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.
Andrew Walker Jr. market executive of Alliance National Bank in Dawsonville, was elected to the Board of Directors of Community Bankers Association of Georgia as division seven chair. Nominations for the 2011-12 Community Bankers Association Board of Directors were announced and approved at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Trade Show, held recently in Savannah.
As a teacher, coach, principal and school superintendent, Nicky Gilleland put the children of Dawson County first, often going above and beyond for his students. "He led by example. I've seen him get up in the middle of the night to make sure that the roads were safe for kids. I've seen him drive students home from school in his own car when they missed the bus," said longtime friend and colleague Keith Porter.
More than $16,000 was raised during a recent charity auction organized by real estate professionals. Tim Hopkins, president of the 400 North Board of Realtors, said the group's event Oct. 13 drew about 160 people.
Limited space is still available for local businesses wishing to showcase products and services at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Consumer Expo. Now in its 11th year, the mini-trade show shines a spotlight on dozens of local companies and encourages the shop local initiative.
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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