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Talks of developing 10,000 acres in Dawson Forest resurface

County officials have had little contact and have been given even less information involving the 10,000 acre Dawson Forest Wildlife Management tract owned by the City of Atlanta, despite reports that real estate developers are once again eyeing the land.

December 09, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Debate between sheriff's candidates set for Thursday

Citizens have a chance to hear from the men vying to be Dawson County's next sheriff during a candidates forum at the Dawson County Library Thursday evening.

December 09, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


David Headley named Dawsonville city manager

Council members voted Monday night to name David Headley Dawsonville's city manager.

December 07, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioner will not seek reelection

Dawson County Commissioner James Swafford recently announced that he will not seek reelection in 2016.

December 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners deny slaughterhouse zoning

A family that has spent more than $50,000 on equipment in preparation of opening a butchery and slaughterhouse on the east side of the county found out last week that their request to rezone their property would not be approved.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Date set for rescheduled sheriff’s candidate debate

Organizers have set a date to reschedule a recently canceled sheriff's candidate debate.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC begins search for next county manager

The search for Dawson County's next chief administrative officer began last week when commissioners opened advertisements to replace Cindy Campbell, who unexpectedly resigned last month.

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Council names finalists for city manager

Council members have named two finalists for Dawsonville's newly created city manager position.

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government




Sheriff’s debate canceled

Organizers have canceled tonight's debate at McKee's Chapel.

November 12, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners approve 2016 spending plan

Commissioners approved the county's 2016 spending plan last week with the addition of a $408,000 increase over what was initially proposed.

November 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


First Dawson County sheriff’s debate set for Thursday

The first planned debate for candidates vying to be Dawson County's next sheriff will be held tomorrow at McKee's Chapel.

November 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Emergency services director to retire

Dawson County's longest standing employee recently announced he plans to retire in December after nearly four decades on the job.

November 11, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Wrong return envelopes sent out with recent car tag renewals

The state of Georgia is using a new company to send out vehicle registration renewals.

November 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


ATM installed at courthouse

Those needing cash to pay taxes, tickets, fines or fees at the Dawson County Government Center no longer have to leave the premises to find an ATM machine.

November 04, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


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Articles by Section - Government


Deal veto lets down lawmakers

Local lawmakers expressed their disappointment in Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to veto a controversial faith-based bill that opponents said discriminates against same-sex couples.

March 30, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Local lawmakers disappointed in governor’s 'religious liberty' bill veto

Local lawmakers expressed their disappointment today in Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to veto a controversial faith-based bill that opponents said discriminates against same-sex couples.

March 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Deal says he will veto 'religious liberty' bill

Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday morning he will veto a controversial "religious liberty" bill, saying the First Amendment was protection enough for the concerns raised ...

March 28, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Political newcomer announces bid for county tax commissioner seat

A Dawson County resident with deep roots in the community recently announced her intention to be the county's next tax commissioner.

March 28, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Backlash rises over faith-based bill

A faith-based bill that won approval in the state House and Senate and is now awaiting the governor's signature is receiving a corporate backlash ...

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff’s candidates discuss crime prevention, employee retention at forum

Candidates running to be Dawson County's next sheriff answered questions on crime prevention and deputy retention during a political forum held last week by ...

March 23, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Lifelong Dawson County resident announces commission seat bid

A local truck driver with deep roots in the community officially announced on Monday he will run for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners District ...

March 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Architect will run for county commission chair

A local architect who has served many years on the county's development authority recently announced he wants to be Dawson County's next commission ...

March 17, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners nix intersection measure

County commissioners last week voted down a measure that would offset some of the costs to intersection improvements at Hwy. 53 at Stephens Road where ...

March 16, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Slate of candidates set for May 24 primary

Now that the slate of local candidates is set for the upcoming General Primary, several events are popping up for voters to hear from the ...

March 16, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville hears annexation request

The Dawsonville City Council on Monday night heard the first reading of a request to annex nearly 80 acres of county land into the city ...

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


A Trump town: ‘The Donald’ wins Dawson

Turn on the national news, scroll through social media or try to watch one of your favorite TV shows, and you'll undoubtedly see one ...

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County political races draw numerous early qualifiers

The political signs started popping up months ago as numerous men and women vowed to run for local office.

March 09, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Local woman declares bid for tax commissioner

Karin McKee hopes the second time is the charm in her run for Dawson County Tax Commissioner.

March 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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