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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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Political newcomer promises to bring new perspective to county commission

A political newcomer who's been active in the local Republican Party for the last several years promises to bring a fresh perspective and new ...

April 27, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Drone bill waits Deal’s approval

A House bill awaiting the governor's signature has potential to set the stage for Georgia to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft industry.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners reject long-term hydrant contract

County commissioners last week said they were not comfortable approving a long term contract with the local water and sewer authority for hydrants.

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Events planned to meet local candidates

Early voting for the May 24th Election gets underway in less than three weeks, but there is still time to get to know the local ...

April 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


GOP House debate contrasts styles of 5 candidates

It's no surprise to see some agreement during a primary debate.

April 13, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent DCN regional staff, editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


City gives GDOT nod to review Elliott airfield for FAA

The Dawsonville City Council on Monday voted to give the Georgia Department of Transportation its blessing to update a review of Elliott Airfield for the ...

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Agreement would add fire hydrants to underserved area

An agreement between the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and Etowah Water and Sewer Authority could bring more fire hydrants to the underserved areas of ...

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


More poll workers needed

Officials were expecting a larger than usual voter turnout for elections this year, but no one quite anticipated the influx of constituents ready to cast ...

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


9th Congressional District GOP primary debate set for Saturday

The Hall County GOP will host a Republican primary debate for U.S. 9th Congressional District candidates this Saturday in Gainesville.

April 06, 2016 | By Joshua Silavent DCN regional staff | Government


Williamson to challenge Gooch for 51st Senate district

One of the founders of Gilmer County's Tea Party has challenged State Sen. Steve Gooch for the 51st Senate District.

April 06, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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