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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


Recap by Ralston focuses on issues

David Ralston covered a range of topics during an address last week to a packed clubhouse in the Big Canoe community.

Ralston briefed the gathering about the 2011 session of the General Assembly, over which he presides as Speaker of the House, as well as upcoming issues.

June 08, 2011 | Frank Reddy | Government


Tax assessments in mail this week

Dawson County property owners should expect to find their tax assessment notices in the mailbox this week.

Chief tax appraiser Michael Roberts said the notices were delayed about a week due to the state's new assessment program.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Revision to proposed sign ordinance online

The public has two more weeks to review proposed changes to the county's sign ordinance.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners plans to wait until June 2 to vote on the proposed changes in order to give the public time to review the document, which is available online at dawsoncounty.org.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


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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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