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7-8-07 Dawson Enterprises, Inc.--from “Broke” to Millionaire--and the facts behind the story

This is an article about a person who went from “Broke” ($ 400,000 Debt) to having property worth at least $ 1.3 MILLION in twenty years. It also describes a path one took from gratitude to blame and spite. It reminds one of the old Chinese proverb “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!”

AVOC

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July 1, 2007

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Dawson Enterprises, Inc.--from “Broke” to Millionaire--and the facts behind the story

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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This is an article about a person who went from “Broke” ($ 400,000 Debt) to having property worth at least $ 1.3 MILLION in twenty years.    It also describes a path one took from gratitude to blame and spite.   It reminds one of the old Chinese Proverb “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!”

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Unfortunately for me and many members of the Dawson Family I was recently a party in a trial in a suit filed by my brother, Dan Dawson, against me personally in Oconee County Superior Court.   Vinnie Williams, 90 year-old owner of The Oconee Enterprise “covered the trial” which made headlines.   The owner of the Oconee Enterprise has had a vendetta against me for not announcing my retirement in her paper in August 2000.

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While I do not want to get into the trial itself (legal issues) because the case is not final, I do feel it is time that friends and family, and other interested persons have more factual and documented information.   This is a matter that was kept confidential by me and most family members for many years to avoid embarrassment for Dan and his family.

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In my opinion and of many in our family, the suit was motivated by spite about some successful litigation pursued by the majority of the Rayford Dawson children in 2003-4 against Dan as Executor.   Different versions and rumors have been circulated about the matter.  The recent suit arose out of an 11 year arrangement in which I saved Dan’s Home and farm, now worth at least $ 1.3 Million according to Dan.

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SEE HISTORY OF DAWSON ENTERPRISES, INC: DAWSON ENTERPRISES INC 6 26 07.pdfx

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Close friends and family members also feel the suit was initiated five years after the events by some political adversaries who probably helped encourage it.  One political adversary of mine has been our “Millionaire First Cousin” Doug Dickens who has publicly attacked me before.

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SEE:   6-1-04_Doug_Dickens_publicly_attacks_AVOC_and_Editor,_Wendell_Dawson[1].pdfx

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As our family was “settling” our father’s estate (in the courtroom) in the Spring of 2004, some family members saw Dan and Doug Dickens conferring outside the courthouse.    Doug was also seen lurking in the halls of the courthouse during the recent trial.   It appeared as if he did not want to be seen by a number of relatives and friends who were in the courtroom in my support.  They know he was there....

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As for Vinnie Williams’ “Coverage”, a relative overheard Vinnie Williams expressing thanks to Vance Dawson, Dan’s son, for alerting her to the trial.   She only talked to Dan, his wife, Vance and apparently Deputy Danny Sellers who was overheard making a disparaging remark about me at the start of the trial.   Deputy Sellers experienced some notoriety in the Terry Roach Administration when he spent a year in Federal Prison for a civil rights violation.   Over the years, some blamed me, the former sheriff, judges, district attorney and others for the “federal investigation”.   That story was not true but was perpetuated for political purposes.   During my time in Office, Mr. Sellers was not one of Ms. Williams’ favorite people.  However, “Politics makes Strange Bedfellows”.

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Another source of information was noted to be Vance Dawson, Dan's second son.    Several Dawson Family members got a laugh out of one article Vinnie Williams wrote in which she said Vance was a member of the Bar.  Vance did not go to college.  His court experience has been mostly on the criminal side and DUI related.     Some in the family understand that Vance has also worked at some Athens Bars over the last several years.

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My attorney, sisters, aunt and friends, as well as me, were ignored by Ms. Williams who obviously did not want to know the facts.   She was there to do another “hatchet job”.   To highlight the “political nature” of the coverage a picture was taken of me during the trial on the Witness Stand.   In my 37 years of law practice in Oconee County, I have never known a party in a Civil Case being photographed in the Oconee County Superior Courtroom during a trial.

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Vinnie Williams “covering” trial                             Danny Sellers “Briefing” Vinnie Williams

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Vinnie Williams being briefed by Vance Dawson – Danny Sellers to left

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For documented history of Dawson Enterprises, Inc, see:

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DAWSON ENTERPRISES INC 6 26 07.pdfx

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For Doug Dickens Interaction with AVOC and its editor, See:

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6-1-04_Doug_Dickens_publicly_attacks_AVOC_and_Editor,_Wendell_Dawson[1].pdfx

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2005 Farm Subsidy List for Oconee County

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EWG Farm Subsidy Databasewww.ewg.org

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AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDY LIST FOR OCONEE COUNTY, GEORGIA

http://farm.ewg.org/farm/top_recips.php?fips=13219&progcode=total&yr=2005

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Dickens Farms Inc 

Watkinsville, GA 30677

$ 134,570

Year

Conservation Subsidies

Disaster Subsidies

Commodity Subsidies

Total USDA Subsidies
1995-2005

1995

$ 1,180

$ 9,894

$ 6,231

$ 17,305

1996

$ 0

$ 3,207

$ 31,453

$ 34,660

1997

$ 2,651

$ 0

$ 30,807

$ 33,458

1998

$ 3,166

$ 0

$ 54,537

$ 57,703

1999

$ 3,166

$ 25,852

$ 75,381

$ 104,399

2000

$ 4,648

$ 34,117

$ 71,282

$ 110,047

2001

$ 1,838

$ 62,932

$ 55,567

$ 120,337

2002

$ 0

$ 4,910

$ 41,592

$ 46,502

2003

$ 0

$ 44,671

$ 65,466

$ 110,137

2004

$ 0

$ 0

$ 30,588

$ 30,588

2005

$ 0

$ 37,158

$ 97,412

$ 134,570

Total

$ 16,649

$ 222,741

$ 560,317

$ 799,707

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Dickens Farms Inc
ownership information from 2005
Oconee County, Georgia

Douglas D Dickens
Bishop, GA 30621

33.00 %

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* USDA data are not "transparent" for many payments made to recipients through most cooperatives. Recipients of payments made through most cooperatives, and the amounts, have not been made public. To see ownership information, click on the name, then click on the link that is titled Ownership Information


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