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Proposed Medicare cuts upset doctors

It has become an annual ritual: The White House tries to balance the federal budget by cutting Medicare payments to doctors, and at the last minute, Congress manages to get the cuts rescinded.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch boosts cost for trash pickups

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday to add a $1 service charge to the bills of trash-only customers.

Trash customers, residential and commercial, will pay $12 instead of $11 monthly for the service. Councilmen Craig Lutz and Chris Fetterman voted against the charge.

July 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula man arrested; officials say he fired on sheriff’s deputies

A Lula man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after firing on Hall County sheriff's deputies who were responding to a suicide call, according to a report.

July 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


GSC's Stoy headed to Middle Georgia College

Michael Stoy, vice president for academic affairs at Gainesville State College, was named the new president of Middle Georgia College.

July 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Drought won’t stop July 4 fireworks

Northeast Georgia's drought conditions won't prevent many Fourth of July events from lighting up the sky with fireworks.

"We are definitely having fireworks, because we're in a protected area," said Hal Williams, the Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Dahlonega. "We're firing (the fireworks) from the parking lot on the university campus. They will go over the college drill field. ... There should be no problem."

July 06, 2008 | | Local


Kids raise funds to buy phone cards for soldiers

This year, the inspiration for the mission project of Chestnut Mountain Church's vacation Bible school was close to home.

July 06, 2008 | | Local


City is closer to buying 13-acre site

The Gainesville City Council is laying the legal groundwork that moves the city one step closer to relocating its public safety facility.

The council passed two resolutions that will allow the city to purchase about 13 acres for its new public safety buildings with cash from other city funds.

July 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


A wider Sardis relieves residents

For most of the two-and-a-half years that Stanley Gibbs has lived on Sardis Road, bulldozers and Trackhoes have been his neighbors.

July 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


July Fourth holiday delays trash pickup in Gainesville

Gainesville residents who normally have their trash picked up on Friday will have to wait until Tuesday because of the July Fourth holiday, according to the city.

July 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch Preservation commission cancels today's meeting

The Flowery Branch Historic Preservation Commission's meeting for 2:30 p.m. today has been canceled because of an expected lack of commission members.

The next meeting is set for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6.

July 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Atmos Energy wants more money from natural gas customers

The first of three planned hearings on a $6.1 million rate increase for Atmos Energy began Monday before the Georgia Public Service Commission in Atlanta.

July 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State Supreme Court says Agri-Cycle violated water quality law

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the decision of a Jackson County Superior Court judge and the state's Environmental Protection Division to close a Talmo wastewater treatment plant.

July 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Kids get their hands dirty at Elachee day camp

Nature was captured in miniature Monday at Elachee Nature Science Center's Inspired by Nature day camp. Diminutive bear tracks, turtles and beavers walked all over the pottery as campers decorated their clay discs using 3-D stamps.

"I think this is going to be the coolest thing ever," said Evan Moore, 5, as he began his art design, sifting his hand through a box of stamps.

July 04, 2008 | | Local


Retired Hall County administrator not gone yet

Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler officially retired Monday after more than 30 years of working for the county. But he won't be going too far just yet.

"I still have roots here," Shuler said. "I'll always be connected to Hall County; I grew up here. Hall County's basically been my only employer, and Hall County's the only place I've ever lived."

July 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch water, sewer rates increase today

Flowery Branch's new water and sewer rates take effect today.

The Flowery Branch City Council voted June 18 to approve the higher rates, which distinguish between customers inside and outside the city and customers whose accounts with the city predate June 2000.

July 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Residents monitor creek as developers set up shop

Behind Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate's home, down a weed-strewn slope in the Hollywood Hills subdivision off Thompson Bridge Road, runs Slaughterhouse Creek, a narrow, babbling stream that empties into a Lake Lanier cove.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | 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


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