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No adjustment to humane society funds

A vote last week by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners requires an annual audit of the local animal shelter's finances.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Removal of trees part of ‘routine maintenance’

County officials say the removal of 16 trees is part of the routine maintenance needed as workers prepare to open the campground of War Hill Park this weekend.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Ellijay teen killed in fiery crash on Hwy. 52

A Gilmer County teen was killed in a fiery crash last week when his car ran off the road in northwestern Dawson County, hit a tree and ignited in flames.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County pursuing legal action to recover back taxes

Dawson County Commissioners last week agreed to move forward with litigation against a local innkeeper in an effort to recoup more than $30,000 in delinquent hotel/motel taxes.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawsonville man in standoff arrested again

Days after a Dawsonville man with a shotgun held officers at bay for nearly five hours, deputies issued a new warrant for his arrest, this time for aggravated stalking.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Variance makes way for new Aldi store on Ga. 400

Dawson County's Planning Commission approved a variance last week that could make way for a new grocery store on Ga. 400.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Elliott makes Sprint Cup debut Sunday

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott is set to make his Sprint Cup debut in Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Proposed Black’s Mill cell tower draws opposition

Neighbors living in and around Black's Mill Place subdivision have banded together in opposition to a cell phone tower proposed for the area.

March 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Republicans salute Churchill’s legacy

There was a capacity crowd at Big Canoe on March 13 to pay tribute to Winston Churchill's life, legacy and leadership.

March 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Aldi is coming to Dawson County

Dawson County's Planning Commission approved a variance Tuesday that could make way for a new grocery store on Ga. 400.

March 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Intersection update irks business owner

The changes planned for the crossing at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 has the owner of a local restaurant wondering how he'll be able to stay in business without access to his main entrance.

March 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Ellijay teen killed in fiery crash

A Gilmer County teen was killed in a fiery crash Tuesday afternoon when his car ran off the road in northwestern Dawson County, hit a tree and ignited in flames.

March 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Murder suspect enters not guilty plea

The Dawson County man charged with murder in the shooting death of a local coach has entered a not guilty plea.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Spring has sprung

After a bitter cold winter that brought snow, sleet and ice to the area on multiple occasions, local families welcomed the near 80 degree temperatures that started blooming earlier this week.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Humane society at risk to lose funds

Commissioners are considering a measure that could reduce funding for the local animal shelter.

March 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Verizon pulls plans for cellphone tower

A proposed cellphone tower will not be built on property in southern Dawson County after a group of neighbors came out in strong opposition to the measure.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bill opens new doors for local distillery

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery who want to take home a bottle of the signature backwoods spirits today have to leave the premises, drive a half mile away and shop at the local package store.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Judge sets bond for NASCAR engine builder’s wife

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott remained in custody Tuesday, nearly a week after she was arrested for reportedly trying to run him over.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors

Holding on to a walker, Peggy Jenkins slowly made her way to the front of the crowd Thursday night to claim her "survivor" medallion.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Officials unclear if armed robbery suspect connected to Dawsonville CVS heist

The FBI task force investigating a string of armed robberies at CVS stores across metro-Atlanta has not reached out to local law enforcement to determine if a February robbery at the Dawsonville location is connected.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Aldi cancels plans for Dawson store

Corporate officials have announced that plans for an Aldi grocery store in Dawson have been called off.

April 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawson County’s Sweat retiring in June

Dawson County High School's Steve Sweat, who coached the Lady Tigers to a history-making, undefeated regular season in 2015, confirmed today that he will be retiring at the end of June.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Dawson County United Way donations top $76K

Contributions made by area employees toward United Way topped $76,000 in 2015.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dinner celebrates cancer survivors

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

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Program helps graduates cope with mental health

Looking back 24 months ago, Paul Watson can now admit his life was spiraling out of control.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


4 men charged for racing on Ga. 400

High-speed races on Ga. 400 over the weekend landed four drivers behind bars facing numerous traffic violations.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen arrested in school burglary

A Dawson County teen was arrested last week after authorities identified him as the culprit in a burglary at Riverview Middle School.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ernie Elliott’s wife charged with aggravated assault

The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott was arrested early Tuesday morning.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Comfort Inn pays back hotel/motel taxes

The owner of a local inn paid more than $30,000 in late hotel/motel taxes last week, but still owes nearly $10,000 to the county in penalties and interest.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Gunshots lead to arrest

Shots fired at a residence on War Hill Park Road Sunday led to the arrest of a Dawson County man on assault and battery charges.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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