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County holds meeting, court in new center

Commissioners held their first meeting in the Dawson County Government Center on Feb. 2.

The meeting room's new electronic system allows commissioners to cast votes electronically on agenda items. The votes are then displayed on several flat screen monitors inside the board's assembly room on the second floor.

February 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Third candidate enters sheriff’s race

The race for sheriff in Dawson County has become a three-man contest.

Last week, lifelong resident Johnny Glass said he has been encouraged to run and, if elected, plans to focus on the community.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Chief magistrate will seek second term

Dawson County's chief magistrate judge has announced she will seek a second term.

"I care about magistrate court, I care about the citizens in this county, and I want to represent them for another four years," said Lisa Thurmond, who was elected in 2008 after serving as associate magistrate judge for four years.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Amerson talks state issues over breakfast

A bill that would allow free tastings of distilled spirits at distilleries for educational and promotional tours topped the discussion Saturday morning when State Rep. Amos Amerson sat down to breakfast with voters in Dawson County.

Dawsonville City Councilman James Grogan said he attended the breakfast to gauge Amerson's interest in House Bill 514, which would allow free tastings of distilled spirits at distilleries. The bill could have a direct impact on one that is currently awaiting permitting to open in Dawsonville.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Board moves meetings to government center

Commissioners will have their first meeting in the new Dawson County Government Center tomorrow.

The 6 p.m. voting session will be held in the assembly room on the second floor.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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Citizen government academy class graduates

A ceremony was held last week to celebrate the newest graduates of the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

November 23, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commissioners defund development authority

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted during a special called meeting last week to approve the 2017 county budget, which includes defunding the local ...

November 16, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Gaines elected District 2 Commissioner

Former city councilman Chris Gaines has been elected Dawson County District 2 Commissioner.

November 16, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Chris Gaines elected District 2 Commissioner

Dawson County election results are in and Republican Chris Gaines (R) has been declared District 2 Commissioner, beating out Independent Robert Wiley.

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Bob Bolz offered city manager position

The city council voted Monday to offer the vacant city manager position to Bob Bolz after releasing the names of the final three applicants early ...

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County ambulance billing rates to increase

Commissioners approved a revision last week to Dawson County's ambulance billing ordinance that will increase the rates that patients are charged per ride.

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


More 2017 road work proposed

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week approved an application for county money to be used to repair several roads in Dawson County.

November 08, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Election 2016 Preview: County to select District 2 commissioner next week

With early voting winding down, Dawson County residents are well on their way to having one of the best turnouts in recent memory.

November 02, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Early voting running smoothly

Early voting is underway and the first week was smooth sailing according to Dawson County Board of Elections Chairwoman and Election Supervisor Glenda Ferguson.

October 26, 2016 | | Government


Commission holds first of two budget hearings

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners held the first of two public hearings last week on the proposed 2017 county budget.

October 26, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Council announces top city manager candidates

Council members intend to vote next month to hire a new city manager.

October 12, 2016 | Allie Dean | Government


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