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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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