Dawson County responds to multiple fires over weekend

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — On Friday, Oct. 11, Dawson County E911 received calls for a reported chimney fire at 81 Lady Slipper Lane, located inside Big Canoe. Dawson County Fire and Big Canoe Fire units were dispatched to the residential structure fire at 6:59 p.m. Big Canoe Engine 3 arrived first on scene, at 7:12 p.m. and reported a two-story single-family dwelling with over 50 percent involvement. A defensive mode of operation was declared and numerous ground cover fires were extending beyond the structure.

Big Canoe personnel deployed a rapid attack monitor and then were assisted by Dawson County Company 6.  Pickens County Station 5 provided mutual aid with an Engine and Med unit. Multiple handlines and hand tools were used to bring the fire under control. The fire was declared under control at 8:03 p.m., crews remained on scene for several hours hitting “hot spots.”

Dawson County Fire investigators determined the cause as unintentional and started as a chimney fire.

637 Hugh Stowers Road

 On Saturday, Oct. 12, Dawson County E911 received calls for a reported structure fire at 637 Hugh Stowers Rd. Dawson County Fire units were dispatched at 7:58 PM and arrived on scene, observed smoke showing from the rear of the structure. Crews advanced handlines inside and were able to obtain a quick knockdown on the fire. The fire was isolated to the kitchen but the house sustained significant smoke damage.

American Red Cross responded to assist the residents who were displaced. Dawson County Fire investigators have determined the cause to be unintentional, appears to be electrical.

Hwy. 52 East, area of Bailey Waters

On Sunday, Oct. 13, Dawson County E911 received calls for a motorhome on fire. Dawson County Fire units were dispatched at 12:37 p.m. and arrived on scene to find a motor home fully involved. Crews advanced a handline to bring the fire under control. The  motor home was off the roadway and located at a deer camp.

The cause of the fire was unintentional.

There were no injures to firefighters or civilians at the three fires. We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to check the batteries in their smoke detectors and if you need one to please call Dawson County Fire & Emergency Services, 706-344-3666.

 

Photos were taken by Dawson County Fire & EMS.

 

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Ralph Mathews: Obituary

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Ralph Mathews

February 25, 1960 – January 02, 2019

Mr. Ralph Mathews, age 58, of Dawsonville, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Mathews is survived by his Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Jessie & Josh Sheriff of Marble Hill; and Megan & Tyler Chaney of Dahlonega. Sisters & Brothers-in-Law: Cynthia & Junior Spriggs of Marble Hill; Jane & Philip O’Bryant of Jasper; and Sister: Jennifer Allen of Marble Hill. Also Two Grandchildren: Brax & Kane Sheriff. Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

The family will be receiving friends Saturday, January 5,2019 from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM and Sunday, January 6, from 8:00 AM until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, January 6, in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jason Hamby and Rev. Hunter Satterfield will be officiating.

Pall Bearers: Mathew O’Bryant, James Satterfield, Stevie Morris, John Chastain, Kerry Veazey and Stanley Payne.

Internment will be at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral services.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mathews family.

Stacy Denise Mathews: Obituary

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Stacy Mathews

October 17, 1965 – January 02, 2019

Mrs. Stacy Denise Mathews, age 53, of Dawsonville, passed away Wednesday January 2, 2019 at her residence.

Mrs. Mathews is survived by her Father: Bobby Goodwin and Step-Father: Tommy Blackwell. Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Jessie & Josh Sheriff of Marble Hill; and Megan & Tyler Chaney of Dahlonega. Brother and Sister-in-Law: Wayne & Lori Goodwin of Dahlonega. Also Two Grandchildren: Brax & Kane Sheriff. Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

The family will be receiving friends Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM and Sunday, January 6, from 8:00 AM until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 6, in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev Jason Hamby and Rev. Hunter Satterfield will be officiating.

Pall Bearers: Pyler Goodwin, Reyton Goodwin, Stevie Watson, Jason Satterfield, Danny Norton and Dalton Norton.

Interment will be at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral services.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mathews family.

Multi-employer job fair in Dawsonville Tuesday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Goodwill Career Center will hold a multi-employer job fair from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. This is a great chance to meet with hiring managers of over 15 local businesses, including Amicalola State Park, Beall’s Outlet, Big Canoe, Bojangles, GA Highlands Medical Service, HomeGoods, Kroger, Len Foote Hike Inn, Modern Woodmen of America, Panera Bread, Premier Surplus, Northside Hospital, Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures (Zipline), Southern Switches, Wagner Services, Wahoo Docks and many more.

There is no cost to participate. The center is inside the Goodwill store at 66 S. 400 Center Lane in Dawsonville. The WorkSource Georgia Mountains mobile training unit will also be onsite to offer resume assistance and skills assessments. All job fair participants will receive a coupon for 25 percent off at the Dawsonville Goodwill Store. (Valid 4/10/18 only).

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Property owners seek creation of water authority

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Phil Anderson asks commissioners to support creation of Big Canoe Water & Sewer Authority.

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A group of Big Canoe property owners are asking the Dawson County Board of Commissioners to support their effort to create the Big Canoe Water and Sewer Authority in order to purchase the assets of community’s water system.

Phil Anderson, president of Big Canoe Property Owners, told commissioners during Thursday’s work session that Big Canoe Utilities, has announced plans to sell the “state-of-the-art” system.

“There is a long-term interest of Big Canoe for those assets to be acquired by a public water and sewer authority that is eligible for grants and loans and able to issue tax-free revenue bonds,” Anderson said.

Responding to a question from Commissioner Chris Gaines, Anderson said his group is not asking for any funding by Dawson County, but is simply asking commissioners to endorse enabling legislation to present to House Speaker David Ralston during the next General Assembly that would create the Big Canoe Water and Sewer Authority.

Anderson said Pickens County has already endorsed its effort. Support from both counties is needed because a portion of Big Canoe lies within each county.

The problem, Anderson said, is, “The existing distribution system is old. It is aging and needs major capital improvements. We need a cost-effective way in which to make those improvements. If Big Canoe utilities were to sell to a private utility, those capital improvements would be on the backs of the property owners and it would be very, very expensive. Whereas, if we can acquire the assets as Big Creek Water and Sewer Authority, the authority would be eligible for grants and loans and be able to issue tax-free bonds in a much more cost-effective way.”

Commissioner Sharon Fausett asked if the quality and quantity of the water is a problem.

Anderson said the water coming from Blackwell Creek, which supplies the system, is “very high quality” and the quantity is sufficient to meet the community’s anticipated needs.

“It’s just the aging distribution system that is a serious problem,” he said.

Commissioners will meet once more before breaking for the holidays and could vote on the issue at that meeting.

 

 

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