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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


Northeast Georgia Health System expanding

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.

June 06, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Annual gala honors chamber’s members

Despite the blustering winds and snow flurries last Friday, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated business in the style of the roaring 20s.

February 25, 2015 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Forecaster predicts Dawson’s population at 100,000 by 2030

Community leaders are both hopeful and hesitant after hearing a north Georgia real estate forecaster say he expects the county's population to quadruple in the next 15 years.

"Our plan has always been to have 50,000 folks in 2030," said Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg.

February 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


New hardware store is looking to break ground

The owner of a hardware store in Dahlonega is expanding to Dawson County after officials last week approved a request to rezone nearly three acres at Hwy. 53 East and Stephens Road.

January 21, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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