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Hall County Schools opens doors to those outside district

Students who don't live in the Hall County School District will now have an opportunity to come inside - if space allows.

March 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Sheriff’s office plans to build new headquarters

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is set to approve a $257,000 contract Thursday for the architectural design of a new sheriff's office.

March 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Schools to hire more teachers

More students will equal more teachers in next year's county school budget.

March 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


County to vote this week on energy-saving projects

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Thursday on whether to hire Siemens for energy-efficiency projects now that language in a proposed contract has been clarified.

March 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT plans to build new home for osprey as part of Boling Bridge project

Transportation plans usually affect humans, not a federally protected bird of prey.

March 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dawsonville Highway bridge repairs may be on hold a bit longer

Uncertainty over federal transportation dollars beyond July 1 may mean motorists who have long had a bumpy ride over the Dawsonville Highway westbound bridge crossing Lake Lanier may have to wait a bit longer for relief.

March 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gun bill’s OK gets mixed reactions from area church leaders

In a final dash before the legislative session ended Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly passed a bill widely expanding gun rights.

March 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical amnesty bill awaits governor’s signature

Public health advocates say addressing the fear of legal repercussions after dialing 911 will save overdose victims in a medical crisis after Georgia's "medical amnesty" bill passed the legislature Tuesday.

March 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Class Notes: Federal progress report mostly positive on Georgia’s Race to the Top status

While backlash against the Common Core continues among political groups in Georgia, it appears the state is doing well in implementing the set of standards.

March 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Reading winners: Centennial Arts Academy team takes state competition

For many, reading may be a leisurely activity to enjoy during a quiet afternoon. For 10 Centennial Arts Academy students, it's a sport.

March 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Meeting to set stage for new SPLOST

Hall County and area municipal officials will gather today to begin laying the groundwork for a new special purpose local option sales tax.

March 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Gainesville Little League throws first pitches

Players broke from the usual protocol and charged onto the field Saturday morning at City Park during opening day ceremonies for the Gainesville Parks and Recreation baseball and softball teams.

March 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Food Bank celebrates supporters, sets new goals

Kay Blackstock, executive director of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, said Saturday night's first-ever celebration of the organization's new Harvester Club wasn't a challenge issued but an invitation to the community to help feed more people in the coming year.

March 23, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Visitors get sneak peek at Smithgall Garden, set for fall opening

If there was a college basketball tournament going Saturday, visitors to the Gainesville's Smithgall Woodland Garden weren't concerned with missing the games.

March 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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Job fair reveals ups, downs of local economy

As the nation's job market sputtered in recent years, leaving millions of Americans without work, the stereotype of the low-wage, low-skilled deadbeat cashing unemployment checks became a bogeyman for America's economic woes.

April 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Students honored at state literary meet

Seven students have earned top honors at the Georgia Literary Meet.

April 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Northeast Georgia Medical Center again ranked one of best in nation, state

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is tops - again.

April 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Badge and Bar: Gainesville man to stand trial on robbery, assault charges

A Gainesville man is set to stand trial before a Hall County jury April 21 after being indicted on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and felony obstruction in February 2013.

April 03, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


‘Sweep the Hooch’ adds site at Don Carter State Park

Cleaning to kick off the season is a commonly practiced spring tradition. But it's not limited to just kitchens and basements; it includes the Chattahoochee River.

April 02, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to 10 years in rape case

A Gainesville man was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Hall County judge after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a disabled person, according to the district attorney's office.

April 02, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Area teachers honored at Masters in Teaching program

If you give a teacher a roomful of people who aren't her students, she will still find a way to teach them.

April 02, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Council OKs easing limits on pawnshop locations

Gainesville City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to ease restrictions on where pawnshops can be located in the city.

April 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Moore chosen to become new North Hall principal

Jamey Moore is the choice as new principal of North Hall High School.

April 02, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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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