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Swafford plans re-election bid

James Swafford has announced his intention to seek a second term on the Dawson County commission.

"My goal today is the same as it was three years ago - to make decisions that will be best for all citizens of Dawson County," said Swafford, a retired accountant and lifelong county resident.

January 11, 2012 | By Chelsea Thomas cthomas@dawsonnews.com | Government


Leaders hail building

State and local dignitaries gathered with hundreds of residents Tuesday for the dedication and grand opening of the new Dawson County Government Center.

Delivering the keynote address, Gov. Nathan Deal called the building in downtown Dawsonville a testament to a progressive community and one that is going to continue to prosper.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Council members welcomed

There will be a changing of the guard Monday night as two new members take their seats on the Dawsonville City Council.

Political newcomers Chris Gaines and Jason Power were elected to the council in November, unseating incumbents Mike Sosebee and Mike Wilson.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Carlisle announces bid for re-election

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle has announced he will seek re-election for a fifth term in 2012.

A certified officer since 1988, Carlisle began his law enforcement career as a 911 dispatcher before transferring to the patrol division, where he rose to lieutenant and later division commander.

January 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff honors top officers

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office honored its top employees last week during the department's annual Christmas luncheon at the law enforcement center.

In a time when budgets are tight, Sheriff Billy Carlisle opted to give gift cards and commendations to the winners instead of plaques.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


First look at new home

After years of planning and nearly 24 months of construction, the new Dawson County Government Center will open next week.

A ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, with Gov. Nathan Deal delivering the keynote address.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Senator is tapped for natural resources panel

District 51 state Sen. Steve Gooch has been named ex-officio of the Senate Natural Resources and the Environment Committee for the upcoming session.

Gooch, a Dahlonega Republican, said in a statement that he considers the appointment "a great privilege."

December 28, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Park update tabled until February

A proposal to update the county's parks and recreation master plan has been tabled until February.

Dawson County commissioners on Thursday said postponing discussion would give park staff enough time to determine a concise list of needed improvements and additions.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Officers help spread cheer

Mike Owens believes he met the spirit of Christmas at Walmart.

"Her name is Amy and she is the spirit of Christmas personified," said Owens, chaplain with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Board appoints new clerk

A longtime employee has been appointed clerk for the Dawson County commission.

Danielle Yarbrough will assume the position previously held by Davida Simpson, who has accepted a role with the county's finance department.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Treatment coordinator appointed to state board

The coordinator for Dawson County Treatment Court was recently appointed to serve on the state's Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Robert "Bob" C. King to the 10-member regulatory practice board in November.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Rotary honors top employees

Many service organizations tend to honor their own at end of the year banquets.

But with a motto of "service above self," Dawson County Rotary chooses instead to pay tribute in December to individuals who serve the community as county and city government workers.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


BOC to revisit park plan

A consultant hired to review the parks situation in Dawson County has been directed to come back with a list of realistic projects.

The initial proposal, presented last week to the county commission, recommended acquiring land for new parks and updating existing ones.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Drive puts presents under trees

Through a recent boot drive, Dawson County Emergency Services raised nearly $9,000 to fulfill Christmas wishes this season.

Capt. Jamerson Kerby organized the campaign, which raised money for KARE for Kids.

December 14, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


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


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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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