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Tax’s failure could mean a status quo for transportation

A voter rejection of the proposed 1 percent sales tax for transportation may send a sour message to politicians concerning taxes. But what does it mean concerning roads?

Asphalt will still get poured: A major project, the widening of Ga. 347 from McEver Road to Old Winder Highway, is planned to start in South Hall next year.

October 19, 2011 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | Government


Annexation battle resolved

Dawson County commissioners agreed last week to back away from an annexation battle with the city of Dawsonville.

The two governments have been at odds since the city filed several petitions on behalf of residents seeking to have their properties annexed.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Panel sets road projects for T-SPLOST vote

Dawson County could see some major transportation improvements if voters next year approve a measure to raise the sales tax to pay for area roads.

The 26-member Georgia Mountains Transportation Roundtable voted Oct. 5 to approve putting on the ballot some $1.26 billion in projects for a 13-county area that includes Dawson.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners work session agenda

L. New business

1. Presentation of the 2012 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant application: Lt. Col. John Cagle.

October 12, 2011 | | Government


City to revisit ordinance

The Dawsonville City Council plans to take a new look at its alcohol ordinance during a special called meeting Monday.

The 5 p.m. meeting will be held in the G.L. Pete Gilleland Council Chambers at city hall.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials review evaluation process

A recent joint meeting of the Dawson County commission and tax assessor's board could become a regular occurrence.

The two groups met Oct. 5 to discuss property evaluations and how officials could work together in the future.

October 12, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Gingrich visits

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told a group of nearly 200 in Dawsonville he didn't want them to be "for" him as he campaigns for the nation's highest office.

Instead, the former U.S. Speaker of the House wants them to be "with" him for the next eight years.

October 05, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners voting session agenda

A. Roll call

B. Opening presentation: Doris Cook, chairwoman of Dawson Against Substance Abuse

October 05, 2011 | | Government


Video system unveiled

A new program is saving Dawson County Magistrate Court and Sheriff's Office time and money.

Designed by Icon Software Corp., the new EZ Warrant system brings officers and judges together through video conferencing to secure warrants and hold first appearance hearings.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Concerns over reservoir plan

One Dawson County commissioner said nothing raised during a recent public hearing on a proposed reservoir came as a surprise to him.

"I didn't hear any issues I haven't already heard before," Gary Pichon said of Thursday's session.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Tax office closes satellite location

Tax Commissioner Linda Townley said budget constraints have forced her to close Dawson County's satellite tag and tax office effective Friday.

The office on Liberty Drive, off Hwy. 53 near Dawson Forest Road, opened in January to serve residents living along the busy Ga. 400 corridor.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Local advocate appointed to sex offender registry board

A local victim advocate has been appointed to the board that reviews the state's sex offender registry and categorizes offenders.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of Katie Strayhorn to the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board on Sept. 16. The term is for four years.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Governor approves districts

Changes to the Dawson County commission and school board districts have been approved by the governor.

Gov. Nathan Deal approved the local legislation last week. It now must be approved by the Department of Justice, according to Glenda Ferguson, chair of the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Concerns voiced over reservoir plan

Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon says he's heard every concern discussed Thursday night during a public hearing on a proposed reservoir in the county.

"I didn't hear any issues I haven't already heard before," he said. "I wish the community as a whole would understand that we do not own that property, the state does not own that property in the Dawson tract and the county does not own that property."

September 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Reservoir proposals aired

Two agencies competing to build a proposed reservoir in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area made presentations to the Dawson County commission Sept. 8.

Also during the first of two public hearings on the matter, commissioners heard from several residents concerned about the proposal.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


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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


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 ...

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


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