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Flowery Branch likely to keep taxes the same

Flowery Branch's proposed tax rate, unchanged for the fourth straight year, likely will be passed today but possibly without the help of two of City Council's five members.

September 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former DOT leader Wayne Shackelford dies at 75

ATLANTA - Wayne Shackelford, who spent decades as a Gwinnett County administrator before leading the state Department of Transportation during the 1990s, has died.

September 01, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


Longtime area businessman, Albert Hayes, dies at age 81

Albert "A.D." Hayes' rise in the auto industry dates to 1953, when he ran a gas station/garage in Decatur.

August 31, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville could hire more firefighters if council OKs grant

Thanks to the federal stimulus bill, there could be a few more folks on the fire trucks in Gainesville.

August 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Schools gear up for busy flu season

As educators learn the H1N1 flu is more likely to afflict children and younger adults, schools and colleges are ramping up their preventative measures and educating students, parents and teachers on their role in keeping the community healthy.

August 31, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School tax break doesn’t apply in city

Gainesville taxpayers between the ages of 70 and 72 won't be getting the same breaks on their tax bills as their county counterparts this year.

August 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson's budget cuts keep staff intact

JEFFERSON - In order to prepare for the upcoming fiscal year, Jefferson officials had to make cuts to the proposed budgets offered by each department director.

August 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ninth District Opportunity gets money to combat homelessness

Ninth District Opportunity Inc. has received a $1.8 million grant to help prevent homelessness in Northeast Georgia.

August 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall targets code violators; some complain

Since forming the Public Safety Department, Hall County has seen many code enforcement success stories.

August 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Election 2009: Several incumbents qualify

Monday drew mostly incumbents seeking re-election as qualifying got started for this November's municipal races.

August 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


2009 rainfall has been close to normal so far

Rain, or at least some dreary skies, could be hanging around the next few days.

August 30, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Colleges embrace environmentalism with greener operations, curriculum

Between research papers, study guides and other materials, college students can waste a lot of paper printing documents.

August 30, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Sawnee Electric plans to reduce rates, not so for Georgia Power or Jackson EMC

When Sawnee Electric Membership Corp. customers open their next power bills, they may be in for a big surprise - lower rates.

August 30, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Election 2009 qualifying starts today

In recent months, the talk already has turned to the 2010 elections, but qualifying begins today for this November's municipal elections to fill local government positions across Northeast Georgia and the state.

August 30, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Martha Stephens is the first one to greet you at city hall

FLOWERY BRANCH - Although it has grown a lot over recent years, Flowery Branch is still small enough where people walk into City Hall on Main Street to pay their water, sewer and trash bills.

August 30, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Annual Empty Bowl Lunch draws a crowd

First Baptist Church's banquet hall was once again overflowing with people clamoring over soup, salad and empty bowls.

September 27, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall, Gainesville SAT scores up, still below state average

Gainesville and Hall County students scored higher on the SAT exam in 2016 than 2015, but local scores still trailed the state average in both ...

September 27, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Old Reunion entrance in South Hall gets nod to be part of 800-home subdivision

A 35-acre tract that was the old entrance to Reunion Country Club in South Hall is a step closer to becoming part of a planned ...

September 27, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eight Hall students named REACH scholars

Eight Hall County middle school students left a "launching pad" Monday night when the school district's first group of REACH scholars was announced.

September 26, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Man charged with aggravated child molestation

A 28-year-old man has been charged with molesting a girl, who disclosed the alleged incident to police years later, police said.

September 26, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Jury selection underway in sexual battery case

Jury selection continues Tuesday in the case of a Gainesville man accused by police of performing a medical exam on a man that led to ...

September 26, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Lanier Islands resort seeking fresh look at old hotel site

More than a decade after closing the old PineIsle Resort, Lanier Islands resort in South Hall County is trying to get a feel for development ...

September 26, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Broadband survey looks to boost internet service in rural Northeast Georgia

State lawmakers want to improve broadband internet service in rural parts of Georgia, including northeast cities like Dahlonega, and residents are being asked to take ...

September 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


No showers, cooking available for Church Street Manor residents

Residents of Church Street Manor, an affordable housing complex for the elderly and disabled in Gainesville, were evacuated twice last week after an apparent gas ...

September 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chestatee High School track coach struck by car, injured

Chestatee High School track coach Stacey Merck was struck by a vehicle as she was running with some students Sunday morning.

September 26, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Facebook Live: Breast cancer survivors share their stories

Mary Bagwell, Dorena Mobley Lemus and Ashley Williams share their stories of surviving breast cancer.

September 26, 2016 | J.K. Devine | Local


Harvick wins at New Hampshire to advance to 2nd round

LOUDON, N.H. - Kevin Harvick has thrived as NASCAR's version of a Game 7 master, steeling his nerves and flourishing in those win-or-else races ...

September 25, 2016 | By Dan Gelston Associated Press | Local


Heart failure unit opening at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville

Patients suffering from heart failure now can get help through the area's first advanced inpatient heart failure treatment unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center ...

September 25, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Low jobless rate doesn't give full picture in Hall

The August unemployment rate of just 4.4 percent in metropolitan Gainesville, which includes all of Hall County, is both a positive sign of local ...

September 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Second phase of Cleveland bypass is halfway done

Work is halfway done on the second phase of the long-awaited four-lane Appalachian Parkway on the west side of Cleveland.

September 25, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


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