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Cagle's spinal surgery set for Monday

The spinal surgery that led to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's sudden departure from the governor's race has been scheduled for Monday at Emory University Hospital in an Atlanta.

April 24, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hopewell Christian Academy students pay grocery bills for random J&J customers

As she made her way through the aisles of J&J Foods on Jesse Jewell Parkway, Elma Blackwell didn't realize she was about to get a surprise.

April 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Agribusiness pioneers, standouts honored

A dairy farmer, a longtime veterinarian and Georgia's commissioner of agriculture were inducted Wednesday into the Hall County Agribusiness Hall of Fame.

April 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Barnes doesn’t rule out joining 2010 race

CUMMING - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said Tuesday that he is continuing to ponder a run for the office he lost to Sonny Perdue in 2002.

April 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lobbyist says cities must reach out for better ties to legislature

A top lobbyist for the Georgia Municipal Association on Tuesday told city officials from throughout Northeast Georgia that cities were spared a worse fate from the 2009 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

April 21, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Funeral held for girl killed in ATV wreck

Funeral services were held Monday for a 12-year-old Alto girl who was killed Friday night in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle in Banks County.

April 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Surging enrollment seen at technical colleges

With an 8-year-old special needs son, Susan Martin of Flowery Branch wanted a job that could give her flexibility to attend to her son.

April 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cagle rules out returning to 2010 governor's race

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Sunday closed the door on a possible return to the governor's race.

April 19, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


These businesses have an office on four wheels

John Bowmar had dreams of owning his own lawn mower repair shop, but the cost of land and a building were out of his reach.

April 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Business


IRS gives Ponzi scheme victims a tax break

The Internal Revenue Service has given victims of criminal fraud an opportunity to claim most of their losses on this year's tax return.

April 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville titan Ray McRae dies at age 85

J.M. "Ray" McRae, one of Hall County's most powerful business figures of the past century, died late Thursday night following a brief illness. He was 85.

McRae, who came to Gainesville in 1953, is remembered as the consummate deal maker. McRae was the key player in recruiting a number of industries, including Wrigley's and Rockwell International, which manufactured engines for the Tomahawk missile.

April 17, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


OSHA cites Fieldale Farms for safety violations

Federal officials are proposing a $73,275 fine against Fieldale Farms Corp. following a January inspection that turned up 22 violations.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Election 2010: Will others get in now that Cagle has left governor's race?

The departure of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle from next year's governor's race has touched off rampant speculation about potential Republican candidates for a variety of state offices.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Exit means others could get in the race

The fallout from Casey Cagle's departure from the governor's race may indirectly result in the biggest change in statewide constitutional officers in the recent history.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cagle bows out of governor's race

ATLANTA - A reluctant Casey Cagle walked away Wednesday from his dream of being the state's next governor.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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