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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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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


The Amended 2017 Budget

This week, the Senate passed one of the most important pieces of legislation that we will see all year: The Amended 2017 Fiscal Year (FY ...

February 15, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | Government


City park plans move forward

The city council voted on Monday to move forward with the engineering phase of the park planned behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex and the Food ...

February 15, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commission to discuss county attorney applicants before Thursday vote

The board of commissioners could vote tomorrow to select new legal representation after a special called meeting in the morning.

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


County names new planning commission

The new year has brought new members to the county planning commission. All four planning board members, as well as the chair, had terms that ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Tanner appointed to transportation committee

The Georgia House of Representatives' Committee on Assignments recently named Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


County manager plans community discussion workshop

Citizens of Dawsonville are invited to attend a joint community connections workshop next week.

January 11, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


David Ralston re-elected as speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives

David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has again been re-elected as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives. Ralston was first elected as speaker in January 2010 ...

January 11, 2017 | | Government


State lawmakers talk first 2017 session plans

Before the first session of the 154th general assembly began Monday local lawmakers discussed what they think will be the biggest and most important issues ...

January 11, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commission to interview county attorney applicants

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners have announced that there will be a special called meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday with the purpose of ...

January 11, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


Sheriff ends final term with radio sign-off

Dawson County's long-serving sheriff, Billy Carlisle, officially ended his last term of service on Friday with a party and farewell ceremony at the sheriff ...

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Government


State committee says tax incentives, funds could boost broadband internet in rural areas

A committee headed up by Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, that is focused on obtaining high-speed broadband internet access for all Georgians held its final meeting ...

January 04, 2017 | By Allie Dean | Government


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