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U.S. Rep-elect Doug Collins likely to ease into House role

U.S. Rep-elect Doug Collins likely will be learning the ropes and not making any big moves right away after he is sworn in Thursday, a political expert said.

December 29, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Residents support each other amid environmental battles

Newtown resident Cheryl Castleberry can remember playing with other neighborhood kids in a clear field until Blaze Recycling & Metals set up shop on that land.

December 28, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


End of ad valorem ‘birthday tax’ takes effect in 2013

Georgians who buy a new or used car after March 1 will pay a one-time title fee instead of a "birthday tax," the annual ad valorem tax paid with license tag renewals.

December 28, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Gainesville to lose revenue due to state law change

Gainesville City Council approved a new law to help stem losses from a 2008 change in state law that is expected to cost the city $50,000 to $75,000 in franchise fees.

December 27, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Chestnut Mountain: A community of 'good folks'

Chestnut Mountain resident Harold Nichols has lived in the community all his life and in the same house for 49 years.

December 25, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Collins prepares for new job in US House

Doug Collins plans to head to Washington after the holidays with his Bible, pictures of his family and a small, plastic Eeyore figurine from the Winnie the Pooh cartoons his family sent him while he was serving in Iraq.

December 22, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Area lawmakers expect to discuss mental health, gun control

School gun violence has touched community after community that never thought it would happen there. With Friday's mass school shooting in Connecticut leaving 20 first-grade children and seven adults dead, new debate about the hot-button issue of gun control is sparking back up as legislators around the country, including in North Georgia, consider what's best for their community, state and nation.

December 18, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Gainesville postpones vote on annexation of 155 'islands'

The Gainesville City Council voted on several agenda items Tuesday evening, but one item was conspicuous by its absence and that was the annexation of 155 "island" properties that the council approved at its meeting on Dec. 4.

December 18, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


The Local Agenda: Commissioners set stage for busy new year

Some Hall County Board of Commissioners decisions from last's week meeting:

December 18, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Planning board OKs zoning for poultry plant operation

The Hall County Planning Commission approved Gold Creek Acquisitions I LLC's application to rezone its property and two properties it's in the process of purchasing as it expands its newly remodeled poultry operation in anticipation of adding 200 more employees in 2013.

December 17, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Clermont plans vigil for Conn. shooting victims

Clermont City Councilwoman Debra Armour is organizing a vigil to mourn the victims of Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., because despite the distance, Hall County residents are feeling some of the pain felt by people in that community.

December 17, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Rain today should give way to sun Tuesday

Gainesville residents can expect another rainy day today and more is expected in the week ahead.

December 17, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


County, Lula settle sewer plant lawsuit

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted to settle a lawsuit with the city of Lula in last Thursday's public board meeting, but county officials were initially reluctant to release the specifics.

December 16, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


Lake safety is focus of Lanier caucus

Boater education is the key to safety on Lake Lanier - that was the primary message that rose Saturday from the Gainesville public hearing held by the Lake Lanier Legislative Caucus.

December 15, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


ACF Stakeholders to study issues affecting bay life

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders group has formed a committee to address possible reasons why oysters and fish are disappearing from the Apalachicola Bay in Florida.

December 15, 2012 | Sarah Mueller | Local


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