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Authority offers to buy water system

In their latest round of talks about a new service agreement, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority has made Dawsonville an offer it's unlikely to accept - sell the authority the city's system.

November 06, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Meeting outlines detour, bridge work

Transportation officials are holding a public information open house meeting to discuss the proposed detour necessary for reconstruction of the Hwy. 136 bridge over the Etowah River in Dawsonville.

November 06, 2013 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Government


Incumbents carry city election

With all the ballots counted, Dawsonville has elected its incumbents back into office for city council.

Long-time councilman Mike Sosebee, who previously served more than 30 years on the council, and Angie Smith, who was elected last year after being appointed to fill an unexpired term, garnered the top two highest amounts of votes in the election.

November 05, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


City tests out WiFi

The city of Dawsonville is testing a new technology system designed to give residents additional Internet options.

October 30, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Standing water at school causes alarm

What could have been a much worse problem for Robinson Elementary is working its way to a resolution.

October 16, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Crossing reopens to traffic

A project to improve safety at a busy crossing along Hwy. 53 is nearly finished.

October 16, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Advance voting begins in city

Advance voting is under way for the Nov. 5 General Election.

October 16, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


City reviews funding options for infrastructure upgrades

Dawsonville has moved forward with two pieces of business that will allow it to expand water infrastructure.

October 16, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


City council weighs in on pond

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.

October 09, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Commissioners vote to close roads

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.

October 09, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Assistant registrar hired

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.

October 09, 2013 | Assistant registrar hired 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


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


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


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Emergency personnel recognized at banquet

An awards ceremony last month recognized several members of Dawson County Emergency Services for going above and beyond in 2014.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff honors top staff at annual luncheon

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recognized its top employees during the department's annual Christmas luncheon and celebration on Friday.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City to hear new request

City officials continue to receive requests for annexation in to Dawsonville.

December 17, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Officials will be sworn in to office Tuesday

The county's newest elected officials will be sworn into office Tuesday at the Dawson County Government Center.

December 10, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Phillips takes council seat

Newly appointed council member Caleb Phillips took his seat on the Dawsonville City Council, following a brief swearing-in ceremony on Monday at city hall.

December 03, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Commissioners to work with sheriff on budget

A gallery of uniformed deputies, plainclothes officers and administrative staff filed into the Dawson County Board of Commissioner's meeting room on Thursday to see if budget demands made by the sheriff to increase pay would be approved.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


County workers could see cost of living increases

County workers could see a pay increase on their next paychecks if commissioners approve a 2 percent cost of living adjustment suggested by County Manager Cindy Campbell.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Sen. Gooch elected Senate Majority Whip

State Sen. Steve Gooch was named to the third ranking leadership position in the Senate Republican Caucus for the upcoming legislative session on Monday.

November 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Councilman named to fill vacancy

The city of Dawsonville has appointed a new city councilman to replace a seat vacated earlier this month.

November 19, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Amendment by local legislator passes

Georgia voters last week approved an amendment to the state's Constitution that imposes additional fees for reckless driving violations when they are pleaded down from driving under the influence.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Road repaving could hinge on agreement with city

A portion of road could be skipped when the county begins a repaving project on Burt Creek Road if an agreement with the city isn't reached.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


House Republicans re-elect Ralston

Rep. David Ralston will retain his position as one of the most powerful leaders in the Georgia General Assembly after House Republicans unanimously approved his nomination as Speaker of the House for another two years during Monday morning's caucus meeting at the state capitol.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Advocates urge BOC to support adult literacy

The first of two public hearings required before commissioners can adopt the county's 2015 budget brought out a handful of speakers in support of adult literacy.

November 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City, county authority receives state loan

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority recently made an announcement regarding both the city of Dawsonville and a Dawson County entity.

November 05, 2014 | David Renner | Government


First hearing on county budget is Thursday

Residents have their first chance to make comments on the county's proposed 2015 budget Thursday.

November 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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