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Shine Festival by Denise Ray

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Smoke from barbecues fills the air during the Moonshine Festival. Photo/Dawson News & Advertiser

The three-day annual Dawsonville Moonshine Festival attracts more than 100,000 people for food, car shows, music and moonshine, but its roots are found in helping Dawson County’s children. One-hundred percent of the money raised from the festival goes to KARE for Kids, a local non-profit that provides clothing, food, school supplies, Christmas presents and other needed items to Dawson’s children. KARE for Kids is an acronym for Kids Are Really Equal. “Every bit of the funds we raise from the festival goes toward families here in Dawson County,” KARE for Kids Coordinator Tiffany Buchan said.

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When: Oct. 23 - 25


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If it has wheels and an engine, you’ll see it at the Moonshine Festival. Photo/Dawson News & Advertiser

The festival has roots almost as deep as the history of moonshine itself. “What started as a small town, homegrown event has become a nationally-acclaimed weekend of race cars, family fun and, of course, food,” Buchan said. Forty-eight years ago a small group of Dawson County residents gathered at the historic Dawsonville Pool Room to come up with a way to help local families at Christmas time, according to Buchan. The event takes months of planning and preparation and includes a car shows, entertainment and hundreds of vendors from near and far.


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“Organizations such as scouts and church groups help park cars,” Buchan said. “Vendors pay for booth space and some use as many as five.”

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Two rare species of fish can be found in the Etowah by searching under rocks and in crevices, but beware of heavy fines for killing or keeping the fish. photo/Joey Argento


Running through Dawson County and north Georgia is a river that contains two unique species of fish found nowhere else in the world. Named after the Cherokee Indians indigenous to the area, the Cherokee Darter and Etowah Darter are both rare and protected species that reach lengths of just 2.6 and 2.8 inches, respectively. Snorkeling in the Etowah River and its tributaries is a good way to get up close with these beautiful fish. “They’re not easy to find,” Patrick O’Rouke at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said. “Darter fish are

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camouflaged. If you want to see them, you will need to snorkel and look for them in the crevices of rocks.� The Etowah Darter can be found in Amicalola Creek and Shoal Creek. Both are tributaries of the Etowah River. The Cherokee Darter can also be found in Shoal Creek and a number of unnamed tributaries in Dawson County. The Cherokee Darter has a federal legal status of being a threatened species and the Etowah Darter’s status is endangered. To help prevent further depletion of these populations, the Habitat Conservation Plan protects the unique fish life in the region while making sure that the region can continue to develop. If you catch one of these fish, make sure to release it as there is a $3,500 fine for killing and a $2,000 fine for capturing or injuring them, according to the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Next time you plan on visiting a local stream or river, think about bringing your snorkel and you might just get a glimpse of one of these rare creatures.


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Located in downtown Dawsonville, the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Museum pays homage to the history of racing in Georgia. NASCAR’s roots are found right here. Winners of the earliest car races were moonshine runners from Dawsonville. “This museum has more racing history than any museum in the country,” said Gordon Pirkle, president, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

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Hollywood in Dawson “Lights, Camera, Action!” By Joey Argento


Robert Redford, above and Nick Nolte star in the film “A Walk in the Woods” which was partly filmed at Amicalola Falls Sate Park.

Fans of Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and Robert Redford may have gotten a glimpse of these stars who’ve filmed in Dawson County. Parts of four Hollywood movies have been shot on location in the past three years, including “Trouble With the Curve” starring Clint Eastwood in 2012, the third installment of the “Hunger Games” series with Jennifer Lawrence in 2013, the upcoming “A Walk in


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Movie stars Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and Clint Eastwood shot a scene at the Amicalola Lodge on Highway 53, near downtown Dawsonville.

the Woods” starring Robert Redford in 2014 (scheduled fo release Sept. 2), and this year, “The Accountant” with Ben Affleck, scheduled for release in 2016. Christie Haynes, president of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce said, “We receive excellent feedback from filming crews about using Dawson County as a film location. We’re so close to Atlanta but offer a variety of scenery options from fields and mountains to a large shopping area and old buildings.” Thanks in part to a state tax credit that passed in 2008, Georgia is one of the top filming locations in the nation. The tax credit ranges from 20 percent to 30 percent of a project’s Georgia production expenditure, according to Georgia.org. This credit applies to films, television series and even music videos as long as the expenditure is more than $500,000. Haynes also said that one of the great things about movies being filmed in Dawson County is that it “adds revenue to the county, but doesn’t cost us anything.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was partly filmed in multiple locations across the state of Georgia including Dawson County.

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A frame of bees from one of Tim Evan’s four hives. He estimates about 40,000 bees per hive. Photo/Denise Ray

North Georgia likely has some of the best honey in the world. Stop by a roadside stand in Dawson County or anywhere in the beautiful north Georgia mountains and have a sample. You’ll understand why its a rare treat. Raising bees isn’t for the faint of heart. It may mean being a superhero of sorts. Unlike farmers who raise livestock and can expect their herds to flourish, beekeepers don’t have that luxury.

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“With other types of livestock, such as chickens and cattle, the farmer can follow a defined list of tasks and be reasonably guaranteed that their livestock will survive,” Beekeeper Eric Weller said. “Beekeepers do not have that ability.  Even following a task list does not mean your hives will survive.” As a fourth season beekeeper, Weller knows the frustration firsthand. “Last year, I thought I did everything correctly but still lost 9 out of 14 hives,” he said.   Talk about being stung. Managing hives is harder than it sounds. “Beekeepers try to make their hive’s population as high as possible when nectar is abundant and as small as possible when there isn’t much forage available,” Weller said. So, what’s the attraction to keeping bees in Dawson County? For one thing, a declining honeybee population. “All of the news of the declining honeybee population inspired me to do something to help,” Weller said. “Now I’m obsessed with this fascinating and challenging insect. “And, besides, I like honey.” If you’re looking for some local honey, pay close attention to roadside stands in Dawson County and across north Georgia.

