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.
The Black Friday madness in Dawsonville started early as bargain hunters descended on North Georgia Premium Outlets for the center's annual Midnight Madness after Thanksgiving shopping event. Many stores chose to open by 9 p.m. Thursday to accommodate the most dedicated bargain hunters.
The madness in Dawsonville started early Thursday as bargain hunters began arriving at North Georgia Premium Outlets for the center's annual Midnight Madness after Thanksgiving shopping event. Jakia Hopgood drove in from Decatur hoping to find a deal on designer handbags.
United Community Bank recently introduced the 2011-12 Junior Board of Directors for Dawsonville. The junior board consists of 15 high school seniors from Dawson County High School. The educational program is designed to introduce students to banking, leadership and community service. Applicants were chosen by representatives of both the high school and the bank based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and overall leadership abilities.
Russ Marcotte was still a little apprehensive Sunday afternoon as he prepared to open City Liquor. But within the first twenty minutes, he had tallied 25 sales.
With the official start of the holiday shopping season just hours away, thrifty shoppers and bargain hunters have begun looking for those special deals. Black Friday, as the day after Thanksgiving shopping tradition is known, draws its name from an accounting term that indicates retailers have made a profit, or are "in the black."
An agency tasked at promoting industry in the tri-county area has selected Charlie Auvermann to chair its board of directors. Auvermann, executive director of the Development Authority of Dawson County, was elected last week to chair the joint development authority for Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.
The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced Dawson County had four graduates in the 2011 Region 2 Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 13 counties in north Georgia.
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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