The backwoods moonshining business birthed one of the nation's most popular sports in NASCAR, so it fits that the state's newest legal moonshine distillery is under the same roof as the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. In fact, the distillery - Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery on Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville - can't make the liquor fast enough to take the checkered flag ahead of its demand.
The public is invited to an open house Friday at the Dawson Community News' new home. The staff will welcome guests from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to the office at 76 Howard Ave. East, Suite 140, in Dawsonville Business Park.
Belk will host its semiannual charity sale on Saturday, which benefits local nonprofits and schools. To participate, shoppers should buy a $5 ticket from a participating nonprofit or at their local Belk store.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
A resolution signed last week outlines how much of the county's hotel-motel tax revenue will be split with the chamber of commerce for promoting tourism.
A local steel fabricator is in talks with Dawson County officials about possible tax incentives for an upcoming project.
This year, instead of waiting until the first minutes of Black Friday to begin at midnight, retailers opened their stores Thanksgiving night to give shoppers the deals they had been waiting on.
During a Nov. 12 joint work session and board meeting, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority voted on several financial matters, two of which go hand-in-hand.
Thanksgiving is next week and with that comes the official start of another tradition - holiday shopping.
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation has announced a second rate reduction for its customers.
County commissioners last week approved a rezoning that has potential to bring a large-scale tourism development to western Dawson.
Belk department store is hosting its semi-annual charity sale next month and is inviting local schools and nonprofit organizations to participate.
A German-based leader in welding and exhaust safety equipment recently bought more than 15 acres near Ga. 400 in Dawson County for its North American operations.
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