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GOP candidates surface to oppose Congressman Doug Collins

Two candidates have emerged to oppose U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville in the May 24 Republican primary.

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


Local banker announces bid for tax commissioner

A local banker and community volunteer on Monday announced her intention to run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Hughes Nix announces re-election campaign

Longtime Dawson County District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix has announced she will seek a fifth term.

February 24, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


County honors longtime planning commission chairman

After more than a decade a chairman of the Dawson County Planning Commission, Dick Bergen conducted his last meeting on Feb. 16.

February 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Meet and greet planned for Thursday

The public is invited to join Dawson County Commissioners on Thursday as they hold a meet and greet for newly appointed County Manager Randy Dowling.

February 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville mayor receives certificate of distinction

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan received the prestigious Certificate of Distinction from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association's (GMA) Annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 24.

February 17, 2016 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Lifelong resident announces bid for tax commissioner

A lifelong Dawson County resident has thrown his hat into the race to be Dawson County's next tax commissioner.

February 17, 2016 | By Amy French afrench@dawsonnews.com | Government


House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage

Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a variety of proposals creating legal exemptions for same-sex marriage opponents.

February 12, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Pastor Protection Act passes first hurdles

One of several proposed religious freedom bills won approval in the Georgia House Judiciary Commitee on Tuesday and now moves on to the full House for a vote.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Former city councilman will run for county commission seat

Former Dawsonville City Councilman Chris Gaines announced last week that he plans to seek Dawson County's District 2 commission seat.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and chief operating officer.

February 10, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Randall Dowling hired as new Dawson County manager

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Randall Dowling as the county's new manager and chief operating officer.

February 04, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City workshop draws small crowd

A first of its kind workshop in Dawsonville gave local residents the opportunity last week to learn more about the goings on in city government.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Tax commissioner will not seek 4th term

Dawson County's longtime tax commissioner announced on Monday that she will not seek re-election.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City moving forward with park plans

City officials are entertaining design concepts for the new park going in behind Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

February 03, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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Articles by Section - Government


County names new planning commission

The new year has brought new members to the county planning commission. All four planning board members, as well as the chair, had terms that ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Tanner appointed to transportation committee

The Georgia House of Representatives' Committee on Assignments recently named Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County manager plans community discussion workshop

Citizens of Dawsonville are invited to attend a joint community connections workshop next week.

January 11, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


David Ralston re-elected as speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives

David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has again been re-elected as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives. Ralston was first elected as speaker in January 2010 ...

January 11, 2017 | | Government


State lawmakers talk first 2017 session plans

Before the first session of the 154th general assembly began Monday local lawmakers discussed what they think will be the biggest and most important issues ...

January 11, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commission to interview county attorney applicants

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners have announced that there will be a special called meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday with the purpose of ...

January 11, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Sheriff ends final term with radio sign-off

Dawson County's long-serving sheriff, Billy Carlisle, officially ended his last term of service on Friday with a party and farewell ceremony at the sheriff ...

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


State committee says tax incentives, funds could boost broadband internet in rural areas

A committee headed up by Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, that is focused on obtaining high-speed broadband internet access for all Georgians held its final meeting ...

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean | Government


Elected officials get sworn in

Dawson County's newest elected officials pledged their allegiance to Dawson County and were sworn in Thursday morning at the Dawson County Government Center by ...

December 28, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County bids farewell to officials

The county will be losing four leaders this month as their final elected terms come to an end.

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County advertises for new staff attorney

Commissioners voted last week to officially begin the search for an applicant to fill an internal legal services position that, if accepted, would be the ...

December 21, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


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