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Falcons’ Finneran well received

Nearly 300 C.W. Davis Middle School students got a big reward for their community service project. All 6 foot 5 inches of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran visited the school Tuesday morning to congratulate the classes who collected the most cell phones for victims of domestic violence.

Grouped by subject from each grade level, the sixth-and seventh-grade language arts classes as well as the eighth-grade social studies class gathered 120 cell phones for Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program, which refurbishes unused wireless phones to create support lines for domestic violence victims. Collectively, the school donated more than 400 cell ...

December 30, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fatal fire sweeps 4 homes

A man is dead and three houses were destroyed after a fire spread through a Flowery Branch subdivision early Tuesday morning.

Larry Cleveland, 61, of Flowery Branch died as a result of a fire that started in his home and spread to three other houses in the Madison Creek subdivision off Jim Crow Road.

December 30, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Perdue: State beat goal in saving water

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that the state reduced its water usage by 348 million gallons per day in November, exceeding the state's goal of 230 million.

Perdue, at a news conference at the Capitol, said the reduction was enough water to supply 1.7 million households per day.

December 30, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Woman dies after being hit by car in parking lot

An elderly Gainesville woman died as the result of injuries she sustained when she was struck by a car in a bank parking lot, police said Wednesday.

December 30, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Citizen steamed over higher water prices

GAINESVILLE - One woman told Gainesville City Council members that after a rise in property taxes and gas prices, the new water rates are an unfair attempt at raising revenue.

At Tuesday's Gainesville City Council meeting, Eileen Feeley, 5622 Nags Head Circle, said the tiered water rates, dubbed "conservation pricing," do not take into consideration households with larger families.

December 30, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cagle: DOT issues may take two years to solve

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle predicted Tuesday that correcting the problems at the Georgia Department of Transportation and finding additional sources of funding could be a two-year process.

December 30, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City passes new rules for adult businesses

Flowery Branch City Council repealed the old adult business ordinance Tuesday morning and replaced it with a new adult business ordinance.

"It just kind of brings us up to date to match our zoning ordinance," Flowery Branch Mayor Diane Hirling said. The council revamped its zoning ordinance in late 2006 that detailed where specific businesses are allowed to operate within the city. Hirling said the new adult business ordinance was passed to align its zoning requirements with those already existing.

December 30, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Loved ones remember teen’s faith

GAINESVILLE - Dayton Preslar fought back tears as he recalled close friend Charles Caston as a Christian and someone known for his looks, laughter and sincerity.

He also remembered the final chapters in the North Hall High School senior's life.

December 30, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials praise 'brutally candid' water-sharing talks

The governors of Florida, Alabama and Georgia hashed out an agreement Monday that they hope will finally end a 17-year-old war over the river water that flows through the three Southeastern states.

December 29, 2007 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Gainesville water rates going up too much, customer says

One woman expressed her disdain for the new water rates at this morning's Gainesville City Council meeting.

Eileen Feeley of Nagshead Circle, said the tiered water rates, dubbed "conservation pricing," that go into effect in January are unfair to larger families.

December 29, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Powerful ex-speaker to lie in honor at Capitol on Friday

ATLANTA - Flags flew at half staff over the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday in honor of the cantankerous yet compassionate former speaker of the House whose reign under the gold dome lasted nearly three decades.

Tom Murphy died late Monday of complications from a stroke he suffered more than three years ago. He will lie in repose at the state Capitol on Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday. Perdue said Murphy's family had initially wanted to have private services, but they were persuaded that a public ceremony was needed for a man whose legacy stretches from one end of the ...

December 29, 2007 | By Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | Local


Flowery Branch: Adult businesses to get new rules

Flowery Branch City Council will convene this morning to discuss a new adult business ordinance and update the existing unsafe structure and nuisance ordinance.

The council will hear the second reading of a proposed adult business ordinance and will determine whether the new ordinance is sufficient to allow the old ordinance to be repealed and replaced.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


North Hall steps closer to development

The Hall County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a developer's rezoning request Monday that could allow 2,736 houses to be built in Lula.

Property owners Ferdinand and Felix Mayr-Meinhof submitted a request to the planning commission to rezone a 1,507-acre tract of land in North Hall from agricultural residential and vacation cottage to planned residential and commercial development.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville: All four lanes of Ga. 53 open Wednesday

Weather permitting, the Georgia Department of Transportation on Wednesday plans to open all four lanes of Dawsonville Highway.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Don't fret; there's still time to mail some Christmas cheer

If you mailed your Christmas cards on Monday, you were not alone.

December 29, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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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


Hall board again rescinds termination of two deputies

The Hall County Civil Services Board voted 5-1 on Friday to rescind the termination of two Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies involved in an inmate's escape.

October 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | 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 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville schools plan to increase dual enrollment

Gainesville Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel announced a plan to increase dual enrollment rates Monday at a Board of Education meeting.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Two Gainesville youths killed Saturday in wreck in Gwinnett

The two victims of a fatal Saturday wreck in Gwinnett County have been identified as Gainesville residents Ramon Gonzalez, 16, and Yudel Jarquin, 21, Gwinnett police confirmed today.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


One injured in collision on Athens Highway

One person was sent to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Monday on Athens Highway at Gaines Mill Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood gives final OK to 50 percent tax hike

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to increasing the South Hall city's property tax rate by about 50 percent.

October 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville pilot died in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man has been identified as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash Thursday near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

October 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ga. governor candidates spar over ethics during 2nd debate

October 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Officials: West Hall Middle administrators manipulated test data

Two former administrators at West Hall Middle School were censured for manipulating Adequate Yearly Progress numbers in 2010, officials confirmed this month.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: UNG partners with neurological facility

Students at the University of North Georgia will soon have internship opportunities at a special facility for patients with neurological disorders.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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