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Deal, delegates gather

Dawson County was in the spotlight last weekend as Republicans from across northeast Georgia rallied at the 9th Congressional District banquet and convention.

April 24, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Gooch named ‘most influential’

A local legislator was recently tapped among Georgia's most influential lawmakers.

April 24, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


District Republicans to rally Friday in Dawson

Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver the keynote address during the 9th Congressional District banquet Friday night at the Lakeview Center in Dawsonville.

Andrew Turnage, chairman of the district GOP, said the district is fortunate the banquet falls in line with the close of the 2013 state legislative session, which Deal is expected to highlight in his remarks.

April 17, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


City presented alternative

A month after Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan announced the city had interest in developing a regional reservoir with Georgia Reservoir Co., a Lumpkin County resident floated what she contends is a better plan.

Speaking on behalf of the Etowah Hills Corporation, Rebecca Reeves Carter urged the council Monday night to consider an alternative to Georgia Reservoir Co.'s proposed Calhoun Creek Regional Reservoir.

April 03, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Proposed city sign becomes a reality

The proposed digital sign for the city's municipal complex will become a reality following Monday night's regular Dawsonville City Council meeting.

The April 1 meeting saw both a variance and guideline proposal on the agenda. In order for the sign to become a reality, both of these would have to be approved by the city council.

April 03, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commercial trash fees increase

Commercial trash haulers can expect to pay more at the Dawson County Transfer Station.

In a 3-0 vote Thursday, the county commission agreed to raise the rate for commercial dumping to $35 per ton. Commissioner Jimmy Hamby was absent.

March 27, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Digital sign OK’d by planning commission

The proposed digital, illuminated sign for the city of Dawsonville has cleared another step in the process to becoming a reality.

As part of the Dawsonville Planning Commission meeting on March 18, the city had requested a variance to its own ordinance regulating the size and luminosity of digital signs.

March 27, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Local Republican party fills roles

The Dawson County Republican Party met March. 9 to discuss the coming year.

Clint Bearden, chairman of the 2012-13 board led the Republican Party in its annual meeting.

March 27, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


New car tax law takes effect Friday

A new law that changes the way motor vehicles are taxed takes effect Friday and is expected to cause a few headaches at tax offices across the state.

"Transactions will most definitely take longer," said Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley. "We've all trained on [the new system] to get us ready, but we've had no practice on the screens."

February 27, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


‘Minor detail’ stalls agreement

The city of Dawsonville may have to wait a few more weeks before a final decision can be reached with the county regarding law enforcement services.

In the Feb. 21 Dawson County Board of Commissioners voting session, the commissioners voted to approve two inter-governmental agreements regarding animal control and fire inspection with the city of Dawsonville.

February 27, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Reservoir permits sought

The city of Dawsonville may soon find itself in the reservoir business.

Mayor James Grogan announced Monday that the city has applied for two surface water withdrawal permits from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

February 27, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Official outlines intersection plan

Changes to Dawson County's busiest intersection could begin as early as fall 2014, a state transportation official told a local gathering last week.

During the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon Thursday, Georgia Department of Transportation project manager Robert Murphy outlined the plan to reshape Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53.

February 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Revenue focus of concern

A recent budget comparison has one elected official saying he remains concerned about Dawson County's economic future.

"People don't want to hear it, but we're going to end up at some point, if we don't find another source of revenue, services will have to be cut and I don't think we're having that discussion with the public," said District 1 Commissioner Gary Pichon.

February 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Bill could benefit city

Dawsonville's downtown may get an added boost to its revitalization efforts in the coming months.

A measure recently introduced at the state legislature, House Bill 128, is being billed as Georgia's downtown renaissance act. It would allow a three-tiered system to aid with refurbishing and renovating small, downtown areas.

February 13, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Leaders keeping eye on juvenile justice reform bill

After tackling criminal justice last year in the legislature, state leaders now are turning their focus toward the juvenile system.

Local leaders in the juvenile justice community were optimistic but cautious in reaction to a bill introduced Friday in the House.

February 13, 2013 | By Emma Witman DCN regional staff | Government


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Governor set to sign sludge bill

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Dawsonville this morning to sign into law a bill that will place tougher regulations on sludge application.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


District 7 candidates square off

In their first public debate, candidates for the District 7 seat in the state House of Representatives met last week in Dawsonville.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Forum’s focus on issues

Several dozen local voters filled the auditorium at Dawson County Middle School last week to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 commission seat.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County seeks back taxes from business

County officials are once again seeking legal action against a local hotel owner over delinquent taxes.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County plans hearings on proposed burn ordinance

Dawson County officials have agreed to move forward with public hearings on a proposed ordinance that would limit where debris from construction sites can be burned.

April 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City of Dawsonville to hold week of events

The city of Dawsonville will be hosting a week of events as part of a statewide initiative to boost town tourism and appreciation.

April 09, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Second political forum scheduled for Tuesday

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a political forum for candidates running for local elected office.

April 09, 2014 | David Renner | Government


City issues bonds to restructure water debt

Concluding nearly a year of talks, the city of Dawsonville has issued bonds to restructure debt on previous loans from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

April 09, 2014 | David Renner | Government


City plans bond issue for water

After almost a year of talks and planning, the city of Dawsonville is finally ready to issue bonds aimed at restructuring debt.

April 02, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Candidates debate issues

Citizens had their first chance to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 Commission seat last week during a political forum held by the Dawson County Republican Party.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Board of commissioners consider burn ordinance

County commissioners are considering an ordinance that would place new regulations on where debris from construction sites can be burned.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County looking at grant

Dawson County officials are looking into several grants intended to accelerate the construction of a major retail center along Ga. 400.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Senate passes bill for sludge

Legislation that would place tougher regulations on sludge application overwhelmingly passed in the Senate last week and now awaits the governor's approval.

March 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Deadline Monday for health care sign-ups

With open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act closing next Monday, there is not much time left to sign up for health insurance if you are not already covered.

March 26, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Chair: Road needs repairs

The chairman of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week declared a state of local emergency for a section of Kelly Bridge Road that officials say needs immediate repair.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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