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North Georgia Jewish community small, but close knit

While many Christians prepare for Easter with egg hunts and religious services during Holy week, members of the Jewish faith are anticipating the arrival of one of its major observances: Passover.

April 05, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


New drug raises concerns locally

A new drug that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration has raised concerns both locally and nationally about its potential for abuse.

March 29, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Gainesville church group builds a strong foundation

The Rev. Calvin Haney and members of his flock from St. Paul United Methodist Church off Washington Street in Gainesville arrived in a small town west of Birminghman, Ala., to answer God's call.

March 29, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Run to raise awareness for rare disease

A 5,000-meter "Run for Zyah" will be this Saturday in Gainesville to benefit the nonprofit organization, Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

March 27, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Area concert benefits US veterans

A concert benefitting the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 17 will take place Saturday night at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville.

March 27, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


11-month trip alters woman’s life and career

Editor's note: India's government requires Sarah's Covenant Homes to protect the names of its children. All of the kids have been given nicknames by the orphanage's staff members.

March 24, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Artistic entomological art on display at UNG

As a special addition to the "Formicidae" entomological art exhibit, which is on display at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, the school will showcase the public art installation "The Moth Project" on Tuesday, March 25.

March 20, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Community comes together after fire damages Irish pub

Neither rain nor fire can keep Shenanigans Irish Restaurant & Pub from celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

March 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Water damage experts come to rescue of area homeowners

As anybody who has ever suffered it knows, heavy water damage at home can be a traumatic experience. Furniture, family possessions, important documents and other items can disappear in a splash.

March 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Ways to lower your electricity bill

One of the biggest expenses for homeowners is the electricity bill. For some, it can be as much as a second mortgage payment.

March 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Mary Poppins pops into Gainesville

The Gainesville Ballet Company is celebrating 40 years of performances with "Mary and other repertory works."

March 13, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Hall County native still works at age 90

Pete Smith was born near the intersection of what are now Barrett and Dorsey Peek roads in 1924. On Friday, he celebrated his 90th birthday only 3 miles away at the same place he has worked for the past two decades, the Hall County compactor site on Poplar Springs Road.

March 11, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


High School shooting teams emphasize safety, teamwork and confidence

When most people hear the phrase "guns in school," they think of tragedies such as school shootings and gang violence. But for several local high schoolers, the phrase means competition, responsibility and camaraderie.

March 10, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Transplant Band sings for organ donation

The newly formed Gainesville group The Transplant Band was created for one purpose: to "share the beat."

March 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


County landfill gets new water treatment system

A new water treatment system at the Hall County Landfill is set to begin operating this week, saving the county an estimated $44,000 a month.

March 02, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


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Northeast Georgia woman shaves head for fundraiser

Ashlynn Geringer, a 4-year-old Lumpkin County girl who has leukemia, received an interesting birthday present Saturday: a family friend's hair.

April 16, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Renovated downtown building open for business

An old red brick building in downtown Lula is once again open for business after decades of neglect.

April 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


UNG club sponsors event to support LGBT community

Students at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus gathered Friday to silently support members of the school's LGBT community.

April 12, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Spring season arrives at Quinlan Visual Arts Center

Painting of wildlife, rural life and surreal images as well as clay and bronze sculptures will adorn the walls and floor space for the spring exhibition at Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville.

April 10, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


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