Andrew Walker Jr. market executive of Alliance National Bank in Dawsonville, was elected to the Board of Directors of Community Bankers Association of Georgia as division seven chair. Nominations for the 2011-12 Community Bankers Association Board of Directors were announced and approved at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Trade Show, held recently in Savannah.
As a teacher, coach, principal and school superintendent, Nicky Gilleland put the children of Dawson County first, often going above and beyond for his students. "He led by example. I've seen him get up in the middle of the night to make sure that the roads were safe for kids. I've seen him drive students home from school in his own car when they missed the bus," said longtime friend and colleague Keith Porter.
More than $16,000 was raised during a recent charity auction organized by real estate professionals. Tim Hopkins, president of the 400 North Board of Realtors, said the group's event Oct. 13 drew about 160 people.
Limited space is still available for local businesses wishing to showcase products and services at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Consumer Expo. Now in its 11th year, the mini-trade show shines a spotlight on dozens of local companies and encourages the shop local initiative.
Golfers hit the greens earlier this month for the annual Dawson County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament. Marty Williams, organizer and vice president of tourism for the chamber, said: "You couldn't ask for a better day for a round of golf."
Corporate officials confirmed Monday that Nordson will be closing its manufacturing plant in Dawson County next year. "We are restructuring operations in the state of Georgia," said Jim Jaye, director of corporate communications and investor relations.
Huge selection, good prices and easy financing is what you'll find at Badcock Home Furniture and More in Dawsonville, according to the store's new general manager Nathan Hill. "It's not just furniture anymore," said Hill, who relocated to the area from Alabama in August.
It's time for nonprofits to again sign up for the Belk Charity Sale. The fundraiser is held twice a year, in the spring and fall, with the next shopping event set for 6 to 10 a.m. Nov. 5.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's annual golf tournament still needs participants. Set to begin with a shotgun start at noon Oct. 7 at the Chestatee Golf Club, the tournament currently has a number of both player and sponsor slots open.
The local development authority announced Friday that Dunkin' Donuts is currently looking to open a franchise in Dawson County. The well-known doughnut company is seeking a potential franchise owner interested in starting a business in the area.
Officials want to know why some Dawson County residents are paying a Lumpkin County entity a much higher rate for water that originates from the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority. In all, nearly 50 Dawson County homeowners receive water from the Lumpkin County Water and Sewerage Authority.
Etowah Water & Sewer Authority recently received its fifth consecutive Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award, which was given for fiscal year 2010, is given to the reporting business or organization that shows exceptional accuracy in its financial reporting during the year.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's Amazing Race membership drive was Aug. 30 and two local women took home the grand prize. Carol Tyger, ambassador representative for the chamber, and State Farm agent Carla Boutin teamed up to secure five memberships for the chamber and win the race.
Northside Hospital recently announced the expansion of its radiology services with the addition of CT, or computed tomography, services at its Dawsonville location. Since 2008, Northside/Dawsonville Imaging has offered high-quality digital mammography and digital X-ray services for patients of all ages. The new 16-slice CT scanner brings more state-of-the-art imaging for patients, across a number of specialties, closer to home.
The Development Authority of Dawson County has announced RaceTrac Petroleum expects to begin building a gas station and convenience store on Ga. 400 within the next month. Initial permits were issued last week for a facility at Ga. 400 South and Whitmire Road.
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.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its upcoming Leadership Dawson program. Established in 1992 as a joint program between the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and the local University of Georgia Extension office, more than 150 local residents have graduated from Leadership Dawson.
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