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Longtime member of tax board steps down

After 14 years on the Dawson County Tax Assessor's Board of Directors, Sara Halstead is retiring at the end of this year.

She reported for her last board meeting Monday morning unaware her colleagues had planned a retirement party to follow the meeting.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Laying the cornerstone

Officers of the Grand Lodge of Georgia Free and Accepted Masons joined members of the Etowah Lodge on Sunday to lay a cornerstone at the new Dawson County Government Center.

Etowah Lodge donated the 12-by-24-inch stone that was placed in the front right corner of the building and includes the names of Georgia's Grand Master Jerry Moss and Worshipful Master Woodrow Harvey II of the local lodge.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Sunday sales vote set for March ballot

A referendum on Sunday package alcohol sales in Dawson County is set for the March 6 presidential preference primary.

The ballot will also ask voters whether restaurants in unincorporated areas of the county should be allowed to serve distilled spirits on Sundays.

December 07, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


County may hold vote on Sunday alcohol sales

Dawson County residents likely will have the opportunity in March to decide whether stores should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays.

County commissioners will take up the matter during their meeting Thursday night.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Governor talks about state's progress

Gov. Nathan Deal addressed issues Georgia is facing and highlighted several plans of action intended to position the state well in the coming years during a Tuesday night appearance.

"It's so nice to see so many friends from so many counties. You've done a great job of coming together and I appreciate that," said Deal, speaking at the Dawson County Republican Party's monthly meeting.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Georgia asked Corps to reduce Lanier withdrawals

November 17, 2011 | By Ashley Fielding DCN regional staff | Government


Midyear budget looks promising

A review of Dawson County's midyear budget shows the local government appears to be in good financial shape.

"We feel like we'll be able to end the year flat, without taking any money from fund balance," said County Manager Kevin Tanner during a presentation to officials last week.

November 16, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Court tosses appeal

The Georgia Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge from a local couple against the city of Dawsonville over construction of a motorsports park in western Dawson County.

According to the order handed down in Atlanta on Monday, West and Helen Hamryka, whose home and horse farm sit adjacent to the park site on Duck Thurmond Road, failed to follow the discretionary procedure when filing their appeal.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


County approaches whiskey maker

Officials hope Dawsonville's storied moonshine history will be a factor if Jack Daniels considers leaving Lynchburg, Tenn., in the wake of a possible barrel tax.

When Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon learned about the levy the Lynchburg government has proposed, he saw what could be a boon for the local economy.

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County CERT director garners award

Dawson County Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, Director Richard Sims was awarded the Volunteer/Citizen of the Year Award on Monday at the Emergency Managers Association of Georgia's annual banquet.

The award is presented to those individuals who volunteer their time to improve the delivery of emergency management services within the community. Sims was one of three chosen to receive the award for 2011.

November 09, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Pre-teen is youngest academy graduate

Kaitlyn Tanner hasn't completed elementary school yet, but she is the youngest participant to graduate from the Dawson County Citizens Academy.

"I wanted to take the class to learn more about Dawson County," the 10 year old said last week. "It was fun. I learned a lot about the county government."

November 09, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Gaines, Power claim seats on city council

Voters in Dawsonville made two clear decisions Tuesday.

They wanted change on the city council and to be able to buy alcohol on Sundays.

November 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Council candidates discuss issues at forum

A forum Friday night gave Dawsonville voters a chance to learn more about municipal candidates before heading to the ballot box on Tuesday.

Sponsored by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, the forum at Dawson County Middle School featured three of five candidates running for city council.

November 04, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Local farmer considers de-annexation from city

Jack Forester was unaware of a city ordinance that prohibits chickens and pigs when he entered into a contract for a 30-acre farm north of Dawsonville.

He also didn't know the property, a foreclosure on Hwy. 9, falls inside the city limits.

November 02, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Board of Commissioners Voting Session Agenda, 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at city hall

A. Roll call

B. Opening presentation: Dawson Community Chorale

November 02, 2011 | | 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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