Dawson announces 2018 general election schedule

Dawson announces 2018 general election schedule

The Dawson County Board of Elections announced its voting schedule for the Nov. 6 general election.

The deadline for voter registration is October 9; this covers both new registration and voter registration changes.

Advance voting will be available from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday from Oct. 15 until Nov. 2. There will not be any voting on the Monday prior to all elections.

Saturday voting will be available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Dawson County Board of elections office, located at 96 Academy Ave., Dawsonville. The Saturday voting date is the same day as the Mountain Moonshine Festival. The election board urges voters to plan accordingly.

Voting locations

All Polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

  • The WEST precinct votes at Dawson Fire Station #6 on Hubbard Rd
  • The CENTRAL precinct votes at Board of Elections office, 96 Academy Avenue
  • The EAST precinct votes at Fire Station #2 on Liberty Drive (next to Tractor Supply)

If you have a question about your voting location and/or you want to view a sample ballot you may visit “My Voter Page” @ https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp

Or call the Elections & Registration office at 706-344-3640

It is strongly advised that voter familiarize themselves with a sample ballot. There are several offices for vote. All is located on the Dawson County Board of Elections website and in the office for voter convenience.

Note: Absentee by mail ballot applications for elderly/disabled/military need to be requested at the first of each election year, in order to receive ballots, by mail, for the remainder of that year.

Submitted by the Dawson County Board of Elections

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office nabs 5 as new year begins

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office nabs 5 as new year begins

By Denise Ray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The new year brought new criminal activity into the county and with it several arrests and numerous charges. On January 2, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported burglary witnessed by the homeowner. After a search of the area, deputies detained a person who deputies considered was acting suspicious—later identified as John Franklin Holder of Dawsonville, Ga.—while loitering in the general area, acting in an alleged lookout type capacity, according to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson.

Further investigation identified Bobby Lynn Mills and Austin Gage Sammons, both of Dawsonville as alleged to be involved.   The sheriff’s office charged Holder with one count of felony party to a crime of criminal attempt, one count of felony party to a crime of burglary, and one count of felony party to a crime of entering an auto. Mills was charged with one count of felony party to a crime of criminal attempt, one count of felony part to a crime of burglary, and one felony count of party to a crime of entering an auto. Sammons is charged with one felony count of second-degree burglary, one felony count of entering an auto, and one felony count of criminal attempt. As of publication, all three remained in custody.

Later that day, deputies were dispatched to a report of a subject walking in and impeding traffic as well as throwing a rock at a vehicle on Lumpkin Campground Road in the area of Red Rider Rd. When deputies made contact with the suspect, Robert Steven Sanders of Dahlonega, Ga., to investigate the complaints, Sanders, who was carrying knives and two machetes, refused to comply with their lawful orders, according to Johnson. After a brief physical struggle, deputies successfully detained and arrested Sanders. Sanders is charged with one misdemeanor count of obstruction and has since been released on an Own Recognizance Bond pursuant to the courts bond schedule, according to Johnson.

Deputies responded to a report of a restaurant employee being struck in the head with a metal pipe on December 29 at approximately 9:11 p.m. The victim, an employee of the Wendy’s establishment located at 117 Big Horn Drive in Dawsonville, reported to deputies that an unknown male struck him in the back of the head and then fled the store in the direction of Hwy. 53. After a thorough search of the area and a successful K9 track, officers located the suspect, Donald William Murray of Brooks, Ga, in the area of Hughes Court. During the arrest, Murray physically resisted the deputies, according to Johnson.

“During the struggle, deputies did deploy a taser which successfully quelled the struggle,” he said. Murray was charged with one count of felony aggravated assault and three counts of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer. He remains in custody as of publication.

Sheriff Johnson credits a community partnership between the professional law enforcement officers of the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and observant and diligent community members for the “busy start” of 2019. “We continue to encourage our community to call and report any suspicious people or activity,” Johnson said. “Working together, we realize much greater effectiveness.”

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