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Unsecured prescriptions are deadly dangers

Many people have unused prescription medications lying forgotten under the bathroom sink or in medicine cabinets. This may be a common practice, but research suggests it is a dangerous, and possibly lethal, one.

April 29, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Bicyclists pedal with a passion

"When I ride my bike, I truly feel alive," Gainesville resident John Lilly said. "I'm outside with the wind in my hair and I'm getting exercise.

April 27, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Lanier Tech’s Byers named technical instructor of 2014

David Byers, a dental hygiene instructor at Lanier Technical College's Oakwood campus, was named the Technical College System of Georgia's Instructor of the Year at a Thursday night banquet for the system's top educators and students.

April 25, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Mountain festival sets up shop in Dahlonega

Musical jams, storytellers and arts and crafts celebrating the Southern Appalachian culture are the focus of the 18th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega.

April 24, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Recycling waste rakes in revenue for Hall County

"Most people don't realize that they use recycled-content materials every day," Hall County Recycling Coordinator Rick Foote said.

April 22, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


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


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


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