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Calendar of Events Chamber, Community Events and Festivals For details on events below, visit www.dawson.org



Monthly Reoccurring Events Chamber Luncheon second Thursday of each month, 30 Main Street, 11:30 am

3rd and 4th Dawsonville Heritage Days

Cruz-In Downtown Dawsonville 3rd Friday of the month, 5pm

at GRHOF 4th Sparks at the Atlanta Motorsports Park, 4-10 pm 25th 3rd Annual ‘Shine Pedalers Metric

Northside Hospital Forsyth Business After Hours Series, 4th Tuesday of each month, location varies, 5-7pm

Annual Reoccurring Events


7th First day of Dawson County Schools 21st and 22nd Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival 27th Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Reverse Raffle


12th Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch opens 26th-Pups in the Park at Rock Creek Park

Annual Chamber Gala TBA KARE for Kids Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll Saturday before Easter at Veteran’s Memorial Park Sparks in the Motorsports Park TBA ‘Shine Pedalers Metric Last Saturday in July Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival Third weekend in August


23rd and 24th 48th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville 31st Trunk or Treat at Rock Creek Park, 4-7 pm

November: 11th Veteran’s Day Parade, downtown Dawsonville, 5 pm

December: 5th Annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting downtown Dawsonville, 5 pm, Tree Lighting starts at dusk

Mountain Moonshine Festival Fourth weekend in October Trunk or Treat October 31st Rock Creek Park 4-7 pm Veteran’s Day Parade Downtown Dawsonville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Second Saturday after Thanksgiving

To view an updated community calendar and find out additional event information, please visit business.dawson.org/events/calendar/ or call 706-265-6278

Church Listings Grace Presbyterian 170 Highway 9 North Dawsonville, GA 30534 706-216-7747

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Licences & Registrations

Weapons Carry License:

Wildlife Management Areas:

Requirements: Must be 21 years of age or older, have proof of Dawson County residency, present a picture ID, and submit to a background check. For additional information relating to the application for a Weapons Carry License, please contact the Dawson County Probate Court: (706) 344-3580

Whether you are walking the trails or biking in the Dawson Forest, there is a usage fee. Purchase a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) to prevent being ticketed.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses:

Registration is required for all mechanically propelled vessels and sailboats over 12 feet in length that are used on “Waters of this state.” To purchase hunting and fishing licenses, recreational passes, and vessel registrations, please visit: https://www. gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/ or call 1-800-366-2661.

Boat Registration:

Resident hunters age 16 years old or older are required to have a hunting license, except when hunting on land owned by them or their immediate family, blood or dependent relationship, residing in the same household. A valid hunting license is required for all non-resident hunters, except non-resident small game hunters under age 16. Other licenses may be required depending on the type of game hunted A fishing license is required to fish on Lake Lanier or in any of the rivers and streams that run through Dawson County. For those who enjoy trout fishing, an additional license is required.

Amicalola Falls State Park:

There is a daily usage fee of $5 for visitors to the park. Purchase an annual state park pass for $50 (senior and military discounts available) by visiting http://gastateparks.org/parkpass or calling 770-389-7401. Enjoy year-round access and additional benefits by becoming a member of Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites: https://friendsofgastateparks.org/ or call 1-888-948-2092.


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Important Numbers

Animal Control (706) 265-7389 Chamber of Commerce (706) 265-6278 City of Dawsonville (706) 265-3256 Dawson County Government (706) 344-3501 Clerk of Courts (706) 344-3510 County Extension Agent (706) 265-2442 DFACS (706) 265-6598 Family Connection (706) 265-1981 Health Department (706) 265-2930 Humane Society (706) 864-2817 Mental Health (706) 265-4357 Parks & Recreation Dept. (706) 344-3600 Planning and Zoning (706) 344-3604 Senior Center (706) 344-3700 Tag Office (706) 344-3520 Tax Assessor (706) 344-3590 Tax Commissioner (706) 344-3520 Voter Registrar (706) 344-3640 Dawson County School System (706) 265-3246

Sheriff’s Department Emergency: 911 Office: (706) 344-3535 Tip Line (706) 265-4744 Driver’s License (DMV) (678) 413-8300

Electric Companies: Georgia Power Sawnee EMC Amicalola EMC

(888) 660-5890 (800) 635-9131 (800) 992-6471

Emergency Medical Services:

400 Waste & Scrap Library Post Office

Telephone/TV/Internet North Ga Network Windstream

(706) 754-5323 (866) 961-9463

Trash Pick-up City of Dawsonville (706) 265-3256 Evans Garbage (706) 216-4232 Grogan Disposal (770) 887-2135 Veterans Administration (706) 265-7613

Non-Emergency Medical (706) 344-3636 Water & Sewer Non-Emergency Fire (706) 344-3666   City Etowah Gas Companies: Atlanta Gas Light (770) 337-4082 Amicalola Propane (706) 344-1427 For additional resident resources, please visit Mark Heard Fuel (706) 265-2994 dawson.org or call Mills Fuel Service (706) 265-3394  Burt Creek

(706) 265-3256 (706) 216-8474


Landfills: (706) 344-3645

Voted Best Garage in 2014!

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Dawson County by the Numbers


Median Household Income (2013)


Housing units within the county (2013)



Median value of owner occupied houses


Total Retail Sales (2007)

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Around Back at Rocky's Place The Ultimate Folk Art Gallery in the South!

Hours: Saturday 11 to 5 & Sunday 1 to 5

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From Dawsonville: Take Hwy. 53 toward 400, turn left on Etowah River Rd., 1st driveway on your right.

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From Dahlonega: Take 400 South, turn right at light on Hwy. 53, go through next light, go 3 miles, turn right on Etowah River Rd., take 1st driveway on your right.



3510 Thompson Bridge Rd. Gainesville, GA 30506 770-536-6734

Or from 400: From 400 at Hwy. 53, go toward Downtown Dawsonville 3 miles, turn right on Etowah River Rd., 1st driveway on your right.


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Summer Camp Programs


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Leadership Dawson brings private and public sector leaders together to develop relationships, sharpen skills, and gain an insider perspective of Dawson County. Participants are of all ages and in all stages of their careers but come together with the shared desire to advance our vibrant community.

Celebrating our 30 th year!



Graduates of Leadership Dawson since 1992

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Tree Removal and Pruning Arborist Consultation Diagnose and Treat


ISA Certified Arborist SO-1925A Office: (706) 265-6336 • Cell: (770) 294-1012


Tim Costley, President

• Accredited by the Southern Association of College & Schools (SACS) • Programs for children 6 weeks to 6 years with & without disabilities • Teacher to student ratio 1:4 • Nurses on staff full-time • 2, 3 & 5 day programs • Enrichment programs • Music and Pet Therapy • Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy • Instruction aligned with Georgia Early Learning & Development Standards (GELDS)

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Life thrives here.


