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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


Prepping consultant ready to face any disaster

National Geographic's reality TV show "Doomsday Preppers" depicts people obsessed with the end of the world and spend a lot of money and time preparing for it. Bomb shelters, years worth of food stores, hidden caches of weapons and armored vehicles make regular appearances on the show.

December 22, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Clip-clop around town in a horse-drawn carriage

Few things set the Christmas mood better than the clip-clop of horses' hooves on pavement as it draws a carriage packed with sightseers around a town square decked in lights.

December 17, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Drive through town of Jesus’ birth

This Christmas season, take a journey to Bethlehem without ever leaving Gainesville, or your car.

December 14, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


South Hall mountain biking trail gets approval

An international mountain biking organization has been given the go-ahead by the Hall County Board of Commissioners to begin designing a trail for the Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch.

December 13, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Cadillac, Mazda dealership moves to Gainesville

Veteran car dealership Atlanta Automotive Group has moved to Gainesville.

December 13, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Business


Donate carefully this holiday season

Many people consider giving to charity this time of year, but not every organization deserves your donations.

December 11, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


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