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.
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.
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.
The Etowah Water and Sewer Authority has officially entered into a 50-year contract to help build and operate a reservoir along Shoal Creek, although the property owner hasn't agreed to join in the project.
The proposed 2,000-acre reservoir would be built on the hilly, wooded landscape of Dawson Forest, a 10,000-acre tract the city of Atlanta has owned since the early 1970s.
The Dawson Community News is moving.
Effective Monday, you will find the newspaper's office at 76 Howard Ave. East, Suite 140, off of Hwy. 9 South.
Tears were flowing Monday during a retirement party for the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's top two officials.
Longtime president Linda Williams and husband Marty Williams, the organization's vice president of travel and tourism, announced in May they would step down together.
The state tax lien against a local eatery has been lifted, though attorneys for the owner of the Dawsonville Pool Room say it's too early for a celebration.
The downtown, landmark restaurant was seized in May by the Georgia Department of Revenue for more than $80,000 in unpaid state taxes and fees.
According to officials, a local steel fabrication supplier has recently been approved to provide parts to a massive Caterpillar assembly plant being built near Athens.
The news followed an announcement that the plant will focus on suppliers in a 50-mile radius that includes Dawson County.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 35 years of community service next week.
In celebration, the chamber will host the monthly Business After Hours event at 5 p.m. June 26 at the chamber offices on Ga. 400.
Several events are planned in the coming weeks aimed to save Dawsonville's historic Pool Room.
The downtown, landmark eatery was seized by the Georgia Department of Revenue for delinquent taxes. According to a notice that remains posted on the front door, owner Gordon Pirkle owes more than $84,000 in unpaid taxes and fees.
Construction of a fiber optic network that could mean lightning-fast Internet service for thousands of businesses and households in north Georgia is nearing completion.
Crews were in downtown Dawsonville last week installing what is described as middle- and last-mile fiber runs. These lines will connect to core lines that were put in over the last several months.
Health care offerings continue to expand in Dawson County with Northeast Georgia Health System's purchase of the former Moto 400 building near Ga. 400.
The hospital system plans to renovate the 23,000-square-foot facility and develop a multi-purpose medical office building to serve the community's growing needs, according to a spokeswoman.
The Governor's Office of Workforce Development recently announced Dawson County is officially a Work Ready Community.
Established in 2006, Work Ready is a certification process based on a skills assessment for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses designed to generate a workforce that meets the needs of local businesses.
An economic development luncheon that aims to provide the region's business leaders and elected officials an opportunity to discuss the future of Ga. 400 will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 7 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.
The 2012 Ga. 400 Summit will address numerous questions, including how the region's leaders can help reduce congestion and how they can improve the road's qualities.
Dawson County officials say a local motel owner still owes several thousand dollars in back taxes despite management's claims that most of the debt has been paid.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Comfort Inn on Beartooth Parkway was nearly $10,000 behind in hotel/motel taxes, according to Kaye Molden, the county's senior accountant.
A local charity clinic has opened the doors on its new dental clinic.
Advance voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election, which includes a referendum asking voters to extend Dawson County's 1-cent sales tax.
While the weather Monday morning was gloomy and overcast, that didn't stop Dawson County Chamber of Commerce members and friends from showing up to golf.
Unemployment continues to improve across the north Georgia region and officials believe the busy holiday shopping season will bring even lower rates in the coming months.
The last 10 acres of a tract of land needed to develop a new retail center along Ga. 400 were rezoned last week.
With plans for expansion approved, Atlanta Motorsports Park is celebrating by breaking ground on the site.
Three communications networks in north Georgia have come together to form an education network.
The Dawson County Office of Tourism Development has been formally recognized by the governor for steps taken to promote the county.
Plans to expand the Atlanta Motorsports Park were heard during a meeting last week.
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