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Students give a life-saving gift

Last week at North Hall High School, students lined up and waited patiently for their turn to save a life.

February 17, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Rock Goodbye Angel gets a new home

Rock Goodbye Angel, a local nonprofit that supports families who have lost an infant, is opening the doors today to new offices.

February 16, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Dental pros, students volunteer services for children who need care

More than 200 kids from Hall County and Gainesville schools took a trip to the dentist Friday.

February 07, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Chinese acrobats descend onto city

Chinese acrobats will tumble into Gainesville next Thursday.

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


Employers offer incentives to encourage a healthy workplace

In a growing effort to combat obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other "lifestyle diseases," more workplaces are offering wellness programs to promote healthy living among their employees.

February 04, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


February marks first anniversary of Citizen Alert System

February marks a year since Hall County implemented the Citizen Alert System.

February 03, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Actor returns home to Gainesville for ‘this hour forward’

The last time Dahlonega's Ryan Conarro was on a local stage was in 1998. At the time, he was a student at North Hall High School and he performed with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance in "Our Town" and "West Side Story."

January 30, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Artist merges traditional cross-stitch with modern technology

"Sampler," an exhibit by Athens artist Didi Dunphy combining the traditional art of cross-stitch embroidery with mobile computing, is on display in the library of the University of North Georgia's Cumming Campus.

January 30, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Low temperatures, high spirits

The winter weather may be a catastrophe for some, but for many local residents it means a day away from work or school, playing in the snow.

January 29, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Bringing the heat: As temperatures drop, utility bills rise

As temperatures drop across Northeast Georgia, power bills are likely to rise as heaters click into overdrive to cope with the freezing weather. For some, the cost becomes burdensome.

January 25, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Fiddleheads honor one of its own members

Area bluegrass band, The Fiddleheads, is playing a concert this Saturday in Dahlonega to celebrate the life of Zachariah "Zak" McConnell, the band's mandolinist who died of a heart condition in October.

January 23, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Gainesville has international connections

What does a mountain town in eastern Japan, a city in northern Hungary known for its wine and historic castle and the city of Gainesville have in common?

January 21, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Gainesville man adjusts to life after organ transplant

Shaw Carter never knew the person who gave him his heart, and it's likely he will never even learn his name. But without his newly donated heart, Shaw Carter would continue to struggle with a host of alarming symptoms that could lead to his death.

January 19, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Ronda Rich's sixth book comes to life on the small screen

The romantic comedy "The Town That Came A-Courtin,'" a movie based on the novel of the same name written by local author and renowned columnist Ronda Rich, is airing at 7 p.m. this Sunday on the UP Network.

January 16, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Oakwood addresses fire tax inequality

Oakwood City Council voted Monday to formally contact the Hall County Board of Commissioners about fire tax inequalities between the city and unincorporated areas of the county.

January 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


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