Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reserve chaplain. He began his service there last week, and in an e-mailed report on his first Sunday in Iraq, he discussed his first worship service conducted for military personnel at his location.
The Northeast Georgia chapter of the National Red Cross is tightening its belt in reaction to the downturn in the local and national economy, restructuring its staff and eliminating four staff positions.
Following a summer in which the community was up in arms over a proposed 14 percent property tax increase, only a handful of residents showed up at a Gainesville school board public hearing to discuss the tentatively adopted 12 percent tax increase.
Kayla Spurlock watched Monday afternoon as her daughter enjoyed the sprayground at Laurel Park. She takes Violet, who is 18 months old, about once a week to the area where she can play in the water spraying up from the ground.
The tired eyes of Justin Biggerstaff grew more weary when he learned that he'll soon be paying an extra $5 per night for his family, which includes three young kids, to stay at the Gainesville Inn and Suites on Jesse Jewell Parkway over the next month or so while he seeks permanent housing.