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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


Overturned truck shuts down intersection

The crossing of Hwy. 9 and Dawson Forest Road is currently shut down in all directions after a truck overturned and continues to leak oil ...

January 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Volunteers feed hundreds for Christmas

No one should go hungry at Christmas and certainly, no one should be alone.

December 30, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lighting likely to blame for Christmas Eve barn fire

A local man is grateful that his home was spared in a fire that leveled his barn early Christmas Eve morning.

December 30, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Crews work to repair problems caused by flooding

Crews have been on the scene of a new retail development on Ga. 400 and Dawson Forest Road where recent rain and flooding has caused ...

December 30, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dade County man killed in Burnt Mountain crash

A single-vehicle collision in northwestern Dawson County claimed the life of a Dade County man two days before Christmas.

December 30, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Eatery to serve 'lucky' New Year's meal

The Dawsonville Pool Room will once again open for lunch on New Year's Day and welcomes everyone to ring in 2016 with the southern ...

December 30, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Sheriff recognizes top employees of 2015

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle recognized his top employees of 2015 during the department's annual Christmas luncheon and celebration at the Georgia Racing Hall ...

December 30, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville man arrested after fleeing traffic stop

A Dawsonville man faces a litany of charges after fleeing a traffic stop on Sunday.

December 23, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County’s new ISO rating could mean lower insurance premiums

Results from a recent evaluation by the Insurance Services Offices places Dawson County in a lower insurance classification, which should translate into lower insurance premiums ...

December 23, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tavern chef pays it forward with free holiday dinner

Santa will already be back at the North Pole, but a few of his elves will stick around Dawsonville Friday to serve Christmas dinners to ...

December 23, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officers grant holiday wishes

Little Mason Blake arrived at Walmart Friday afternoon with a plan.

December 23, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Authorities say threat unfounded at doctor’s office

Authorities continue to investigate who called in a bomb threat at a local doctor's office last week.

December 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Working holiday for swim team

It may be Christmas break, but for the Dawson County High Swim Team, that means additional time is available to prepare for the next meet.

December 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


No threat found at doctor's office

Authorities on the scene at a local doctor's office where a bomb threat was phoned in this morning say they found no evidence of ...

December 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


How my child plans to catch Santa Claus

It was an intricate plan, complete with several diagrams and involved string.

December 16, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


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