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City to revisit ordinance

The Dawsonville City Council plans to take a new look at its alcohol ordinance during a special called meeting Monday.

The 5 p.m. meeting will be held in the G.L. Pete Gilleland Council Chambers at city hall.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials review evaluation process

A recent joint meeting of the Dawson County commission and tax assessor's board could become a regular occurrence.

The two groups met Oct. 5 to discuss property evaluations and how officials could work together in the future.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Gingrich visits

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told a group of nearly 200 in Dawsonville he didn't want them to be "for" him as he campaigns for the nation's highest office.

Instead, the former U.S. Speaker of the House wants them to be "with" him for the next eight years.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners voting session agenda

A. Roll call

B. Opening presentation: Doris Cook, chairwoman of Dawson Against Substance Abuse

October 05, 2011 | | Government


Video system unveiled

A new program is saving Dawson County Magistrate Court and Sheriff's Office time and money.

Designed by Icon Software Corp., the new EZ Warrant system brings officers and judges together through video conferencing to secure warrants and hold first appearance hearings.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Concerns over reservoir plan

One Dawson County commissioner said nothing raised during a recent public hearing on a proposed reservoir came as a surprise to him.

"I didn't hear any issues I haven't already heard before," Gary Pichon said of Thursday's session.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Tax office closes satellite location

Tax Commissioner Linda Townley said budget constraints have forced her to close Dawson County's satellite tag and tax office effective Friday.

The office on Liberty Drive, off Hwy. 53 near Dawson Forest Road, opened in January to serve residents living along the busy Ga. 400 corridor.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Local advocate appointed to sex offender registry board

A local victim advocate has been appointed to the board that reviews the state's sex offender registry and categorizes offenders.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of Katie Strayhorn to the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board on Sept. 16. The term is for four years.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Governor approves districts

Changes to the Dawson County commission and school board districts have been approved by the governor.

Gov. Nathan Deal approved the local legislation last week. It now must be approved by the Department of Justice, according to Glenda Ferguson, chair of the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Concerns voiced over reservoir plan

Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon says he's heard every concern discussed Thursday night during a public hearing on a proposed reservoir in the county.

"I didn't hear any issues I haven't already heard before," he said. "I wish the community as a whole would understand that we do not own that property, the state does not own that property in the Dawson tract and the county does not own that property."

September 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Reservoir proposals aired

Two agencies competing to build a proposed reservoir in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area made presentations to the Dawson County commission Sept. 8.

Also during the first of two public hearings on the matter, commissioners heard from several residents concerned about the proposal.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Emergency operators honored

In the wake of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, another national day of remembrance has become overshadowed.

As declared in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, Sept. 11 is 911 Emergency Number Day. It's a time to honor those who are the true first responders during a crisis.

September 14, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commission chair gives state of county address

Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg encouraged members of the business community to take part in making Dawson County all it can be by talking to others about the county.

"The more we're able to get out and talk about who we are, the more likely business will want to expand here or move here," Berg said when he spoke during the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon last week.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Cuts include development authority

The 2012 budget approved by Dawson County commissioners does not include funding for the local development authority.

The $140,000 intended for the group instead will go to buy four new patrol cars for the sheriff's office.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Ballot set for upcoming city election

The ballot for the Nov. 8 municipal election is set after qualifying ended Friday.

Three challengers and two incumbents will vie for two Dawsonville City Council seats, while Mayor Joe Lane Cox drew no opposition.

September 07, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Government


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Second hearing held on millage rate

During last week's Dawson County Board of Commissioners voting session, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes asked the commissioners to take several ...

August 24, 2016 | Amy French | Government


Board approves additional funding for juvenile court

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a significant budget increase for the Dawson County Juvenile Court during last week's voting session.

August 24, 2016 | Amy French | Government


Juvenile court requests more funding

Judge Lindsay Burton of the Dawson County Juvenile Court requested a significant budget increase during last week's board of commissioners work session.

August 17, 2016 | Amy French | Government


Board of Commissioners hold public meeting for tax increase

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners held the first of three required public hearings last week as they intend to leave the current millage rate ...

August 17, 2016 | Amy French | Government


Commissioners name Bill Tanner interim county manager

During a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon, commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Bill Tanner to serve as county manager until a permanent replacement is ...

July 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Retired army engineer to run for District 2 commission seat

Retired army engineer and JROTC instructor at Dawson County High School, Robert Wiley is now officially on the ballot for the District 2 county commission ...

July 26, 2016 | Amy French | Government


Etowah votes to lay 12-inch waterlines on Nix Bridge

Residents along Nix Bridge Road will soon have the waterlines needed for improved fire safety, though there are no immediate plans by the county to ...

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Neikirk named interim county manager

Commissioners Thursday night voted to appoint Vicki Neikirk to serve as interim county manager following Randy Dowling's abrupt resignation earlier that day.

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission chair recommends full property tax rollback

Commission Chairman Mike Berg is calling for a full millage rate rollback that, if approved, would be the county's first tax reduction in 12 ...

July 20, 2016 | By Michele Hester | Government


Tax commissioner candidates make plea for runoff votes

Andi Henson Juliette and Nicole Stewart made final public pleas to voters last week asking for support in Tuesday's runoff election for Dawson County ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff’s candidates square off in debate

The men vying to be Dawson County's first new sheriff in 20 years squared off in a heated debate last week before a standing ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Magistrate judges to get raises

Commissioners last week approved a request to increase salaries for the county's two fulltime magistrate judges.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City threatens lawsuit over SPLOST documents

City officials last week sent a letter to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners threatening suit over alleged missing documents detailing sales tax expenditures.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville mayor elected to state municipal association board

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was recently elected to the Georgia Municipal Association board of directors during the group's annual meeting in Savannah June 27.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Early voting for July 26 runoff underway

Early voting is underway for the July 26 runoff election to choose Dawson County's next sheriff and tax commissioner.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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