A political newcomer with accounting and administration experience plans to run for Dawson County tax commissioner. Karin McKee, 58, is the first candidate to announce her intentions to seek the position in the July 31 primary election. Qualifying is set for May 23-25.
Longtime Dawson County District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix recently announced her plans to seek a fourth term this year. A lifelong county resident, Hughes Nix became the first woman elected to the commission in 1996. After taking four years off following her first term, she was re-elected in 2004 and '08.
Members of the Dawsonville Planning Commission on Monday said they will recommend approval of a zoning map amendment that would allow a local farm to have chickens and pigs on the property. Currently zoned restricted single family residential, property owner Jack Forester requested the farm be rezoned to restricted agriculture, which allows swine and fowl.
Mike Berg has announced that he will seek a third term as chairman of the Dawson County commission in the July 31 primary. A Republican, Berg was first elected to the five-member board in 2004, when he outlined a series of goals based on a principle of balance.
Nearly 700 voters in western Dawson County will vote in downtown Dawsonville for future elections. The shift came about Monday as the local elections board unanimously agreed to align local precincts with the district boundaries for the state House of Representatives.
Future generations will get a glimpse of life in Dawson County circa 2012 when they open a time capsule buried last week at the county's new government center. "How appropriate it is that we are burying a time capsule here at the government (center) and courthouse, because really, a time capsule is something that ties the past with the future," said Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Jason Deal.
The Dawson County commission has appointed Cindy Campbell interim county manager. Campbell, the county's chief financial officer, will oversee operations in the absence of County Manager Kevin Tanner beginning May 28, when he takes a leave of absence to run for state office.
A Dawsonville city councilman has announced his plan to run for mayor this summer. "I've always enjoyed working with the citizens of our city to serve our community, which is why I'm excited about the opportunity to take an even bigger role," Calvin Byrd said.
Dawsonville's acting mayor has announced his intention to seek the position in the July 31 special election. "I am really looking forward to running for the office of mayor because I believe with my experience and my knowledge of government that I would do a good job," James Grogan said.
Hearings have been set to gauge public opinion on amending the county's alcohol ordinance, though commissioners don't expect much conflict. Voters approved a measure March 6 that allows the sale of package alcohol at stores on Sunday in unincorporated Dawson County by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin. Sunday drink sales passed by a similar margin, about 64 percent to 36 percent.
The Dawsonville City Council voted Monday to appoint James Grogan acting mayor until July 31. Grogan, who was previously mayor pro-tem, will fill the vacancy created by the death of Mayor Joe Lane Cox last month.
A Dawsonville family has withdrawn a petition to deannex property from the city in order to start a farm. Jack and Cynthia Forester have instead filed requests for a special use variance and a zoning map amendment for their 30-acre farm on Hwy. 9 north of downtown.
An ordinance that places limits on clothing donation boxes across the county is up for discussion this week. A second public hearing will be held Thursday during the 6 p.m. meeting of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The Dawson County Planning Commission heard the proposed ordinance March 20 and voted to recommend approval as drafted.
Hundreds of voters could be affected by a proposal to align local voting precincts with the district lines for the state House of Representatives. The Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration is in talks to redraw the county's western precinct boundary to match up with a redrawn District 7.
Following the death of Joe Lane Cox earlier this month, the Dawsonville City Council is preparing to appoint an acting mayor and call for a special election. During a called work session March 15, the council discussed the mayoral vacancy and what steps to take toward filling it.
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.