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State senator kicks off town hall meetings

The first of several town hall meetings across the state's 51st Senate District will be held Saturday in Lumpkin County.

February 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Pond stirs up trouble

A homeowners association has returned to the Dawsonville City Council seeking help in cleaning up its retention pond.

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


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


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Emergency personnel recognized at banquet

An awards ceremony last month recognized several members of Dawson County Emergency Services for going above and beyond in 2014.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff honors top staff at annual luncheon

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recognized its top employees during the department's annual Christmas luncheon and celebration on Friday.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City to hear new request

City officials continue to receive requests for annexation in to Dawsonville.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials will be sworn in to office Tuesday

The county's newest elected officials will be sworn into office Tuesday at the Dawson County Government Center.

December 10, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Phillips takes council seat

Newly appointed council member Caleb Phillips took his seat on the Dawsonville City Council, following a brief swearing-in ceremony on Monday at city hall.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners to work with sheriff on budget

A gallery of uniformed deputies, plainclothes officers and administrative staff filed into the Dawson County Board of Commissioner's meeting room on Thursday to see if budget demands made by the sheriff to increase pay would be approved.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Councilman named to fill vacancy

The city of Dawsonville has appointed a new city councilman to replace a seat vacated earlier this month.

November 19, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Amendment by local legislator passes

Georgia voters last week approved an amendment to the state's Constitution that imposes additional fees for reckless driving violations when they are pleaded down from driving under the influence.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Road repaving could hinge on agreement with city

A portion of road could be skipped when the county begins a repaving project on Burt Creek Road if an agreement with the city isn't reached.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


House Republicans re-elect Ralston

Rep. David Ralston will retain his position as one of the most powerful leaders in the Georgia General Assembly after House Republicans unanimously approved his nomination as Speaker of the House for another two years during Monday morning's caucus meeting at the state capitol.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocates urge BOC to support adult literacy

The first of two public hearings required before commissioners can adopt the county's 2015 budget brought out a handful of speakers in support of adult literacy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City, county authority receives state loan

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority recently made an announcement regarding both the city of Dawsonville and a Dawson County entity.

November 05, 2014 | David Renner | Government


First hearing on county budget is Thursday

Residents have their first chance to make comments on the county's proposed 2015 budget Thursday.

November 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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