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Co-directors aim to help people with disabilities

GAINESVILLE - A local organization serving young adults with disabilities has two new co-directors dedicated to improving their quality of life.

In September, Brad Whitmire and Margie Sinclair joined the staff of Our Neighbor Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to give independence to young adults with physical disabilities.

November 23, 2007 | Ashley Cox | Local


Fire destroys home in Flowery Branch

The Hall County Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 5:10 p.m. Sunday in the 5000 block of Overby Road in Flowery Branch. Audra Thompson and her 11-year-old daughter were home when the fire began in the garage. Hall County Fire Capt. Scott Cagle said the fire was possibly caused because of combustible items located too closely to the gas water heater. The home is valued at $175,000, and the fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damage. No one was injured in the blaze.

November 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Lanier flirts with new low

As a record-setting drought continues to bake Northeast Georgia, Lake Lanier's water level on Sunday neared its lowest since it began filling up more than 50 years ago.

November 23, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Holiday bells ring for a good cause

It seems like they're everywhere. They stand outside in the cold at shopping malls and grocery stores, ringing, ringing, ringing those little bells as passersby toss coins into the red kettle.

November 23, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A garden without water?

It may come as a surprise to some gardeners that a drought-tolerant landscape does not have to be a yard filled with silk flowers and cactuses.

November 23, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville Masonic Lodge celebrates milestone

There are 150 reasons why the Gainesville Masonic Lodge was chosen as this year's Lodge of the Year.

November 22, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


A new kind of savings for Mathis

If James Mathis Sr. puts his mind to something, there's a pretty decent chance it's going to happen.

November 22, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Pump prices affecting garages

Folks just aren't flocking to Danny Hammock's auto repair shop for maintenance before the big Thanksgiving travel week like they used to. The service department at Hardman Pontiac Buick GMC hasn't seen a pick-up in routine check-ups this year, either.

November 22, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lanier on brink of record low water level

The final answer to "how low can it go?" still may be a long time in coming for Lake Lanier, even as the water level inches closer to the previous record set in 1981.

November 22, 2007 | Edie Rogers | Local


STDs on rise in Georgia

GAINESVILLE - How do you solve a problem when nobody wants to talk about it?

November 22, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lanier just 2 inches from record low level

The level of Lake Lanier on Sunday neared its lowest level since the lake began filling up more than 50 years ago as a record-setting drought continues to bake Northeast Georgia.

At 6 p.m., Lake Lanier's level was at 1,052.77 feet above sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site. The lake is now about two inches above the previously recorded low of 1,052.66, recorded in December 1981.

November 22, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rucker foundation refocusing on youth

Beulah Rucker always strove to, in her words, "light a torch of instruction" for Hall County's youth.

Now the foundation that takes her name looks to further that mission as it refocuses its efforts to reach young people.

November 22, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters get oxygen masks for pets

Fido can breathe easier now.

November 21, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


BB Bandits busted, police say

Police say a group of teenagers who got their kicks from shooting up car windows and businesses with a high-powered BB gun together face more than 400 criminal charges following their arrests early Friday.

November 21, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


West Hall teen receives presidential recommendation to Air Force Academy

Ever since watching a television show about airplanes and the military, Alex Hutcheson was hooked.

November 21, 2007 | Ashley Cox | 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


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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