Moviegoers took a walk on the wild side last week at the cinema in Dawsonville.
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, a nonprofit zoo and rescue in Dahlonega, brought several exotic animals to the theater Dec. 23 to celebrate the opening of "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
To celebrate the opening of acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe's movie "We Bought a Zoo," Chestatee Wildlife Preserve will be at the Dawsonville 400 Stadium Cinemas 10 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday.
Molly Potts, cinema general manager, said having zoo animals at the movies on opening day seemed like a perfect fit.
North Georgia is one step closer to the high-speed Internet that Vice President Joe Biden promised would come with federal recovery funds.
Parts of eight counties whose access to high-speed service has previously been blocked by the mountains will have it in early 2012, said Bruce Abraham, the president and Chief Executive Officer of North Georgia Network.
A prominent fixture in local banking is retiring next week after nearly 43 years on the job.
Senior Vice President Jimmy Bruce's last day at United Community Bank in downtown Dawsonville is Dec. 31.
The Black Friday madness in Dawsonville started early as bargain hunters descended on North Georgia Premium Outlets for the center's annual Midnight Madness after Thanksgiving shopping event.
Many stores chose to open by 9 p.m. Thursday to accommodate the most dedicated bargain hunters.
The madness in Dawsonville started early Thursday as bargain hunters began arriving at North Georgia Premium Outlets for the center's annual Midnight Madness after Thanksgiving shopping event.
Jakia Hopgood drove in from Decatur hoping to find a deal on designer handbags.
United Community Bank recently introduced the 2011-12 Junior Board of Directors for Dawsonville.
The junior board consists of 15 high school seniors from Dawson County High School. The educational program is designed to introduce students to banking, leadership and community service. Applicants were chosen by representatives of both the high school and the bank based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and overall leadership abilities.
Russ Marcotte was still a little apprehensive Sunday afternoon as he prepared to open City Liquor.
But within the first twenty minutes, he had tallied 25 sales.
With the official start of the holiday shopping season just hours away, thrifty shoppers and bargain hunters have begun looking for those special deals.
Black Friday, as the day after Thanksgiving shopping tradition is known, draws its name from an accounting term that indicates retailers have made a profit, or are "in the black."
An agency tasked at promoting industry in the tri-county area has selected Charlie Auvermann to chair its board of directors.
Auvermann, executive director of the Development Authority of Dawson County, was elected last week to chair the joint development authority for Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.
The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced Dawson County had four graduates in the 2011 Region 2 Multi-Day Training Program.
Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 13 counties in north Georgia.
Andrew Walker Jr. market executive of Alliance National Bank in Dawsonville, was elected to the Board of Directors of Community Bankers Association of Georgia as division seven chair.
Nominations for the 2011-12 Community Bankers Association Board of Directors were announced and approved at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Trade Show, held recently in Savannah.
As a teacher, coach, principal and school superintendent, Nicky Gilleland put the children of Dawson County first, often going above and beyond for his students.
"He led by example. I've seen him get up in the middle of the night to make sure that the roads were safe for kids. I've seen him drive students home from school in his own car when they missed the bus," said longtime friend and colleague Keith Porter.
More than $16,000 was raised during a recent charity auction organized by real estate professionals.
Tim Hopkins, president of the 400 North Board of Realtors, said the group's event Oct. 13 drew about 160 people.
Limited space is still available for local businesses wishing to showcase products and services at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Consumer Expo.
Now in its 11th year, the mini-trade show shines a spotlight on dozens of local companies and encourages the shop local initiative.
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.
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.
Rising lake levels have played a role in the area's economic upturn, according to a local real estate expert.
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.
Unemployment rates continue to hold firm in the northeastern part of Georgia, according to recent numbers.
Officials confirmed last week that representatives with Publix Super Markets want to open a store in Dawson County.
A bill expected to be introduced in the Georgia General Assembly soon is intended to boost tourism at the state's distilleries.
Big Canoe Company LLC is in search of an investment partner to expand the residential mountain resort.
The stars shone brightly Friday night as the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated a successful year and honored many for their community contributions.
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