When Mike Berg moved to Dawson County from Gwinnett years ago, he could have parked a lounge chair on a deck overlooking Lake Lanier and enjoyed retirement.
Dawson County was in the spotlight last weekend as Republicans from across northeast Georgia rallied at the 9th Congressional District banquet and convention.
A local legislator was recently tapped among Georgia's most influential lawmakers. District 51 Sen. Steve Gooch, a Republican from Dahlonega, was named one of the state's most influential senators by James magazine in its 2013 Georgia's Power Brokers edition. "I'm humbled and honored to be named to this list. I take it as a great compliment, because I'm only in my sophomore session. They usually choose legislatures with a lot more tenure," Gooch said. Distributed ...
Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver the keynote address during the 9th Congressional District banquet Friday night at the Lakeview Center in Dawsonville. Andrew Turnage, chairman of the district GOP, said the district is fortunate the banquet falls in line with the close of the 2013 state legislative session, which Deal is expected to highlight in his remarks.
A month after Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan announced the city had interest in developing a regional reservoir with Georgia Reservoir Co., a Lumpkin County resident floated what she contends is a better plan. Speaking on behalf of the Etowah Hills Corporation, Rebecca Reeves Carter urged the council Monday night to consider an alternative to Georgia Reservoir Co.'s proposed Calhoun Creek Regional Reservoir.
The proposed digital sign for the city's municipal complex will become a reality following Monday night's regular Dawsonville City Council meeting. The April 1 meeting saw both a variance and guideline proposal on the agenda. In order for the sign to become a reality, both of these would have to be approved by the city council.
Commercial trash haulers can expect to pay more at the Dawson County Transfer Station. In a 3-0 vote Thursday, the county commission agreed to raise the rate for commercial dumping to $35 per ton. Commissioner Jimmy Hamby was absent.
The proposed digital, illuminated sign for the city of Dawsonville has cleared another step in the process to becoming a reality. As part of the Dawsonville Planning Commission meeting on March 18, the city had requested a variance to its own ordinance regulating the size and luminosity of digital signs.
The Dawson County Republican Party met March. 9 to discuss the coming year. Clint Bearden, chairman of the 2012-13 board led the Republican Party in its annual meeting.
A new law that changes the way motor vehicles are taxed takes effect Friday and is expected to cause a few headaches at tax offices across the state. "Transactions will most definitely take longer," said Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley. "We've all trained on [the new system] to get us ready, but we've had no practice on the screens."
The city of Dawsonville may have to wait a few more weeks before a final decision can be reached with the county regarding law enforcement services. In the Feb. 21 Dawson County Board of Commissioners voting session, the commissioners voted to approve two inter-governmental agreements regarding animal control and fire inspection with the city of Dawsonville.
The city of Dawsonville may soon find itself in the reservoir business. Mayor James Grogan announced Monday that the city has applied for two surface water withdrawal permits from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Changes to Dawson County's busiest intersection could begin as early as fall 2014, a state transportation official told a local gathering last week. During the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon Thursday, Georgia Department of Transportation project manager Robert Murphy outlined the plan to reshape Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53.
A recent budget comparison has one elected official saying he remains concerned about Dawson County's economic future. "People don't want to hear it, but we're going to end up at some point, if we don't find another source of revenue, services will have to be cut and I don't think we're having that discussion with the public," said District 1 Commissioner Gary Pichon.
Dawsonville's downtown may get an added boost to its revitalization efforts in the coming months. A measure recently introduced at the state legislature, House Bill 128, is being billed as Georgia's downtown renaissance act. It would allow a three-tiered system to aid with refurbishing and renovating small, downtown areas.
All but one of the subdivisions in Dawsonville has cleaned up its retention pond over the past month at the request of the city, officials said, with the lone holdout possibly requiring further action. "We've had reported to our street department and to the mayor numerous problems with the retention pond at the Howser Mill subdivision," City Attorney Dana Miles told council members during their meeting Monday night.
County commissioners voted last week to officially close two roads that were impacted by summer flooding until a time when funds are available to make repairs. In separate unanimous actions, commissioners agreed that it would better serve the county to close Etowah River Road and Hubbardsville Circle than to legally abandon the two.
Dawson County has a new assistant registrar to help out with elections. Chief Registrar Glenda Ferguson announced that, starting Monday, long-time county employee Rachelle Thurmond would be taking the place left by former Assistant Registrar Karen Armstrong.