Passengers set sail Friday night aboard the USS Dawson for an Italian adventure on the high seas.
The virtual cruise and gala was a night to celebrate the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's accomplishments of 2011 and honor many in the community for their contributions.
On the heels of a commercial development incentive, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority wants to also encourage residential growth.
The authority's board of directors recently voted to wave tap and meter fees for residential development during the 2012 calendar year.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Friday.
The evening, which is titled "USS Dawson Cruise to Italy," will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lakeview Center on Dawson Forest Road, with a cocktail hour; followed by a seated dinner at 7 p.m. "with the captain."
It was standing room only Friday as friends and family gathered to celebrate a career that has spanned three decades.
Dawson County's longtime extension agent Clark Beusse announced earlier this year he would retire. Today is his last day on the job.
Scenes for a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood are scheduled to be shot in Dawsonville next month.
Pravin Patel, owner of Amicalola Lodge, confirmed Friday that the motel on Hwy. 53 west of downtown will be the backdrop for several scenes in "Trouble with the Curve."
Community and Southern Bank plans to close its downtown Dawsonville branch at the end of April.
Bank officials announced last week the branch on Main Street will be combined with one at 4300 Dawson Forest Road, by Ga. 400.
Despite what the Mayan calendar and a Hollywood blockbuster projected, 2012 is not the end of the world but the "dawn" of a new one.
At least that was the economic forecast given by Norton Agency President Frank Norton at the Georgia Mountains Center on Jan. 19.
As a business incentive, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority is prepared to offer new commercial developments a year's worth of free water and sewer service.
"We are trying to encourage development inside the county," said Brooke Anderson, general manager of the authority. "We are doing something that to my knowledge has never been offered before."
The county commission approved a rezoning last week that will bring a discount retail store to southwestern Dawson.
As soon as permits are in place, construction is set to begin on a Dollar General off Hwy. 9 in the Silver City area, near the Forsyth County line.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 20th annual awards banquet and gala to be held March 2.
The ceremony pays tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the community in volunteerism, leadership and entrepreneurship.
Dawson Community News welcomed a new reporter to its editorial staff earlier this month.
Chelsea Thomas is covering city government, education and water issues, as well as community events, activities and happenings.
Economic forecasts in recent years have seemed to be an endless stream of bad news.
Local real estate guru and economic trend detector Frank Norton aims to reverse that trend - though not without some notes of caution.
In a society that is constantly becoming more reliant on technology, Sawnee EMC is joining the movement with a new street light outage reporting application for smartphones.
The electric cooperative had already launched an online application and will soon release its smartphone application, said Sawnee EMC Vice President of Member Services Blake House.
A furniture designer is the new general manager at Badcock Home Furniture and More in Dawsonville.
Fritz Verbarg, 50, of Dawsonville, accepted the position late last year after working for the company nearly 13 months.
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.
Dawsonville continues to be a hotbed for NASCAR activity with the recent announcement that J.J. Yeley's race team has decided to bring its operations to town.
Dawson County may soon be getting not one but two locations geared toward senior citizens.
Both Whitley Engineering Inc. and TBG Residential are looking at locations, one in the city and the other in the county.
Rising lake levels have played a role in the area's economic upturn, according to a local real estate expert.
The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection announced Monday that the agency has entered into a $600,000 settlement with Internet service provider Windstream Communications over allegations of false advertising.
The office claims that Windstream advertised speeds it could not provide, mislead customers as to the nature of their infrastructure, misrepresented minimum connection speeds and failed to completely clarify subscription-based promotions.
Unemployment rates continue to hold firm in the northeastern part of Georgia, according to recent numbers.
Officials confirmed last week that representatives with Publix Super Markets want to open a store in Dawson County.
A bill expected to be introduced in the Georgia General Assembly soon is intended to boost tourism at the state's distilleries.
Big Canoe Company LLC is in search of an investment partner to expand the residential mountain resort.
The stars shone brightly Friday night as the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated a successful year and honored many for their community contributions.
With the 23rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Gala this Friday, chamber members will be gathering to celebrate the past year's accomplishments.
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