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What’s the deal? Business is booming at local pawn shops.

Ray Newman plopped the stereo with a five compact-disc changer on the counter at Lanier Jewelry and Loan on Dawsonville Highway.

July 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Life


A fireworks display is part art and part science experiment

It all starts with gunpowder, but to invoke those patriotic feelings on July Fourth, a little copper, strontium, barium, iron or maybe sodium is thrown in.

July 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Get Out


Flowery Branch boosts cost for trash pickups

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday to add a $1 service charge to the bills of trash-only customers.

Trash customers, residential and commercial, will pay $12 instead of $11 monthly for the service. Councilmen Craig Lutz and Chris Fetterman voted against the charge.

July 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


GSC's Stoy headed to Middle Georgia College

Michael Stoy, vice president for academic affairs at Gainesville State College, was named the new president of Middle Georgia College.

July 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


A teacher’s lesson

In a couple of weeks, Leslie McAbee leaves for the second and final year of her Peace Corps stint in southern Madagascar.

July 05, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Life


Flowery Branch water, sewer rates increase today

Flowery Branch's new water and sewer rates take effect today.

The Flowery Branch City Council voted June 18 to approve the higher rates, which distinguish between customers inside and outside the city and customers whose accounts with the city predate June 2000.

July 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Equipment helps find Alzheimer's, other patients who wander away

FLOWERY BRANCH - Authorities searched for three hours before they found the autistic child, the grandson of a Gainesville-Hall County Pilot Club member, who had gone missing.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Church celebrates USA with 'God and Country' event

Wearing patriotic costumes and with flags fluttering on their little vehicles, the children circled the parking lot of First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

The "Trike-tilla" parade of tricycles and little red wagons served as a main attraction at Sunday's God and Country Patriotic Day at the church at 2780 Thompson Bridge Road.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man in critical condition after fight at South Hall home

A man was in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital after a fight at a South Hall home Sunday morning.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


New seafood market offers fresh catches and hot Cajun dishes

A lack of seafood markets in Hall County and a longtime love for the seafood industry that he grew up in drove Mississippi-born Phuong Le to give up a career in car body repair and start his own business.

July 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Business


Area firearms owners applaud gun rights

JoAnn Hitman is new to guns and their use. Having just bought one three months ago, she is now learning how to use one.

July 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Pedal patrol: In effort to save gas, Flowery Branch buys bicycles for officers

Add bike helmet to the Flowery Branch police uniform.

July 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Roadwork on I-985 Exit 22 should clear up soon

Road construction work has made traveling around Exit 22 at Interstate 985 a little more challenging in the past couple of months, as frequent motorists to the area have discovered. But work is winding down as road crews put the finishing touches on the project.

The state has completed adding turn lanes at the entrance and exit ramps at I-985 and U.S. 129. Also, workers have finished adding turn lanes in the median that take motorists traveling northbound on U.S. 129 to the southbound and northbound entrance ramps.

June 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville High principal hired by Glynn County

Gainesville High School campus principal Mike Kemp is leaving to become assistant superintendent for student achievement for the Glynn County school system.

June 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Jesters keep rockin’, 40 years later

Winning a talent show in 1964 set The Jesters on a musical journey that has lasted 44 years and shows no signs of slowing.

June 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Get Out


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Veterans seek to add more to soldiers memorial

The plot of land began years as ago as a gateway to a string of parks connecting downtown Gainesville to Lake Lanier, with park benches and paths winding between trees and landscaped areas.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


Foundation honors two couples for philanthropy

Two area couples were honored Thursday for their generosity and service to the community at an annual philanthropy luncheon.

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula hopes to restore its caboose, a downtown fixture

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


It’s really cold now, but that might not be bad omen for winter

Tuesday's subfreezing weather may have reminded us of the polar vortexes and "snowmaggedons" that plagued the winter of 2014, but it doesn't necessarily portend an equally icy winter of 2015.

November 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula: $1.9M in sales tax extension would be spent on roads, water/sewer, parks

Lula estimates it could get $1.9 million from a proposed five-year extension of the special purpose local option sales tax.

November 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former Gov. Sanders dies, was key force in Hall’s early growth

Carl Sanders was Georgia's governor but also a huge contributor to Hall County's early growth.

November 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville doctor part of group battling Ebola

A Gainesville physician is doing his part to free the Ebola virus' deadly grip on his native Sierra Leone, and he is hoping the hard work of a group he belongs to will pay off soon.

November 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


City hopes to restore Flat Creek's water quality, appearance

November 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Elected leaders want to talk more before setting road project priorities

A group of top elected leaders balked Wednesday at approving a draft list of prioritized road projects through 2040, saying they needed first to discuss each project individually in a work session.

November 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Elected leaders want more discussion before OK’ing road project priorities

A group of top elected leaders balked this morning at approving a draft list of prioritized road projects through 2040, saying they needed first to discuss each project individually in a work session.

November 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local ceremonies honor veterans’ sacrifices

Tuesday was a day for tributes, tears and - in the case of one Veterans Day ceremony - some serious toe-tapping.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area honors military service on Veterans Day

Ron Kellner's appreciation for Veterans Day began long before he served in the U.S. military or helped lead - as he is today - a Veterans Day program for the American Legion.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood OKs 2015 budget with 50 percent tax increase

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to OK a budget that keeps the city solvent but is supported by a tax rate increase of about 50 percent.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


West Hall seeking IB career certificate program

West Hall High School hopes to offer the International Baccalaureate career certificate for students who aren't pursuing the full IB diploma.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Korean War vets given quilts as show of thanks

As Paul Scroggs tugged at the quilt wrapped around his shoulders, he said with a wry smile, "I wish I had this in Korea."

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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