keep Dawson County Beautiful want to make sure outdated electronics stay out of landfills.

May 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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