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Tanner holds first breakfast in Dawson

State Rep. Kevin Tanner carried on a longstanding tradition started by his 9th district predecessor Amos Amerson by meeting with local community members over breakfast Saturday in Dawsonville.

"I was thrilled with the turn out we had at my first informational breakfast," Tanner said. "I believe it is important for elected officials to find ways to communicate with citizens."

January 23, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Senator to lead committee

State Sen. Steve Gooch received several key committee assignments, including chairman of the State Transportation Committee, when the 152nd Georgia General Assembly convened last week in Atlanta.

Gooch, a Republican from Dahlonega and former state Department of Transportation board member, said the assignment will serve the 51st District well.

January 23, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


County names new CFO

In one of her first official duties as Dawson County Manager, Cindy Campbell has announced the promotion of Dena Bosten to chief financial officer.

Bosten, who has been with the county's finance department since September 2010, has held several accounting roles including her most recent duties as budget manager.

January 23, 2013 | | Government


Pichon named vice chair

The Dawson County commission has selected District 1 Commissioner Gary Pichon to serve as its vice chairman in 2013.

In that capacity, Pichon will conduct commission meetings if Chairman Mike Berg can't attend.

January 23, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Grants pave way for roadwork

Thanks to a newly revamped Georgia Department of Transportation grant program, Dawson County and the city of Dawsonville have received nearly $300,000 to improve roads and sidewalks in 2013.

DOT staff presented checks totaling about $283,177 to the local governments last week through the Local Maintenance and Improvements Grant program.

January 16, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


District 9 congressman makes stops in Dawson

In one of his first tours since taking office as the 9th District representative in the 113th Congress, Doug Collins made several stops in Dawson County to share his goals and ask what he can do to help residents in the community.

Speaking to the Rotary Club of Dawson County on Jan. 10, the Hall County republican also said he has plans to draw from the constituents in the district for guidance and support in the coming months.

January 16, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Tanner ready for challenge

A new chapter will begin for Dawson County native Kevin Tanner on Monday.

With family and close friends by his side at the state Capitol in Atlanta, Tanner will be sworn in to represent the new 9th District in the Georgia House of Representatives.

January 09, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission’s first meeting is tomorrow

County commissioners have their first meeting of the year Thursday and hope the community will take part in the discussions of local government in 2013.

The work session meeting is at 4 p.m. in the assembly room on the second floor of the Dawson County Government Center.

January 09, 2013 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commission finalizes county manager contract

With the contract for new county manager Cindy Campbell finalized, the focus turns to finding her replacement in the finance department.

The Dawson County commission appointed Campbell manager on Dec. 20. She currently serves as the county's chief financial officer, a position she has held for four years.

January 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Campbell named county manager

A Dawson County native has been selected as the county's next chief operating officer.

Cindy Gilleland Campbell was named county manager Thursday night following a unanimous vote by the Dawson County commission.

December 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff celebrates top employees

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recognized its tops employees last week during the department's annual Christmas celebration at Peach Brandy Cottage.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle said the men and women selected as employees of the year for their divisions went above and beyond during 2012.

December 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Incoming officials take oaths of office

Incoming elected officials were sworn into office Dec. 20 at the Dawson County Government Center.

Probate Judge Jennifer Burt administered the oaths of office, while Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller governed the loyalty oath for the group.

December 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Meeting focuses on goals

Members of Dawson County's state legislative delegation held a joint town hall meeting last week to highlight their goals for the 2013 legislative session.

"One of the things you hear a lot of criticism on about elected officials is the lack of direction or the lack of involvement they get from the citizens," said Rep.-elect Kevin Tanner.

December 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials mark retiring of debt

Dawson County officials marked the final payment on the local jail last week with the age-old tradition of burning the security deed.

The county paid off the jail loan Dec. 3, the same day it also made the final payment on the courthouse parking lot.

December 26, 2012 | | Government


Campbell named county manager

A Dawson County native has been selected as the county's next chief operating officer.

Cindy Gilleland Campbell was named county manager, replacing Kevin Tanner, Thursday night following a unanimous vote by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

December 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


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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


City looking at land

Dawsonville is working to acquire property between the Municipal Complex and library to use as an activity center and green space.

March 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


2012 election complaints investigated

Dawson County election officials are confident the Secretary of State's office will find no merit in complaints a resident filed in 2012.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Employee reprimanded for using county vehicle

A longtime Dawson employee has been reprimanded and suspended without pay for one day after he admitted to using his county-owned vehicle to haul firewood to his home last week.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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