House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a vari... Updated on Feb 12, 2016 at 1:54p.m.
Region 7-AAA basketball playoff games moved to Thursday Tonight's scheduled Region 7-AAA basketball games at East Hall and West Hall high schools have been postponed until Thursday due to weather concerns in some areas. T... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 3:22p.m.
Pastor Protection Act passes first hurdles One of several proposed religious freedom bills won approval in the Georgia House Judiciary Commitee on Tuesday and now moves on to the full House for a vote. Known ... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:42a.m.
Snow day for area students Students across Dawson County go their wish for a snow day after a dusting of powder throughout the day and overnight Tuesday prompted schools to be closed Wednesday. ... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:16a.m.
Legislators beat plowshares into pistols Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia's version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a bill passed in 2014 that was intend... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a vari... Updated on Feb 12, 2016 at 1:54p.m.
Pastor Protection Act passes first hurdles One of several proposed religious freedom bills won approval in the Georgia House Judiciary Commitee on Tuesday and now moves on to the full House for a vote. Known ... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:42a.m.
Dawson County Schools closed Wednesday Dawson County schools will be closed on Wednesday due to winter precipitation and deteriorating road conditions. Twelve month employees are asked to report at 10 a.m. ... Updated on Feb 09, 2016 at 7:51p.m.
Dawson County schools releasing students at 12:30 p.m. Dawson County schools releasing students at 12:30 p.m. An arctic cold front moving through North Georgia over the next several hours has Dawson County school leaders making the move to send students home early today. All... Updated on Feb 09, 2016 at 10:45a.m.
Dawson County under winter weather advisory Dawson County under winter weather advisory With the potential for a surge of winter weather tonight, the Dawson County School System will make a decision on whether to cancel classes early Tuesday morning. "T... Updated on Feb 08, 2016 at 4:39p.m.

LOCAL

Snow day for area students Students across Dawson County go their wish for a snow day after a dusting of powder throughout the day and overnight Tuesday prompted schools to be closed Wednesday. ... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:16a.m.
Dawson maintains ‘StormReady’ status Dawson County is once again being recognized as a National Weather Service StormReady community. A nationwide preparedness program that uses a grassroots initiative ... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
GDOT seeks public comment on intersection State transportation officials will be at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge Thursday to gage public opinion over changes proposed to the intersection of Highways 52... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Senator wants to improve Internet access ATLANTA -- Sen. Steve Gooch (R - Dahlonega) has filed legislation to create the Joint High-Speed Broadband Communications Access for All Georgians Study Committee. I... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Economy expert to speak at chamber lunch North Georgia real estate and economic expert Frank Norton Jr. will highlight trends in the local housing market and commercial industry during the Dawson County Chamb... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.

Government

House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a vari... Updated on Feb 12, 2016 at 1:54p.m.
Pastor Protection Act passes first hurdles One of several proposed religious freedom bills won approval in the Georgia House Judiciary Commitee on Tuesday and now moves on to the full House for a vote. Known ... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:42a.m.
Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and chief operating off... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Former city councilman will run for county commission seat Former city councilman will run for county commission seat Former Dawsonville City Councilman Chris Gaines announced last week that he plans to seek Dawson County's District 2 commission seat. "My desire to continue to serve... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and chief operating off... Updated on Feb 04, 2016 at 7:06p.m.

Education

Dawson County schools releasing students at 12:30 p.m. Dawson County schools releasing students at 12:30 p.m. An arctic cold front moving through North Georgia over the next several hours has Dawson County school leaders making the move to send students home early today. All... Updated on Feb 09, 2016 at 10:45a.m.
Speller had a ‘hankering’ to win bee Speller had a ‘hankering’ to win bee Kilough Elementary fifth grader Jacob Vaughan had a real "hankering" to win last week's countywide spelling bee at Dawson County Middle School. J.T., as he is known ... Updated on Feb 03, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Schools announce make-up days Schools announce make-up days The Dawson County School System has just announced when students will make up missed classes following last week's snow days. Superintendent Damon Gibbs said Feb. 15... Updated on Jan 27, 2016 at 10:26a.m.
Senator encourages students to apply for military scholarship Sen. Steve Gooch invites high school seniors residing within the 51st Georgia State Senate District to apply for the University of North Georgia Military Scholarship. ... Updated on Jan 27, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Winter weather cancels SAT at Dawson County High testing site Winter weather cancels SAT at Dawson County High testing site Due to the forecast of potential inclement weather expected to come into Dawson County and the surrounding areas Friday night and early Saturday morning, the SAT sched... Updated on Jan 21, 2016 at 2:10p.m.

CRIME/COURTS

Accused jewelry bandits indicted in Florida A Northern District of Florida Grand Jury has indicted an Atlanta area pair accused in a Southeast jewelry theft operation. Abigail Lee Kemp, 24, of Smyrna and Lewis... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Former jail sergeant pleads guilty to punching inmate A former Dawson County Sheriff's sergeant last week pleaded guilty to simple battery, nearly 18 months after he was accused of punching an inmate in the face during a ... Updated on Jan 13, 2016 at 9:33a.m.
Jewelry heist suspect nabbed Jewelry heist suspect nabbed Abigail Lee Kemp made no effort to hide her face as she casually walked into the Zales Outlet at North Georgia Premium Outlets last August when authorities say she ord... Updated on Jan 13, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Two charged after fake hostage report 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 statemen... Updated on Jan 13, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Armed jewel thief in custody 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. Abigail Lee K... Updated on Jan 09, 2016 at 8:08p.m.

BUSINESS

SPORTS

Region 7-AAA basketball playoff games moved to Thursday Tonight's scheduled Region 7-AAA basketball games at East Hall and West Hall high schools have been postponed until Thursday due to weather concerns in some areas. T... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 3:22p.m.
Three Tigers qualify for state wrestling championships Coming off his best in class win a week earlier, Dawson County freshman Kelton LeBaron was one of three Tigers to qualify for the state wrestling championships in the ... Updated on Feb 09, 2016 at 4:36p.m.
Tigers see improvement Tigers see improvement One thing the Dawson County High School varsity boys basketball team didn't have a lot of coming in to the season was experience. Head Coach Thad Burgess said his team... Updated on Feb 09, 2016 at 4:29p.m.
Swim team finishes on high note The Dawson County High School Swim Team had its last regular season meet Jan. 16 at the Cumming Aquatic Center. Tenth grader Jessica Applegate qualified for the stat... Updated on Feb 09, 2016 at 4:27p.m.
Soccer season underway The Dawson County High School varsity soccer teams kicked off their seasons with a scrimmage against North Forsyth High School Friday night. Both girls and boys play... Updated on Feb 09, 2016 at 4:24p.m.

VIEWPOINT

Legislators beat plowshares into pistols Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia's version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a bill passed in 2014 that was intend... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Education is a top priority The House reconvened on Feb. 1 to start our fourth week of the 2016 legislative session. With a month of session behind us, we are hard at work in the General Assembl... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
For the people of Georgia The Georgia General Assembly has completed the fourth week of the 2016 legislative session, and week five is well underway. The days only get busier as we continue t... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Kemp’s primary could be decisive Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: He wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and th... Updated on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
Return of corn-fried shrimp is welcomed news Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" ("Of all the gin joints in all... Updated on Feb 03, 2016 at 1:00a.m.
 
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