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The circus came to town

Titus Smith, 6, pets "Runaway" on Saturday after riding her at the Loomis Bros. Circus at Chicopee Agricultural Center. David and Ashley Smith of Buford, with youngest son Gage, 1, are in the background. The circus featured acrobats, clowns, aerialists, thrill acts and animal acts including elephants and Bengal and white Siberian tigers. "We hope to come back next year," said spokesperson Erik Scott. "The response was pretty good."

July 13, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Fireworks put on a show

Northeast Georgia residents celebrated the Fourth of July on Friday, with the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7's fireworks display being one of the highlights. Laurel Park on Lake Lanier in Gainesville was the site for the annual pyrotechnics, which also included an offseason visit from Santa Claus.

July 05, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Cyclists sprint to the finish line

The third annual Dingo Days of Summer kicked off a three-day race weekend Friday night with the 2014 Wrenched Bicycles Street Sprints and Crits.

June 28, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


June Jam features music, fun for a good cause

The 7th annual Mitch Farmer June Jam kicked off Saturday afternoon with something new - 15-year-old Barron King's animation dance routine to a couple of electronic dance mixes. The charity event's goals, however, are the same as when local realtor Farmer started it in 2007, with this year's profits going to the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hall and Dawson counties. CASA provides legal advocates for child victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. When Farmer died in December 2009 from a congenital heart defect, his friends and family carried on the June concerts. "His legacy is carried ...

June 21, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Swimmers go splashing for a world mark

Thirty-four local swimmers and three instructors went swimming Friday in Flowery Branch to try to set a Guinness World Record and promote swim safety.

June 21, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Farmers market opens for season on Gainesville square

The Gainesville Farmers Market opened Friday afternoon with many returning vendors and two new ones.

May 30, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Children dig in at community garden

The Gainesville Housing Authority kicked off a community garden project Wednesday with a lot of little help at Melrose Apartments.

April 23, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Lanier Village Estates holds fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends

The young and old, two humans dressed as a biddy and a bunny, some dogs for petting and a U.S. representative turned out Wednesday for the fifth annual Lanier Village Estates Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends.

April 17, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Serving up smiles

Twenty-two current and former sports figures and notable locals can add "celebrity server" to their resumes after working restaurant tables Thursday night for a local child abuse advocacy center.

April 04, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Dancing the night away with Daddy

Two-hundred ninety daddies and daughters danced on the blond wooden floor Friday night at the Gainesville Civic Center Friday night for the 14th annual Daddy Daughter Dance.

February 28, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Man arrested after 2-hour chase, search

A Hall County man was in jail Tuesday night after allegedly leading Hall County deputies on an extended car chase and foot search that lasted two hours and ended under an abandoned house.

February 18, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Gainesville Junior Homesteaders Club makes cheese

About 30 student members of the Gainesville Junior Homesteaders Club made cheese from a kit Monday at Gainesville Exploration Academy. Most seemed to enjoy the experience more than the final product, but they tasted it anyway with only a few grimaces. The after-school club, formerly known as The Garden Club, meets each Monday and has explored beekeeping and gardening, plans to pick strawberries, revisit beekeeping and gardening and will make pizza dough to go with their mozzarella next week, said club leader and parent volunteer Amanda Castaneda. Parent Maria Martinez, whose sons Henry, 10, and Angel, 9, helped make the ...

February 18, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Tubing the Hooch ... in winter?

The Northeast Georgia Alpine Village of Helen on Saturday celebrated its fourth annual Fasching, the German version of Mardi Gras, with a parade and a quick group float through town on the Chattahoochee River in the afternoon and a party Saturday night. "Our purpose is to be spontaneous, fun, and to promote the city," said one of the event's organizers, Sharon Hartis. "No politics, just fun." Thirty-five brightly dressed "faschingverein" put in their inflatable rafts along River Street and floated about a quarter-mile through town, taking out at the Munich Strasse bridge. Helen's "friendship city" of Fussen, Germany ...

February 15, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Area pets sit down with 'Santa Claws'

Santa Claws warmly greeted "Little Red" by name Saturday morning when owner Carolee Gailey brought the jauntily-dressed, ruddy dachshund into the makeshift photo studio at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.

November 16, 2013 | Nat Gurley | Local


Children gather in the downtown square for candy and fun

One of the most popular "squarecrows" was back in her downtown spot on the square Thursday, just in time for Halloween.

October 31, 2013 | Nat Gurley | Local


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