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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


Chamber accepting award nominations

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 20th annual awards banquet and gala to be held March 2.

The ceremony pays tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the community in volunteerism, leadership and entrepreneurship.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


DCN welcomes reporter

Dawson Community News welcomed a new reporter to its editorial staff earlier this month.

Chelsea Thomas is covering city government, education and water issues, as well as community events, activities and happenings.

January 18, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Norton’s economic forecast is Thursday

Economic forecasts in recent years have seemed to be an endless stream of bad news.

Local real estate guru and economic trend detector Frank Norton aims to reverse that trend - though not without some notes of caution.

January 18, 2012 | By Aaron Hale DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


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Goodwill opens

Judging from the line waiting for the doors to open and the steady customer flow all day, Dawson County residents have welcomed the opening of a new Goodwill store on Ga. 400.

July 23, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Humane Society boutique opens

The Dawson County Humane Society opened its Resale Shop and Boutique last Thursday to excited patrons from around the county.

July 23, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Gold Creek Foods purchases Gainesville facility

Gold Creek Foods, founded and headquartered in Dawsonville, acquired a forth distribution and production facility.

July 09, 2014 | By Amanda Head For the Dawson Community News | BUSINESS


Head returns to DCN for summer internship

For the second consecutive summer, Amanda Head returns to the Dawson Community News as part of the Georgia Press Association's college internship program.

June 25, 2014 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


DCN earns nine statewide awards

The Dawson Community News earned four first-place awards and nine overall Friday night in the Georgia Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

June 11, 2014 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Store cleared to sell beer, wine to public

A convenience store in southern Dawson County is once again able to sell beer and wine.

June 11, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Respected business leader mourned

Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the death of a well-respected business leader known for his generosity and civic involvement.

June 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber committee supports SPLOST

County road improvements and a park in downtown Dawsonville top the wish lists of potential projects to be funded if voters approve a 1-cent sales tax extension in November.

June 04, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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