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Rabid cat found near Gainesville schools

A rabies alert has been issued for the Rosewood Drive area in Gainesville after a rabid cat came in contact with a person.

March 25, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Don Carter State Park plans to add kayak rentals, trails, campsites

Not yet open a year, the state-operated Don Carter State Park in North Hall County is planning to expand its recreational offerings and accommodations.

March 25, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch students win medals at Science Olympiad

Cherie Hathcock watched her team of science-enthusiastic Flowery Branch Elementary School students carry their knowledge from the classroom and into competition.

March 25, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to hear budget presentations

Gainesville City Council will hear several budget presentations when it meets Thursday for a work session.

March 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


School of teen killed in wreck to have counselors on hand

The school attended by a Forsyth County teenager who died after a Saturday wreck planned to have counselors available this week, the principal said.

March 25, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Area governments begin preparations for new SPLOST

Preparations for a new special purpose local option sales tax to fund area capital projects are now underway after county and municipal officials gathered Monday to discuss developing a ballot referendum.

March 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Expo gives kids information to make healthy choices

Information about food groups, healthy snacks and alternative choices can sometimes be hard to grasp when reading it off a pamphlet or handout.

March 24, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


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


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April showers don’t dampen expo flowers

The annual Spring Garden Expo drew a large crowd on its first day Friday despite wind and a threat of rain.

April 05, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Redevelopment proposed for Lanier Plaza Shopping Center

Gainesville is fast-tracking a rezoning application so Hutton, a developer based in Chattanooga, Tenn., can proceed with purchasing and redeveloping the Lanier Plaza Shopping Center on Thompson Bridge Road.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former ethics chief wins lawsuit

ATLANTA - Jurors awarded the former director of Georgia's ethics commission $700,000 on Friday, ruling in her favor in a lawsuit in which she said her salary was cut and deputy title removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 05, 2014 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners hires new clerk

Lisa Ritchie has been hired as the new clerk for the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Volunteers to bear the load at corps campground

It's taken a volunteer effort to restore operating days at Bolding Mill campground in northwest Hall County.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ga. on track for new school tests next year

Nine months after dropping out of a national testing consortium, Georgia is still considering testing options for the next school year.

April 05, 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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