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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


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


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


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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


City councilman resigns

Dawsonville welcomed new residents to the city but also bid farewell to one of its council members during a meeting Monday night.

November 05, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Salary study is complete

Results from a recent salary study show pay for workers in many Dawson County government positions lags behind the suggested minimum standards.

November 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


SPLOST extension overwhelmingly passes

Voters in Dawson County overwhelmingly approved extending the current 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).

November 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City to form Historic Preservation Commission

After reviewing an ordinance regarding the city's historical preservation, one city council member has decided to expand the role.

October 29, 2014 | David Renner | Government


SPLOST, governor’s race on Tuesday’s ballot

Proponents for extending the county's 1-cent sales tax for six more years hope their campaign mail-outs, speaking engagements and social media presence to promote a "yes" vote resonates at the polls.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Annexation coming to head

On Monday, Dawsonville residents will have one final chance to voice their opinions on the latest wave of annexation requests before the city council.

October 29, 2014 | David Renner | Government


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