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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


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


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County planning department granted assistant, new inspector

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners last week approved a request from Planning and Development Director Jason Streetman for a budget amendment so that the ...

April 26, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County reinstates long-range planning committee

Public input on the future of the county is what will help maintain controlled growth, says Dawson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Billy Thurmond.

April 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


City council hires lawyer to investigate reduced fees

The Dawsonville City Council last week moved to investigate actions taken by Mayor James Grogan to reduce fees for several Dawsonville property owners.

April 12, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Tanner bill for failing schools passes House

A bill that is expected to help turn around low-performing schools in Georgia passed last week in a 138-37 vote by the Georgia House of ...

March 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Mayor authorizes fee reductions without council approval

City council on Monday voted to deny a request from a group of Gold Creek residents that filed applications to annex their property into the ...

March 08, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commission mulls providing development board with training funds

District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines last week presented a request made on behalf of the Development Authority of Dawson County to provide funds to the ...

March 01, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Sen. Steve Gooch, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle champion transportation bill

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Senate Majority Whip Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, last week led the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 6, creating the Georgia Regional ...

March 01, 2017 | | Government


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