Dawson County Board of Education moving forward with new College & Career Academy

Dawson County High School, News


Dawson County Board of Education approved the maximum price for the Dawson County College & Career Academy during September 4 work session.

Dawson County College & Career Academy coming to Dawson County August 2019

Superintendent, Dr. Damon Gibbs, recommended the project, and the total cost of the project will not exceed roughly $7 million. The new 35,000 square feet, two-story facility will be located on Perimeter Road and will house the most advanced student-learning labs, for students participating in dual enrollment. According to Gibbs, the facility will feature “classrooms of the future.”

The Board entered an agreement with construction manager, Carroll Daniel Construction, with ESPLOST as the funding source.

A ground-breaking ceremony is to be held on Monday September 10, at 5pm, and the public is encouraged to attend. The estimated completion date is August 2019.

Head-on collision in Dawson County closes Hwy. 53

News, Police & Government

On August 31, 2018 at 08:09, Dawson County Emergency Services (DCFES) responded to a head-on collision in the area of Highway 53/Highway 183. This was a passenger vehicle versus tractor trailer incident; crews found one female victim entrapped in her vehicle. DCFES Company 1 utilized the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the patient from the vehicle at 8:27am.One female was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. DCFES Station 6 responded for manpower to assist with the extrication of the patient.

SFC Curtis W. Bradshaw with Georgia State Patrol, reported that the Toyota Camry was driven by 30 year old Ashley Enyart of Marble Hill, GA.  The tractor trailer was driven by 62 year old Miguel Arrieta-Villarreal of Woodstock, GA. Enyart was traveling West on Highway 53, when she crossed the centerline in the left hand curve. Arrieta-Villarreal was traveling east on Highway 53 and was negotiating a downhill right hand curve; the Toyota Camry struck the left front corner of the Freightliner tractor trailer. After impact, the Camry rotated approximately 180 degrees and came to rest facing east in the westbound lane.  After impact, the Freight-liner continued traveling east and ran off the roadway onto the north shoulder striking a ditch and embankment.

Enyart was transported by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville where she was treated for her injuries and released.  Mr. Arrieta-Villarreal had a complaint of injury but declined transport to the hospital.

According to DCFES, the incident closed Highway 53 between the intersection of Hwy 183 and Duck Thurmond Rd, but has since been reopened.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.  Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be involved or a factor.  There was no evidence either driver was distracted at the time of the crash. Enyart was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road.


Photos were taken by Danny Thompson, Dawson County Fire & EMS

Georgia Speaker of The House David Ralston Talks About Rural Georgia Issues, Health Care…

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Our interview Friday with Speaker of The House David Ralston focused on rural Georgia. Ralston went into detail about the new Rural Georgia Economic Council. This council will be co-chaired by (R) Terry England from Auburn, (R) Jay Powell from Camilla and Vice Chair (R) Sam Watson from Moultry. The council will be holding meetings across Georgia to hear from elected officials, local businesses and citizens about how they feel rural Georgia economy can best be improved. Ralston said jokingly that he better not find out that one meeting took place in Atlanta.

Health care is a major concern in rural Georgia. Several hospitals have closed in rural Georgia areas including one in Ralston’s district in North Georgia. We spoke to Ralston abut one possible solution to meet rural Georgia health care needs. Ralston used the example of the first stand alone emergency room, opened by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Gilmer county. In this interview we asked Ralston if Gilmer county still had the possibility of having a full hospital.

Ralston told us that sometime within the next month Governor Nathan Deal would be visiting Gilmer county’s Fire Station 1 to sign the fire fighter’s workmen’s compensation bill.  We asked Ralston the difference in this years campus carry bill opposed to last year’s bill which Governor Deal vetoed. Not being able to speak for the Governor, Ralston said he felt they made the changes necessary to get Deal to sign the bill. We also discussed the pay raises agreed upon in the 2017 legislative session for teachers, state law enforcement, and D.F.C.S workers.  

Our final question in our interview friday: Speaker Ralston do you see the governor’s mansion in your future?

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