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Board mulls redrawing boundary for precinct

Hundreds of voters could be affected by a proposal to align local voting precincts with the district lines for the state House of Representatives.

The Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration is in talks to redraw the county's western precinct boundary to match up with a redrawn District 7.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Election for mayor may be in July

Following the death of Joe Lane Cox earlier this month, the Dawsonville City Council is preparing to appoint an acting mayor and call for a special election.

During a called work session March 15, the council discussed the mayoral vacancy and what steps to take toward filling it.

March 21, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Council rescinds approval

It appears the Forester family must wait until at least next month before adding animals to their farm.

After approving the family's deannexation request last week, Dawsonville City Council has since released a statement explaining that the 2-1 vote in favor was premature.

March 14, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


City mourns mayor

The Dawsonville community continues to mourn the death of a passionate public servant whose political career spanned nearly four decades and paved the way for much of the progress seen across the county today.

Mayor Joe Lane Cox died Friday in his sleep at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 72.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Late official accomplished much in life

Dawsonville Mayor Joe Lane Cox will be remembered for dedication to his profession, love for family and commitment to the community.

A man of faith, Cox died Friday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following several years of declining health. He was 72.

March 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Local farm freed to have fowl

When Jack Forester entered into a contract for a 30-acre farm on Hwy. 9 north of Dawsonville last year, he didn't know the property was in the city limits.

He was also unaware a city ordinance prohibits raising fowl. Forester thought chickens were allowed on property zoned residential-agricultural in Dawson County.

March 07, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Amerson plans to retire

For months, Amos Amerson has hinted of his plans to retire from the State House of Representatives at the end of the year.

He recently made it official when he told constituents at one of his weekly breakfast meetings that he'll continue to represent District 9 until early January 2013, when his successor is sworn in.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Alcohol measures approved

Voters in Dawson County approved two separate measures Tuesday involving alcohol sales on Sundays.

The first allows for package sales at stores, while the second allows restaurants and bars to sell liquor by the drink.

March 06, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Firefighters learn survival techniques

Being trapped in a burning structure is one of the most feared situations a firefighter can face.

A weekend training exercise at Dawson County Station No. 7 helped local firefighters prepare for such an emergency and gave them the means to improve their chances of survival.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Presidential primary voting open

For the first time, Dawson County voters will be able to cast ballots for an election on a Saturday.

Thanks to a new state law, polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Dawson County Board of Elections office, 96 Academy Ave.

February 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners Work Session Agenda

4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Assembly Room at the Dawson County Government Center

L. New business

February 22, 2012 | | Government


Confiscated drug money to fund cars

Sheriff Billy Carlisle plans to use nearly $8,400 of confiscated drug money to help purchase four new patrol cars.

"Some of our patrol cars have 200,000 to 250,000 miles on them, so we've taken several off the road. Now, we're trying to replace the main ones that are out there responding to emergency calls," he said.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Park modifies proposed plan

Commissioners appear more likely to adopt a master plan for parks and recreation in Dawson County after officials revised the proposal to suit current economic uncertainties.

The board postponed the vote in December saying the park's initial plan, which called for improvements to existing amenities and acquiring land for new parks, was ambitious and unrealistic in today's sluggish economy.

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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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 ...

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

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


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 ...

January 18, 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 manager plans community discussion workshop

Citizens of Dawsonville are invited to attend a joint community connections workshop next week.

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 ...

January 11, 2017 | | 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 ...

January 11, 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 ...

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


Sheriff ends final term with radio sign-off

Dawson County's long-serving sheriff, Billy Carlisle, officially ended his last term of service on Friday with a party and farewell ceremony at the sheriff ...

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


State committee says tax incentives, funds could boost broadband internet in rural areas

A committee headed up by Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, that is focused on obtaining high-speed broadband internet access for all Georgians held its final meeting ...

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean | Government


Elected officials get sworn in

Dawson County's newest elected officials pledged their allegiance to Dawson County and were sworn in Thursday morning at the Dawson County Government Center by ...

December 28, 2016 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


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