The holiday shopping season is officially here. And judging by the lines at local retailers, shoppers were happy with the deals they were finding on Black Friday. Sales events started at 8 p.m. Thursday at Walmart and continued throughout the evening and into the weekend.
The community is invited to a reception tomorrow in celebration of Northside Hospital's opening of an urgent care center in Dawson County. "We're excited about being up here in Dawson County," said CEO Skip Putnam. "This is just part of our expansion and we're going to continue to expand services up here in this area. We appreciate everyone's support and we look forward to a very long relationship with Dawson County."
The official Christmas shopping season is still a couple days away, but retailers are bracing for one of the busiest Black Friday shopping events in years. According to a report by the National Retail Federation, an estimated 147 million people will shop either at stores or online during the Black Friday weekend, which draws its name from an accounting term that indicates retailers have made a profit, or are "in the black."
The backwoods moonshining business birthed one of the nation's most popular sports in NASCAR, so it fits that the state's newest legal moonshine distillery is under the same roof as the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. In fact, the distillery - Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery on Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville - can't make the liquor fast enough to take the checkered flag ahead of its demand.
The public is invited to an open house Friday at the Dawson Community News' new home. The staff will welcome guests from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to the office at 76 Howard Ave. East, Suite 140, in Dawsonville Business Park.
Belk will host its semiannual charity sale on Saturday, which benefits local nonprofits and schools. To participate, shoppers should buy a $5 ticket from a participating nonprofit or at their local Belk store.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has chosen a familiar face as its new member­ship director. Long­time chamber member and community volunteer Kara Hewatt accepted the position last week. Today is her first day on the job.
Northside Hospital improved medical offerings in Dawson County with the opening of its expanded imaging center on Monday. "We're excited about being up here in Dawson County," said CEO Skip Putnam. "This is just part of our expansion and we're going to continue to expand services up here in this area. We appreciate everyone's support and we look forward to a very long relationship with Dawson County."
Local businesses will have the opportunity to showcase products and services Oct. 30 during the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Expo. Celebrating its 12th year, the mini-trade show will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lakeview Center on Dawson Forest Road.
Dawson County entered the global market Oct. 11 during north Georgia's first virtual summit aimed at promoting innovations in regional economic development. Organized by the Development Authority of Dawson County, the event used high-tech systems in Atlanta, Dawsonville and Cornelia to join panelists with online participants from across Georgia and the nation.
Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes is a University of Georgia elite alumna. Haynes, 24, was selected earlier this year to UGA's 2012 40 Under 40.
Management of the lodge, cottages and convention center at Amicalola Falls State Park in northern Dawson County will shift to a private hospitality firm on Dec. 1. State Department of Natural Resources board members discussed a partnership with Naples, Fla.-based Coral Hospitality during a meeting Sept. 26 in Atlanta.
Reality television shows aren't exactly known for clearing up misconceptions, but one local dance team hopes a new show will tell the truth about the sport. Synergy, a two-time national championship clogging team based in Cumming, will be featured in a one-hour reality TV show at 11 tonight on TLC.
Officials gathered Thursday morning to dedicate Lanier Technical College's new building in Dawson County. Nearly a decade in the making, the close to 32,000-square-foot $5 million facility is off Hwy. 9 next to Dawson County Middle School and near downtown Dawsonville.
This summer communities across the nation have seen the highest gas prices in seven years, increasing the stress on family budgets and small businesses. In Dawson County, gas prices jumped more than 30 cents per gallon over a matter of days in late August.
Tickets are still available for a national leadership development seminar that will be simulcast locally.
A steel fabricator plans to add more than 150 jobs over the next three years at its Dawson County plant to supply parts for a new Caterpillar production facility in Athens.
Belk has invited schools and other nonprofit organizations in the company's 16-state market area to participate in its semiannual Belk Charity Sale from 6 to 10 a.m. April 27. The four-hour, in-store shopping event serves as a fundraising tool for participating organizations, allowing shoppers to support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts.
A hardware failure at Windstream's central office in Dahlonega is reportedly to blame for last week's widespread Internet outage in Dawson County.
Dawson County will soon be seeing more of that familiar yellow sign popping up. The Norton Agency, a real estate service that also specializes in mortgage, insurance, commercial brokerage, relocation, management, rentals, home repair, home warranty and closing services officially opened a new branch in Dawson County last week.
Five Star Architectural, an industry leader in commercial and residential cabinetry, broke ground Monday on a new 22,000-square-foot manufacturing facility off Grizzle Road in the former Grogan Business Park. "We're excited about what this groundbreaking means to all of us," said Eric Sutton, president and CEO. "And to my employees, I truly appreciate everything that you guys do to make this a successful company. It's because of you guys that people support us ... that ...
Health care offerings continue to improve in Dawson County with the opening of Northeast Georgia Health System's Medical Plaza 400. "We are thrilled to be extending our services in this market and excited about the opening of our new Medical Plaza 400 and all of the services," said Carol Burrell, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System.
Representatives with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen applied for a front setback variance on a piece of property along Ga. 400 in Dawson County on Feb. 8. According to Dawson County Planning Director David McKee, the restaurant would sit on less than 1-acre just south of Kauffman Tire near Beartooth Parkway's intersection with the highway.
A nationwide manufacturer of custom hotel and hospitality millwork announced last week it will relocate to Dawson County. "We're excited to be coming home to Dawson County," said Eric Sutton, president of Five Star Architectural, an industry leader in commercial and residential cabinetry.
The owner of a local restaurant and bar has until April 22 to submit corrected calculations documenting her sales after initial reports showed she may have sold more alcohol than food in 2012. Dawson County's alcohol ordinance requires eateries to draw 50 percent of their gross sales from food.
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