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‘Sweep the Hooch’ adds site at Don Carter State Park

Cleaning to kick off the season is a commonly practiced spring tradition. But it's not limited to just kitchens and basements; it includes the Chattahoochee River.

April 02, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

Weather conditions affect pollen’s potency

Most people usually welcome spring, with its pleasant temperatures, blooming florals, and sunny skies. But for those with allergies, it can cause a runny, itchy nose, irritated eyes, and constant sneezing.

March 26, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

Winter snaps back with another bite

Don't put away your winter clothes just yet. While the past few days may have felt like an early glimpse of spring, some chilly days are returning to finish the week.

March 13, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

Chestatee High School commits to community

Students at Chestatee High School in Gainesville spent their class time on Friday serving the community with good deeds and improving their skill sets.

March 07, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

Time ticking for car owners to opt out of birthday tax

Georgia residents who bought a car in 2012 or early 2013 have until the end of the week to opt out of the birthday tax and into a new one-time title tax.

February 23, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

Female employees enjoy a Valentine’s Day celebration treat at work

Valentine's Day was a special occasion for the ladies at Performance Foodservice Milton's in Oakwood. While some companies may have treated the holiday like any other workday, men at the food distribution company went all out to ensure female employees were treated like queens.

February 14, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

Pajama Day fun benefits ill classmate

Many students at Mount Vernon Exploratory School enjoyed a special school day Wednesday, complete with comfy pajamas and an Italian ice. The best part? It was to help a fellow classmate.

February 05, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

So long, snow: Nice weekend ahead

The weather this weekend is "going to be great" according to National Weather Service forecaster Mike Leary.

February 01, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

January, February the peak months for flu bug to bite

January and February are peak months for the spread of flu, according to, and Gainesville has not been spared this winter.

January 22, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

Upcoming cold snap may pose risk to pipes

Frigid weather conditions are returning for several nights this week, with temperatures forecast to dip into the teens.

January 20, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

New safety director to oversee UNG

The start of a new year will also see a new director of public safety for the University of North Georgia.

January 05, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local

Nonprofits get influx of donations at year’s end

Charitable organizations in the area experienced a surge in donations at year's end as individuals sought to qualify for a write-off on their 2013 taxes.

December 31, 2013 | Alana Swain | Local

Police say stay safe, don’t drink, drive

Many people will celebrate New Year's Eve with parties and cocktails while watching the ball drop. This often leads to high numbers of DUIs and traffic accidents as people - some sober, some not - head home from holiday festivities.

December 29, 2013 | Alana Swain | Local

Chill coming with Santa after stormy weekend

Northeast Georgia welcomes winter today and a forecast calling for a sunny, cool Christmas - as usual, with no snow in sight.

December 20, 2013 | Alana Swain | Local

Holiday season can pose risks for furry friends

The Christmas season usually brings fun outings, delicious food and festive decorations. However, these merry perks can be hazardous to furry friends.

December 12, 2013 | Alana Swain | Local

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