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Ceremony celebrates debt paid

A celebration is planned Thursday to burn the paid-in-full security deed on the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.

The 4 p.m. ceremony, which will include several speakers, will be held in front of the jail. The community is invited.

December 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Swearing-in ceremony will be Thursday

The county's newest elected officials will be sworn into office Thursday at the Dawson County Government Center.

Probate Judge Jennifer Burt will administer the oaths of office for three county commissioners, three school board members, tax commissioner, sheriff, clerk of courts, chief magistrate and surveyor beginning at 11 a.m. in the assembly room on the second floor.

December 19, 2012 | From staff reports | Government

Council approves tax on energy

The city of Dawsonville voted Monday night to allow a tax on energy consumed by manufacturing businesses.

Georgia repealed its sales and use taxes, but allowed local governments, both county and city, to set up their own in its place.

December 19, 2012 | | Government

Manager vote could be Thursday

Commissioners are expected on Thursday to name Dawson County's next manager from a panel of internal candidates.

The agenda is set for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners to discuss the finalists for the position in closed session during Thursday night's meeting.

December 19, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Rotary Club recognizes county’s top employees

The Rotary Club of Dawson County continued a long standing tradition last week of honoring the county government's top employees.

The club recognized the county's employees of the year Dec. 6 during an annual Christmas celebration.

December 12, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Council approves new structure

Dawsonville water and sewer customers will see higher bills come January.

In a 4-0 vote, council members on Monday approved a nearly 15 percent increase intended to offset declining revenue due to the struggling economy.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Board names additional finalists

Two more names have been added to the list of internal candidates being considered for the Dawson County manager position.

County commissioners voted on Thursday to expand the list to include Cindy Campbell and David McKee.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Workers honored at event

Dawson County Emergency Services recently named its top employees for 2012 and paid tribute to several pioneers whose contributions over the past three decades set the foundation for saving lives in Dawson County.

Fire Inspector Jody Holland, who also serves as fire and safety educator, was named Employee of the Year, while Lt. Ricky Rexroat was selected Officer of the Year.

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Gaines completes academy

Dawsonville City Councilman Chris Gaines is the newest Georgia Academy for Economic Development graduate from the 2012 Region 2 Multi-Day Training Program.

Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 13 counties in north Georgia.

November 28, 2012 | From staff reports | Government

Thurmond named top director

Emergency management in Dawson County was recognized last week as the best in the state by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia.

In addition to Dawson County Emergency Services being named Emergency Management Agency of the Year, Billy Thurmond was selected EMA Director of the Year for 2012.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

City awarded sewer improvement grant

The city of Dawsonville has been awarded $300,000 in federal funding to upgrade its sewer system.

Dawsonville City Council learned earlier this month that the Appalachian Regional Commission had approved the grant, which is intended to meet current and future wastewater needs of the city's largest employer.

November 21, 2012 | | Government

Search continues

Dawson County commissioners voted last week to extend the application period for internal candidates wanting to be considered for the county manager position.

In a surprise move Thursday, commissioners came out of an executive session during their special called meeting and unanimously approved a motion by Commissioner Gary Pichon to reopen the application period for seven days.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

Townley elected to lead district

Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley was recently elected to lead District 2 for the Georgia Association of Tax Officials.

District 2 includes Dawson, Cherokee, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens and Union counties. It is one of 19 districts across the state.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

City mulls tax on energy

The Dawsonville City Council is considering a possible excise tax on energy for manufacturing businesses.

Council members voted unanimously Monday night to have the city attorney begin drafting an ordinance that could send the matter to public hearings.

November 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

County moves to retire debt early

The Dawson County commission expects to save an estimated $5 million in interest by paying off two loans in December.

Commissioners voted last week to authorize early payoffs on notes for the detention center and a courthouse parking lot.

November 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | Government

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BOC race draws third candidate

A lifelong county resident is the third candidate to announce her plans to run for the county's District 1 commission seat.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government

Field set for May 20 primary

Several candidates filed qualifying papers last week to run for local office in the May 20 primary.

March 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government

Candidates file papers to qualify for local office

Several candidates this week filed papers to qualify for a local election run.

March 05, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government

City approves request for residential annexation

It appears a couple's two-month struggle to annex their property into Dawsonville is drawing to a close.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner | Government

House adopts legislator’s four bills

A bill designed to protect citizens from having nude photographs or material distributed to the Internet without their consent was approved in the Georgia House of Representatives.

February 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government

Lawman announces commission post run

A veteran lawman has announced his intentions to run for the Dawson County District 1 Commission seat.

February 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government

400 facelift in the works

Dawson County commissioners on Thursday are expected to discuss ways to spruce up the Ga. 400 corridor in an attempt to attract economic development to the area.

February 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government

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