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Groups report successful toy, fundraising drives

Operation Christmas Blessing was such a success that volunteers ended up giving children scoops of toys in plastic bags after they had given out their entire supply of 250 stockings filled with toys.

December 26, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Tax exemption helps ag producers save money

At more than $3 a gallon, buying 300 gallons of diesel fuel isn't cheap, but it's necessary for Scott Glover to run his dairy and creamery. After Jan. 1, the price tag for all that fuel - along with any other products used in production at Mountain Fresh Creamery and Glo-Crest Dairy in Clermont - will be tax exempt.

December 26, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


One year later, little effect from Sunday sales

There's one thing Sunday alcohol sales have brought for sure - a 12:30 p.m. rush.

November 18, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Business


Corps expects 6-inch drop in Lanier each week

Lake Lanier is almost 2 feet lower than it was at the start of November due at least in part to an increase in the amount of water released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

November 13, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Wilheit elected Regents vice chairman

A prominent Hall County businessman and chairman of Gov. Nathan Deal's campaign for governor has been elected vice chairman of the Board of Regents.

November 13, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


City seeks marker to remember ’36 tragedy

After 76 years, the site of a Gainesville tragedy could be getting more recognition with a historical marker.

November 07, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Gainesville council OKs 1st reading of pawnshop ordinance

Gainesville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would require local pawnshops to keep an electronic database of merchandise and sellers despite the voiced concerns of two business owners and a citizen.

November 06, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Hall officials pleased with probation office switch

After five months, Hall County's in-house misdemeanor probation office is doing well, according to several county officials.

November 03, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Lanier Charter Career Academy opens salon and spa

Pairs of manicure tables fill the middle, rows of salon chairs line both sides, and in the rear rest the pedicure stations and hair-washing sinks. And throughout the Reflections Salon & Spa are the workers - 65 high school students.

November 01, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Attorneys make closing arguments in Kipp trial

Attorneys focused on knowledge, or lack thereof, on Thursday during closing arguments of a Gainesville woman on trial in connection with her daughter's death.

November 01, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Longstreet Society kicks off fundraising drive

After 12 years, the title of the Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville has changed hands to The Longstreet Society.

October 31, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Forensic pathologist testifies in Kipp trial

Blunt force trauma, asphyxiation or a combination of the two is the cause of an 18-month-old's death, a forensic pathologist told jurors Tuesday in the trial of Deanna Renee Kipp.

October 30, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Lawmakers ponder changes to traffic violations

Some state lawmakers are examining Georgia's traffic laws and penalties in an effort to make the court system more effective and efficient.

October 27, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


Norton Agency expands into South Carolina

The Norton Agency now has insurance offices in three Southern states with the recent acquisition of Jordan & McCallum of Anderson, S.C.

October 26, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Local


List of candidates, questions must follow rules

With just more than a week left before Election Day, many local residents have already tapped in their votes. And while they likely put some thought into their choices on the various races and ballot questions, they may not have thought about how that ballot was created in the first place. Below is a look at the rules and various procedures that guide the creation of Georgia's ballot, including why candidates are listed in the order they are and who writes the ballot question text.

October 25, 2012 | Matt Chambers | Elections


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