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Dates set for park hearings

Two hearings are scheduled in September to let the public weigh in on a proposed reservoir and the possibility of a park in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Earlier this month, Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon encouraged his fellow board members to consider his idea for a grand park on a portion of the 10,000 acre tract.

July 27, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County Board of Commissioners

New business

1. Presentation of the Growth Regulation and Weed Control: County Engineer Corey Gutherie.

July 27, 2011 | | Government


More cutting needed for roads projects list

Time for some wholesale cuts - and soon.

A regional panel charged with compiling a list of projects for the planned transportation sales tax vote next year left a meeting in Gainesville last week with $500 million it still needs to cut to meet nearly $1 billion in projected revenues over 10 years.

July 27, 2011 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | Government


Save time, get fined

Parking right in front of your favorite coffee shop, pizza place or dry cleaner may save a few minutes, but it could also carry a hefty fine.

The Dawson County commission last month gave officers the authority to enforce a new local fire lane ordinance.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Board talks of taking a stance

Officials are considering a series of public hearings to gauge interest in a park and proposed reservoir in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Dawson County Commissioner Gary Pichon has been talking about his dream for a grand park as long as he's served.

July 20, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government


Board of Commissioners agenda – 6 p.m. July 21 at city hall

• Opening presentation: Jim Bohl, St. Vincent de Paul program update

• Pledge of Allegiance, • Announcements

July 20, 2011 | | Government


County disagrees with annexation

The Dawsonville City Council voted 4-0 on Monday to annex nearly 85 acres of property in the county.

The annexations include a 5-acre parcel to which Dawson County Attorney Joey Homans had previously filed an objection.

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


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


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Retired army engineer to run for District 2 commission seat

Retired army engineer and JROTC instructor at Dawson County High School, Robert Wiley is now officially on the ballot for the District 2 county commission ...

July 26, 2016 | Amy French | Government


Etowah votes to lay 12-inch waterlines on Nix Bridge

Residents along Nix Bridge Road will soon have the waterlines needed for improved fire safety, though there are no immediate plans by the county to ...

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Neikirk named interim county manager

Commissioners Thursday night voted to appoint Vicki Neikirk to serve as interim county manager following Randy Dowling's abrupt resignation earlier that day.

July 22, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission chair recommends full property tax rollback

Commission Chairman Mike Berg is calling for a full millage rate rollback that, if approved, would be the county's first tax reduction in 12 ...

July 20, 2016 | By Michele Hester | Government


Tax commissioner candidates make plea for runoff votes

Andi Henson Juliette and Nicole Stewart made final public pleas to voters last week asking for support in Tuesday's runoff election for Dawson County ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff’s candidates square off in debate

The men vying to be Dawson County's first new sheriff in 20 years squared off in a heated debate last week before a standing ...

July 20, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Magistrate judges to get raises

Commissioners last week approved a request to increase salaries for the county's two fulltime magistrate judges.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


City threatens lawsuit over SPLOST documents

City officials last week sent a letter to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners threatening suit over alleged missing documents detailing sales tax expenditures.

July 13, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville mayor elected to state municipal association board

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was recently elected to the Georgia Municipal Association board of directors during the group's annual meeting in Savannah June 27.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Early voting for July 26 runoff underway

Early voting is underway for the July 26 runoff election to choose Dawson County's next sheriff and tax commissioner.

July 05, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Joint committee to tackle rural Georgia’s high-speed internet challenges

Members of Dawson County's state delegation have been tasked with tackling rural Georgia's high-speed internet challenges.

June 29, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


White primer on Historic Courthouse concerns residents

The past few weeks have had many residents in Dawson County in full fret mode as they have driven through downtown Dawsonville and seen the ...

June 08, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Water quality improved for Pigeon Creek

Water quality has improved for residents living in Pigeon Creek Estates following the city's move to reroute service through a new well.

June 07, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


Proposed city budget up $400,000 from current year

The park going in behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex and plans to continue with a downtown revitalization project top capital expenses in the city's ...

June 02, 2016 | Michele Hester | Government


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