As a child, I visited Dawsonville every fall for our family’s annual “trip to the mountains.� Some of my very favorite memories of my grandmother were created on those trips. We picked the perfect pumpkins at Burts Farm, competed to see who could spot the prettiest leaves, and always had to stop for boiled peanuts. I am blessed to now call the place that provided me those cherished childhood memories my home. While we love all the visitors that flock to our community when the leaves change just like I did growing up, Dawson County is a community for all seasons, not just autumn. Life thrives here. We are a dynamic community with all the advantages that the metropolitan Atlanta area has to offer while still maintaining a beautiful landscape and unparalleled quality of life. We may be known for the tallest waterfall in the Southeast, premium outlet shopping, and pumpkin picking, but that is just one part of our story. We are also an entrepreneurial friendly community that maintains one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. Our competitive tax structure and excellent school system help make our community the perfect place for you and your family to thrive. Move here, build a business here, visit often-come experience a place where life thrives. Sincerely,

Christie Haynes, President


Dawson County Chamber of Commerce



2015 Chamber Board Members

Brooke Anderson

(Ex-officio) Etowah Water & Sewer Authority 1162 Hwy 53 E Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-216-8474

Calvin Byrd

Byrd’s Mini Storage 5050-A Highway 53 East Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-216-4470

Damon Gibbs (Ex-officio)

Charlie Auvermann

(Ex-officio) DADC, Executive Director 135 Prominence Court, Suite 170 Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-265-8761

Jo Brewer

Northeast Georgia Health System Medical Plaza 400 108 Prominence Court Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-344-6940

James Bearden

Bearden Funeral Home Post Office Box 185 Dawsonville, Ga. 30534


Tim Costley

Superior Arbor Management PO Box 69 Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-265-6336

Tom Horton

Dawson County School Systems 28 Main Street Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-265-3246

Christie Haynes (Ex-officio)

Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development Post Office Box 299 Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-265-6278

Mandy Power

Libby Smith SleeveCo, Inc. 103 Lumpkin Campground Road North Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-216-3110

Carol Tyger

Secretary-Treasurer BB&T 136 Highway 400 South Dawsonville, Georgia 30534 706-344-1566

Walmart 156 Power Center Drive Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-265-8787

Individual 131 Robert Houser Drive Dawsonville, Ga. 30534

Chairman Mike Berg

(Ex-officio) Dawson County Board of Commissioners 25 Justice Way Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-344-3501

John Drew

The Norton Agency 75 Elliott Road, Suite 100 Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 678-428-7475

Blake House

Sawnee EMC 543 Atlanta Highway Cumming, Ga. 30040 678-455-1510

Regina Varnado

United Community Bank 6372 Highway 53 East Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-265-3232

Carla Boutin

2015 Chair State Farm Insurance 137 Prominence Court, Suite 210 Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-216-6392

Mayor James Grogan (Ex-officio) City of Dawsonville Post Office Box 6 Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 706-974-6211

Steve Melching

2016 Chair-elect Big Canoe Homeowners Association/Smoke Signals 10780 Big Canoe Big Canoe, Ga. 30143 678-360-3712

Seanie Zappendorf

Discovery Parts, Inc. 80 Joe Lane Cox Drive Building E2 Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 678-643-9019

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Ambassadors get to see

community in unique way By Melissa Mayton

Ambassadors have some fun goofing off at Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze.

Ambassadors Brooke Vanbuskirk and Debi Campbell help with registration at a Women of the Ambassadors get ready to race Chamber event hosted by The Pottery Barn Outlet. at the Atlanta Motorsports Park.

From driving go-karts, solving corn mazes to seeing how industry operates in Dawson County, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador program gets an insider perspective of the community like no one else. “Ambassadors see a section of the community that most people don’t,” Chamber President Christie Haynes said. “We have unique and unexpected industries in Dawson County and our Ambassadors get to experience our diversity first-hand.” It is then the Ambassadors’ role to share and spread that knowledge from that business with the rest of the community. Something that this year’s Ambassador Chair, Nicole Stewart, enjoys most about being an Ambassador. “I have made some wonderful friends through the Ambassador program,” Stewart said. “I also enjoy getting to meet the business owners and hearing the journey of their business.”

Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the Chamber and the community. They check in on member businesses, attend Chamber events, and act as community hosts. Ambassadors help spread the word of the Chamber’s mission of “Cultivating a successful economic environment and a desirable quality of life for our businesses and community.” It also gives the Ambassador an opportunity to share a little about his or her own business and build relationships in the community. Which is what Juice Plus consultant Cathy Holcombe enjoys about the program. “Building relationships builds trust,” Holcombe said. “And it is my hope that as I remain involved with local activities, others will realize my mission of inspiring healthy living in our community.” To be part of the Ambassador program, contact the Chamber at 706-265-6278.

Ambassadors attend ribbon cuttings of new member businesses such as the one at White Oak Learning Academy as well as attend other community events as a representative of the Chamber.


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Business Directory Accounting & Tax Services

Art Galleries & Studios

ADP (Automatic Data Processing) (678) 416-3336 ADP.com

Bowen Center for the Arts (706) 216-2787 dawsonarts.org

Bradley M. Maple, CPA, P.C. (706) 216-2362 bmaplecpa.com

Assisted Living

Alexander, Almand & Bangs, LLP (770) 536-0511 alexanderalmand.com

Centsible Accounting Services, LLC (678) 288-5376 centsibleaccountingsvcs.com H & R Block (706) 216-2657 hrblock.com Kenneth H. Kurtz, CPA (770) 888-1467 k-kurtz.com K.C. Fuller & Associates, LLC (706) 216-4806 kcfullercpa.com Liberty Tax Service (706) 216-0901 libertytax.com Rushton & Company, LLC (770) 287-7800 rushtonandcompany.com Tim Couch PC CPA (706) 216-1044 timcouchcpa.com

Antique Store

Soul Sisters Antiques (770) 871-1631 soulsistersantiques.com


Alden Trace Apartments (678) 230-6155 aldentrace.com Farmington Woods (678) 324-5540 tbgresidential.com

