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Body located in abandoned car near Ga. 400 identified as missing Atlanta woman

Dawson County Sheriff's investigators have identified the woman, whose body was found inside an abandoned car nar Ga. 400 Thursday morning, as a missing Atlanta woman.

March 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Surprise winter weather rolls into town

A surprise winter storm that rolled into town early Thursday afternoon could bring as much as an of inch of snow to the area.

March 03, 2016 | From staff reports, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Volunteers make a splash for literacy

The temperature for Lake Lanier was a brisk 40 degrees on Saturday morning, ideal weather, some say, for the first swim of 2016.

March 02, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Seppenfield acquitted of all charges in murder case

There was a hushed sound of relief as Dawson County Clerk of Courts Justin Power read the verdict.

March 02, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman accused of perjury in connection with murder trial released from custody

The woman taken into custody by sheriff's investigators this morning at the Dawson County courthouse for allegedly lying under oath was released on a signature bond.

February 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Neighbor accused of lying under oath in connection with murder case

A neighbor of Herman James "Bo" Seppenfield VII , who is on trial for the 2014 murder of a local little league coach, was taken into custody at the Dawson County Government Center this morning, accused of lying under oath.

February 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deliberations in murder trial to resume Monday

Court is in recess until Monday morning in the murder case against a Dawson County man accused of shooting a local father of three and little league coach.

February 26, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Chase Elliott makes Sprint Cup debut at hometown track Sunday

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott has a special place in his heart for Atlanta Motor Speedway.

February 26, 2016 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Defendant testifies that shooting was self-defense

The attorney for the Dawson County man accused in the shooting death of a popular little league coach in 2014 wasted no time with small talk Thursday afternoon when his client took the stand.

February 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


High winds to blame for power outage that closed big-box stores in Dawson County Wednesday

Local shoppers looking for groceries, clothing and home improvement goods were out of luck Wednesday evening after a power outage shutdown several big-box retailers along Ga. 400 in Dawson County.

February 25, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local banker announces bid for tax commissioner

A local banker and community volunteer on Monday announced her intention to run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Royals raise $55,000 for hospice care

Dressed in gold, green and purple, North Georgia royalty celebrated as if they were partying on Bourbon Street and in the process raised more than $55,000 for a local hospice care center.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hughes Nix announces re-election campaign

Longtime Dawson County District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix has announced she will seek a fifth term.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dolores Bearden

Dolores Bearden, 59, of Dahlonega, died Feb. 15, 2016.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | OBITS


Dawson County school bus involved in crash

A Dawson County school bus and a passenger vehicle collided Wednesday morning at Academy Avenue and Hwy. 9 South in downtown Dawsonville.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Gas station going in at 136/9 intersection

More than three acres at the intersection of Hwys. 9 North and 136 are being cleared to make way for a new gas station and ...

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Williamson to challenge Gooch for 51st Senate district

One of the founders of Gilmer County's Tea Party has challenged State Sen. Steve Gooch for the 51st Senate District.

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Hwy. 53 reopens following gas main break

Hwy. 53 was shut down between Lumpkin Campground Road and Ga. 400 just after 5 a.m. Monday due to a gas main break caused ...

April 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Collision shuts down Hwy. 53 at county line

Hwy. 53 East was shut down in both directions at the Dawson-Forsyth County line Wednesday morning as officers investigated a two-car crash that occured just ...

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Grant funds available to promote downtown business

Funds are once again available for entrepreneurs interested in bringing their businesses to Dawsonville.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Beautification group encourages the public to spruce up their neighborhoods

Volunteers with Keep Dawson County Beautiful are encouraging community members to spruce up their neighborhoods as part of this year's Great American Cleanup.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teams forming for Rotary’s annual golf tournament

There's still time to register a team in Rotary Club of Dawson County's 24th annual golf tournament and fundraiser.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sawnee awards grant to Reading Education Association of Dawson County

Every month when the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation bill arrives, there is a simple request to give a few extra cents to round up your ...

March 30, 2016 | From staff reports, editor@dawsonnews.com | LOCAL


Miss Sparkles princesses crowned

A collaborative between the local school system and Civitan Club recently showed that all young women can be princesses.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | Education


Sheriff's candidates answer questions at forum

Editor's note: This is part two in a series of questions candidates running to be Dawson County's next sheriff answered during a political ...

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Deal veto lets down lawmakers

Local lawmakers expressed their disappointment in Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to veto a controversial faith-based bill that opponents said discriminates against same-sex couples.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GOP honors Berg’s party commitment

Local Republicans recently recognized one of their own for his lifelong service to the party.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local lawmakers disappointed in governor’s 'religious liberty' bill veto

Local lawmakers expressed their disappointment today in Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to veto a controversial faith-based bill that opponents said discriminates against same-sex couples.

March 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Developer backs away from building assisted living center on Kilough Church Road

The developer for a proposed assisted living facility on Kilough Church Road will not move forward with the project after learning last week that many ...

March 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Political newcomer announces bid for county tax commissioner seat

A Dawson County resident with deep roots in the community recently announced her intention to be the county's next tax commissioner.

March 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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