It was standing room only Friday as friends and family gathered to celebrate a career that has spanned three decades. Dawson County's longtime extension agent Clark Beusse announced earlier this year he would retire. Today is his last day on the job.
Scenes for a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood are scheduled to be shot in Dawsonville next month. Pravin Patel, owner of Amicalola Lodge, confirmed Friday that the motel on Hwy. 53 west of downtown will be the backdrop for several scenes in "Trouble with the Curve."
Community and Southern Bank plans to close its downtown Dawsonville branch at the end of April. Bank officials announced last week the branch on Main Street will be combined with one at 4300 Dawson Forest Road, by Ga. 400.
Despite what the Mayan calendar and a Hollywood blockbuster projected, 2012 is not the end of the world but the "dawn" of a new one. At least that was the economic forecast given by Norton Agency President Frank Norton at the Georgia Mountains Center on Jan. 19.
As a business incentive, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority is prepared to offer new commercial developments a year's worth of free water and sewer service. "We are trying to encourage development inside the county," said Brooke Anderson, general manager of the authority. "We are doing something that to my knowledge has never been offered before."
The county commission approved a rezoning last week that will bring a discount retail store to southwestern Dawson. As soon as permits are in place, construction is set to begin on a Dollar General off Hwy. 9 in the Silver City area, near the Forsyth County line.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 20th annual awards banquet and gala to be held March 2. The ceremony pays tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the community in volunteerism, leadership and entrepreneurship.
Dawson Community News welcomed a new reporter to its editorial staff earlier this month. Chelsea Thomas is covering city government, education and water issues, as well as community events, activities and happenings.
Economic forecasts in recent years have seemed to be an endless stream of bad news. Local real estate guru and economic trend detector Frank Norton aims to reverse that trend - though not without some notes of caution.
In a society that is constantly becoming more reliant on technology, Sawnee EMC is joining the movement with a new street light outage reporting application for smartphones. The electric cooperative had already launched an online application and will soon release its smartphone application, said Sawnee EMC Vice President of Member Services Blake House.
A furniture designer is the new general manager at Badcock Home Furniture and More in Dawsonville. Fritz Verbarg, 50, of Dawsonville, accepted the position late last year after working for the company nearly 13 months.
Moviegoers took a walk on the wild side last week at the cinema in Dawsonville. Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, a nonprofit zoo and rescue in Dahlonega, brought several exotic animals to the theater Dec. 23 to celebrate the opening of "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
To celebrate the opening of acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe's movie "We Bought a Zoo," Chestatee Wildlife Preserve will be at the Dawsonville 400 Stadium Cinemas 10 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Molly Potts, cinema general manager, said having zoo animals at the movies on opening day seemed like a perfect fit.
North Georgia is one step closer to the high-speed Internet that Vice President Joe Biden promised would come with federal recovery funds. Parts of eight counties whose access to high-speed service has previously been blocked by the mountains will have it in early 2012, said Bruce Abraham, the president and Chief Executive Officer of North Georgia Network.
A prominent fixture in local banking is retiring next week after nearly 43 years on the job. Senior Vice President Jimmy Bruce's last day at United Community Bank in downtown Dawsonville is Dec. 31.
Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes has been named to the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism by Gov. Nathan Deal.
An apartment complex designed with seniors in mind is planned near the Ga. 400 corridor.
The threat of rough weather caused the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce to reschedule its inaugural Boot, Shoot and Boogie Shooting Clay Tournament event.
The Dawson Community News earned seven overall awards Friday night in the Georgia Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.
The inaugural Boot, Shoot and Boogie Clay Shooting Tournament is two weeks away and the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is looking for teams and sponsors to join the competition.
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.
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