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Hall serves up hospitality with visitors

ALTO - As a retired high school French teacher, Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras regularly peppers her conversations with a sprinkling of Francais.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


University System of Georgia scales back fixed tuition program

The Georgia Board of Regents has halted its fixed tuition program for this fall's freshmen to raise more money in the face of the state's worst fiscal crisis in decades.

April 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lumpkin County may get 1,000 new jobs

A former carpet yarn plant in Dahlonega is about to be sold as a poultry further-processing plant with prospects for 1,000 new jobs.

April 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


National Bank of Georgia buys former GB&T headquarters

The National Bank of Georgia has purchased the former headquarters of Gainesville Bank & Trust and will begin operations there later this month.

April 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


It’s official: Chicken cook-off is state’s main event

It seems only fitting that the chicken cook-off in the Poultry Capital of the World would be the state's official chicken cooking event.

April 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Is April 15 just another day?

Keturah McDowell is bracing for the final days of tax season.

April 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Business


Churches step in to offer job guidance

In her role as pastor of Christian education and discipleship, the Rev. Debby Fox generally works on matters such as curriculum for Sunday school classes.

April 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Some small towns have a reputation with drivers

Ludowici, the county seat of Long County in Southeast Georgia, has a claim to fame that it would like to shed.

April 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Holy Week: Christians reflect on Jesus’ last days

Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day of Holy Week leading up to Easter.

April 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville unemployment claims up 249% over last year

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that 96,306 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits in March, an increase of 126.3 percent from March 2008.

April 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Vineyards, orchards dealt glancing blows by Tuesday's lows

Mother Nature dealt a glancing blow to Northeast Georgia orchards and vineyards Tuesday night, but nothing near the knockout punch they received two years ago.

April 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State's March revenues fall 14.5 percent vs. 2008

State revenues continued their downward spiral in March, down 14.5 percent from a year earlier.

April 08, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Milliken plans retail complex near mill in New Holland

A South Carolina firm has big plans for a 55-acre tract at the intersection of Limestone and Jesse Jewell parkways.

April 07, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Spring delivers deadly sting

In 2008, the weather was nearly perfect and the family owned enterprise had one of its best quality harvests ever.

April 07, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Foreign visitors coming to Hall

Diplomatic and business officials from 20 countries will descend on Northeast Georgia next week for the 23rd annual VIP tour.

April 06, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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