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David Headley named Dawsonville city manager

Council members voted Monday night to name David Headley Dawsonville's city manager.

December 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


5K race to benefit Family Connection

The teen organizer of a 5K run and walk that will be held Dec. 12 at Rock Creek Park plans to donate proceeds to Dawson County Family Connection.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Partnership could create bike trail at Rock Creek Park

County commissioners are considering a partnership that could help fund the construction of mountain bike trails next to Rock Creek Park.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Teen collects ‘Christmas for Critters’

A freshman at Dawson County High School wants to make sure Dawsonville's furry population has a merry Christmas this holiday season.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Commissioner will not seek reelection

Dawson County Commissioner James Swafford recently announced that he will not seek reelection in 2016.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


First responders recognized for service

A recent awards ceremony allowed Dawson County Emergency Services to pay tribute to personnel who went above and beyond in their service during 2015.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

The City of Dawsonville and Dawson County Chamber of Commerce are inviting the community to ring in the holiday season during Saturday's Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting celebration.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Shopping and Santa: Season brings annual Christmas traditions

Every year Meredith Stroup has the opportunity to let her children see Santa when he makes a stop at her husband's company Christmas party.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


February date set for murder case

A trial date has been set in the case of a Dawson County man accused in the 2014 shooting death of a local little league coach.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Kroger seeks tax relief for new store

The Development Authority of Dawson County recently reached an agreement that would give Kroger some tax relief while also securing the grocer's new, larger location in Dawsonville on Ga. 400.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bearden signs to play basketball at Lenoire-Rhyne

Lady Tiger Karlie Bearden is the first to admit she wasn't always the basketball player she is today.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Chase Elliott wins ‘Most Popular Driver’ for second consecutive season

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott has once again been voted one of NASCAR's most popular drivers.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Commissioners deny slaughterhouse zoning

A family that has spent more than $50,000 on equipment in preparation of opening a butchery and slaughterhouse on the east side of the county found out last week that their request to rezone their property would not be approved.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Date set for rescheduled sheriff’s candidate debate

Organizers have set a date to reschedule a recently canceled sheriff's candidate debate.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Realignment in works for grades 6-12

A proposal to realign 6th-12th grades in the Dawson County School System are in the works with plans for the change to begin as early as fall 2016.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Search for county manager down to 4

After a two month search and a week of interviews, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners has narrowed the field of county manager candidates to ...

January 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


DCES restructures command staff

It's a New Year, and Dawson County Emergency Services has a new director.

January 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Two charged after fake hostage report

Authorities responding to a report of a possible hostage situation in downtown Dawsonville last week took two men into custody in connection with making false ...

January 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Big Canoe residents competing on royal court

Two Big Canoe residents hope to be crowned King and Queen of the mountains come February.

January 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Stores announced for new Kroger shopping center

Ross Dress for Less and Marshalls are among the first stores announced to open in the new Kroger-anchored Dawson Marketplace.

January 12, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Armed jewel thief in custody

The suspect in a string of armed jewelry robberies, including the August heist at Zales Outlet in Dawsonville, was taken into custody Friday in Smyrna.

January 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson commissioners continue search for county manager

Dawson County commissioners plan to interview several applicants this week in their search to appoint a new county manager and chief operating officer.

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Clint Bearden sworn in as new Magistrate Court judge

Dawson County native Clint Bearden on Tuesday vowed to uphold the principles of justice and fairness in the law as the county's new part-time ...

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


City plans citizen discussion workshop

Citizens will soon have the opportunity to meet face to face with the city of Dawsonville's new manager.

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Crews battle early-morning house fire

Firefighters from two counties battled a residential blaze in freezing temperatures Tuesday morning.

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Overturned dump truck shuts down busy crossing

An overturned Mack dump truck shutdown the intersection of Hwy. 9 and Dawson Forest Road for several hours Monday evening as crews attempted to clear ...

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teens charged in road crimes

Two Dawson County teens are facing a long list of criminal charges after authorities say they were involved in an aggressive driving incident that later ...

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ralston on list of Georgia’s most influential

A high-ranking member of Dawson County's legislative delegation has been named to a power list of the most influential leaders of Georgia in 2016.

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Lucky southern tradition

Some say they're good fortune. Others say eating collard greens and black-eyed peas bring prosperity and wealth for the New Year.

January 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | LIFE


4 detained after possible hostage situation reported

Authorities have detained four people at a home in downtown Dawsonville after a third party caller reported a possible hostage situation.

January 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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