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‘It’s just a joy’

Officials gathered Thursday morning to dedicate Lanier Technical College's new building in Dawson County.

Nearly a decade in the making, the close to 32,000-square-foot $5 million facility is off Hwy. 9 next to Dawson County Middle School and near downtown Dawsonville.

September 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Pain at pumps

This summer communities across the nation have seen the highest gas prices in seven years, increasing the stress on family budgets and small businesses.

In Dawson County, gas prices jumped more than 30 cents per gallon over a matter of days in late August.

September 12, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Downtown eatery reopens

Those cravings for Bully Burgers and fresh-cut fries can be satisfied again after Dawsonville's historic Pool Room reopened Saturday.

"We didn't have people waiting at the door when we opened, but they started coming in right after," said Gordon "G.P." Pirkle Jr., son of owner Gordon Sr. "Everybody's real happy that we're open again."

September 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Raffle winner headed to Italy

Six years ago, Bill Hardman took his new bride Helen to Italy for their honeymoon.

Thanks to a stroke of good luck Thursday, he's $10,000 wealthier and says he's taking her back in the spring.

August 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Local eatery plans to reopen in September

Plans are in the works to reopen Dawsonville's historic Pool Room within the next few weeks.

Owner Gordon Pirkle on Monday said he is hopeful everything will be in place to open Sept. 1, just in time for the Labor Day tourists and the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

August 22, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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


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Manufacturer moving to Dawson

A manufacturer currently based in north Forsyth broke ground on its new plant in Dawson County earlier this month.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lawmakers recap legislative session

The state's new transportation funding mechanism was among the key topics last week when Dawson County's state delegation met to recap the 2015 legislative session.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Kroger confirms move to new shopping center on Ga. 400

A new Kroger Marketplace will soon be the anchor store for a major retail development in Dawsonville.

May 13, 2015 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Governor’s seal lifts local moonshiners’ spirits

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery will soon have the option to take home a bottle of its signature backwoods spirits.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Blanchard announces Kroger-anchored shopping center

Blanchard Real Estate has announced it will be developing a Kroger‐anchored power center in Dawsonville.

May 07, 2015 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Healthcare system plans expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

April 15, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawsonville on international display with VIP tour

Dawsonville is among several destinations a group of international dignitaries will be touring across northeast Georgia this week.

April 14, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Verizon pulls plans for cellphone tower

A proposed cellphone tower will not be built on property in southern Dawson County after a group of neighbors came out in strong opposition to the measure.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Bill opens new doors for local distillery

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery who want to take home a bottle of the signature backwoods spirits today have to leave the premises, drive a half mile away and shop at the local package store.

April 08, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Aldi cancels plans for Dawson store

Corporate officials have announced that plans for an Aldi grocery store in Dawson have been called off.

April 06, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Comfort Inn pays back hotel/motel taxes

The owner of a local inn paid more than $30,000 in late hotel/motel taxes last week, but still owes nearly $10,000 to the county in penalties and interest.

April 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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