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City taking a microscope to utility costs, fees

Residents who purchase Gainesville water in the future may be paying more fees for it.

May 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ex-coach gets 8 years for molestation

A former youth soccer coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to molesting two teenage girls and received an eight-year prison sentence, Banks County prosecutors said.

Matthew Allen Wyrick, 23, was a coach with the North Georgia Soccer Association when he molested one of the victims he was coaching at the time, said Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman.

May 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Challenged Child plans learning program for summer

A group of Challenged Child supporters gathered Wednesday to discuss Summer Sensations, a summer program put on by Challenged Child.

The women's advocacy group for Challenged Child has grown from 15 to 100 members during its first four months of existence and is ready to make an impact on the community.

May 25, 2008 | | Local


Toccoa flood sparked safety measures for dams

The Safe Dams Program, which regulates dams like the one at Lake Wendy in White County, came about as a result of one of the worst dam breaks in Georgia history.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Birds beware: Scarecrows are invading

HOSCHTON - Come September, there won't be a crow for miles around Hoschton.

May 25, 2008 | | Local


DOT board meeting is first since chairman’s departure

The State Transportation Board meets today for the first time since resolving the controversy over Department of Transportation Commissioner Gena Abraham and her relationship with former 9th District board member Mike Evans.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Planning and Appeals hears feud over fence

A granted request to build a decorative iron fence one inch from a woman's Park Hill Drive neighbor has created a barrier in the two neighbors' friendship.

May 25, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hole in dam worries White County residents

Residents of the Jenny's Creek and Town Creek area of White County endured a tense night late Tuesday and early today as the possibility of flooding from both creeks remained unknown.

This morning, however, with a flash flood warning canceled, the immediate threat seems to have passed. Officials in White County said there was no flooding overnight and no one was evacuated from their homes.

May 25, 2008 | Adam Clark | Local


Mills ‘disappointed’ by Perdue veto

Gov. Sonny Perdue has vetoed a bill by Rep. James Mills, R-Chestnut Mountain, which was intended to require authorities to seize vehicles of people who are in the country illegally and are involved in a traffic accident.

A watered-down version of the bill was offered in the Senate and subsequently passed by the House. It allowed law enforcement officers to impound a vehicle of a person who does not have a valid driver's license.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Packed shelters reflect slow economy

It's getting to be a common sight in some Georgia communities: A home gets foreclosed on and the family moves out in a hurry, leaving a stack of their belongings at the curb.

And occasionally they leave their pets behind, too. Authorities in some metro Atlanta counties have reported finding dogs or cats trapped inside abandoned homes, deprived of food and water.

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Health system gets Tricare contract

Northeast Georgia Health System has signed an agreement with Tricare, the federal government's health insurance program for military personnel.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Auto dealer, community leader Harold DeLong dies

Harold DeLong, a former Gainesville city commissioner and auto dealer, has died after an extended illness. He was 86.

DeLong was the youngest son of a pioneering auto dealer, Frank W. DeLong Sr., who opened a Hudson-Essex-Terraplane dealership on Main Street in 1921.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue permits guns in restaurants, MARTA

ATLANTA - Governor Sonny Perdue on Wednesday signed legislation allowing guns in restaurants, on public transportation and in parks.

May 25, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Number 21: Another case of rabies reported in Hall

Hall County's tally of rabies cases this year has increased to 21. The most recent incident occurred Sunday on Green Drive, off Clarks Bridge Road in North Hall. Mike Ledford, director of Hall County Animal Control, said a skunk came into contact with a domestic dog.

"The dog actually grabbed the skunk and tossed it around a bit," he said.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Agency to offer foreclosure seminar

The pummelled economy has been a dark cloud for many involved in the buying and selling of real estate. However, Gainesville real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. said Tuesday that the glut of foreclosures hitting the market may actually be more of a silver lining than one would think.

May 25, 2008 | Adam Clark | Local


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Women learn to construct a new life

Donning pink and yellow hard hats, a group of 11 women sported a distinctly different look than most graduating classes at commencement.

July 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Kids learn healthy habits, swimming at day camp

For 11-year-old Ethan Payne, the best part of day camp is getting to "move and groove."

July 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Costs rising to replace 2 Hall County bridges

Costs have increased more than 20 percent in two key Hall County bridge replacement projects.

July 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Full scholarships expand to 14 programs at Lanier Tech

Eleven programs have been added to a 100 percent tuition scholarship grant at Lanier Technical College.

July 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | 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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