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In Touch With Your Dawson County Government

July 2017

All Dawson County offices will be closed on
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
in observance of Independence Day.

County Manager David Headley

Two hundred and forty-one years ago this week, marks a rare turning point in human history - the founding of a nation on the principle of human freedom. In July of 1776, at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, 56 men pledged “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” to that ideal.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” they wrote: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

For more than two centuries, our nation has continued to be defined by these fundamental values and principles. They are the essence of America.  Just as there were sacrifices made at the time our founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain, our military today pays the ultimate sacrifice so that the people of this great nation may continue to enjoy the freedoms that were intend to be.

The extraordinary courage they display has become the culture that we breed. However, courage is not always laid down on the battle fields. It’s exhibited in the challenges that we all face in our daily lives as we uphold these embedded values.

It is my prayer for all of you this week that July 4th be a day of remembrance, acknowledging those who have sacrificed and fought for the ideals of the Declaration of Independence….Grant me the ability that I remain mindful of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of your son, Jesus Christ.

Employee Anniversaries

10 Years

David Fox, Facilities

People on the Move...

New Hires
Keith Wilson, Building Inspector, Planning & Development

Patricia Baer, Corporal, Sheriff's Office
Amanda Hall, Chief Deput Tax Commissioner

Casey Honea, Deputy, Sheriff's Office
Austin Martin, PT FF/EMT, Emergency Services
Andrew Carmichael, Deputy, Sheriff's Office

Parks & Recreation

Fit-Trail and Fit Camp

Meals By Grace - Volunteers Needed Saturday, July 8th

Volleyball Camp: July 10th - 12th

Hydro Blast Water Aerobics: Begins Tuesday, July 11th

North Georgia's Got Talent - Audition Now!

Auditions being held now through August.

Click here for more information.

Stewards of Children Training: Wednesday, July 12th

Job Fair: Thurday, July 13th

Cheerleading Camp: July 17th - 19th

Movies in the Park - Vendors Needed by Friday, July 21st

Contact Buffie Hamil for more information.

Dawson County Library: Tuesday, July 25th

The Dawson County Historical Society presents special guest speaker, Leslie Barker Thomas, on Tuesday, July 25th at 5:30pm at the Dawson County Library.

Leslie is the current President of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and has been a Georgia historical research coordinator and communication chair for the society for the last 18 years. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Trail of Tears Association which involves nine states.

She retired from the medical field after 25 years of working with people and another 5 years with animals. Retirement allows her to pursue her love of historical research and writing.

She is the current President of the Gilmer County Historical Society, a former board member for the Gilmer County Genealogical Society, and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Chieftains Museum in Rome. She also operates the local heritage museum and is the communication chair for her local church.

Stuff The Bus: Saturday, July 29th

Dance Classes: Register now for August 11th classes

Download the flyer here.

Family Connection


Parks and Recreation Athletic Director Joey Carder and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed their son, Daniel Greyson Carder, into the world on June 27, 2017. Daniel weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces, and measured 21 3/4 inches long. Congratulations to Joey and Stephanie and big brother, Asher, on their beautiful baby boy!

Tax Commissionser's Office

Pictured above: Amanda Hall, Christina Parker, Lorraine Veloce, Cindy Rayner, and BJ Farley.

The Dawson County Tax Commissioner's Office won BEST FOOD from Relay For Life of Dawson County! Their team raised over $6,500 for cancer research.

Senior Services

Dawson County Senior Services clients held their morning classes outside last month due to the large number of participants. Clients are excited about water aerobics beginning in July.

Senior Services

Senior Services clients went to beautiful Amicalola Falls for their summer cookout. Clients got to take a hike, visit the top of the falls, fish for trout and enjoy great food and fellowship.

Senior Services

Senior Center clients who are immobile and otherwise unable to participate in exercise classes are now being offered a new class on Wednesdays. Valerie Wetzel leads the class during this session.

Parks & Recreation

Our 8U Softball All-Stars Team, coached by Adam Smith, brought home the Championship trophy at the Dizzy Dean Softball District 6 Tournament early in June. They were undefeated in this tournament and advanced to the State Tournament in Valdosta where they finished 2nd in the State (State Runner Up). Congratulations!

Dawson County Library: July 2017

For more information, download the Dawson County Library Newsletter or visit the Dawson County Library website.

Information for Veterans

Click here for information regarding meetings across Dawson County, or visit Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 970.

You may also contact:

Wayne Watkins, Chapter President
Dawson Co. Chapter 970

Assistance for Veterans from Georgia Department of Labor

Veteran Services

Welcome to our New Businesses

New Commercial Business Licensing

Associated Credit Union – Financial Services
4200 Dawson Forest Road East

Brown Haven Heights – General Contractor
837 Highway 400 South, Suite 195

Verizon Wireless – Retail Cellular Phones
253 Marketplace Boulevard

Gruen Podiatry – Foot Doctor
400 Dawson commons Circle, Suite 420

Fort Dearborn Company – Manufacturing
103 Lumpkin Campground Road North

Go Green Destruction Services – Courier Service
300 Old Dawson Village, Suite 220

Southern Roots Salon – Hair Salon
8426 Highway 53 East, Suite 100

Red Rider Road – Real Estate Investment
84 Couch Road

Premium Package Outlet – Ownership Change
3651 Dawson Forest Road East, Suite 130

Signature Nails & Spa – Nail & Spa Services
136 Marketplace Boulevard, Suite 120

Starbucks – Restaurant
215 Marketplace Boulevard, Suite 100

The Pickled Peach – Retail Gifts/Home Goods
800 Highway 400 South

Wireless Ventures – Retail Cellular Phones
157 Power Center Drive, Suite 100

New Home-Based Business Licensing

199 Sunshine Drive – Real Estate Investment
199 Sunshine Drive

Bill Smith – Home Inspections
716 Orchard Lane

Casper Unlimited – Handyman Services
289 Coltrane Road

Christine Hinton CPA – Accounting Services
93 Overlook Circle

Here’s Your Admin – Consulting Services
51 Chappell Road

Deborah & Michael Papaioanu – Horse Arena/Events
222 Bailey Waters Road

Georgia Blade – Fishing Lure Crafting
4 Kelly Bridge Road

Ranger – Handyman Services
51 Lake Drive

Crane’s Used Cars – Used Car Sales
3152 Dawson Forest Road East

Olde Town Cutlery – Online Sales
740 Smith Circle

Pritchett’s Batters Box – Sports/Recreational Instruction
5709 Highway 53 East

Sandi Ethridge – Online Services
34 forest Cove Court

Top Gear Hauling – Truck & Equipment
80 Trillium Ridge