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Childcare center closing

A local childcare center is closing its doors on Friday.

"It's been a wonderful 12 years. This has become an extension of our family," said Barry Slaton, who with his father, Roger, opened Dawson Learning Center in August 2000.

May 30, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Pool Room closed

The future of a landmark Dawson County eatery lies in the balance after the Georgia Department of Revenue seized the Dawsonville Pool Room at lunchtime May 9.

According to a notice posted on the front door of the downtown restaurant, the seizure stems from nearly $84,000 in unpaid taxes and fees.

May 16, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Longtime chamber president to retire

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a leadership transition after its top two officials announced plans to retire.

Longtime president Linda Williams and husband Marty Williams, vice president of travel and tourism, said last week they will step down together July 6.

May 16, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Northside expanding in Dawson

Northside Hospital system recently bought a building with plans to expand its services in Dawson County.

The hospital purchased the property at 91 Nordson Overlook in March, according to Russ Davis, director of marketing and public relations.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Maximum Money class offered in Dawsonville

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Small Business Development Center to offer a series of seminars designed to propel local business to the next level.

Maximum Money is an interactive course geared to help entrepreneurs and managers develop sound financial strategies that boost business.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Sunday package sales see few customers

Sales were off to a slow start when package liquor stores opened for the first time Sunday in unincorporated Dawson County.

"I had about 40 customers all day," said Mike Keeney, owner of RK Package on Prestige Lane.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Workforce development overview is Thursday

Unemployed and underemployed Dawson County residents interested in enhancing job skills through continuing their education are encouraged to attend a program offered Thursday by the Georgia Mountains Workforce Development Center at Rock Creek Park.

Sessions designed to give attendees information on services available through the workforce development center will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Forsyth Dental Partners expands to Dawsonville

A dental practice that has built a reputation on individual needs and comprehensive care for nearly two decades in neighboring Forsyth County has expanded its services in Dawsonville.

Forsyth Dental Partners opened its second location April 3 at 2390 Thompson Road, Suite 200.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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


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


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


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


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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


Motorsports Park plans groundbreaking

With plans for expansion approved, Atlanta Motorsports Park is celebrating by breaking ground on the site.

September 17, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Network links will aid education in area

Three communications networks in north Georgia have come together to form an education network.

September 10, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Governor recognizes county for tourism

The Dawson County Office of Tourism Development has been formally recognized by the governor for steps taken to promote the county.

September 09, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Motorsports Park submits expansion plans

Plans to expand the Atlanta Motorsports Park were heard during a meeting last week.

August 27, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


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