Apple Orchards Hillcrest Orchards (706) 273-3838 hillcrestorchards.net

Around Back At Rocky's Place (706) 265-6030 aroundbackatrockysplace.com

Oak's Senior Living (770) 888-4683 oaksseniorliving.com The Oaks at Hampton (678) 965-5700 oaksseniorliving.com

Etowah Valley Sporting Clays & Game Preserve (706) 265-1611 etowahvalleysporting.com/ Gibbs Gardens (770) 893-1881 gibbsgardens.com

Automotive Dealers John Megel Chevrolet (706) 265-5400 megelchevy.com

Automotive Parts O'Reilly Auto Parts (706) 216-0008 oreillyauto.com

Gracemont Assisted Living & Memory Care (770) 887-2000 gracemontassistedliving.com

Automotive Repair

North Georgia Assisted Living & Memory Care (706) 429-5635 northgeorgiaassistedliving.com

ANH Collision Specialist, LLC (706) 216-0992


Law Office of Shelly Townley Martin, LLC (706) 265-1430 James A. Hamilton, Attorney at Law (706) 216-4550 Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKinnon (706) 265-3090 foxchandler.com


Gold City Corral and Carriage Company (706) 864-1359 goldcitycorral.com Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch (770) 772-6223 uncleshucks.com Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge (706) 344-1500 amicalolafalls.com Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (706) 216-7223 GeorgiaRacingHOF.com


North Georgia Zoo/Wildlife Wonders (706) 348-7279 myfavoritezoo.com

HDA Architects, Inc. (706) 531-9998 hda-architects.com

Jungle Paradise (706) 265-1611 jungleparadisedaylilies.com

Robertson/Loia/Roof, P.C. (770) 674-2600 rlrpc.com

Atlanta Motorsports Park (404) 725-5933 atlantamotorsportspark.com

Disharoon Automotive, Inc. (706) 265-2118 disharoonautomotive.com

Kauffman Tire, Inc (706) 531-1311 kauffmantire.com Tower Auto Repair (706) 265-6152 towerautorepair.com Dented Auto (706) 429-9979 dentedauto.com Big T Tire & Auto (706) 216-2216


SunTrust Bank (706) 265-1001 suntrust.com United Community Bank - Dawsonville (706) 265-3232 ucbi.com Foothills Community Bank (706) 216-5900 MyFoothillsBank.com Regions Bank (706) 265-2300 regions.com Community & Southern Bank (706) 946-5941 mycsbonline.com BB&T (706) 216-5050 bbandt.com

Bed & Breakfast Lily Creek Lodge (706) 864-6848 lilycreeklodge.com

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Bicycle Sales and Service Northstar Bicycle (706) 265-4397 northstarbicycle.com

Bird Feeders & Houses Wild Birds Unlimited (706) 429-0077 wbu.com


TKO Cheer and Boutique (706) 265-8172 tkocheer.com Carley Ettas Closet (706) 216-9956 facebook.com/pages/Carley-Ettas Amanda Clairs (678) 410-2872 amandaclairs.com The Blue Barn (678) 897-9573 Grateful Days (706) 867-4836 facebook.com/gratefuldaysdahlonega

Building Materials Home Depot (706) 531-0046 homedepot.com

Metal Roofing Sales, Inc. (706) 265-3099 metalroofingsalesinc.com Dawsonville Hardware Co., Inc (706) 265-6531 dawsonvillepowerequipment.com


Business Consultants and Leadership Training


Dawsonville Pool Room and Checkered Flag Catering (706) 265-2792 dawsonvillepoolroom.net

Gainesville Small Business Development Center (770) 531-5681 gainesvillesbdc.org

Cabinet Makers

Perfect Gatherings Catering (678)516-2405 perfectgatheringscatering.com


Events By Dezine (770) 889-3239 eventsbydezine.com

Nelson's Cabinet Solutions (706) 531-4715 Forrest Hills Mountain Resort (706) 864-6456 forresthillsresort.com

Waters Mill, Inc (678) 725-9245 watersmill.com

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge (706) 344-1500 amicalolafalls.com

Cellular Phone Sales and Service GoWireless, Inc. (706) 344-1488 gowireless.com

Bear Ridge Lodge (770) 402-2044 bearridgelodge.com

Child Care Facilities

Camping/RV Parking

Char's Family Daycare, Inc. (706) 265-2427 charsfamilydaycare.com

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge (706) 344-1500 amicalolafalls.com

Car Wash

White Oak Learning Academy (706) 216-5437 whiteoakacademy.com

Carpet & Floor Cleaning Service

Challenged Child and Friends, Inc. (770) 535-8372 challengedchild.org

North Georgia Premium Car Wash (706) 216-3094 Clene Start Inc. (770) 887-6375 getaclenestart.com


KG Cleaning Service-Expert Carpet Cleaning (706) 525-9102 kgcleaningservice.com

Annis Family Chiropractic (706) 216-4875 annischiropractic.com

CitruSolution of Dawson & Lumpkin Counties (678) 231-2090 citrusolutiondawsonlumpkin.com


Bethel United Methodist Church (706) 216-6220 berthelumc.net

Dawson County Chamber of Commerce “Cultivating a successful economic Members Gain environment and desirable quality of life Business for our businesses and community.� Dawson County Chamber Members Gain A Voice The Chamber advocates on behalf of its membership and community at the local, state, and national levels to promote a business friendly atmosphere. To learn more about the value of investing in Chamber membership, please visit www.dawson.org or call 706-265-6278.

members have multiple opportunities to increase exposure through its website, weekly newsletter, business to business contact, sponsorships, Welcome Center display area, and referrals.

