Early voting on $60 million SPLOST starts Monday

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — The dust has barely settled following January’s special election in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race but Dawson County Republicans and Democrats will return to the polls starting Monday (Feb 22) to vote on a $60 million, 6-year Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Early voting will last until Friday, March 12. Local voters can vote early at the Dawson County Elections Office, 96 Academy Avenue in Dawsonville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The polls will be open on Election Day, March 16, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The cost of the county’s list of proposed projects totals $45,320,000. Included on the list of major projects are: Road and culvert projects ($16.4 million); Construction of a new Emergency Operations Center and E911 communications system ($8.5 million): Fire station replacement ($3 million); Public works vehicles and equipment ($2.5 million); Construction of a new public health facility ($2.5 million) and ambulance replacement ($2.3 million).

The City of Dawsonville’s proposed list totals $6.18 million. Included are: Deep patch repair, milling and repaving of roads ($2 million),; Construction of tertiary waste water plant ($2.12 million) and Main Street Park Phases 3 and 4 ($605,000).

For more information about polling locations, how to request a ballot and to view a sample ballot, visit the “My Voter Page” at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp or call (706) 344-3640.

 

Time running out for early voting in Senate races

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – Georgia voters have only four more days to cast an early vote in the crucial General Election U.S. Senate runoff. Advance voting ends Thursday (Dec. 31). Election Day is Jan. 5

Until then, all voting will take place at the Elections Office, 96 Academy Avenue in Dawsonville between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Election Day is Jan. 5 when all precincts will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

As of last Wednesday when the Elections Office closed for the Christmas Holiday, 5,401 votes had been cast in Dawson County, representing approximately, 25 percent of the county’s registered voters.

According to the Georgia Votes website, approximately two million people have cast early ballots in Georgia. The election will determine which political party will holds the majority in the Senate during the first two years of President Joe Biden’s administration.

To flip control, the Democrats must win both races. If Democrat Jon Ossoff defeats incumbent Sen. David Perdue and Rev. Raphael Warnock defeats Kelly Loeffler, the Senate will be split 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris would be cast a tie-breaking vote.

Nurses in Dawson County schools “much more than sick visits”

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Nicki Braden, director of health services, spoke at podium to Dawson County Board of Education.

As the school year progresses, the same COVID-19 precautions continue to remain of high priority. Additionally, there was data presented to the Board of Education beyond COVID-19; detailed information on school nurses.

Vikki Brannon, director of health services, said their focus is parallel to the vision statement of the Georgia Association of School Nurses.

The vision statement is “Georgia School Nurses are prepared leaders who develop and implement a coordinated school health program in every Georgia school to improve the health status and educational outcome of students and staff.”

As a nurse of 16 years, Brannon said she has a lot of experience to ensure Dawson County schools and their nurses are always going above and beyond. Braden said school nurses have a stigma at handing out ice packs and bandages, but they are much more.

“Our nurses are sometimes just looked at as being the sick visits, where we have the coughs and the colds…but they do a lot more than that,” Brannon said.

Vikki Brannon, director of health services, spoke at podium to Dawson County Board of Education.

The Dawson County school nurses see 30-40,000 students a school year – estimating to around 4,000 student visits per month, which is significant data, according to Braden. Out of the 40,000 students, there is only a 4% send home rate.

“Data shows what you do and what you’re good for,” Brannon said.

They are devoted to keep students healthy, according to Braden.

Dawson County school nurses tend to students that have ADHD, psychological or psychiatric disorders and other medical conditions that may require medicine throughout the school day. They are additionally responsible for emergency medicine management.

Braden said – for the application and hiring process for nurses in the county – it is important for school nurses to be prepared for anything. The best experience Braden said to have is go into an emergency room and watch.

“You have to be prepared for anything and everything to walk through your door,” Brannon said. “The moment that we do let our guard down, something happens.”

