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Flowery Branch looking at downtown traffic study

Expecting a planned, major downtown development to spur traffic, Flowery Branch is moving forward with a transportation study of its historic district.

May 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Bikers ride for hugs, not beer mugs

Sporting leather jackets and tattoos on their arms, the motorcyclists pulled away from Big Bear Cafe on Saturday morning and headed north to the mountains.

May 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Life


Crowd jams into depot for Better Hometown anniversary celebration

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch's Better Hometown program could have used a bigger train depot Monday night.

May 11, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rezoning proposals clustered around busy South Hall intersection

Rezoning and annexation hearings are set for Thursday for five properties clustered around the busy intersection of Hog Mountain Road and Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

May 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Military moms see holiday pass with loved ones on deployment

FLOWERY BRANCH - Sons and daughters will gather today around their mothers, showering them with gifts and taking them to crowded restaurants.

May 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


In close vote, Flowery Branch OKs deal to spend $405,000 on buildings

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council has voted to spend $405,000 to buy two connecting Main Street buildings it had been leasing.

May 07, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch proposes furloughs as part of budget cuts

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch employees could be taking a financial hit as part of the city's budget plan for next fiscal year, starting July 1.

May 07, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Corps’ exec: New manual not panacea to ‘water wars’

DAWSONVILLE - Pete Taylor, chief of staff for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mobile District, said Tuesday night he was excited about federal stimulus funding for an updated water manual.

May 05, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area churches, groups to observe National Day of Prayer

The Gainesville square will be open to more than just lunchtime traffic Thursday.

May 04, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony remembering Gainesville State professor Tom Deitz swings from somber to silly

OAKWOOD - It was not your typical memorial service, but probably one that Tom Deitz would have wanted.

May 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rain can't wash out Dawsonville's Spring Fling Festival

DAWSONVILLE - Weather wasn't particularly kind to Dawsonville's Spring Fling festival this weekend, but it didn't put a damper on enthusiasm.

May 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rewriting the book on Lanier

Plenty of physical improvements appear on the way for Lake Lanier and Buford Dam, thanks to millions pouring in from federal stimulus money.

But the one project that excites many lake advocates the most has nothing to do with park improvements or shoreline fixes.

May 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


Hall County native on a mission to help military abroad

Amy Paden never considered herself to be super patriotic.

April 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Visitors bureau touts area with new Web site

BRASELTON - Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to launch a new Web site next week as part of an ongoing effort to "reposition" itself to a larger market, its president said Tuesday.

April 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier, dam to receive $8.3 million in federal funds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mobile District, which governs Lake Lanier, will get $293 million in federal stimulus money, including about $8.3 million for Buford Dam and Lake Lanier, officials announced Tuesday.

April 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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New poultry lab’s operations smooth so far

The Georgia Poultry Laboratory is up and running in North Hall County, with ties mostly cut to its 50-year-old building in Oakwood.

December 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Defense bill calls for Army control of Camp Merrill

Camp Frank D. Merrill outside Dahlonega has long been Army strong. With President Barack Obama's signature, it will be Army controlled.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Burial plot rates may rise at cemetery

The price of burial spaces may be rising at Gainesville's Alta Vista Cemetery.

December 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula nearing budget as it wraps up downtown work

Lula is cutting it close on dollars as it wraps up a downtown improvements project.

December 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: Environmental watchdog group’s founder hands over reins

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper has worked the past 1½ years on a "seamless transition" in top leadership, as one of Georgia's most recognizable faces in environmental advocacy heads into retirement.

December 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Transportation funding at a crossroads yet again

A slowing of state transportation projects getting contracts looks to start again next year, as uncertainty over future federal funding builds anew.

December 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville may spend $670,600 on Flat Creek project

Gainesville is looking to pay the Army Corps of Engineers $670,600 to kickstart what will be the largest stream restoration project the city has done on long-troubled Flat Creek.

December 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Legislators say road funding will be big issue in 2015

Fixing Georgia's roads and bridges will be a top priority for the General Assembly when it reconvenes Jan. 12, Hall County delegation members said Thursday morning.

December 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Committee holds off on tax funding for mall improvements

With an armload of questions about Lakeshore Mall's renovation efforts, area government and school officials decided Wednesday to put off using taxpayer money that's aimed at helping projects in blighted areas.

December 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cagle urges 'big and bold' approach to transportation issues

ATHENS - In the face of a nationwide infrastructure crisis, Georgia needs to be "big and bold" in meeting its long-term transportation needs, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told a large gathering of transportation officials Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall to release sales tax projects list

Residents planning to attend a final public input meeting Thursday on a proposed extension of the special purpose local option sales tax should have some projects to consider if they go.

December 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Possible sales tax projects will be topic of 2 meetings this week

Area residents have two chances this week to hear or give input about a new round of the special purpose local option sales tax.

December 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Work could extend Hall landfill's life

A plan to fill in space at the Hall County landfill could extend the facility's lifespan, but time is of the essence to do the work.

December 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Health care signup deadlines raise worries, questions

Rahab's Rope would like to offer its employees health insurance, but as a small nonprofit organization, the Gainesville ministry is finding it hard to offer that benefit.

December 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville airport move could boost area economy

Planes four times larger than previously allowed now can land at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, a move that some believe could boost economic development.

December 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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