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First Baptist Church of Dawsonville (706) 265-2612 firstbaptistdawsonville.com

MAM Counseling, Inc. (404) 213-4246 mamcounseling.com

Grace Presbyterian Church (706) 216-7747 gracedawsonville.com

Georgia Crisis Response Services (800) 715-4225 mygcal.com

Highway Nine Student Center (706) 216-1440 kilough.com

Alpha Hope Counseling, Inc. (706) 216-4735 alphahopecounseling.com

City Offices and Officials City of Dawsonville (706) 265-3256 dawsonville-ga.gov

Cleaning Service

Dawson Clean Team (706) 617-4166 dawsoncleanteam.com


Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County (706) 429-9914 goodshepherddawsonco.org The Dawson Clinics (706) 265-7414 chestateeregionalhospital.com Jydes Family Clinic (706) 531-1364 jydesfamilyclinic.com

Computer: Service and Repairt 365 Degree Total Marketing / Great Southern Publishers, Inc. (800) 697-5568 dawson.org Syclone Designs (706) 265-4394 syclone.net Appalachian Tech Services (706) 974-2204 apptechservices.com

Contractor: Builder/Remodeling Hazelrigs Contracting Services, LLC (678) 884-8085 South Country Homes (706) 265-6058 southcountryhomes.com Atlanta Home Renovators (404) 966-9759 Kelo Company, Inc. (770) 887-0475 Victory Custom Homes, Inc. (706) 216-1814 victorycustomhomesinc.com

Contractor: Concrete

JTC Jerry Townley Concrete (706) 216-3645


Mary Kay - Michele Stewart (706) 540-6665 marykay.com/mstewart9712


ACCARES Wellness Center (706) 216-6356 accareswellness.org

County Offices and Officials Dawson County Tax Appraiser (706) 344-3590 qpublic.net/ga/dawson

Dawson County Board of Commissioners (706) 344-3501 dawsoncounty.org Dawson County Sheriff's Office (706) 344-3535 dawsoncountysheriff.org Dawson County Tax Commissioner (706) 344-3520 dawsoncountytax.com Dawson County Family Connection (706) 265-1981 dawson.gafcp.org Dawson County Board of Elections & Registration (706) 344-3640 dawsoncounty.org Dawson County Fire Department (706) 344-3666 dawsoncounty.org Dawson County Planning & Zoning (706) 344-3604 dawsoncounty.org Development Authority of Dawson County (706) 265-8761 developdawson.org


Everything Embroidery (706) 579-2438 everythingembroidery.net

Emergency Room Services Northeast Georgia Health System (770) 219-3840 NGHS.com Northside Hospital-Forsyth (770) 844-3200 northside.com Chestatee Regional Hospital (706) 864-6136 chestateeregionalhospital.com

Employment Agencies Etcon Employment Solutions (706) 693-6022 etcon.net North Georgia Staffing (706) 692-0638 ngastaffing.com

Environmental Consulting

Mill Creek Environmental Services, Inc (706) 579-1607 millcreekenvironmental.com

Event Facility

Peach Brandy Cottage (770) 490-3833 peachbrandycottage.com Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge (706) 344-1500 amicalolafalls.com 6140 Events (706) 867-6455 6140events.com Dixieland Stables (770) 241-4532 facebook.com/pages/Dixieland-Stables

Dental Services

Event Management

Dawson Dental Group (706) 265-0005 dawsondentalgroup.com

Events By Dezine (770) 889-3239 eventsbydezine.com

Lanier Dental Partners (706) 265-1399 lanierdentalpartners.com

Five Star NTP (770) 633-5511 fivestarntp.com

Dawsonville Distinctive Dentistry (706) 265-2505 dawsonvilledistinctivedentistry.com



Duncan Exterminating Co. (706) 216-1906 duncanext.com

Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery (770) 401-1211 dawsonvillemoonshine distillery.com

Financial Planning


Modern Woodmen of America (706) 216-5262 modern-woodmen.org

Electrician Services

Edward Jones (706) 265-2358 edwardjones.com

TEC Drywall, LLC (678) 977-0441 Capital Electric Company, Inc. (770) 888-3887

Reliastar Capital (678) 288-4520 reliastarcapital.com

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Kinetix Health Club (706)265-1398 kinetixhealthclub.com

Food Processing

Gold Creek Foods, LLC (706) 216-8640 goldcreekfoods.com

Funeral Homes

Bearden Funeral Home/ Dawsonville Monuments (706) 265-3159 beardenfuneralhome.com


Mattress Firm (706) 216-1733 mattressfirm.com

Garbage Removal


J. Brooke Salon (706) 216-1888 jbrookesalon.com Fuse Hair Studios (706) 216-6115 fusehairstudios.com

Health and Nutrition Juice Plus-Cathy Holcombe (678) 617-5049 cholcombe.juiceplus.com Nature's Health Store (706) 216-1035

Heating and Air Services

Gasoline/Convenience Store

Willow Lake Senior Living (770) 887-7000 willowlakeseniorliving.com

Golf Carts

Affinis Hospice (678) 989-0981 affinishospice.org Visiting Angels of Lake Lanier (770) 886-7900 visitingangels.com/lakelanier

Chestatee Golf Club (706) 216-7336 chestateegolfclub.com

Tugaloo Home Health Agency (706) 864-1000 amedisys.com

Crystal Falls Lake & Golf Club Living (770) 894-4040 crystalfallsinfo.com

Georgia Mountains Hospice (706) 253-4100 georgiamountainshospice.org

Bobby Tucker Grading and Hauling (678) 776-0738 McManus Grading & Septic Tank Services, Inc (678) 943-5035 mcmanusservices.com


Kroger (706) 216-5500 kroger.com Ingles Markets, Inc. #441 (706) 216-4180 ingles.com


Dawsonville Gun & Pawn (706) 216-1468 dawsonvillegunandpawn.com

Hair Salon

Lava Hair Studio (706) 429-0001 lavahairstudio.com

Chestatee Regional Hospital (706) 864-6136 chestateeregionalhospital.com Northside Hospital-Forsyth (770) 844-3200 northside.com

Northside/Dawson Medical Campus (706) 344-3300 northside.com

Home Health/Hospice

Grading & Hauling

Imaging Center

Southern Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. (706) 216-8238 southerncomfortcoolingandheating.com

Grogan Disposal Company (770) 887-2135 grogandisposal.com

Golf Courses

Dawson Village (706) 216-4410

Northeast Georgia Health System (770) 219-3840 NGHS.com

Lookout Dumpsters, Inc (770) 315-3150 lookoutdumpsters.com

North Atlanta Golf Carts (706) 265-2189 northatlantagolfcars.com

Quality Inn and Suites (706) 216-1900

Home Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC (706) 216-6754 home-hvac.com

American Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. (770) 279-1400 american-heating.com

