• Zika: “A Problem We Shouldn’t Ignore”

    DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dr. Larry Anderson, Chairperson of the Dawson County Health Board, made a special presentation to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners Thursday on preventing the spread of the Zika Virus. Anderson cautioned officials, saying it is “a problem we shouldn’t ignore.” Zika is transmitted primarily by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and Anderson […]

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  • Financial Report Shows Dawson Co. in Great Shape

    DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County officials have done a great job of managing the county’s finances. That was the assessment of Chris Hollifield, the CPA who presented the 2015 financial audit report to the Board of Commissioners Thursday. “You’re in great shape compared to other counties,” Hollifield said. “You held expenditures tight and actually came […]

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  • Suspect Tried to Drown State Trooper Before Being Shot and Killed

    GAINESVILLE — Georgia State Patrol’s Operation Thunder was suspended over the weekend following a violent confrontation that ended when a suspect was shot to death and three troopers injured in Gainesville. Rodrigo Guardiola, 36, of Gainesville was shot and killed after he fled a road check on Highway 53 designed to take impaired drivers off […]

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  • Magistrate Judge Asks For $12,000 Raise

    DAWSONVILLE Ga. — As the Dawson County Board of Commissioners works out the county’s new budget, Chief Magistrate Judge Lisa Poss-Thurmond has asked the Board to consider adding a $12,000 supplement to the annual salaries for her and the county’s other magistrate judge, Anthony Tarnacki. Poss-Thurmond made the request at Thursday’s work session. In addition […]

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  • Dawson County Ends Ambulance Service Contract

    DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County is terminating its contract with AMB, the county’s ambulance service provider, due to poor performance. Dawson County Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford cited multiple problems with AMB during his presentation at Thursday’s County Commission work session. The county contracted with NRG in 2014 and the company merged with AMB in […]

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  • Commissioners Say No to Hike in Pay for Public Defender’s Office

    DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County Board of Commissioners unanimously rejected a request by H. Bradford Morris of the Public Defender’s Office to increase the supplement paid to a recently hired attorney in that office by $12,000, bringing the annual compensation package to $72,000. Morris said the typical attorney in that position earns $85,000 annually. […]

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  • Dawson School Board Approves FY ’17 Budget

    DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County Board of Education approved the FY 2016-’17 budget of $44,199,544 Monday.The millage rate is expected to be set at a rollback rate of 15.776 mils at the July meeting. It was set at 16.496 a year ago. Executive Director of Financial Services Jamie Ulrich presented the new budget to […]

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  • Former Deputy Coroner Files Lawsuit for False Arrest

    CUMMING, Ga. — The attorney for Sonya Abercrombie, a former Dawson County Deputy Coroner, says his client was wrongfully arrested, publicly embarrassed and lost her job but now she will have her day in court. Abercrombie was arrested and charged with impersonating a peace officer while a customer at Austin’s Steak and Seafood restaurant in […]

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