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Commission sets qualifying fees

Qualifying fees have been set for the upcoming 2012 countywide elections.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted Jan. 19 to set the fees candidates seeking election must pay to qualify to run for office. Fees range from $10 to run for county surveyor to $1,779.87 for sheriff.

January 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Amerson breakfast is Saturday

State Rep. Amos Amerson will host a breakfast meeting Saturday for local residents.

The event will be at Ryan's restaurant near the intersection of Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53.

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners work session agenda

4 p.m. Thursday

1. Presentation of the 2012 Public Defender Contract with the State of Georgia.

January 25, 2012 | | Government


Advocate to chair state registry board

Four months after being appointed to the panel that reviews the state's sex offender registry, a local victims' advocate has been selected to lead it.

Katie Strayhorn was elected chairwoman of the Sexual Offender Registration Board on Jan. 18.

January 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Tanner announces bid for State House

Dawson County's manager has announced his intention to seek the new District 9 post in the state House of Representatives.

"I am excited to announce my campaign ... and I am truly honored by the tremendous outpouring of support I have received so far," said Kevin Tanner, who'll run as a Republican.

January 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Former legislator to run for state House

A former state lawmaker from Dawson County aims to return to the Georgia General Assembly.

Clint Smith has announced he will seek the 9th District seat in the state House of Representatives.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Season for fires

In the wake of separate fires over a two-day span last week, officials are reminding residents to take precautions when heating homes and buildings this winter.

Firefighters put out a blaze Thursday morning after a passer-by reported smoke billowing from the ceiling of a vacant building at Hwy. 53 and Warhill Park Road.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Veteran lawman challenges sheriff

A 25-year veteran of law enforcement has announced plans to run for Dawson County sheriff this year.

Kevin Ellison issued his challenge to four-term Sheriff Billy Carlisle, saying his experience as commander of the DeKalb County Police Department's North Precinct has given him the knowledge necessary to lead the local agency.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Emergency services names top employees

Dawson County Emergency Services recently recognized its top employees of 2011 and paid special tribute to five individuals who made significant contributions to the department over the last three decades.

Capt. Jason Dooley was named Career Employee of the Year, while Capt. Douglas Wofford received recognition for his volunteer work with the department during a ceremony Dec. 3.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Power, Gaines take oath

The Dawsonville City Council welcomed two new members Monday night as political newcomers Chris Gaines and Jason Power were sworn into office.

"I have always had a passion for helping others and wanting to better the place that I live," Gaines said. "This was a good opportunity for me to do that, to give back to the city in which I live and work."

January 11, 2012 | | Government


Local lawmaker named one of state’s most influential

A high-ranking member of Dawson County's legislative delegation was recently named to a power list of the most influential leaders in Georgia.

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, was selected as one of the state's 100 most influential leaders in an annual directory composed by Georgia Trend magazine.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Swafford plans re-election bid

James Swafford has announced his intention to seek a second term on the Dawson County commission.

"My goal today is the same as it was three years ago - to make decisions that will be best for all citizens of Dawson County," said Swafford, a retired accountant and lifelong county resident.

January 11, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | Government


Leaders hail building

State and local dignitaries gathered with hundreds of residents Tuesday for the dedication and grand opening of the new Dawson County Government Center.

Delivering the keynote address, Gov. Nathan Deal called the building in downtown Dawsonville a testament to a progressive community and one that is going to continue to prosper.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Council members welcomed

There will be a changing of the guard Monday night as two new members take their seats on the Dawsonville City Council.

Political newcomers Chris Gaines and Jason Power were elected to the council in November, unseating incumbents Mike Sosebee and Mike Wilson.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Carlisle announces bid for re-election

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle has announced he will seek re-election for a fifth term in 2012.

A certified officer since 1988, Carlisle began his law enforcement career as a 911 dispatcher before transferring to the patrol division, where he rose to lieutenant and later division commander.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


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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


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 ...

March 08, 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 ...

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

March 01, 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 ...

March 01, 2017 | | Government


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