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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


Oakwood sets hearing on fire tax rate inequality

Oakwood residents will get a chance Monday to voice their opinions about fire tax inequality between city and county property owners.

January 10, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Frigid temperatures dangerous for area's homeless

For local resident Michael King, the struggle with cold weather is all too familiar.

January 07, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Prisoners earn second lease on life

Virginia Gilmore leads a seemingly ordinary life for a fast-food worker. She wakes up at noon, showers, dresses and heads to her job as a night shift manager at the Wendy's in Clarkesville every Sunday through Friday.

December 29, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Salvation Army coffers hit by short holiday season, rain

Christmas is over and the results from the Salvation Army's annual bell-ringing fundraising campaign are in.

December 27, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Overcoming the odds: Clarkesville man added years to his life with surgery, lifestyle changes

Two years ago, Clarkesville resident Mark Watson faced his own death. It didn't come in the form of a near-death experience or a trip to the hospital, but in the form of a letter from his doctor that said if Watson didn't get his diabetes under control, he would live no more than another five to 10 years.

December 27, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Fire closes cabin at Smithgall Woods State Park

While most people were sleeping on Christmas morning, firefighters in White County were responding to a fire at a rental cabin at Smithgall Woods State Park just east of Helen.

December 27, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Gainesville insurance broker joins City Council

Newly elected Gainesville City Councilman Sam Couvillon will be sworn in after today's meeting alongside Danny Dunagan, the city's first directly elected mayor.

December 26, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Overcoming the odds: Quadriplegic finds solace after wreck

Just a couple of days before Christmas in 1990 and almost two weeks after his 17th birthday, Gainesville native Keith Clark became a quadriplegic.

December 23, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Hall turns Christmas trees to mulch after holiday

With Christmas two days away, few people are yet thinking about what to do with their tree after the holidays are over.

December 22, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


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Articles By Author - Andrew Akers


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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