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State celebrates ACCG’s centennial anniversary

ATLANTA - It was 100 years ago that county commissioners in Georgia came together in support of committing funds to improve roads and create the state's first highway department.

On Tuesday, lawmakers recognized that effort and commended the Association County Commissioners of Georgia as a "respected legislative advocate for and voice of Georgia's 159 counties."

February 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Request to annex weighed

A piece of property in the Gold Creek subdivision could soon become part of Dawsonville, though Dawson County has opposed the annexation.

The property on Gold Bullion Drive West was bought in 2012 by Michael and Nancy Eason, who at the time thought they were moving into the city.

February 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Bill intended to stop ‘intimate harassment’

A bill introduced last week in the Georgia House of Representatives would make the electronic transmission of explicit photos illegal when the intent is to harm or harass the individual in the pictures.

January 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Hamby announces re-election campaign

Dawson County District 3 Commissioner Jimmy Hamby last week announced his intention to seek a second term.

January 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City of Dawsonville awarded safety grant

The city of Dawsonville has received another tool for helping its employees stay safe on the job.

January 29, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Request for annexation gets support from board

A contested piece of land has passed the first step to becoming annexed into the city of Dawsonville from the county.

January 29, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Governor focuses on education

News that Gov. Nathan Deal has pledged to restore more than $500 million in education funding cut in recent years is a relief to local school officials.

January 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Attorney tapped to lead state child welfare division

The watchdog agency of the state's child welfare system has a new director.

January 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Board opposes request

When the Easons moved into the Gold Creek subdivision in 2012, the couple thought they were buying a house in the Dawsonville city limits.

January 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Tanner to introduce sludge legislation this week

The issue of sludge application is expected to go before state lawmakers this week.

January 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Engineer announces commission seat bid

A political newcomer has announced plans to run for the Dawson County commission District 1 post.

January 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Deal speaks to Republicans

In one of his first public appearances of the new year, Gov. Nathan Deal addressed area Republicans during a fireside chat Thursday in Dahlonega.

January 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Governor to address Republicans Thursday

Gov. Nathan Deal will kick off the New Year with a fireside chat Thursday in Dahlonega during a joint meeting of the Dawson and Lumpkin County republican parties and the Foothills Republican Women.

December 31, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


City Council to begin active work sessions

Starting in January, the Dawsonville City Council has decided to renew its policy of holding monthly work sessions.

December 31, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Zoning for apartments approved

Dawson County commissioners have approved a rezoning to allow a new apartment complex near Ga. 400.

December 24, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


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Perdue bests Kingston in Senate runoff

ATLANTA - Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.

July 23, 2014 | From DCN regional staff reports | Government


Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


AT&T calling on city

Dawsonville once had just one choice for cable and Internet service, but the choices are rapidly expanding.

July 09, 2014 | David Renner | Government


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


School board sets millage

Citing a returning tax digest and economic upturn, the Dawson County Board of Education voted 4-0 during its July 7 meeting to maintain last year's millage rate of 17.246 mills.

July 09, 2014 | David Renner | Government


County continues tax rate discussions

A meeting last week was the public's first of three opportunities to weigh in on the county's millage rate.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County, city near deal for tax split

Dawson County and Dawsonville officials are soon expected to ratify an agreement on a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax that will go before voters in November.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


First public hearing on millage rate is Thursday

A meeting Thursday will be the public's first of three opportunities to weigh in on a proposed increase to the county's millage rate.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City, chamber make agreement

The city of Dawsonville has decided to provide money to a Dawson County organization in return for promotional services.

June 25, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Deadline looms for SPLOST agreement

Thursday is the deadline for county and city officials to reach an agreement on the upcoming special purpose local option sales tax extension set to go before voters in November.

June 18, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville election will stay put in 2015

Dawsonville has decided keep its 2015 municipal election at the Dawson County Board of Elections instead of returning it to city hall.

June 18, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Council approves budget

The city of Dawsonville has approved a $2.6 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15, though one councilman expressed reservations with the suddenness of a pay increase for city workers.

June 18, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Counsel chosen for pay issue

County commissioners last week voted to retain an attorney after learning Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle plans to fight for salary increases for his employees.

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Candidate for governor set to visit Dahlonega

Democratic hopefuls and supporters will gather for a rally in Dahlonega next weekend.

June 11, 2014 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


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