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Man charged with burglary after chase

A burglar was caught by sheriff's deputies after a brief chase Wednesday when he tried to burglarize a South Hall house while the resident was at home, authorities said.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Blue bins remind of recycling in Gainesville

Gainesville wants you to think about recycling.

The city's Public Works Department lined Jesse Jewell Parkway with 250 blue recycling bins from its intersection with E.E. Butler Parkway to the Hall County Farmers Market Wednesday to call attention to the need to reduce waste and recycle.

November 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Librarian turns page on nearly 30-year career

Twelve years after Hall County parked the last one, Ella Jean Smith is still referred to as "Bookmobile Lady."

"That's my name. I think that's all (people) ever knew me by, they never really called my name - it was just 'Bookmobile Lady,'" Smith recalls.

November 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Agency ready to mediate water wars

Could stakeholders along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin come together and solve the 18-year-old impasse over water between Georgia, Florida and Alabama?

November 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lanier Tech told to slice budget another 2 percent

The Technical College System of Georgia asked technical schools such as Lanier Technical College to make another 2 percent in budget cuts Monday, said Lanier Tech President Mike Moye. The reduction comes in addition to the 6 percent systemwide cut already imposed. Moye said Lanier Tech has already implemented a 10 percent budget cut in anticipation that the Technical College System of Georgia will cut yet another 2 percent from this fiscal year's budgets.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chick-fil-A gives it away

FLOWERY BRANCH - Teresa Henderson brought her Chick-fil-A gear featuring the restaurant's cow mascot. Another group of people brought a TV and a propane heater.

November 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Frightful fun: Jefferson High performs ‘Dracula’

JEFFERSON - Dracula may have been killed hundreds of years ago in Transylvania, but that won't stop the Drama Dragons of Jefferson High School from bringing the vampire to life on stage tonight.

At 7:30 p.m., Jefferson High School students will bring Bram Stoker's classic tale to the stage in the school's performance arts center just in time for Halloween.

November 02, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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


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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


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