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Tanner will introduce sludge bill in session

The issue of sludge application is expected to go before lawmakers when the Georgia General Assembly convenes next year.

November 27, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Commission puts apartment zoning on hold

Dawson County commissioners have chosen to delay until next month a decision on a rezoning request for a large apartment complex near Ga. 400.

November 27, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Bridge replacement plans aired

State transportation officials outlined plans to replace the Etowah River bridge on Hwy. 136 north of Dawsonville during a public information meeting last week.

November 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Hotel-motel tax split reviewed

A Dawson County commissioner who is looking into the amount of hotel-motel tax revenue spent on promoting local tourism said he won't propose a change to the budget for the coming year.

November 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


No funds for reservoir

The city of Dawsonville has again been denied a state loan that would advance the planning phase of the proposed Calhoun Creek Reservoir.

November 13, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Gold Creek battle ends

After more than six months of negotiations, the newest addition to the Gold Creek Foods Inc. property has been fully rezoned.

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


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


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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


Budget includes employee pay increases

For the first time in six years, Dawson County's proposed 2014 budget includes pay increases for employees.

October 29, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Polls open Saturday for early voting

Polls are open Saturday in Dawson County for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election.

October 22, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Twist in annexation issue

With the continued cycle of requests to annex property into Dawsonville and Dawson County's objections to such moves, one city council member's seat may hinge on the issue.

October 22, 2014 | David Renner | Government


SPLOST approval could generate $9.6 million

If voters approve a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax next month, the measure could generate as much as $9.6 million for projects within downtown Dawsonville.

October 15, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Tanner receives award for legislative leadership

Rep. Kevin Tanner was recently recognized by the Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for his leadership in passing legislation that could transfer additional funding to help those with traumatic brain injuries.

October 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Official keeps pushing for consolidation

Commissioner Gary Pichon may have just two more months as an elected official, but that isn't stopping him from pushing for a consolidated government in Dawson County.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Annexation disagreement continues

The Dawsonville City Council continues to field annexation requests, despite objections from the Dawson County commission.

October 08, 2014 | David Renner | Government


County reviews insurance coverage

The Dawson County commission is examining ways to reduce risks in liability involved with large public gatherings.

October 01, 2014 | David Renner | Government


Swafford named state’s top deputy coroner

Lanier Swafford was recently named the state's top deputy coroner by the Georgia Coroner's Association.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Consolidation floated

A recent flurry of requests from Dawson County residents wanting to annex their property into Dawsonville has prompted officials to explore the possibility of a unified government.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


More are seeking to annex

Despite protests from Dawson County officials concerning recent annexation requests, Dawsonville continues to receive applications from people who want to live in the city limits.

September 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


City hears request for annexation

The city of Dawsonville held a public hearing Monday night on a Dawson County-contested annexation of 37 acres on Duck Thurmond Road.

September 10, 2014 | David Renner | Government


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