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Video system unveiled

A new program is saving Dawson County Magistrate Court and Sheriff's Office time and money.

Designed by Icon Software Corp., the new EZ Warrant system brings officers and judges together through video conferencing to secure warrants and hold first appearance hearings.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Concerns over reservoir plan

One Dawson County commissioner said nothing raised during a recent public hearing on a proposed reservoir came as a surprise to him.

"I didn't hear any issues I haven't already heard before," Gary Pichon said of Thursday's session.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Tax office closes satellite location

Tax Commissioner Linda Townley said budget constraints have forced her to close Dawson County's satellite tag and tax office effective Friday.

The office on Liberty Drive, off Hwy. 53 near Dawson Forest Road, opened in January to serve residents living along the busy Ga. 400 corridor.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Local advocate appointed to sex offender registry board

A local victim advocate has been appointed to the board that reviews the state's sex offender registry and categorizes offenders.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of Katie Strayhorn to the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board on Sept. 16. The term is for four years.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Governor approves districts

Changes to the Dawson County commission and school board districts have been approved by the governor.

Gov. Nathan Deal approved the local legislation last week. It now must be approved by the Department of Justice, according to Glenda Ferguson, chair of the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration.

September 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Concerns voiced over reservoir plan

Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon says he's heard every concern discussed Thursday night during a public hearing on a proposed reservoir in the county.

"I didn't hear any issues I haven't already heard before," he said. "I wish the community as a whole would understand that we do not own that property, the state does not own that property in the Dawson tract and the county does not own that property."

September 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Reservoir proposals aired

Two agencies competing to build a proposed reservoir in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area made presentations to the Dawson County commission Sept. 8.

Also during the first of two public hearings on the matter, commissioners heard from several residents concerned about the proposal.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Emergency operators honored

In the wake of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, another national day of remembrance has become overshadowed.

As declared in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, Sept. 11 is 911 Emergency Number Day. It's a time to honor those who are the true first responders during a crisis.

September 14, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commission chair gives state of county address

Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg encouraged members of the business community to take part in making Dawson County all it can be by talking to others about the county.

"The more we're able to get out and talk about who we are, the more likely business will want to expand here or move here," Berg said when he spoke during the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon last week.

September 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Cuts include development authority

The 2012 budget approved by Dawson County commissioners does not include funding for the local development authority.

The $140,000 intended for the group instead will go to buy four new patrol cars for the sheriff's office.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Ballot set for upcoming city election

The ballot for the Nov. 8 municipal election is set after qualifying ended Friday.

Three challengers and two incumbents will vie for two Dawsonville City Council seats, while Mayor Joe Lane Cox drew no opposition.

September 07, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Government


New engines debut

One of three new fire trucks recently went into operation for Dawson County Emergency Services.

Engine 1, which went into service Aug. 31, will soon be joined by two additional new engines.

September 07, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Government


DOT encouraged to consider concerns

Local officials want the state Department of Transportation to hear from residents before making any improvements at Ga. 400 and Kilough Church Road.

The Dawson County commission's Sept. 1 vote to send the DOT a letter followed several weeks of discussions about the crossing.

September 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners Special Called Meeting agenda

J. Public hearings

1. Proposed Shoal Creek Reservoir and Grand Park (First of two hearings)

September 07, 2011 | | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners Work Session agenda

L. New business

1. Presentation of the Clean Water Month Proclamation: Doris Cook, Etowah Water and Sewer Authority

September 07, 2011 | | Government


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Headley hired as County Manager

Commissioners voted last week to appoint David Headley as Dawson County's next county manager.

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | Government


Proposed 2017 county budget includes higher property tax, raises

County Commission Chair Mike Berg presented a $36.4 million budget for fiscal year 2017 last week that includes raises, new vehicles and capital improvement ...

September 21, 2016 | Allie Dean | Government


Board of Commissioners vote to keep current millage rate

During Thursday night's work session and special called meeting, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted to keep the current millage rate unchanged following ...

August 31, 2016 | Allie Dean | Government


Second hearing held on millage rate

During last week's Dawson County Board of Commissioners voting session, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes asked the commissioners to take several ...

August 24, 2016 | Amy French | Government


Board approves additional funding for juvenile court

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a significant budget increase for the Dawson County Juvenile Court during last week's voting session.

August 24, 2016 | Amy French | Government


Juvenile court requests more funding

Judge Lindsay Burton of the Dawson County Juvenile Court requested a significant budget increase during last week's board of commissioners work session.

August 17, 2016 | Amy French | Government


Board of Commissioners hold public meeting for tax increase

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners held the first of three required public hearings last week as they intend to leave the current millage rate ...

August 17, 2016 | Amy French | Government


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