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Two charged with robbing taxi driver on Flat Creek Drive

Authorities charged two men with armed robbery Thursday morning after a taxi driver was robbed on Flat Creek Drive, according to Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent.

January 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Medical center won't oppose Gwinnett heart surgery plans

Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials say they don't feel threatened by Gwinnett Medical Center's bid to start an open-heart surgery program.

Gwinnett, which claims to be the nation's most populated county without an open-heart program, wants to apply to the Georgia Department of Community Health for a certificate of need, which the state requires in order to create any major medical facility or program.

January 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Retailers take returns as shoppers snap up sales

An hour before sunrise, there is a cadre of determined shoppers on the prowl. Most are women, many are sans makeup with their hair covered by a baseball cap. They are clad in sneakers to give them additional agility as they search for the coveted prize - a bargain worth bragging about.

The scene is repeated at store after store in Gainesville, such as Kohl's, Belk and J.C. Penney, which all opened their doors at 6 a.m. As other stores opened, so came the shoppers.

January 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Traffic deaths for Christmas falls below projection

Twelve people were killed in crashes on state roadways over the Christmas holiday period, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety. But the latest number of fatalities falls well short of the prediction, perhaps a sign of increased vigilance among drivers and law enforcement.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Area company gains several food contracts

For Jack Hough, it all began with a single yogurt shop in an outlet mall in Helen.

But in 1992, Hough's Gainesville company, MSE Branded Foods, introduced a concept of multiple brands sharing a common kitchen and management at North Georgia Premium Outlets.

January 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Under the tree to the trash pile: Compactor sites processing Christmas waste

GAINESVILLE - Each year, Christmas proves to be the trashiest of all the holidays.

People of Hall County, no longer running to the stores for last minute gifts, have started flocking to the local trash compactor sites to get rid of unwanted Christmas gift boxes and wrapping paper.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


More rain on the way

GAINESVILLE - The drought is far from over, but expect more rainfall in the coming days.

Forecasters expect around a quarter to a half-inch of rain to fall on Friday, and are looking for nearly an inch to fall on Sunday.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Voting ends at noon: The Top 10 stories of 2007

2007 was a busy year in Northeast Georgia. The area was hit hard by a record-setting drought. A local man became lieutenant governor. Our high school sports teams had great success. Lake Lanier turned 50.

January 07, 2008 | | Local


Schools may try Bible classes

GAINESVILLE - Bible elective classes as sanctioned by the state Department of Education could be coming to Hall County schools in the fall of 2008.

The district is looking at starting "Literature and History of the Old Testament Era" and "Literature and History of the New Testament Era."

January 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


For some, Christmas still means business

While many are at home breaking bread on Christmas, others have to go to work and earn it.

For those people, working on Christmas is just part of the business.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Holiday lunch gives gift to volunteers, too

At noon, the good news is that volunteers come to serve lunch.

And no one even asks them to come.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Clermont postal workers play Santa on Christmas

Through rain, sleet, snow and even Christmas, the Clermont Post Office delivers.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Long lines awaited Christmas Day moviegoers

GAINESVILLE - Christmas movies are a long-standing holiday tradition, but going to the movies on Christmas is a tradition that had some in Hall County standing in long lines.

Tuesday, at Gainesville's GTC Hollywood 15 Cinemas, the line for tickets stretched the length of a football field past the ticket window.

January 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Recycle that tree

It's Christmas Day, and that pine tree in the corner of the room is already looking dried-out and tired.

January 05, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Tradition lights way for the Christ child

For nearly 40 years, Kevin and Sam McAvoy have lugged Christmas with them as they trotted from Heidelberg, Germany, to Miami to El Paso, Texas, and finally to North Hall.

Kevin McAvoy, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has lived with his wife, Sam, on Shoreline Drive off Mount Vernon Road for 18 years. The couple is often responsible for igniting the Christmas spirit in the neighborhood, and Kevin McAvoy dresses as Santa on Christmas Eve - just as he has done for the past 39 years.

January 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Eyes on the Road: Cleveland Bypass set for end of April completion

The Cleveland Bypass is now slated for an April 30 completion, with the Tucker-based contractor facing fines for missing the original July 31 deadline.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students learn from business pros

Business students at North Hall High School did some job shadowing Tuesday at what may sound like an unusual place - Memorial Park Funeral Home.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Volunteers clear area for nature preserve

Ricoh Americas employees removed non-native invasive plants as part of the company's volunteer day in conjunction with the upcoming USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, which is Saturday. Ricoh Americas employees volunteered to clear the future parking lot site of the Linwood Nature Preserve. Headquartered in Japan, the Ricoh company has a Gainesville branch about 1 mile from the 30-acre site off Thompson Bridge Road. The company used its volunteer day to help Hall County Master Gardeners and members of The Redbud Project prepare the preserve for future use. Another work day at the preserve will be held ...

October 22, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


‘The Rookie’ shares his tale at gala

Jim Morris was a slightly overweight, 35-year-old high school teacher with a bad arm when he reluctantly tried out for a professional baseball team.

October 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Nunn, Perdue discuss Ebola in campaigns

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheriff's office has 30 days to appeal civil service ruling

Sheriff Gerald Couch will have 30 days to appeal the Hall County Civil Service Board decision regarding two former deputies, County Attorney Bill Blalock said.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver charged with DUI in Athens Highway crash

One of the drivers in the Monday crash on Athens Highway has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man still critical after 7-story fall at Raven Cliff Falls

North Georgia emergency authorities crossed fallen trees and rappelled down a 40-foot cliff to rescue a man who had fallen 80 feet.

October 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to give final OK on brewery today

Gainesville City Council is expected to give the final go-ahead needed for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area when it meets tonight.

October 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


UNG biology professor discusses Ebola facts with students

Ebola rumors and confusion are nearly as out of control as the virus itself, according to a professor at the University of North Georgia.

October 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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