There has been talk in recent years about commuter rail from Hall County to Atlanta. Some folks see in the future an extension of Atlanta's rapid rail, MARTA, into Gwinnett County, maybe light rail to Gainesville.
Gainesville School Board is rolling up taxes this year, saying teachers are having to do more with less as enrollment continues to climb.
It's been an interesting election season so far, what with the failure of T-SPLOST, the various runoffs upcoming and an intense presidential campaign.
What a great idea the former cruisers had recently when they staged a cruise-in along Pearl Nix Parkway, or West Bypass, as it was known at one time.
Bob Schwab was one of those people you call "pioneers" in his profession.
The Summer Olympic Games in London surely must stir some memories for local folks when Lake Lanier was chosen as a venue for rowing and flatwater kayaking and canoeing in 1996.
What are those old sayings? "What goes around comes around ?" or "There's nothing new under the sun."
If ever there were a person who best epitomized the culture and character of the North Georgia mountains, it might be Barbara Taylor Woodall, who lives on Kelly's Creek in Rabun County.
We think nothing of a trip to the mountains these days. From Gainesville, one can be in the heights of the hills in less than an hour's drive north.
North Georgia mountains long have had the reputation of a hiding place for illegal liquor stills.
The legend of Nacoochee, whose name is attached to that lovely valley just south of Helen in White County, is well known.
Gainesville's standing as a health resort in the late 1800s and early 1900s played a part in the reunion of family members who lost touch with one another over 30 years.
It is approaching peak peach time in North Georgia. Trips to Jaemor Farms near Lula and other orchards in that area will become more frequent. Peaches will be showing up more often in the backs of trucks parked at local farmers' markets.
Rabun County's spectacular beauty has lured tourists to the mountains for decades, and when Hollywood discovered it, it became a mecca for movie settings.
Fire struck the Gainesville Eagle newspaper right before Christmas 1885.
Gainesville High School students and alumni are familiar with The Trumpeter, the school newspaper for decades.
Time for another little local history trivia quiz. Answers follow:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders broke ground for Buford Dam in 1949, and it would be another seven years before the first trickle of water from the Chattahoochee River would begin to form Lake Lanier.
A mother and her two daughters were among those killed in the Cooper Pants Factory fire that started during the 1936 Gainesville tornado.
Jackson Countians know why the Jefferson bypass on U.S. 129 south of Gainesville is named for Major Damon J. Gause. Many others, even in neighboring counties, might not know that he was a World War II hero, whose remarkable story about multiple escapes from the Japanese will be told in a Public Broadcasting documentary next year.
Frances Miller Haynes will turn 100 years old Oct. 1. Appropriately, she will celebrate in advance Saturday in the building with which she is most identified – Candler Street School just off North Green Street in Gainesville.
Even longtime North Georgia residents are struck at how Gainesville's Atlanta Highway transformed so quickly.
Many remember the movie "The Last Picture Show," which came out in 1971 and starred Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd. It was about a dying Texas town whose businesses, including the movie show, were failing.
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