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Leaders to speak at luncheon

Several local leaders will be the guest speakers at tomorrow's Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Speakers include Mike Berg, chairman of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners; James Grogan, acting mayor for the City of Dawsonville; Elaine Wilson, chairwoman of the Dawson County School Board; Jim King, chairman of the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority; and Peter Hill, chairman of the Development Authority of Dawson County.

April 11, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


YMCA looking to expand in Dawson

The Georgia Mountains YMCA is considering Dawson County for future expansion.

Rich Gallagher, YMCA president and chief executive officer, confirmed Tuesday preliminary plans are in the works for a standalone YMCA facility in Dawsonville.

April 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


School superintendent speaks to homebuilders

A major consideration for many parents looking for a place to plant their homestead is the quality of the local school system.

Recognizing this, the Dawson/Lumpkin Homebuilders Association invited Keith Porter, superintendent of Dawson County schools, to speak at its monthly meeting.

March 28, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Tasting bill passes Senate

A bill that would allow tasting at distilleries across the state has made its way through the Georgia General Assembly and awaits the governor's signature.

Proponents of the bill, including master distiller Dwight Bearden, who will oversee operations at Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, say the measure will drive economic development.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


‘That’s a wrap’

Tuesday was a wrap for movie scenes filmed at a motel near downtown Dawsonville.

The cast and crew have moved on to their next location, leaving only the memory that Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood spent a week here and gave the community a glimpse of Hollywood.

March 28, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Rate hits lowest since ’08

Dawson County ended 2011 with a 7.6 percent unemployment rate, its lowest since December 2008.

January's rate is up slightly to 8 percent, but still significantly below the level of the last few years.

March 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber awards members

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.

March 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Authority offering residential incentive

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.

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Chamber gala is Friday

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."

February 29, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Agent retiring after 30 years

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.

February 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Film to feature local motel

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."

February 15, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bank branch closing downtown

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.

February 01, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Norton says region’s economy is stabilizing

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.

January 25, 2012 | By Aaron Hale DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


Authority offering incentive

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."

January 25, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Rezoning clears way for discount retailer on Hwy. 9

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.

January 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Business community thanks top teachers

The local business community last week paid tribute to the county's top teachers.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Steel fabricator cleared to expand

A local steel fabricator received clearance last week to move forward with an expansion that will bring new jobs to Dawson County.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Unemployment rate on the rise

The Georgia Department of Labor announced last week that the unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains region, which Dawson is a part of, is on the rise.

March 19, 2014 | By David Renner | BUSINESS


Manufacturer applies for building variance

A local steel fabricator has applied for a building variance in anticipation of expanding its manufacturing operations.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Racing team moving headquarters here

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.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Senior facilities possible

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.

February 26, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Lake, retail touted as area’s economic engine

Rising lake levels have played a role in the area's economic upturn, according to a local real estate expert.

February 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Internet provider faces settlement, layoffs

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.

February 26, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


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