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Membership director named

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has chosen a familiar face as its new member­ship director.

Long­time chamber member and community volunteer Kara Hewatt accepted the position last week. Today is her first day on the job.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Northside expands local imaging center

Northside Hospital improved medical offerings in Dawson County with the opening of its expanded imaging center on Monday.

"We're excited about being up here in Dawson County," said CEO Skip Putnam. "This is just part of our expansion and we're going to continue to expand services up here in this area. We appreciate everyone's support and we look forward to a very long relationship with Dawson County."

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Consumer expo to highlight area businesses

Local businesses will have the opportunity to showcase products and services Oct. 30 during the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Expo.

Celebrating its 12th year, the mini-trade show will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lakeview Center on Dawson Forest Road.

October 24, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Development authority promotes county globally

Dawson County entered the global market Oct. 11 during north Georgia's first virtual summit aimed at promoting innovations in regional economic development.

Organized by the Development Authority of Dawson County, the event used high-tech systems in Atlanta, Dawsonville and Cornelia to join panelists with online participants from across Georgia and the nation.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber leader named to ‘40 Under 40’

Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes is a University of Georgia elite alumna.

Haynes, 24, was selected earlier this year to UGA's 2012 40 Under 40.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Private firm to manage lodge

Management of the lodge, cottages and convention center at Amicalola Falls State Park in northern Dawson County will shift to a private hospitality firm on Dec. 1.

State Department of Natural Resources board members discussed a partnership with Naples, Fla.-based Coral Hospitality during a meeting Sept. 26 in Atlanta.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dance team to appear on reality TV show

Reality television shows aren't exactly known for clearing up misconceptions, but one local dance team hopes a new show will tell the truth about the sport.

Synergy, a two-time national championship clogging team based in Cumming, will be featured in a one-hour reality TV show at 11 tonight on TLC.

September 26, 2012 | By Savannah King DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


‘It’s just a joy’

Officials gathered Thursday morning to dedicate Lanier Technical College's new building in Dawson County.

Nearly a decade in the making, the close to 32,000-square-foot $5 million facility is off Hwy. 9 next to Dawson County Middle School and near downtown Dawsonville.

September 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Pain at pumps

This summer communities across the nation have seen the highest gas prices in seven years, increasing the stress on family budgets and small businesses.

In Dawson County, gas prices jumped more than 30 cents per gallon over a matter of days in late August.

September 12, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Downtown eatery reopens

Those cravings for Bully Burgers and fresh-cut fries can be satisfied again after Dawsonville's historic Pool Room reopened Saturday.

"We didn't have people waiting at the door when we opened, but they started coming in right after," said Gordon "G.P." Pirkle Jr., son of owner Gordon Sr. "Everybody's real happy that we're open again."

September 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Raffle winner headed to Italy

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.

August 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Local eatery plans to reopen in September

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.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber raffle tickets on sale

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.

August 22, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Longtime chamber president dies

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.

August 15, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Eatery has record day as customers rally

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.

August 08, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Clinic opens doors for dental exams

A local charity clinic has opened the doors on its new dental clinic.

October 15, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Business group supports SPLOST

Advance voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election, which includes a referendum asking voters to extend Dawson County's 1-cent sales tax.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber golf tourney successful despite weather

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.

October 01, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Holiday season to bring jobs

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.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Rezoning approved for retail center

The last 10 acres of a tract of land needed to develop a new retail center along Ga. 400 were rezoned last week.

September 24, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Motorsports Park plans groundbreaking

With plans for expansion approved, Atlanta Motorsports Park is celebrating by breaking ground on the site.

September 17, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Network links will aid education in area

Three communications networks in north Georgia have come together to form an education network.

September 10, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Governor recognizes county for tourism

The Dawson County Office of Tourism Development has been formally recognized by the governor for steps taken to promote the county.

September 09, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


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