• 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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  • Independent Candidate May Challenge Chris Gaines in November

    DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — A retired U.S. Army Major and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is attempting to get on the November ballot as an Independent to run for the District 2 seat on the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. Robert Wiley is currently a junior ROTC instructor at Dawson County High […]

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  • Robert Wiley, County Commission Candidate Dist. 2

    DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — Dawson County is among the reddest of red counties in Georgia, if not the nation. Few can remember the last time a Democrat or independent was bold enough to even run for county commission here, much less win. So, you might say that Robert J. Wiley, who is attempting to run […]

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  • Chris Gaines Quest for County Commission Seat Not Over Yet

    DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — Chris Gaines expressed disappointment Thursday that in order to reach his goal of becoming Dawson County’s District 2 Commissioner he may have to win one more election. It was less than three weeks ago that Gaines, won a hotly-contested race over Tim Davis in the Republican Primary. Since no Democrat had […]

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