Chevron Food Mart (706) 216-2344


Comfort Keepers (770) 887-0499 comfortkeepers.com/CummingGA

Horse Trails

Fausett Farms Horse Trails (706) 265-8432 fausettfarmshorsetrails.com


Northside Hospital-Forsyth (770) 844-3200 northside.com Northeast Georgia Health System (770) 219-3840 NGHS.com Chestatee Regional Hospital (706) 864-6136 chestateeregionalhospital.com Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth (404) 785-7691 choa.org

Northeast Georgia Health System-Medical Plaza 400 (706) 344-6940 nghs.com/dawsonville

Individual Citizens Dick McNeill (706) 216-4763

Tommy Hosea (706) 216-7223 Tom and LeeAnn Harter (770) 540-5234 Georgann Schmalz (404) 245-7273 Renee Blews (770) 289-2009 Irene Serlis (619) 981-0378 Ricky Holcombe (770) 475-6089 Amanda Yenerall (678) 207-2066 Joseph Hirsch (706) 216-1055 John F. and Margaret A.Jordan (706) 216-2527 Alice Gordon (706) 265-2276 Betty Harder (706) 216-6698 Tom and Jeanne Foley (706) 216-4339 Frank and Mary Bob Fox (706) 216-8310 Bill and Fran Sailing (706) 579-1732 Cliff and Arlene McClure (706) 216-1483 Peggy Ballard (706) 216-1707

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Charles Barry (706) 216-6323 Gordon and Jeanette Brand (706) 216-4725 Bill and Harriet Burt (706) 216-7682 Steve and Marge Carey (706) 216-4872 Wilma Coleman (706) 216-6816 Robert M. Compton (770) 893-3751 Norman H. Donald III (706) 429-6167 Richard S. Bergen, Jr (706) 216-7005 Carol A. Tyger (706) 265-7006 Tim and Margaret Webb (706) 216-6155 Al and Bobbie Blackburn (770) 893-2128 Fred and Dru Stowers (706) 216-8053 Helen Taylor (706) 216-3439 Diane and Larry Lemley (706) 216-4194 Vic and Duane Wallace (706) 265-4913 Don and Margaret Cargill (706) 265-4016 Doris and Rick Cook (706) 265-6910 Kevin and Stacie Tanner

Industrial Steam Cleaning Equipment AmeriVap Systems, Inc. (404) 350-0239 amerivap.com


Len Foote Hike Inn (AERS Inc.) (800) 581-8032 hike-inn.com


Blocker Insurance Agency (706) 265-7517 blockerins.com Pointe North Insurance Group (770) 858-7540 PointeNorthins.com Abacus Group (404) 401-8586 abacusseries.com Strickland General Agency, Inc. (678) 259-3700 sgainga.com

The Norton Agency/Kristie Myers (770) 887-0053 thenortonagency.com Denny Insurance Group (706) 216-1750 getdig.com Dawson Insurance Agency (706) 216-3296 dawson-insurance.com Dawson County Farm Bureau (706) 265-3350 gfb.org/insurance/counties/dawson


Chestatee Regional Library System (706) 344-3690 chestateelibrary.org

Liquor Store

Dawson Fine Wine & Spirits (706) 265-2065 dawsonfinews.com City Liquor (706) 265-0079


Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare GA (770) 532-1390

Atlanta Gear Works (706) 216-5040 atlantagear.com

AFLAC (706) 265-1262 AFLAC.com/sharonreagan

Impulse Manufacturing, Inc. (706) 216-1700 impulsemfg.com

State Farm Insurance Company, R S (706) 216-8700

Glazing Rubber Products, Inc. (706) 344-1462 glazingrubberproducts.com

Carla Boutin-State Farm Insurance (706) 216-6392 carlaboutin.com Purchasing Alliance Solutions, Inc. (770) 579-1214 purchasingalliance.com Michele Krumm - Allstate Benefits (770) 295-9410 facebook.com/pages/Michele-KrummAllstate-Benefits-Specialist Adams Insurance Agency, LLC (706) 864-3721 Lanierland Insurance Agency Inc. (706) 265-1262

SleeveCo, Inc. (706) 216-3110 sleeveco.com World Wide Manufacturing Company, Inc. (706) 216-2100 world-wide-mfg.com Universal Servo Group (706) 229-7982 universalservo.com Five Star Architectural, LLC (706) 265-7284 fivestararch.com

Martial Arts

COUNTRY Financial (678) 230-4534 countryfinancial.com/christy.tapp

North Georgia Academy of Martial Arts (470) 253-4388

VanKeith Insurance of Dawsonville (706) 429-0172 vankeith.com/

United Community Bank - Dawsonville (706) 265-3232 ucbi.com

Chattahoochee Insurance Agency (404) 405-4393

United Community Bank- Downtown Dawsonville (706) 265-3232 ucbi.com

Insurance-HMO Health Plan Select (706) 549-0549 aahps.com

Interior Design

Mortgage Brokers/Loan Services

United Community Bank - Gail Morris (706) 531-1110 ucbi.com

White Interiors (706) 216-1230 whiteinteriorsllc.com

BankSouth Mortgage (404) 667-2966 banksouthmortgage.com/dcampbell

Internet Service Provider

America's Choice Home Loans, LP (470) 239-4813 achlonline.com/kbradley

Georgia Communications Cooperative (706) 770-2022 gcc.coop


Origami Owl Independent Director (770) 807-4777 tiffanymoen.origamiowl.com

Landscape and Lawncare Bennett Landscape, Inc. (706) 216-1784 bennettlandscapeinc.com

Networking Groups

Georgia Mountain Business Women's Network (706) 265-7006


Smoke Signals/Big Canoe Homeowners Association (404) 625-0052 bigcanoenews.com

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Dawson News & Advertiser (706) 265-2345 dawsonadvertiser.com

Abba House (678) 208-2000 abbahouse.com

Dawson Community News (706) 265-3384 dawsonnews.com

RIC RACK (706) 265-1371 ric-rack.org

Non-Profit Organizations

NOA (No One Alone) (706) 344-3853 noonealone.org

United Way of Dawson County (770) 781-4110 unitedwayforsyth.com Foothills Republican Women (770) 853-9922

