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Change coming to precinct boundary

Nearly 700 voters in western Dawson County will vote in downtown Dawsonville for future elections.

The shift came about Monday as the local elections board unanimously agreed to align local precincts with the district boundaries for the state House of Representatives.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


County dedicates time capsule

Future generations will get a glimpse of life in Dawson County circa 2012 when they open a time capsule buried last week at the county's new government center.

"How appropriate it is that we are burying a time capsule here at the government (center) and courthouse, because really, a time capsule is something that ties the past with the future," said Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Jason Deal.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Interim manager named

The Dawson County commission has appointed Cindy Campbell interim county manager.

Campbell, the county's chief financial officer, will oversee operations in the absence of County Manager Kevin Tanner beginning May 28, when he takes a leave of absence to run for state office.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


City councilman plans mayoral bid

A Dawsonville city councilman has announced his plan to run for mayor this summer.

"I've always enjoyed working with the citizens of our city to serve our community, which is why I'm excited about the opportunity to take an even bigger role," Calvin Byrd said.

April 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Acting mayor will seek post

Dawsonville's acting mayor has announced his intention to seek the position in the July 31 special election.

"I am really looking forward to running for the office of mayor because I believe with my experience and my knowledge of government that I would do a good job," James Grogan said.

April 11, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Hearings set on alcohol ordinance

Hearings have been set to gauge public opinion on amending the county's alcohol ordinance, though commissioners don't expect much conflict.

Voters approved a measure March 6 that allows the sale of package alcohol at stores on Sunday in unincorporated Dawson County by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin. Sunday drink sales passed by a similar margin, about 64 percent to 36 percent.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Grogan appointed acting mayor

The Dawsonville City Council voted Monday to appoint James Grogan acting mayor until July 31.

Grogan, who was previously mayor pro-tem, will fill the vacancy created by the death of Mayor Joe Lane Cox last month.

April 04, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Family withdraws petition

A Dawsonville family has withdrawn a petition to deannex property from the city in order to start a farm.

Jack and Cynthia Forester have instead filed requests for a special use variance and a zoning map amendment for their 30-acre farm on Hwy. 9 north of downtown.

April 04, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | Government


Donation box issue up for discussion

An ordinance that places limits on clothing donation boxes across the county is up for discussion this week.

A second public hearing will be held Thursday during the 6 p.m. meeting of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The Dawson County Planning Commission heard the proposed ordinance March 20 and voted to recommend approval as drafted.

April 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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The Amended 2017 Budget

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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 ...

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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


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