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Local lawmaker named one of state’s most influential

A high-ranking member of Dawson County's legislative delegation was recently named to a power list of the most influential leaders in Georgia.

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, was selected as one of the state's 100 most influential leaders in an annual directory composed by Georgia Trend magazine.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Swafford plans re-election bid

James Swafford has announced his intention to seek a second term on the Dawson County commission.

"My goal today is the same as it was three years ago - to make decisions that will be best for all citizens of Dawson County," said Swafford, a retired accountant and lifelong county resident.

January 11, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | Government


Leaders hail building

State and local dignitaries gathered with hundreds of residents Tuesday for the dedication and grand opening of the new Dawson County Government Center.

Delivering the keynote address, Gov. Nathan Deal called the building in downtown Dawsonville a testament to a progressive community and one that is going to continue to prosper.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Council members welcomed

There will be a changing of the guard Monday night as two new members take their seats on the Dawsonville City Council.

Political newcomers Chris Gaines and Jason Power were elected to the council in November, unseating incumbents Mike Sosebee and Mike Wilson.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Carlisle announces bid for re-election

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle has announced he will seek re-election for a fifth term in 2012.

A certified officer since 1988, Carlisle began his law enforcement career as a 911 dispatcher before transferring to the patrol division, where he rose to lieutenant and later division commander.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff honors top officers

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office honored its top employees last week during the department's annual Christmas luncheon at the law enforcement center.

In a time when budgets are tight, Sheriff Billy Carlisle opted to give gift cards and commendations to the winners instead of plaques.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


First look at new home

After years of planning and nearly 24 months of construction, the new Dawson County Government Center will open next week.

A ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, with Gov. Nathan Deal delivering the keynote address.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Senator is tapped for natural resources panel

District 51 state Sen. Steve Gooch has been named ex-officio of the Senate Natural Resources and the Environment Committee for the upcoming session.

Gooch, a Dahlonega Republican, said in a statement that he considers the appointment "a great privilege."

December 28, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Park update tabled until February

A proposal to update the county's parks and recreation master plan has been tabled until February.

Dawson County commissioners on Thursday said postponing discussion would give park staff enough time to determine a concise list of needed improvements and additions.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Officers help spread cheer

Mike Owens believes he met the spirit of Christmas at Walmart.

"Her name is Amy and she is the spirit of Christmas personified," said Owens, chaplain with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Board appoints new clerk

A longtime employee has been appointed clerk for the Dawson County commission.

Danielle Yarbrough will assume the position previously held by Davida Simpson, who has accepted a role with the county's finance department.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Treatment coordinator appointed to state board

The coordinator for Dawson County Treatment Court was recently appointed to serve on the state's Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Robert "Bob" C. King to the 10-member regulatory practice board in November.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Rotary honors top employees

Many service organizations tend to honor their own at end of the year banquets.

But with a motto of "service above self," Dawson County Rotary chooses instead to pay tribute in December to individuals who serve the community as county and city government workers.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC to revisit park plan

A consultant hired to review the parks situation in Dawson County has been directed to come back with a list of realistic projects.

The initial proposal, presented last week to the county commission, recommended acquiring land for new parks and updating existing ones.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Drive puts presents under trees

Through a recent boot drive, Dawson County Emergency Services raised nearly $9,000 to fulfill Christmas wishes this season.

Capt. Jamerson Kerby organized the campaign, which raised money for KARE for Kids.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | 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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