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Red Cross volunteers help storm victims in Tennessee

Gainesville Red Cross volunteer Gene Farley rolled into hard-hit Lafayette, Tenn., on Thursday to the sight of arbitrary devastation.

"Trees knocked over, trees destroyed, laid flat," Farley said, describing what he saw after a devastating tornado touched down there 48 hours earlier. "Barns, basically nothing but kindling. Some houses damaged big-time, and right next to them homes that are not damaged at all."

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Council asked to give Gainesville schools water bill break

YOUNG HARRIS - Sammy Smith, recently elected to the Gainesville City Board of Education, appealed to Gainesville City Council members Friday to help the city schools out with their weighty water bills.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Water restrictions are costing Gainesville

YOUNG HARRIS - There is no doubt water restrictions have resulted in a loss of revenues for Gainesville's Public Utilities department, but utilities officials told the City Council on Friday that they have a plan to keep their heads above water.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville City Council's to-do list

As Gainesville officials spent the past three days at a planning retreat, several issues came to the front of the agenda. Here is a look at some of the items city officials have put on the top of their to-do lists this year:

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Second teen pleads guilty in Laurelwood molestation case

The second of two teen defendants in a molestation that occurred at the Laurelwood mental health treatment facility pleaded guilty Friday.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Photo in newspaper helps police nab bank robbery suspect

After allegedly robbing three Forsyth County banks in two weeks without any effort to disguise his face, David Ryan Stone might not have been surprised to see a surveillance camera image of himself when he picked up a local newspaper Thursday.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pie & politics: Wauka Mountain supper a community tradition

Before he entered politics, Nathan Deal held the post of ticket salesman at the Wauka Mountain Chicken Pie Supper. While Deal doesn't list the job on his extensive resume, he doesn't miss the annual event, which has been held for 83 years.

February 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Truck driver arrested in fatal wreck

A tractor-trailer driver from Butler has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal wreck Friday afternoon in Forsyth County.

February 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local hiker had scary brush with Hilton

Nancy Linkesh will never know how close she came to being Gary Hilton's victim.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville, Buford school leaders earn top pay

GAINESVILLE -- School administrators in Georgia looking for top pay need only look to North Georgia.

February 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County deputies hurt in pursuit

Two Hall County deputies sustained some bad bumps and bruises, but no broken bones, after they tumbled down a 35-foot ravine while chasing a fleeing suspect late Tuesday.

Hall County emergency medical service workers spent about an hour hoisting wounded Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Corey Gilleland out of the ravine in a wooded area near Oliver Road in South Hall after the 11 p.m. incident, using a stretcher and basket attached to a rope.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gang members get sentenced to total of 76 years for involvement in drive-by shootings

Ernesto Reyes said he got the wrong house when he fired three shotgun blasts at a home in the Silverwood subdivision off Candler Road last August.

Reyes, an acknowledged member of the BOE street gang, will have up to 24 years behind bars to contemplate the mistake.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gov. Perdue eases water restrictions to give homeowners — and the landscaping industry — a reprieve

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue threw a much-needed lifeline to Georgia's nursery and landscaping industries on Wednesday by easing watering restrictions on new landscape plants.

Also on Wednesday, Perdue announced that the current moratorium on the filling of swimming pools, banned under the outdoor watering restrictions, will be eased. The state will allow limited filling of pools.

February 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Man arrested in ‘grow house’ case

One man has been charged and his son is being sought in connection with the Tuesday discovery of more than 800 marijuana plants growing in the basement of a North Hall home.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


State tornado drills put off until Friday

GAINESVILLE - A prediction for bad weather Wednesday morning put off a drill designed to help protect Georgia students from bad weather.

Tornado watches and the threat of severe storms canceled the early morning event, which is part of the National Weather Service's annual Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Week.

February 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Residents briefed on lakefront tax adjustments

Chris Slate didn't exactly leave the meeting a happy camper.

April 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves quarry expansion

Flowery Branch City Council approved a request by Vulcan Materials to expand its quarry operation by an additional 41 acres.

April 04, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Boat fire on Lake Lanier remains a mystery

Authorities are investigating an early Thursday boat fire on Lake Lanier, including trying to find the vessel's owners.

April 04, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville man acquitted of growing marijuana

The attorney for a Gainesville man acquitted on charges of growing marijuana said it was much ado over bean sprouts and residue.

April 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Serving up smiles

Twenty-two current and former sports figures and notable locals can add "celebrity server" to their resumes after working restaurant tables Thursday night for a local child abuse advocacy center.

April 04, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Cox, Moore fill Hall County School District roles

Jamey Moore was officially approved Thursday morning as North Hall High School's next principal, and Matt Cox will join the Hall County School District's facilities department.

April 04, 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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