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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


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


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


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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


Renovation under way at state park lodge

A makeover at Amicalola Falls State Park lodge is on schedule to be complete in time for the fall season.

July 30, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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


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