A bill that would allow tasting at distilleries across the state has made its way through the Georgia General Assembly and awaits the governor's signature. Proponents of the bill, including master distiller Dwight Bearden, who will oversee operations at Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, say the measure will drive economic development.
Tuesday was a wrap for movie scenes filmed at a motel near downtown Dawsonville. The cast and crew have moved on to their next location, leaving only the memory that Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood spent a week here and gave the community a glimpse of Hollywood.
Dawson County ended 2011 with a 7.6 percent unemployment rate, its lowest since December 2008. January's rate is up slightly to 8 percent, but still significantly below the level of the last few years.
Passengers set sail Friday night aboard the USS Dawson for an Italian adventure on the high seas. The virtual cruise and gala was a night to celebrate the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's accomplishments of 2011 and honor many in the community for their contributions.
On the heels of a commercial development incentive, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority wants to also encourage residential growth. The authority's board of directors recently voted to wave tap and meter fees for residential development during the 2012 calendar year.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Friday. The evening, which is titled "USS Dawson Cruise to Italy," will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lakeview Center on Dawson Forest Road, with a cocktail hour; followed by a seated dinner at 7 p.m. "with the captain."
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.
A local steel fabricator is in talks with Dawson County officials about possible tax incentives for an upcoming project.
This year, instead of waiting until the first minutes of Black Friday to begin at midnight, retailers opened their stores Thanksgiving night to give shoppers the deals they had been waiting on.
During a Nov. 12 joint work session and board meeting, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority voted on several financial matters, two of which go hand-in-hand.
Thanksgiving is next week and with that comes the official start of another tradition - holiday shopping.
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation has announced a second rate reduction for its customers.
County commissioners last week approved a rezoning that has potential to bring a large-scale tourism development to western Dawson.
Belk department store is hosting its semi-annual charity sale next month and is inviting local schools and nonprofit organizations to participate.
A German-based leader in welding and exhaust safety equipment recently bought more than 15 acres near Ga. 400 in Dawson County for its North American operations.
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