As for COVID-19 numbers, Braden said since the “pandemic year” began, there has been a total of 308 student cases since the beginning of the year and only two of those quarantined students tested positive.

Superintendent Damon Gibbs said it is important to communicate with students’ parents, percentage wise to make them aware of the positive cases.

“We know our kids learn more when they’re in the building,” Gibbs said. “Our nurses give them some encouragement and getting them back in the classroom is critical.”

Nurses in Dawson County schools “much more than sick visits”

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Nicki Braden, director of health services, spoke at podium to Dawson County Board of Education.

As the school year progresses, the same COVID-19 precautions continue to remain of high priority. Additionally, there was data presented to the Board of Education beyond COVID-19; detailed information on school nurses.

Vikki Brannon, director of health services, said their focus is parallel to the vision statement of the Georgia Association of School Nurses.

The vision statement is “Georgia School Nurses are prepared leaders who develop and implement a coordinated school health program in every Georgia school to improve the health status and educational outcome of students and staff.”

As a nurse of 16 years, Brannon said she has a lot of experience to ensure Dawson County schools and their nurses are always going above and beyond. Braden said school nurses have a stigma at handing out ice packs and bandages, but they are much more.

“Our nurses are sometimes just looked at as being the sick visits, where we have the coughs and the colds…but they do a lot more than that,” Brannon said.

Vikki Brannon, director of health services, spoke at podium to Dawson County Board of Education.

The Dawson County school nurses see 30-40,000 students a school year – estimating to around 4,000 student visits per month, which is significant data, according to Braden. Out of the 40,000 students, there is only a 4% send home rate.

“Data shows what you do and what you’re good for,” Brannon said.

They are devoted to keep students healthy, according to Braden.

Dawson County school nurses tend to students that have ADHD, psychological or psychiatric disorders and other medical conditions that may require medicine throughout the school day. They are additionally responsible for emergency medicine management.

Braden said – for the application and hiring process for nurses in the county – it is important for school nurses to be prepared for anything. The best experience Braden said to have is go into an emergency room and watch.

“You have to be prepared for anything and everything to walk through your door,” Brannon said. “The moment that we do let our guard down, something happens.”

As for COVID-19 numbers, Braden said since the “pandemic year” began, there has been a total of 308 student cases since the beginning of the year and only two of those quarantined students tested positive.

Superintendent Damon Gibbs said it is important to communicate with students’ parents, percentage wise to make them aware of the positive cases.

“We know our kids learn more when they’re in the building,” Gibbs said. “Our nurses give them some encouragement and getting them back in the classroom is critical.”

UPDATE candidate qualifying Day 4

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – The following is an update of the candidates that qualified to run in county, state and federal races through Thursday:

COUNTY RACES
Board of Commissioners Chairman — Billy Thurmond (I), Renee Duren
County Commissioner District 2 – Chris Gaines (I)
County Commissioner District 4 Emory Dooley
Sheriff – Jeff Johnson (I), Marcus Sewell, Jeff Perry
Clerk of Superior Court – Justin Power (I)
Chief Magistrate Judge Tony Tarnacki
Probate Court Judge – Jennifer Burt (I)
Tax Commissioner – Nicole Stewart (I)
Board of Education District 1 Elanie Wilson
Board of Education District 2 Edward Wilson (I)
Board of Education District 4 Roger Slaton (I)
Surveyor Donald Rex Jones (I)

STATE RACES
State Rep. District 9 – Clint Smith, Will Wade, Doug Sherrill, Steven Leibel, Zack Tumlin, Tyler Tolin

FEDERAL RACES
REPUBLICANS
US Congress District 9 –Michael Boggus, Andrew Clyde, State Rep. Matt Gurtler (R-Tiger), Maria Strickland, State Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Tiger), Ethan Underwood, John Wilkinson

DEMOCRATS
Devin Pandy, Dan Wilson
Qualifying will continue through March 6 at noon. Continue to read fetchyournews.com for daily updates until qualifying ends.

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