KARE For Kids, Inc. (706) 216-5273 kareforkids.us

Dawsonville Lions Charities, Inc (678) 410-9090 dawsonvillelions.org

Dawson County Senior Citizens Center (706) 344-3700 dawsoncounty.org

Dawson County Kiwanis (706) 531-1022 DawsonCountyKiwanis.org

Dawson County Historical & Genealogical Society (706) 265-3985 dawsoncounty.org

Ninth District Opportunity Inc (706) 265-3744 ndo.org Dawson Community Food Bank & Thrift Store (706) 265-7990 Carry on Youth, Inc. (770) 540-3170 carryonyouth.org Dawsonville Civitan Club (770) 540-0447 Civitan.org Lake Lanier Association (770) 503-7757 lakelanier.org Keep Dawson County Beautiful (706) 344-3501 keepdawsoncountybeautiful.org Georgia Mountain Food Bank (770) 534-4111 gamountainfoodbank.org Dawson County Wee Books Program, Inc (706) 216-0173 chestateelibrary.org R.E.A.D. (706) 579-1771 readdawson.com Rotary Club of Dawson County (706) 216-6392 rotarydawsoncounty.com Dawson County Woman's Club dawsoncountywomansclub.org Community Action Prevention Alliance (CAPA) (706) 265-1981 capa-ga.org Dawson County Homeowners Association (706) 216-0177 dawsonhomeowners.org The American Cancer Society (770) 297-1176 dawsoncountyrelay.org

Dawson County Humane Society (706) 265-9160 dawsoncountyhumanesociety.org Next Generation Youth Development, Inc. (706) 429-0110 nxtgenerationga.org

Office: Equipment and Supplies Office Depot (678) 455-3622 officedepot.com

Cartridges on Wheels North Georgia (706) 225-7623 cartridgeonwheels.com Duplicating Products, Inc. (770) 532-9932 duplicatingproducts.com


Dawson Vision (706) 531-9900 dawsonvision.com Dawson Eye Group (706) 216-6595 dawsoneyegroup.com


Field/Wilson Orthodontics (706) 344-3900 wilsonbraces.com

Outfitters & Guided Paddle Trips Appalachian Outfitters (706) 864-7117 canoegeorgia.com

Painting & Pressure Cleaning All-Ways Painting (678) 764-3045 AllwaysPaintingGA.com

J.A.B. Painting & Pressure Cleaning (706) 265-1328 jabpaintingpressurewashing.com

Parks and Recreation Department

Dawson County Parks and Recreation (706) 344-3646 dawsoncounty.org

Party Supplies

We Be Bouncing (770) 560-0548 webebouncing.com Angels Party Store (706) 265-4743

Pedatric Care

Dawson Pediatrics, PC (706) 216-2771 dawsonpediatrics.com Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth (404) 785-7691 choa.org

Pet: Boarding and Grooming Happy Dog Fat Cat Board & Bath Inc. (706) 265-1002 happydogfatcat.com PawSpa Resort (770) 888-7291 pawsparesort.com


Seibel Photography (678) 427-6183 johnseibelphotography.com


Goodson's Pharmacy (706) 265-2020

Physical Therapy

Protherapy Benchmark Rehab Services (678) 865-8449 protherapy.us The Rehabilitation Institute - Dawsonville (706) 216-4012 nghs.com/services/Rehab/default.asp

Physician Services

Anderson Family Medicine (706) 265-1335 andersonfamilymedicine.com

The Outside World (706) 265-4500 theoutsideworld.net

Keating Family Medicine (706) 265-4100 keatingfamilymedicine.blogspot.com


Northeast GA Physicians Group Dawsonville (706) 216-3238 nghs.com/Primary_Care_Network/ dawsonvilleNHC.asp

Pak Mail Centers of America (706) 216-6245 pakmailnorthgeorgia.com

Paint Store

Chestatee Paint Center (706) 216-6089 chestateepaintcenter.com

Dawson Family Physicians (706) 265-8439 chestateemed.com

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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth (404) 785-7691 choa.org Gastroenterology Associates of Gainesville, P.C. (770) 536-8109 gastrogainesville.com

Radio Stations

Thunder 104.3 WZTR-FM (706) 867-9542 thunder1043fm.com Vision Com., Inc.- WGTJ Radio (706) 531-1330 glory1330.com

Longhorn Steakhouse of Dawsonville (706) 265-2007 LonghornSteakhouse.com MSE Hospitality - Dawsonville, Inc. (770) 532-3301 msebranded.com

Northeast Georgia Health System-Medical Plaza 400 (706) 344-6940 nghs.com/dawsonville

Real Estate: Commercial Sales

McDonald's (770) 887-1622 mcdonalds.com

The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. (770) 718-1122 longstreetclinic.com

Real Estate: Land Sales

Dawsonville Pool Room and Checkered Flag Catering (706) 265-2792 dawsonvillepoolroom.net

North Georgia Vein Institute (678) 513-1600 NorthGeorgiaVein.com Northside/Dawson Medical Campus (706) 344-3300 northside.com Dahlonega Family Practice (706) 864-4012


Abbott Creek Nursery (706) 265-1607 abbottcreeknursery.com

Portable Toilets

The Norton Agency/Kristie Myers (770) 887-0053 thenortonagency.com Forestar Group, Inc (770) 272-7760 forestargroup.com

Real Estate: Residential Community Sales

Big Canoe Property Owners Association and Homeowners Association (706) 268-3303 bigcanoepoa.com

Real Estate: Sales

Hometown Real Estate Group (770) 561-3593 elaineblack.com 400 North Board of Realtors (706) 216-5229 400northboardofrealtors.com

Townley Portable Toilets Inc. (706) 216-2389 townleyportabletoilet.com

The Norton Agency/Kristie Myers (770) 887-0053 thenortonagency.com

Premium Outlet Shopping

Southern Select Properties, LLC (706) 265-7653 SouthernSelectProperties.com

Pottery Barn Outlet (706) 216-6456 potterybarn.com

Brooks Brothers (706) 216-2865 brooksbrothers.com Carter's Childrens Outlet (706) 216-4425 carters.com Dress Barn/NGPO (706) 216-4144 dressbarn.com North Georgia Premium Outlets (706) 216-3609 premiumoutlets.com/northgeorgia

Power Realty Partners (770) 888-7653 powersoldit.com W. G. Stephens, Prime Property (706) 216-2666


Paradise Valley Resort (706) 265-6110 paradisevalleyclub.com


McEver Signs and Graphics (706) 216-0990 mceversigns.com

Papa's Place (706) 265-6194 papasplacedawsonville.com IHOP (706) 265-2256 ihop.com Firehouse Subs (706) 216-3988 firehousesubs.com Zaxby's (706) 216-8282 zaxbys.com

