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Bank branch closing downtown

Community and Southern Bank plans to close its downtown Dawsonville branch at the end of April.

Bank officials announced last week the branch on Main Street will be combined with one at 4300 Dawson Forest Road, by Ga. 400.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Board moves meetings to government center

Commissioners will have their first meeting in the new Dawson County Government Center tomorrow.

The 6 p.m. voting session will be held in the assembly room on the second floor.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Equipment vandalized on construction site

The investigation is continuing into the vandalism of several pieces of heavy equipment last week on the site of Lanier Technical College's new campus near downtown Dawsonville.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the property damage has been estimated at about $11,000.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Commission sets qualifying fees

Qualifying fees have been set for the upcoming 2012 countywide elections.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted Jan. 19 to set the fees candidates seeking election must pay to qualify to run for office. Fees range from $10 to run for county surveyor to $1,779.87 for sheriff.

January 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocate to chair state registry board

Four months after being appointed to the panel that reviews the state's sex offender registry, a local victims' advocate has been selected to lead it.

Katie Strayhorn was elected chairwoman of the Sexual Offender Registration Board on Jan. 18.

January 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Tanner announces bid for State House

Dawson County's manager has announced his intention to seek the new District 9 post in the state House of Representatives.

"I am excited to announce my campaign ... and I am truly honored by the tremendous outpouring of support I have received so far," said Kevin Tanner, who'll run as a Republican.

January 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Rezoning clears way for discount retailer on Hwy. 9

The county commission approved a rezoning last week that will bring a discount retail store to southwestern Dawson.

As soon as permits are in place, construction is set to begin on a Dollar General off Hwy. 9 in the Silver City area, near the Forsyth County line.

January 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Two blazes keep firefighters busy

Authorities are investigating separate fires Saturday night that destroyed a mobile home and damaged a stolen vehicle.

The home fire was reported about 10 p.m. by a Dawson County Sheriff's deputy following up on a call about smoke in an area north of Dawsonville on Hwy. 9.

January 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Chamber accepting award nominations

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 20th annual awards banquet and gala to be held March 2.

The ceremony pays tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the community in volunteerism, leadership and entrepreneurship.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Citizens police academy seeking participants

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

Designed to give residents an inside look at how local law enforcement operates, the free, five-week course begins Feb. 9 with an introduction by Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his administrative staff.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Former legislator to run for state House

A former state lawmaker from Dawson County aims to return to the Georgia General Assembly.

Clint Smith has announced he will seek the 9th District seat in the state House of Representatives.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


DNR charging fee in Dawson Forest

The lower 10,000 acres of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in Dawson County are not affected by a recent recreational use fee imposed by the state Department of Natural Resources.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Season for fires

In the wake of separate fires over a two-day span last week, officials are reminding residents to take precautions when heating homes and buildings this winter.

Firefighters put out a blaze Thursday morning after a passer-by reported smoke billowing from the ceiling of a vacant building at Hwy. 53 and Warhill Park Road.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Veteran lawman challenges sheriff

A 25-year veteran of law enforcement has announced plans to run for Dawson County sheriff this year.

Kevin Ellison issued his challenge to four-term Sheriff Billy Carlisle, saying his experience as commander of the DeKalb County Police Department's North Precinct has given him the knowledge necessary to lead the local agency.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Emergency services names top employees

Dawson County Emergency Services recently recognized its top employees of 2011 and paid special tribute to five individuals who made significant contributions to the department over the last three decades.

Capt. Jason Dooley was named Career Employee of the Year, while Capt. Douglas Wofford received recognition for his volunteer work with the department during a ceremony Dec. 3.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


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