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Hearing on reservoir is set for Thursday

The first of two public hearings about a proposed reservoir in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area will be held Thursday during a special called meeting of the Dawson County commission.

The meeting is set for 4 p.m. in the G.L. Pete Gilleland Chambers at Dawsonville City Hall.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Road closing for work

Alonzo Burt Road will be closed Sept. 12-16 for pipe replacement and other road maintenance activities at the creek crossing.

Motorists are asked to use Tanner Road as a detour to Hwy. 136 west and east.

September 07, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


City qualifying gets under way

Qualifying for Dawsonville's Nov. 8 election continues through Friday.

The ballot will feature two city council seats and the mayor's post, as well as a referendum on Sunday alcohol sales.

August 31, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Government


New 9th district may draw a ‘herd’ to post

Now that Georgia's new congressional maps are almost final, no one's expecting anything less than a political stampede in Northeast Georgia.

The new map creates an open seat as early as next year and a major political opportunity to represent all or part of 20 Northeast Georgia counties in the U.S. House of Representatives.

August 31, 2011 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | Government


Board set to vote on ’12 budget

The public had little to say during a recent hearing on Dawson County's proposed 2012 operating budget.

The county commission is expected to vote on the $20.9 million spending plan Sept. 1.

August 24, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Proposed districts released

A new proposal for Georgia's congressional districts means Tom Graves may no longer represent Dawson County's interests in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The new map divides the current 9th Congressional District, and opens all or parts of 20 Northeast Georgia counties for new representation in the U.S. House.

August 24, 2011 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | Government


Dawson sheriff withdraws from certification program

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office has temporarily withdrawn from a state certification program for law enforcement agencies and plans to seek certification again next spring.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle sent a letter to the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police on July 20 requesting to voluntarily withdraw from the program.

August 18, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Maps up for change

State lawmakers representing Dawson County said earlier this week they were pleased with the proposed House and Senate districts.

"It couldn't be better if I had drawn it myself," said District 9 Rep. Amos Amerson on Tuesday morning.

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Proposed budget limits spending

The preliminary 2012 budget presented last week to the Dawson County commission limits spending to critical capital needs.

"This budget is nothing more than a balancing act," said Commission Chairman Mike Berg. "Revenue in versus expenses out."

August 17, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Citizen government academy is accepting applications

For a behind the scenes look at local government, residents are encouraged to participate in the fourth annual Dawson County Citizens Academy.

Dawson County Government and Community Affairs is currently accepting applicants for the Fall 2011 academy, which begins Aug. 30.

August 17, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commission chair to present budget

The proposed budget Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg plans to present this week calls for about a 4 percent drop in spending for 2012.

August 10, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Former official mourned

A lifelong Dawsonville resident and former city council member died Thursday at her home.

Friends say Gennie Melinda "Linda" Grant, 62, will be remembered for her devotion to her son and commitment to her hometown.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Annexation may lead to arbitration

The Dawsonville City Council and the Dawson County commission may be heading for arbitration over a disputed piece of property on Hwy. 136.

After the final required public hearing on the matter Monday night, the city council voted 4-0 to annex the 5-acre parcel.

August 03, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners voting session agenda

A. Roll call

B. Opening presentation: Friends of Recovery: Dawson County - Bob King

August 03, 2011 | | Government


Tax appeals rise slightly from ’10

The number of property tax appeals submitted to the Dawson County Board of Assessors is up slightly from 2010.

Chief appraiser Michael Roberts said his office received roughly 750 appeals from more than 15,000 assessments mailed out to property owners in June. The office received nearly 600 in 2010.

August 03, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


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Primary election is set for Tuesday

Advanced voting continues through Friday for Tuesday's General Primary election.

May 18, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Residents vow to fight for hydrants

Residents living in the areas of Kilough and Nix Bridge roads are vowing to continue their fight to get fire hydrants in the area.

May 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Congressional candidates cite federal agencies, programs they’d end

Get rid of the IRS, the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Education and even U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has waffled over ...

May 13, 2016 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Vape devices, electronic cigarettes banned on county property

Vape devices and electronic cigarettes are now banned on county government property following last week's decision by the board of commissioners to modify Dawson ...

May 12, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC vote angers residents

Residents living along Kilough Church and Nix Bridge roads are furious at county commissioners for voting down a proposal that would have brought fire hydrants ...

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Official: Smelly city water is safe for consumption

Despite a lingering foul odor, water from a city of Dawsonville well is safe for human consumption, according to officials.

May 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Collins faces 4 GOP foes in bid to keep 9th District House seat

In a crowded field, five men with varying backgrounds are vying for the right to continue the Republican hold on the 9th District seat in ...

May 06, 2016 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Neikirk named CFO for Dawson County

Dawson County has a new chief financial officer.

May 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners reevaluating water authority’s proposal

County commissioners are set to revisit a proposed intergovernmental agreement that, if approved, would result in the installation of fire hydrants in a currently underserved ...

May 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City takes steps to find source of water odors

Jim Watson has changed out his hot water heater. He's flushed the tanks with bleach. He's sent water samples off to labs for ...

May 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Candidates tout qualifications, experience at forum

Early voting is underway for the May 24 General Primary.

May 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Early voting begins Monday for May 24 General Primary

The early voting period for this year's May 24 General Primary begins Monday at the Dawson County Voter Registration and Elections Office in downtown ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Political newcomer promises to bring new perspective to county commission

A political newcomer who's been active in the local Republican Party for the last several years promises to bring a fresh perspective and new ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Drone bill waits Deal’s approval

A House bill awaiting the governor's signature has potential to set the stage for Georgia to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft industry.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners reject long-term hydrant contract

County commissioners last week said they were not comfortable approving a long term contract with the local water and sewer authority for hydrants.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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