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County planning department granted assistant, new inspector

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week approved a request from Planning and Development Director Jason Streetman for a budget amendment so that the department can hire two additional staff members to keep up with an increasing demand for services.

April 26, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County reinstates long-range planning committee

Public input on the future of the county is what will help maintain controlled growth, says Dawson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Billy Thurmond.

April 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


City council hires lawyer to investigate reduced fees

The Dawsonville City Council last week moved to investigate actions taken by Mayor James Grogan to reduce fees for several Dawsonville property owners.

April 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Mayor authorizes fee reductions without council approval

City council on Monday voted to deny a request from a group of Gold Creek residents that filed applications to annex their property into the city at a reduced annexation fee.

March 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Tanner bill for failing schools passes House

A bill that is expected to help turn around low-performing schools in Georgia passed last week in a 138-37 vote by the Georgia House of Representatives.

March 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Sen. Steve Gooch, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle champion transportation bill

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Senate Majority Whip Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, last week led the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 6, creating the Georgia Regional Transit Council (GRTC), which will establish a statewide strategic transit plan to enhance Georgia's transportation infrastructure.

March 01, 2017 | | Government


Commission mulls providing development board with training funds

District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines last week presented a request made on behalf of the Development Authority of Dawson County to provide funds to the newly appointed board members for training.

March 01, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


City park plans move forward

The city council voted on Monday to move forward with the engineering phase of the park planned behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex and the Food Lion shopping center.

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


The Amended 2017 Budget

This week, the Senate passed one of the most important pieces of legislation that we will see all year: The Amended 2017 Fiscal Year (FY) budget.

February 15, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | Government


Commission to discuss county attorney applicants before Thursday vote

The board of commissioners could vote tomorrow to select new legal representation after a special called meeting in the morning.

February 01, 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 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 ended in December, requiring new appointments for 2016.

January 18, 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 going into executive session to interview county attorney applicants.

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

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 and serves as the 73rd Speaker of the House.

January 11, 2017 | | Government


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Appraisers to visit homes beginning June 8

This week Dawson County will begin the property revaluation equalization project recently approved by the board of commissioners.

June 07, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County to complete first full tax revaluation since 2006

A total property tax revaluation, in which the value all of the county's approximately 15,000 parcels of real property will be assessed, is ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Mayor Grogan appeals removal from office

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan has appealed the city council's decision to remove him from office following a May 15 hearing where the council voted ...

May 24, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


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