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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


Reaction on roundabout mixed

Residents have mixed feelings about a proposed roundabout at Hwy. 53 and Elliott Family Parkway, though many agree something is needed to slow traffic in the area west of Dawsonville.

August 21, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


Qualifying begins next week for city

Qualifying for Dawsonville's Nov. 5 election begins Monday.

August 21, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Government


Communications officer wins award

A longtime communications officer with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office was recently named the 2013 Terminal Agency Coordinator of the Year for the northeast region.

August 21, 2013 | Michele Hester | Government


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Articles by Section - 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


County objects to annexation into the city

Commissioners last week voted to deny the application from a county resident that wants to annex his west side property in the city of Dawsonville.

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


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