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Hearings set on alcohol ordinance

Hearings have been set to gauge public opinion on amending the county's alcohol ordinance, though commissioners don't expect much conflict.

Voters approved a measure March 6 that allows the sale of package alcohol at stores on Sunday in unincorporated Dawson County by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin. Sunday drink sales passed by a similar margin, about 64 percent to 36 percent.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Grogan appointed acting mayor

The Dawsonville City Council voted Monday to appoint James Grogan acting mayor until July 31.

Grogan, who was previously mayor pro-tem, will fill the vacancy created by the death of Mayor Joe Lane Cox last month.

April 04, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Family withdraws petition

A Dawsonville family has withdrawn a petition to deannex property from the city in order to start a farm.

Jack and Cynthia Forester have instead filed requests for a special use variance and a zoning map amendment for their 30-acre farm on Hwy. 9 north of downtown.

April 04, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Donation box issue up for discussion

An ordinance that places limits on clothing donation boxes across the county is up for discussion this week.

A second public hearing will be held Thursday during the 6 p.m. meeting of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The Dawson County Planning Commission heard the proposed ordinance March 20 and voted to recommend approval as drafted.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Board mulls redrawing boundary for precinct

Hundreds of voters could be affected by a proposal to align local voting precincts with the district lines for the state House of Representatives.

The Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration is in talks to redraw the county's western precinct boundary to match up with a redrawn District 7.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Election for mayor may be in July

Following the death of Joe Lane Cox earlier this month, the Dawsonville City Council is preparing to appoint an acting mayor and call for a special election.

During a called work session March 15, the council discussed the mayoral vacancy and what steps to take toward filling it.

March 21, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Council rescinds approval

It appears the Forester family must wait until at least next month before adding animals to their farm.

After approving the family's deannexation request last week, Dawsonville City Council has since released a statement explaining that the 2-1 vote in favor was premature.

March 14, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


City mourns mayor

The Dawsonville community continues to mourn the death of a passionate public servant whose political career spanned nearly four decades and paved the way for much of the progress seen across the county today.

Mayor Joe Lane Cox died Friday in his sleep at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 72.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Late official accomplished much in life

Dawsonville Mayor Joe Lane Cox will be remembered for dedication to his profession, love for family and commitment to the community.

A man of faith, Cox died Friday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following several years of declining health. He was 72.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Local farm freed to have fowl

When Jack Forester entered into a contract for a 30-acre farm on Hwy. 9 north of Dawsonville last year, he didn't know the property was in the city limits.

He was also unaware a city ordinance prohibits raising fowl. Forester thought chickens were allowed on property zoned residential-agricultural in Dawson County.

March 07, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Amerson plans to retire

For months, Amos Amerson has hinted of his plans to retire from the State House of Representatives at the end of the year.

He recently made it official when he told constituents at one of his weekly breakfast meetings that he'll continue to represent District 9 until early January 2013, when his successor is sworn in.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Alcohol measures approved

Voters in Dawson County approved two separate measures Tuesday involving alcohol sales on Sundays.

The first allows for package sales at stores, while the second allows restaurants and bars to sell liquor by the drink.

March 06, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Firefighters learn survival techniques

Being trapped in a burning structure is one of the most feared situations a firefighter can face.

A weekend training exercise at Dawson County Station No. 7 helped local firefighters prepare for such an emergency and gave them the means to improve their chances of survival.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Presidential primary voting open

For the first time, Dawson County voters will be able to cast ballots for an election on a Saturday.

Thanks to a new state law, polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Dawson County Board of Elections office, 96 Academy Ave.

February 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners Work Session Agenda

4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Assembly Room at the Dawson County Government Center

L. New business

February 22, 2012 | | Government


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Appraisers to visit homes beginning June 8

This week Dawson County will begin the property revaluation equalization project recently approved by the board of commissioners.

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County to complete first full tax revaluation since 2006

A total property tax revaluation, in which the value all of the county's approximately 15,000 parcels of real property will be assessed, is ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Mayor Grogan appeals removal from office

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan has appealed the city council's decision to remove him from office following a May 15 hearing where the council voted ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


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