Retail Store

Wal-Mart #3874 (706) 265-8787 walmart.com

RV, Motor Home & Boat Storage

North Georgia Premium RV & Boat Storage (404) 891-5362

School: Higher Education Lanier Technical College (770) 531-6304 laniertech.edu

The Blue Bicycle

University of North Georgia (706) 867-2873 northgeorgia.edu

bluebicycle.net Varsity Junior, LLC (706) 265-7273 thevarsity.com

Promotional Products Racing Parts & Accessories

BoJangles Restaurant # 845 (706) 265-0091 bojangles.com

Discovery Parts Inc. (706) 344-1235 discoveryparts.com

Fajita Grill (706) 265-1331

Lanier Tech College - Dawson Campus (706) 216-5461 laniertech.edu

Big D's BBQ #2 (706) 216-6706 bigdsbarbeque.com

Marketing Incentives (404) 713-1539

El Jinete Mexican Restaurant (706) 531-0012 eljinetemexicanrestaurant.com

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge (706) 344-1500 amicalolafalls.com

Printing and Design Commercial (706) 265-2153 The Graphic Edge, Inc (770) 888-1525 tgedirect.com

Chick-fil-A (706) 265-4997 chick-fil-a.com/dawsonville

Forrest Hills Mountain Resort (706) 864-6456 forresthillsresort.com

School: K-12 Schools

Dawson County Board of Education (706) 265-3246 dawsoncountyschools.org

School: Online Education JER Group, Inc. (706) 216-3406 jergroup.com

School: Pre-K and early Education White Oak Learning Academy (706) 216-5437 whiteoakacademy.com

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School: Private


Septic Tanks/Grease Pumping

Dawson 400 Cinemas (706) 216-1622 georgiatheatrecompany.com

Wildwood Christian Academy (770) 893-3300 wildwoodchristianacademy.com McManus Grading & Septic Tank Services, Inc (678) 943-5035 mcmanusservices.com Townley Construction Company, Inc. (706) 216-2387 townleyconstruction.com

Software Development Georgia Softworks, Inc. (706) 265-1018 georgiasoftworks.com

Spa Services

Serenity Medical Health & Beauty Spa (706) 265-6467 spaalpharett.net Clarity Skin Solutions (706) 429-0057 clarityskinsolutions.com

Specialty Shops The Ship in a Bottle (404) 964-8355 theshipinabottle.com

Scrubs-N-Things (706) 216-7908 scrubsandthingsonline.com Romancing The Range LLC (706) 216-0095 romancingtherange.net

Big Canoe Chapel Terraces Amphitheater (706) 579-1512 bigcanoechapel.org

Towing Service Tow Patrol (770) 298-4500 towpatrol.com

Trade Association

Southern Southeastern Inc. (706) 344-1212 southern-southeastern.org

Trailer Sales

North Georgia Sales Center, Inc. (706) 216-4470 byrdsministorage.com/North_Georgia_Sale.html

Transfer Station/Scrap Metal Recycle 400 Waste & Scrap (706) 216-1485 400wasteandscrap.com

Travel Agency

CruiseOne-Mike Ziegenbalg (706) 579-5005 mziegenbalg.cruiseone.com

Tree Service

Superior Arbor Management, Inc. (706) 265-6336 samtreeservices.com

Trophies & Awards

Sporting Goods

Tri-Star Trophy Company (706) 265-6209 tristartrophy.com

Storage and Moving Supplies

Urgent Care Services

Trend Storage (706) 216-0057 trendstorage.com

Northeast Georgia Health System-Medical Plaza 400 (706) 344-6940 nghs.com/dawsonville

BK Sports (706) 265-4487

Securlock Storage Center (706) 247-8893 selfstoragedawsonville.com

Byrd's Mini Storage - Dawson 400 (706) 216-4470 byrdsministorage.com Byrd's Mini Storage - Dawsonville (706) 265-4470 byrdsministorage.com


Townley Construction Company, Inc. (706) 216-2387 townleyconstruction.com

Teams/Competition Sports TKO Cheer and Boutique (706) 265-8172 tkocheer.com

Telephone/Cable/Internet Provider Windstream (706) 867-3316 windstream.com

Northside/Dawson Medical Campus (706) 344-3300 northside.com

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth (404) 785-7691 choa.org Northeast Georgia Health System (770) 219-3840 NGHS.com Northside Hospital-Forsyth (770) 844-3200 northside.com


Atlanta Gas Light Company (770) 337-4082 atlantagaslight.com

Etowah Water and Sewer Authority (706) 216-8474 etowahwater.org Georgia Power Company (888) 660-5890 georgiapower.com Mark Heard Fuel Company (770) 887-2333 markheardfuel.com Mills Fuel Service (770) 887-5235 millsfuel.com Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (770) 887-2363 sawnee.com

Veterans Organization

Dawson County Chapter 970 V.V.A. (706) 429-5002 vva970.org Veterans Affairs of Dawson County (678) 779-2584

Veterinary Services

All Animals Veterinary Hospital (706) 216-8387 allanimalsvet.com Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital (706) 265-8381 dawsonvillevet.com

Waterproofing/Water Repellent R & D Caulking, Inc. (770) 619-0833 rdcaulking.com


Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge (706) 344-1500 amicalolafalls.com Weddings and Wellness Enterprises (706) 265-7794 HealthyEatingOnTheRun.com Taylor House Weddings & Events (678) 736-1958 facebook.com/Taylorhouseweddings Waters Mill, Inc (678) 725-9245 watersmill.com Dixieland Stables (770) 241-4532 facebook.com/pages/Dixieland-Stables

Welding and Rendering Service Gainesville Welding & Rendering Equip (706) 216-2666 gwrendering.com

Wholesale Stores

Amicalola Electric Membership Corp (706) 253-5200 amicalolaemc.com

COSTCO Wholesale 470-239-6610 costco.com

Amicalola Propane Inc. (706) 344-1427 amicalolapropane.com

BJ's Wholesale Club (770) 781-8735 bjs.com

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Career Opportunities Available Modern Woodmen of America


Greg A. Peace, FICF Ste. 140 133 Prominence Ct. Dawsonville, GA 30534 706-216-5262 greg.a.peace@mwarep.org

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