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County leader believes future vision talks overdue

County Commission Chairman Mike Berg was seated next to School Superintendent Damon Gibbs last week at a chamber of commerce event when he mentioned two new housing developments that could bring around 600 homes to Dawson County.

August 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


City council updates spending policy

The Dawsonville City Council on Monday voted unanimously to revise its current financial policy to move toward a spending reimbursement system rather than the use of the municipality issued credit cards.

August 05, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


DNR ranger up for national boating officer award

Come fall, Cpl. Jason Roberson, a Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement ranger from Dawsonville, could be the nation's top boating officer.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County chairman presented award at chamber luncheon

While it wasn't a new honor for County Commission Chair Mike Berg, it was the first time that his fellow commissioners and county employees got to see their chair honored with a prestigious ACCG award.

July 22, 2015 | David Renner | Government


City considers firearm discharge ordinance

After some citizen complaints, the Dawsonville City Council is taking into consideration an ordinance to curb firearm discharge within the city limits.

July 22, 2015 | David Renner | Government


Performance pay raises in works for county employees

County officials are looking to put extra dollars into their employees' wallets.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


School leaders plan to lower millage rate

With two of its three required hearings held, the Dawson County Board of Education has announced that it will be lowering its millage rate.

July 22, 2015 | David Renner | Government


Bond burning marks government center payoff

Haynes Johnson has driven by the Dawson County Government Center thousands of times, and yet, he's still awestruck by the structure.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Berg gives constituents update on county progress

County Commission Chair Mike Berg gave a very bright outlook for Dawson County during his annual State of the County address last week at the chamber of commerce's monthly luncheon.

July 15, 2015 | David Renner | Government


Sheriff proposes pay raises for longtime employees

Longtime employees of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are likely to get pay increases in the coming weeks.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


County bond burning ceremony planned Thursday

It was three and a half years ago that the then new Dawson County Government Center officially opened for business.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville makes millage rollback official

The city of Dawsonville can now officially say it is continuing its tradition of no city taxes for its residents.

July 08, 2015 | David Renner | Government


Chairman to address state of the county at luncheon

Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg will deliver his annual state of the county address to the local chamber of commerce membership Thursday.

July 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


County discusses millage rate

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.

July 02, 2015 | David Renner | Government


Public has one more chance to speak on social hosting ordinance

The public has one more chance to voice their concerns on a proposed county ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their friends.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


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Doug Collins holds onto seat in US House 9th District

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, reclaimed his 9th District congressional seat Tuesday after a scrappy primary fight with four GOP challengers.

May 25, 2016 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Thurmond, Gaines, Nix win commission posts

Billy Thurmond, Chris Gaines and Julie Hughes Nix won their respective commission posts in Tuesday's primary election, while the tax commissioner and sheriff's ...

May 25, 2016 | By Amy French, afrench@dawsonnews.com By Michele Hester, mhester@dawsonnews.com | Government


Thurmond, Gaines, Nix chosen for commission posts

Votes are in for races in Dawson County.

May 24, 2016 | | Government


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


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