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Powerful ex-speaker to lie in honor at Capitol on Friday

ATLANTA - Flags flew at half staff over the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday in honor of the cantankerous yet compassionate former speaker of the House whose reign under the gold dome lasted nearly three decades.

Tom Murphy died late Monday of complications from a stroke he suffered more than three years ago. He will lie in repose at the state Capitol on Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday. Perdue said Murphy's family had initially wanted to have private services, but they were persuaded that a public ceremony was needed for a man whose legacy stretches from one end of the ...

December 29, 2007 | By Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | Local


Flowery Branch: Adult businesses to get new rules

Flowery Branch City Council will convene this morning to discuss a new adult business ordinance and update the existing unsafe structure and nuisance ordinance.

The council will hear the second reading of a proposed adult business ordinance and will determine whether the new ordinance is sufficient to allow the old ordinance to be repealed and replaced.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


North Hall steps closer to development

The Hall County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a developer's rezoning request Monday that could allow 2,736 houses to be built in Lula.

Property owners Ferdinand and Felix Mayr-Meinhof submitted a request to the planning commission to rezone a 1,507-acre tract of land in North Hall from agricultural residential and vacation cottage to planned residential and commercial development.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville: All four lanes of Ga. 53 open Wednesday

Weather permitting, the Georgia Department of Transportation on Wednesday plans to open all four lanes of Dawsonville Highway.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Don't fret; there's still time to mail some Christmas cheer

If you mailed your Christmas cards on Monday, you were not alone.

December 29, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-Gainesville Elementary teacher accused of fondling four students

A former Gainesville Elementary schoolteacher remains jailed without bond on charges of molesting four of his students in the classroom, Gainesville police said Monday.

December 29, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Murphy will lie in honor at Capitol Friday

ATLANTA - Deceased Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy will lie in honor at the state Capitol on Friday.

Gov. Sonny Perdue said that Murphy's family had initially wanted only private services but was persuaded that the public would want to pay their respects.

December 29, 2007 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Gainesville: Mother wins $50K in lottery

Wendy Roberson, of Gainesville, plans to buy a new house for her four children after winning thousands in the lottery earlier this month. Roberson, 33, won $50,000 playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Bucks Classic.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Leads sought in Golden Pantry robbery

The Golden Pantry on Ga. 53 South at Tanners Mill Road was robbed shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Vigil planned to honor teen killed in Easter wreck

GAINESVILLE - Songs and spoken remembrances are planned as part of a candlelight vigil tonight for Charles Caston, a North Hall High School senior who died in an April 8 car wreck.

The event is set for 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Georgia Mountains YMCA at 2455 Howard Road off Ga. 365.

December 29, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Donated vehicle to help fight fires

GAINESVILLE - In the past, Gainesville firefighters have had to hoof it to emergencies in the woods or on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Only two months ago, a small brush fire continued to burn while firefighters walked a mile carrying shovels, rakes, hoses and extinguishers to a fire their trucks could not access.

December 29, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Demorest: College’s business school gets national accreditation

Piedmont College's Walker School of Business Administration has received national accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs after a two-year review.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools seek charter status

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville city schools is one of several school districts statewide so far that is pursuing a status that would give them more freedom to reform without stiff state regulations.

December 29, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students give food for a cause

Courtney Cantrell, 4, loads canned food into the back of a truck on Monday afternoon. Cantrell and her classmates in Brittanie Holcombe's after-school class at Little House Academy in Murrayville collected the food to help the less fortunate at nearby Lanier Elementary School. Eventually, the idea spread from the after-school group of 15 kids, ages 5-12, to other classes at the day care facility. When school counselor Rochelle Edmonds came by to pick up the food on Monday afternoon, she took a total of 137 pieces back with her, according to Cindy Holcombe, a teacher's assistant at Little ...

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Day of music marks advent for church

Dozens of families remembered the reason for Christmas Sunday as they attended St. Paul United Methodist Church's annual Christmas Concert Sunday

The Summit Street church kicked off the Advent season with the concert that featured a handful of different musical groups.

December 28, 2007 | Bianca Bruno | Local


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Three acquitted in Cleveland motorcycle club case

Three people accused of obstructing a federal investigation into a motorcycle club with alleged criminal ties were acquitted Thursday in United States District Court.

September 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State DOT buys image-boosting radio ads with tax funds

ATLANTA - Georgia's highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

September 29, 2014 | BY RAY HENRY Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Brenau president, Tumblr founder discuss MBAs

Brenau University President Ed Schrader joined Tumblr founder David Karp and others on a panel Friday addressing the usefulness of master of business administration programs.

September 29, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Ceremony brings up emotions for daughter of MIA Vietnam soldier

Kim Whitworth of northwest Hall County has no memory of her father, but that hasn't stopped the flow of emotions through the years as she has sought to learn more about his fate in the Vietnam War.

September 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


INK welcomes all to Preparedness Fair

The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids offered North Georgia residents a chance Sunday in Gainesville to learn how to react in emergencies.

September 28, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Area gas prices to drop through end of the year

Gasoline prices in the Gainesville area are likely to drop through the end of the year, following a trend across the nation, according to a spokesman for AAA.

September 28, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Longstreet Clinic hopes renovations improve customer service

The Longstreet Clinic has embarked on a series of renovations to better care for patients and has also expanded services and hours.

September 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


GOP files response to claim of discrimination by former employee

A Gainesville woman's lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Georgia Republican Party is moving forward, with the party responding to the accusations, according to court records.

September 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Records tell tale of firefighters' rescue on July 22

September 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


At long last, 2 Vietnam vets to get names on Gainesville memorial

September 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cancer survivor pays it forward with benefit

A year ago, Kelsey Bishop had cancer and needed a bone marrow transplant.

September 27, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Shore Sweep cleans up Lake Lanier, for people and wildlife

The Gainesville Marina was one of six locations in Hall County participating in the annual Shore Sweep event hosted by the Lake Lanier Association, as volunteers came together to help remove the trash and debris from the lake and the shorelines.

September 27, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Election 2014: State races come to Gainesville

Gov. Nathan Deal and Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue teamed up for a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center, with each touting their conservative credentials and urging voters to support GOP candidates nationally and statewide this election cycle.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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