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Deal veto lets down lawmakers

Local lawmakers expressed their disappointment in Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to veto a controversial faith-based bill that opponents said discriminates against same-sex couples.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Grant funds available to promote downtown business

Funds are once again available for entrepreneurs interested in bringing their businesses to Dawsonville.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Local lawmakers disappointed in governor’s 'religious liberty' bill veto

Local lawmakers expressed their disappointment today in Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to veto a controversial faith-based bill that opponents said discriminates against same-sex couples.

March 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Deal says he will veto 'religious liberty' bill

Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday morning he will veto a controversial "religious liberty" bill, saying the First Amendment was protection enough for the concerns raised by Christians after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last year.

March 28, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Political newcomer announces bid for county tax commissioner seat

A Dawson County resident with deep roots in the community recently announced her intention to be the county's next tax commissioner.

March 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff’s candidates discuss crime prevention, employee retention at forum

Candidates running to be Dawson County's next sheriff answered questions on crime prevention and deputy retention during a political forum held last week by the local chamber of commerce.

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Backlash rises over faith-based bill

A faith-based bill that won approval in the state House and Senate and is now awaiting the governor's signature is receiving a corporate backlash from opponents who say the legislation is discriminatory against same-sex couples.

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Lifelong Dawson County resident announces commission seat bid

A local truck driver with deep roots in the community officially announced on Monday he will run for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners District 2.

March 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Architect will run for county commission chair

A local architect who has served many years on the county's development authority recently announced he wants to be Dawson County's next commission chairman.

March 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Slate of candidates set for May 24 primary

Now that the slate of local candidates is set for the upcoming General Primary, several events are popping up for voters to hear from the contenders.

March 16, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners nix intersection measure

County commissioners last week voted down a measure that would offset some of the costs to intersection improvements at Hwy. 53 at Stephens Road where a Dahlonega businessman plans to open a True Value hardware store.

March 16, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County political races draw numerous early qualifiers

The political signs started popping up months ago as numerous men and women vowed to run for local office.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


A Trump town: ‘The Donald’ wins Dawson

Turn on the national news, scroll through social media or try to watch one of your favorite TV shows, and you'll undoubtedly see one of the many political campaigns fighting for your attention and your vote.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville hears annexation request

The Dawsonville City Council on Monday night heard the first reading of a request to annex nearly 80 acres of county land into the city limits.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Local woman declares bid for tax commissioner

Karin McKee hopes the second time is the charm in her run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

March 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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Political newcomer promises to bring new perspective to county commission

A political newcomer who's been active in the local Republican Party for the last several years promises to bring a fresh perspective and new ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Drone bill waits Deal’s approval

A House bill awaiting the governor's signature has potential to set the stage for Georgia to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft industry.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners reject long-term hydrant contract

County commissioners last week said they were not comfortable approving a long term contract with the local water and sewer authority for hydrants.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Events planned to meet local candidates

Early voting for the May 24th Election gets underway in less than three weeks, but there is still time to get to know the local ...

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GOP House debate contrasts styles of 5 candidates

It's no surprise to see some agreement during a primary debate.

April 13, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


City gives GDOT nod to review Elliott airfield for FAA

The Dawsonville City Council on Monday voted to give the Georgia Department of Transportation its blessing to update a review of Elliott Airfield for the ...

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Agreement would add fire hydrants to underserved area

An agreement between the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and Etowah Water and Sewer Authority could bring more fire hydrants to the underserved areas of ...

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


More poll workers needed

Officials were expecting a larger than usual voter turnout for elections this year, but no one quite anticipated the influx of constituents ready to cast ...

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


9th Congressional District GOP primary debate set for Saturday

The Hall County GOP will host a Republican primary debate for U.S. 9th Congressional District candidates this Saturday in Gainesville.

April 06, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent DCN regional staff | Government


Williamson to challenge Gooch for 51st Senate district

One of the founders of Gilmer County's Tea Party has challenged State Sen. Steve Gooch for the 51st Senate District.

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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