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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


Tax-free holiday returns

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.

August 08, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Pioneer developer dies

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.

August 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


State inspectors approve distillery

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.

August 01, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Chamber names new president

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.

August 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Contract is set for reservoir

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.

July 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


The DCN is moving

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.

July 25, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Chamber bids farewell to longtime president, VP

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.

July 04, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


State lifts Pool Room’s tax lien

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.

June 27, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Impact of new plant felt here

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.

June 27, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Chamber to celebrate 35 years

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.

June 20, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Events planned aim to ‘Save the Pool Room’

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.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Fiber optic work nears completion

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.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Unemployment rate continues to fall

The unemployment rate for Dawson and neighboring counties in the region continues to fall.

November 19, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Lanier Tech to host job fair

The job search has changed dramatically over the years. Advances in technology and the decline in the economy have changed the way people get hired.

November 05, 2014 | By Kristen Oliver DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


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


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