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Ralston overcomes challenge in primary

House Speaker David Ralston held on to his 7th District seat in the Georgia General Assembly by defeating challenger Sam Snider in last week's primary.

May 28, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission approves ordinance limiting night burning

County commissioners last week approved an ordinance that limits burning debris from construction sites to daytime hours.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff to fight budget

With Dawson County's annual budget hearings approaching, Sheriff Billy Carlisle said he can no longer stand by and watch longtime employees leave for higher paying jobs with better benefits.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City discusses 2014-15 budget

With the 2014-15 fiscal year fast approaching, the city of Dawsonville has unveiled its potential operating budget.

May 21, 2014 | David Renner | Government


County, city officials to discuss sales tax projects

County and city officials have a joint meeting this afternoon to discuss how revenue should be distributed if voters pass the upcoming special purpose local option sales tax extension in November.

May 21, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Fausett wins commission seat

Political newcomer Sharon Fausett is Dawson County's next District 1 commissioner.

May 20, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Forum gives voters opportunity to question candidates

A small political forum Wednesday evening gave voters a final opportunity to hear from candidates vying for the county's District 1 commission seat.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Primary election Tuesday

Advanced voting continues through Friday for the May 20 primary election.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Business loses alcohol license

Dawson County commissioners voted last week to suspend a local convenience store's beer and wine license, and a similar fate may await a second business this week.

May 14, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Conservatives running for 9th District vary in focus

The U.S. House 9th District Republican primary May 20 pits incumbent Doug Collins against challenger Bernard Fontaine, with the winner facing Democrat David Vogel in November.

May 14, 2014 | By Joshua Silavent DCN regional staff | Government


City reviews budget, tax

While a budget has not been finalized for the 2014-15 fiscal year, Dawsonville officials remain determined not to levy a city property tax.

May 07, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Board considers burn ordinance

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners is considering a new ordinance that will limit where debris from construction sites can be burned in the county.

May 07, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Early voting is under way

Advanced voting for the May 30 primary election got under way with 38 local voters casting their ballots Monday, according to elections officials.

April 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Deal signs sludge bill

A grassroots effort to stop a developer from dumping partially treated wastewater in Dawson County was realized last week when Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill to regulate sludge application.

April 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Governor set to sign sludge bill

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Dawsonville this morning to sign into law a bill that will place tougher regulations on sludge application.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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DNR ranger up for national boating officer award

Come fall, Cpl. Jason Roberson, a Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement ranger from Dawsonville, could be the nation's top boating officer.

July 29, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County chairman presented award at chamber luncheon

While it wasn't a new honor for County Commission Chair Mike Berg, it was the first time that his fellow commissioners and county employees ...

July 22, 2015 | David Renner | Government


City considers firearm discharge ordinance

After some citizen complaints, the Dawsonville City Council is taking into consideration an ordinance to curb firearm discharge within the city limits.

July 22, 2015 | David Renner | Government


Bond burning marks government center payoff

Haynes Johnson has driven by the Dawson County Government Center thousands of times, and yet, he's still awestruck by the structure.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


School leaders plan to lower millage rate

With two of its three required hearings held, the Dawson County Board of Education has announced that it will be lowering its millage rate.

July 22, 2015 | David Renner | Government


Performance pay raises in works for county employees

County officials are looking to put extra dollars into their employees' wallets.

July 22, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


County bond burning ceremony planned Thursday

It was three and a half years ago that the then new Dawson County Government Center officially opened for business.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Sheriff proposes pay raises for longtime employees

Longtime employees of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office are likely to get pay increases in the coming weeks.

July 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Berg gives constituents update on county progress

County Commission Chair Mike Berg gave a very bright outlook for Dawson County during his annual State of the County address last week at the ...

July 15, 2015 | David Renner | Government


Chairman to address state of the county at luncheon

Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg will deliver his annual state of the county address to the local chamber of commerce membership Thursday.

July 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawsonville makes millage rollback official

The city of Dawsonville can now officially say it is continuing its tradition of no city taxes for its residents.

July 08, 2015 | David Renner | Government


County discusses millage rate

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.

July 02, 2015 | David Renner | Government


Local churches take stance on same-sex marriage

Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage drew both jeers and cheers, and was followed by ministers across the state taking the issue to ...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Public has one more chance to speak on social hosting ordinance

The public has one more chance to voice their concerns on a proposed county ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow ...

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Parent group supports social hosting ordinance

County commissioners are considering a proposed ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their ...

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


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