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Election 2009: Few candidates qualify Tuesday

After many area incumbents qualified to seek re-election on Monday, Tuesday was a light day for qualifying for this fall's municipal elections.

September 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Stringer case goes to state Supreme Court

The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments next week about whether a Hall County judge should have allowed a jury to hear a 15-year-old's confession to fatally shooting a man.

September 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


DNR to push Georgia ecotourism

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Clark said he is ready to step up the agency's tourism efforts in the state.

September 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


September educates about drug, alcohol recovery

Many people associate September with Labor Day, but it is also National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

September 01, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Many area high school graduates head to college

High school counselors spend countless hours coaching students through the college application process that hopefully transitions them from a high school classroom to a college lecture hall.

September 01, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch likely to keep taxes the same

Flowery Branch's proposed tax rate, unchanged for the fourth straight year, likely will be passed today but possibly without the help of two of City Council's five members.

September 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former DOT leader Wayne Shackelford dies at 75

ATLANTA - Wayne Shackelford, who spent decades as a Gwinnett County administrator before leading the state Department of Transportation during the 1990s, has died.

September 01, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


Longtime area businessman, Albert Hayes, dies at age 81

Albert "A.D." Hayes' rise in the auto industry dates to 1953, when he ran a gas station/garage in Decatur.

August 31, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville could hire more firefighters if council OKs grant

Thanks to the federal stimulus bill, there could be a few more folks on the fire trucks in Gainesville.

August 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Schools gear up for busy flu season

As educators learn the H1N1 flu is more likely to afflict children and younger adults, schools and colleges are ramping up their preventative measures and educating students, parents and teachers on their role in keeping the community healthy.

August 31, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School tax break doesn’t apply in city

Gainesville taxpayers between the ages of 70 and 72 won't be getting the same breaks on their tax bills as their county counterparts this year.

August 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson's budget cuts keep staff intact

JEFFERSON - In order to prepare for the upcoming fiscal year, Jefferson officials had to make cuts to the proposed budgets offered by each department director.

August 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ninth District Opportunity gets money to combat homelessness

Ninth District Opportunity Inc. has received a $1.8 million grant to help prevent homelessness in Northeast Georgia.

August 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall targets code violators; some complain

Since forming the Public Safety Department, Hall County has seen many code enforcement success stories.

August 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Election 2009: Several incumbents qualify

Monday drew mostly incumbents seeking re-election as qualifying got started for this November's municipal races.

August 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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The Local Agenda: SPLOST VII citizens committee soon taking shape

Local government officials are moving forward with organizing a citizens oversight committee for the latest round of special purpose local option sales tax revenue.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


GMRC workforce development helps local students

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission reports that a record 419 individuals toured its mobile workforce development units, which resemble tour buses and provide career assessments, resume building and job searching, among other services, across Northeast Georgia in March.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council increasing per diem meeting pay

The Gainesville City Council is increasing its per diem meeting attendance pay to $150 from $125, and increasing the number of meetings elected officials can be paid for each month to 12 from 10.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


A moment’s paws with hospital patients

Furry friends can follow the pawprint path to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center pet park to meet their owners.

May 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville school board names Billy Kirk athletic, activities director

The Gainesville City School System has a new director of athletics and activities.

May 04, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deal signs transportation bill into law

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a new $900 million transportation bill into law Monday, spurring changes to the state's gas taxes and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

May 04, 2015 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Chestnut Mountain land offered to Lanier Tech for relocation

A potential site for the relocation of Lanier Technical College has been identified in the Chestnut Mountain area.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville cap on tow truck charges means stranded drivers in Hall face sticker shock

If your car is towed after breaking down, following an accident or because of a traffic or major criminal violation of the law, it will likely cost less within the Gainesville city limits than anywhere else in Hall County.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Debated Wal-Mart traffic signal to light up soon

A new traffic light on Thompson Bridge Road won't start operating for another week or two, but it's already caused plenty of conversation.

May 04, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Legislators dub 2015 General Assembly 'year of the child'

ATLANTA - A bill that would levy an annual $5,000 on strip clubs and fine pimps $2,500 to set up a fund for sexually exploited children is scheduled to be signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal, topping off what some legislators are calling the "year of the child" in the 2015 General Assembly.

May 03, 2015 | By Bill Hendrick Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: UGA president discusses experiential learning initiative

Gainesville Kiwanis Club had a special guest at its meeting last week.

May 03, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Friends rally around men injured in wreck

A Lula man is taking his anti-drinking-and-driving message public after two of his closest friends were injured in a wreck with someone allegedly under the influence.

May 03, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Cleveland Highway project behind schedule

The first leg of the Cleveland Bypass is nine months behind schedule, with some grading still yet to be done and the contractor racking up daily fines, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


1st round of Milestones testing ends

After a week and a half of assessments, area elementary and middle school students can breathe easy.

May 03, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Soldier comes home to surprise mom at graduation

It's amazing the difference one minute can make.

May 02, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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