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.
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.
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.
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.
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.