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Chamber leader named to ‘40 Under 40’

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.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Private firm to manage lodge

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.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dance team to appear on reality TV show

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.

September 26, 2012 | By Savannah King DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


‘It’s just a joy’

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.

September 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Pain at pumps

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.

September 12, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Downtown eatery reopens

Those cravings for Bully Burgers and fresh-cut fries can be satisfied again after Dawsonville's historic Pool Room reopened Saturday.

"We didn't have people waiting at the door when we opened, but they started coming in right after," said Gordon "G.P." Pirkle Jr., son of owner Gordon Sr. "Everybody's real happy that we're open again."

September 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Raffle winner headed to Italy

Six years ago, Bill Hardman took his new bride Helen to Italy for their honeymoon.

Thanks to a stroke of good luck Thursday, he's $10,000 wealthier and says he's taking her back in the spring.

August 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Local eatery plans to reopen in September

Plans are in the works to reopen Dawsonville's historic Pool Room within the next few weeks.

Owner Gordon Pirkle on Monday said he is hopeful everything will be in place to open Sept. 1, just in time for the Labor Day tourists and the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber raffle tickets on sale

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events of the year. Tickets are still available for the Reverse Raffle that will be at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Only 300 tickets at $100 each will be sold for this year's raffle drawing party, which gives ticket holders the chance to win $10,000 cash.

August 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Longtime chamber president dies

The Dawson County community is mourning the death of a civic volunteer and retired business leader.

Linda Williams, longtime president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, died Aug. 8 after a period of declining health. She was 64.

August 15, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Eatery has record day as customers rally

Chick-fil-A in Dawsonville, as well as those across the nation, tallied record breaking sales Aug. 1 as customers rallied in support of the eatery following statements by the restaurant's president and chief operating officer, Dan Cathy. The CEO said the company is supportive of "the biblical definition of the family unit."

Raymond Gross and his grandchildren were among the packed crowd having lunch at the Dawsonville location.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tax-free holiday returns

Georgia shoppers will get a break when buying a variety of school supplies this weekend, though the savings may be too late for many local parents.

School starts on Thursday for Dawson County students.

August 08, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Pioneer developer dies

The man many credit with setting the stage for commercial development along the Ga. 400 corridor in Dawson County died Friday morning following several years of declining health.

Friends and family gathered Monday morning beneath the arbor at Lumpkin Campground to mourn the loss of Don Stephens, 74, and celebrate his contributions to family, church and community.

August 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


State inspectors approve distillery

The Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery has received the go-ahead to begin manufacturing moonshine.

The long-awaited permission from state inspectors July 20 followed the approval of federal and local agents.

August 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Chamber names new president

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce soon will welcome a new president.

Chairwoman Jennifer Baker announced Tuesday that Christie Haynes will take over as the chamber's chief officer on Aug. 20.

August 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Network links will aid education in area

Three communications networks in north Georgia have come together to form an education network.

September 10, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Governor recognizes county for tourism

The Dawson County Office of Tourism Development has been formally recognized by the governor for steps taken to promote the county.

September 09, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Motorsports Park submits expansion plans

Plans to expand the Atlanta Motorsports Park were heard during a meeting last week.

August 27, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Renovation under way at state park lodge

A makeover at Amicalola Falls State Park lodge is on schedule to be complete in time for the fall season.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Goodwill opens

Judging from the line waiting for the doors to open and the steady customer flow all day, Dawson County residents have welcomed the opening of a new Goodwill store on Ga. 400.

July 23, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Humane Society boutique opens

The Dawson County Humane Society opened its Resale Shop and Boutique last Thursday to excited patrons from around the county.

July 23, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


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