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County settles lawsuit with club

A more than five-year feud over noise from gunfire has ended, with a controversial gun club staying put in southeastern Dawson County.

County commissioners voted 3-1 on Thursday to settle a lawsuit with Richard Becker, owner of Etowah Valley Sporting Clays.

July 13, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Residents will get to vote on Sunday sales

Voters in Dawsonville can decide this November whether they want to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.

In a 4-0 vote Monday night, the city council approved holding a referendum on package sales for retailers.

July 13, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Government


Board of commissioners agenda

L. New business

1. Presentation of the application for Parade and Assembly

July 13, 2011 | | Government


City could grow with annexations

Officials are calling plans to annex nearly 80 acres into the Dawsonville city limits a housekeeping measure.

City Councilman James Grogan referred to the more than 20 parcels as unincorporated islands.

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Board of Commissioners agenda, 6 p.m. July 7 at city hall

A. Roll call

B. Award presentation: Chief Lanier Swafford - employee recognition

July 06, 2011 | | Government


Courthouse on track for December opening

Officials are predicting an early December opening for the county's new courthouse.

Bob Ivey, manager of special projects for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners, said a rough winter followed by frequent rain storms in spring delayed construction by about 12 weeks.

July 06, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Glee continues over court’s water ruling

You might have heard it last week - the collective sigh of relief and high-five slapping, as word quickly spread that Georgia had won a decisive victory in its long-standing battle over water withdrawal from Lake Lanier.

"I'm extremely pleased," said Kelly Randall, Gainesville's public utilities director. "I think the ruling goes beyond what I had hoped. I think it's great the court ... said (water supply) was an original purpose."

July 06, 2011 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | Government


County plans to settle with gun club

The nearly five-year saga over a controversial gun club, a dispute that has cost the county thousands of dollars in legal fees, could soon come to an end.

Last week, Dawson County commissioners said they anticipate settling the lawsuit with Richard Becker, owner of Etowah Valley Sporting Clays, as early as next month.

June 29, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Ralston settles tax debt

A spokesman for Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston said the Blue Ridge Republican would have paid more than $1,300 in property taxes to Dawson County earlier if he had known about the debt.

Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley filed a lien for the amount, which includes penalties and interest, earlier this year on property owned by Ralston's wife.

June 29, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners

L. New business

1. Presentation of Dawson County Points of Distribution Plan - EMA Director Billy Thurmond.

June 22, 2011 | | Government


City adopts budget

The Dawsonville City Council adopted the budget for fiscal year 2011-12 during a meeting Monday night.

At $1.2 million, the budget hasn't changed much from last year's $1.15 million plan for municipal services and expenses.

June 22, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


City mulls precinct changes

As a cost-saving measure, the Dawsonville City Council may shift its voting precinct to Dawson County's voter registration headquarters.

If approved during next month's regular meeting, the November municipal elections would be held at the county facility on Academy Avenue.

June 22, 2011 | Frank Reddy | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners

• Roll call

• Award presentation: Lisa Henson, park director - Dawson Day Sparks in the Park

June 15, 2011 | | Government


Craft announces bid for city council

A veteran of local politics announced Tuesday that he plans to seek a seat on the Dawsonville City Council in November.

Frank Craft said he has the experience the council needs to take the city to the next level.

June 15, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission submits district lines

Proposed changes to the Dawson County commission and school board districts have been sent to the state.

The county commission voted last week to submit a new district map after recent census numbers showed the local population increased by nearly 40 percent from 2000 to 2010.

June 15, 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


City bar and restaurant alcohol sales extended one hour

Council members on Monday approved an amendment of the City of Dawsonville Alcohol Ordinance, extending the time frame that local businesses can serve alcohol for ...

October 05, 2016 | Allie Dean | Government


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