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.
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.
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.
Legislators representing Dawson County will speak Thursday during the local chamber of commerce monthly luncheon at Peach Brandy Cottage.
A local community banker was recently recognized for his three-decade career in the industry. Mike Underwood, executive vice president at First Citizens Bank of Georgia, on Thursday received a lifetime service award from the Community Bankers Association of Georgia. The organization pays tribute to bankers who have marked a significant milestone in the banking industry.
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