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Police ACE unit to focus on problem areas

Gainesville police looking for worsening crime trends in a ragged economy have an ACE in the hole.

Starting next month, a pair of hand-picked officers will be assigned to the Gainesville Police Department's new Aggressive Criminal Enforcement unit. Officers Justin Martin and Josh Shifflett will spend their time on the job focusing on problematic areas where property crime, like burglaries or auto break-ins, has increased. They'll also spend some time on a portion of Interstate 985 looking for drug traffickers.

November 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dogs, bird saved from Hall fire

Hall County firefighters rescued 14 dogs and a bird from a burning home early Tuesday morning, rendering life-saving aid to some with a breathing apparatus designed for pets.

November 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch considers more homes at Sterling on the Lake

The developer of Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch is seeking to add about 100 more acres and 200 more homes to the neighborhood, bringing the total of potential homes that could be built to 2,000.

November 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville starts Flat Creek restoration

Gainesville officials are moving forward on plans to restore an eroded, underground portion of Flat Creek.

November 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Adcock misses his students

Katie Collier, a senior at Johnson High School, recalls the visit Mike Adcock, assistant principal at Johnson High School, made to her class on the first day of school this year.

November 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Money talks: Seized cash beefs up Jefferson police force

JEFFERSON - Crime may not pay, but it has definitely benefited the Jefferson Police Department.

November 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


New advocacy group bands together for Lake Lanier

An advocacy group with plans to become a major voice for Lake Lanier was officially announced Tuesday.

November 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jefferson approves annexing property

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson City Council voted Monday to annex a nearly 33-acre parcel of property along Interstate 85. But the group's approval did not come without several stipulations.

November 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Sunset blogger: Octogenarian trades shuffleboard for keyboard

Anne Cleveland isn't your typical 84-year-old grandmother.

November 01, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


20 people show up for last scheduled meeting on Oakwood 2030

Another 20 or so area residents gave their input Tuesday night on Oakwood's conceptual plans to redefine a 250-acre core around downtown by 2030.

November 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Court: State sex-offender law is unfair to homeless

ATLANTA - Georgia's top court ruled Monday that a provision in Georgia's strict new sex offender law is unconstitutional because it fails to tell homeless offenders how they can comply with the law.

October 31, 2008 | Greg Bluestein The Associated Press | Local


No one injured in 2 house fires

Two unrelated fires Monday afternoon left the occupants sleeping elsewhere Monday night.

October 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Name of the game is mud when it rains

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

October 31, 2008 | By Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


SunTrust plans to receive $3.5 billion from U.S. Treasury

ATLANTA - SunTrust Banks Inc. said Monday it has received preliminary approval from the Treasury Department for a $3.5 billion investment under the government's capital purchase program.

October 31, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Church seeks ideas for projects

Gainesville First United Methodist Church is planning its third annual Great Day of Service for March 21, 2009.

October 31, 2008 | | Local


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Hot weather health tips

Here are some tips to help you deal with the summer heat wave.

June 30, 2012 | From staff reports | Local


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