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John Berry concert to benefit Challenged Child

Country music singer John Berry will be playing next Tuesday at Riverside Military Academy in his annual Christmas concert benefiting local nonprofit Challenged Child and Friends Inc.

November 25, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Lakeview Academy wins One Act competition

For the first time in the school's 43-year history, Lakeview Academy claimed a state championship title for a one-act play.

November 25, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Burton’s makes final sale after 43 years in business

On March 19, 1970, Burton's department store held its grand opening on the downtown square in Gainesville. Billed as a store "with a new concept in shopping," the store carried a variety of clothing, both men's and women's, as well as furniture.

November 25, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Area beekeepers win state, international honey awards

Despite the hardships posed by colony collapse disorder, many Northeast Georgia beekeepers are thriving.

November 22, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Honeybees suffer massive losses

When local beekeeper Bob Bradbury surveyed his beehives last March in preparation for spring, he found a big surprise. About 80 percent of his hives were empty.

November 22, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Comedic band rides into Dahlonega

Grammy award-winning comedy and Western group Riders in the Sky will perform at the Historic Holly Theatre in Dahlonega this Saturday.

November 21, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


New sport of Pickleball appeals to North Georgians

A new sport is sweeping across senior communities and public gyms in North Georgia. The game pickleball, akin to tennis and badminton, frequently attracts seniors because of its smaller courts and greater accessibility.

November 19, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


North, Central Georgia receive new phone numbers

It's time to hang up on the 678, 706, 770 and 404 telephone area codes.

November 18, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Historic New Holland church closing its doors

New Holland United Methodist Church in Gainesville, which opened at the turn of the 20th century, will hold its final worship service Sunday.

November 16, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Musician returns to ‘adopted’ hometown

More than 50 years ago, country music singer-songwriter Bill Anderson sat on top of a hotel roof in Commerce with his guitar on a clear August night when he wrote the song "City Lights" in pencil on the back of an envelope from the radio station where he worked.

November 14, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Jingle, mingle on downtown square

Christmas may be more than a month away, but Santa is coming to the Gainesville square for the annual Jingle Mingle.

November 14, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Get Out top stories


Civil rights activist teaches students value of nonviolence

Six decades ago, 9-year-old Charles Alphin grabbed his bicycle and pedaled to the north side of St. Louis to cool off in a public swimming pool.

November 13, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Local


Red Rabbit driver shares wisdom of the road

On most weekdays, Johnny Wilson arrives at Hall County Transit at 5:45 a.m., before the sun has even risen, to check the fluid levels, tire pressure and light functions of his bus in preparation for his 8-hour shift.

November 12, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


UNG military program sees rise in cadet enrollment

North Georgia is home to another esteemed military school, only it's for college-age men and women.

November 10, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Riverside Military Academy molds future troops

Veterans Day is a day of celebration and remembrance for those who have fought for our country. But the young men and women of our local military schools, many of whom aspire to continue the tradition of this holiday by formally serving in uniform, are often overlooked.

November 10, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


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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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