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Counseling center closes branch

As of Monday, Dawson County no longer had a branch office of New Hope Counseling, which is reportedly the focus of a state investigation.

October 02, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


County considering road closures due to flooding

Two county roads damaged by severe flooding over the summer may not be repaired and reopened.

October 02, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Emergency workers receive valor award

The dramatic rescue of a hiker who fell nearly 30 feet off Cochran Falls last year earned several local first responders with awards of valor.

September 18, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Mental health court making strides in Dawson County

Since February, Dawson County has been home to the Health, Empowerment, Linkage and Possibilities, or HELP, Court.

September 11, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Board restores authority funding

The Dawson County commission on Thursday voted to restore funding to the group responsible for recruiting industrial development.

September 11, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Election qualifying ends

Qualifying for the Dawsonville City Council election Nov. 5 closed with three candidates, including two incumbents, filing to run.

September 04, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


City, authority review agreement

Dawsonville and the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority have begun talks on a new agreement that could allow the city to expand its water and sewer customer base.

September 04, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


County to adopt 2014 budget

Citizens have one last chance to make comments on the county's proposed spending plan for 2014.

September 04, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Training offers life-saving tool

Communications officers from Dawson and Lumpkin counties took a training course last week that "should be mandated statewide," according to the instructor.

August 28, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


City qualifying deadline Friday

Candidates who wish to qualify for Dawsonville's Nov. 5 election have until Friday to submit their forms.

August 28, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Communications officer wins award

A longtime communications officer with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office was recently named the 2013 Terminal Agency Coordinator of the Year for the northeast region.

August 21, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


County asked for pet license fee

Commissioners were asked last week to consider imposing a registration fee for pets in the county.

August 21, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Reaction on roundabout mixed

Residents have mixed feelings about a proposed roundabout at Hwy. 53 and Elliott Family Parkway, though many agree something is needed to slow traffic in the area west of Dawsonville.

August 21, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Qualifying begins next week for city

Qualifying for Dawsonville's Nov. 5 election begins Monday.

August 21, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Authority funding may be reinstated

The group responsible for bringing new commercial and industrial developments to Dawson County could be in danger of closing within the next 18 months if it doesn't secure county funding.

August 14, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


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Commissioner questions annexation

A request to annex nearly 37 acres into Dawsonville has one Dawson County commissioner questioning the motives of city leaders.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Retail development expected to surge

At least six retail shops, including three restaurants, have contracts or commitments in place to be among the first to open in a new commercial development on Ga. 400.

August 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Citizens academy seeks applicants

Residents who wish to learn more about their county government and how it works for them are encouraged to register for the Citizens Government Academy.

August 13, 2014 | By Amanda Head For the Dawson Community News | Government


Tanner named ‘Champion of Cities’

The Georgia Municipal Association last week recognized local lawmaker Kevin Tanner with the group's 2014 Champion of Georgia's Cities award.

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Salary study finds pay lagging in Dawson

A recent salary study commissioned by Dawson County found there are positions within the government that are below the recommended minimum pay level compared to neighboring jurisdictions.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Authority closes on park land

The Downtown Development Authority has closed on a loan to buy 18 acres behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex for a planned city park.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Perdue bests Kingston in Senate runoff

ATLANTA - Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.

July 23, 2014 | From DCN regional staff reports | Government


Funding shift helps chamber

Dawson County commissioners last week approved a measure that will help the local office of tourism and development pay its rent.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission sets millage rate

Some Dawson County residents may see a slight property tax increase following the county commission's vote last week to set the millage rate at 8.138 mills.

July 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


AT&T calling on city

Dawsonville once had just one choice for cable and Internet service, but the choices are rapidly expanding.

July 09, 2014 | David Renner | Government


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


School board sets millage

Citing a returning tax digest and economic upturn, the Dawson County Board of Education voted 4-0 during its July 7 meeting to maintain last year's millage rate of 17.246 mills.

July 09, 2014 | David Renner | Government


County continues tax rate discussions

A meeting last week was the public's first of three opportunities to weigh in on the county's millage rate.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County, city near deal for tax split

Dawson County and Dawsonville officials are soon expected to ratify an agreement on a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax that will go before voters in November.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


First public hearing on millage rate is Thursday

A meeting Thursday will be the public's first of three opportunities to weigh in on a proposed increase to the county's millage rate.

June 25, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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